Safety Guidelines

Baylor Law will adhere to the guidelines of Baylor University as well as to all those issued by federal, state, and local public health authorities, to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all Baylor Law faculty, staff, and students.

Face Masks

Face masks are required to be worn by all individuals (faculty, staff, students, and visitors) in all buildings on the Baylor campus, including in the Law Center. This mandate applies to classrooms, hallways, restrooms, and all public locations. Students should not remove their face masks at any time while at the Law Center unless they are actively eating or drinking, and they should only participate in those activities while maintaining safe distances from others. Eating will not be allowed in the classrooms, hallways or the Law Library.

Neck gaiters, bandanas, scarves and valve masks have been found not effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19, and Baylor University has updated its face coverings policy to exclude them from campus buildings. Gaiters are only permitted for outdoor use. We encourage you to wear one of the two Baylor-branded masks that have been provided to you, or face coverings of similar style and materials.

Adherence to current guidelines on the use of masks and social distancing will be absolute. Students, faculty, and staff who do not abide by the guidelines will be asked to leave the Law Center. If a student is dismissed from class for failing to wear a mask and is sent home, the absence will not be excused.

Faculty and staff members, if alone in their personal offices, are free to remove their face masks. They must replace their face mask whenever leaving their offices or when another person enters.

Social Distance Requirements (Min. 6 Feet)

Social distancing will be enforced throughout the Law Center, including in classrooms, hallways, the Law Library, and faculty and staff offices. Students, faculty, and staff who do not abide by the guidelines will be asked to leave the Law Center. If a student is dismissed from a class for failing to maintain proper social distancing, the absence will not be excused.

Temperature Screening

At this time, Baylor Law will not be screening temperatures of those accessing the Law Center. However, it is highly recommended that faculty, staff, students, and visitors monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms and that they refrain from accessing the Law Center if they experience any of those symptoms. (See “Symptoms / Illness” section, below).

McLennan County / Waco Health Info

Baylor Law community members should keep up to date with local health and safety information, here: https://covidwaco.com/.

CDC Guidelines

The CDC has additional information on guidelines, health, safety, and other important COVID-19 information, here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html .

Symptoms / Illness

Someone who is ill or exhibits any of the symptoms of COVID-19, the flu, or a cold, including any of the symptoms listed below, may not come to the Law Center! (See Attendance Requirements During Reopening).

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore Throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Fatigue
  • Severe headache

Someone who is exhibiting any of the symptoms of COVID-19, the flu, or a cold should be tested as quickly as possible for COVID-19. Baylor Law students can access the newly created, appointment-only Respiratory Clinic located in the North Village Community Center on main campus. To make an appointment, a student should call 254-710-4939.

Someone who receives a positive diagnosis for COVID-19 should not return to the Law Center until cleared to return. He/she should send an email to Dean Teague to discuss the protocol you are required to follow, which may include self-quarantine for a minimum of 14 days. A clean/negative COVID-19 test may be required before he/she can return to the Law Center.

Travel Guidelines

If someone travels to an area of higher risk of exposure, he/she is encouraged to transition to online attendance for at least 14 days after returning to Waco. A student should contact Associate Dean Leah Teague (254-855-6545 or Leah_Teague@baylor.edu) and copy Registrar, Jerri Cunningham (254-749-9087 or Jerri_Cunningham@baylor.edu) to request a change in status to fully-online for the period of self-quarantine.