March 12, 2020 • 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET

Coronavirus on Campus:  Legal and Operational Considerations

In December 2019, the first case of a novel coronavirus was identified in China.  Two months later, on February 23, 2020, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported community spread of this coronavirus in the United States and urged the public to take various measures to prevent the spread of the virus.  With continued person-to-person transmission, both domestically and globally, colleges and universities have initiated disaster planning protocols, in some instances cancelling study abroad programs, limiting staff and student travel, or considering how to continue or temporarily postpone campus operations in the event of a single diagnosis, controlled outbreak, or pandemic.

In this one-hour, audio-only briefing, which is complimentary to NACUA members, Alejandro Mayorkas, partner at WilmerHale, leader of the firm's Coronavirus (COVID-19) Task Force, and former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security who supervised the Department's Zika and Ebola response teams, and Devin Jopp, Chief Executive Officer of the American College Health Association, join NACUA members Monica Barrett of Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC and Robin Parker, General Counsel of Miami University, to brief on:

  • Campus legal issues related to the duty of care, the legal authority to restrict travel, contract administration, and more;
  • Operational considerations including quarantines, campus closures, research operations, and study abroad;
  • Practical advice for coordinating with external authorities and communicating with campus stakeholders; and
  • Other considerations related to planning for, preparing for, and responding to Coronavirus.


Monica Barrett

Monica BarrettMonica Barrettis a member of Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC’s New York City office, and provides legal advice and counsel to colleges and universities in all aspects of higher education law. Monica began her legal career in higher education at Cornell University and later worked at Barnard College, the State University of New York, and...


Devin Jopp

Devin Jopp

Dr. Jopp serves as the Chief Executive Officer for American College Health Association, the principal leadership organization for advancing the health of our nation’s 20 million college students and their campus communities through advocacy, education, and research.


Alejandro Mayorkas

Alejandro MayorkasAlejandro Mayorkas represents clients in civil litigation and internal investigations, and augments the firm's formidable strengths in strategic counseling, crisis management and national security, with a particular focus on cybersecurity. He represents companies throughout the world in their most challenging and high-stakes matters, and he leads WilmerHale's Coronavirus (COVID-19) Task Force.

Robin Parker

Robin ParkerRobin L. Parker is the General Counsel of Miami University in Oxford, OH, where she has served since 1994. She is responsible for coordinating and supervising all legal matters involving the University, the Board of Trustees, and officers and employees acting on behalf of the University. Prior to joining Miami University, Robin was a principal of the firm..


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