Nashville School of Law

COVID Information Center


NSL Operating Procedures During COVID-19 Pandemic​

  • If you are planning to visit the NSL campus or have visited campus in the last 14 days and meet any of the following conditions, you are required to contact Beth McDonald to determine your eligibility to visit campus:
    • You had exposure to a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14-days
    • You had exposure to a presumed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days
    • You are experiencing COVID-like symptoms
    • You have had a positive test for COVID-19 in the last 14 days

    A presumed case of COVID-19 is defined as an individual who is experiencing any COVID symptoms and has possible contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive or has a presumed COVID-19 diagnosis.

  • See below for information regarding steps that may be taken regarding exposure or positive COVID tests. Keep in mind that each case is assessed on an individual basis, so do not make assumptions about your situation – you must discuss it with the School.
  • Students and visitors must wear masks at all times in the building. Masks are optional when outside on campus.
  • Students are not permitted to eat in the building. Students are welcome to use the vending machines or microwaves, but food must be consumed outside or in one’s vehicle.
  • Students may drink beverages in the building. Masks may be removed for a brief moment to take a drink and then placed back over the nose and mouth immediately. Straws are recommended.
  • Smoking is prohibited in the courtyard and within 25 feet of any entrance of the building.
  • The most effective tool to fight the spread of COVID-19 is vaccination. Decisions regarding campus status, masks, and quarantine will be based, in part, on our community vaccination rate.

    Students are required to report their vaccination status in SONIS. Failure to report vaccination status by noon Tuesday, August 10 may result in an Honor Code violation or exclusion from school.

    If you have technical problems with the form or the upload, contact Chip Loser @

    If you have questions about the status of your reporting, contact

    If your vaccination status changes from ‘No’ to ‘Yes,’ you should fill out the form again with your updated status.

    The School strongly encourages everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated for their health and the health of our community.


All attendance will be recorded in person using the class rolls.


Classes are being held in person only.

No remote learning options are available at this time.

Students are not permitted to use Facetime or other video interface in class.


The bookstore is open Monday and Thursday from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

NSL Operating Procedures During COVID-19 Pandemic​

Do not come to NSL if you are not feeling well, have a fever, or if you know you have been exposed to someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Do not come to the School if you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 until you have spoken to a School official. The School also asks that any person who has been exposed to someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 or has a current positive test to alert the School to enable us to work with local health officials on a plan to move forward.

Any member of the NSL community who tests positive will be required to quarantine:
  • 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
  • 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving
If you are fully vaccinated and believe you have been exposed to COVID-19:
  • You may continue to attend school, but must wear a mask for 14 days.
  • Get a COVID test three to five days after exposure.
  • Monitor for any COVID symptoms

If you are not vaccinated and believe you have been exposed to COVID-19:
  • You are required to quarantine and will not be permitted to attend classes.
  • You should get tested five days (or more) after exposure.
  • You may return to classes seven days after exposure if you have received a negative test.
  • If you do not receive a negative test, you may return to classes after 14 days.

Everyone has a choice regarding trips to stores and similar outings – which ones, at what times, in what area, etc. Those same options do not exist for school. Because students are required to attend classes and may not have a choice, the School is acting in the best interest of all students, including those that may have greater health risks or concerns.

Facetime is not permitted in the classroom while class is in session.

Meals may be enjoyed outside in the courtyard or other spaces outside the building. At this time the School is not permitting students to consume food inside the building.

Yes. Masks must be worn at all times, with some minor exceptions for faculty and staff under certain circumstances. The CDC recommends cloth masks that fit snuggly against the face.   Face shields are not recommended, but will be permitted with proper medical documentation.

Wearing a mask is for the protection of your fellow students and others around you. Wearing a mask helps protect others from the spread of the virus. Each person is acting in a sign of respect for others by wearing a mask.

It is School policy that everyone wear a mask for the safety of everyone in the building. The School has made the decision based on the vaccination rate, the rate of spread of the virus, number of students, the amount of time students are together, and the confines of the building. Students must supply their own masks.

If you have any health concerns about wearing a mask, please consult with a member of the administration prior to your attendance at the School to discuss options.

You will be asked to leave the building. If you are attending class, you will not be counted as present for attendance purposes. Not wearing a mask may constitute an Honor Code violation.

Professors have been informed that everyone in their classroom must wear a mask. Professors have the option to take their mask off while lecturing, provided there is ample space between them and students and the faculty member is fully vaccinated. Before and after lecturing, they are required to wear masks.

Anytime you are in a space in the presence of other people. Wearing a mask helps protect others from the spread of the virus. Each person is acting in a sign of respect for others by wearing a mask.