After months of adjusting to the COVID-19 pandemic, college and university leaders are approaching the fall 2020 semester with a combination of optimism and uncertainty. While higher educational institutions hope to resume normal campus operations in the fall, a massive amount of preparation is needed to help ensure a successful transition back to campus.

Womble Bond Dickinson attorney Benita Jones spoke at a May 21 webinar on “The Fall 2020 Semester and COVID-19: Do’s, Don’ts, Reputational Risks and the Legal Environment”. The discussion focused on:

  • Developing and implementing preparedness and response plans for Fall 2020;
  • Litigation and reputational risks;
  • The latest CDC guidance; and 
  • Best practices to support a safe and healthy campus community.

Approximately 200 people attended the webinar, which was presented by the Coalition for College Cost Savings, HRP Associates, Inc., and Womble Bond Dickinson.

Benita Jones has extensive experience providing legal support and counsel to educational institutions on a broad array of state and federal legal issues including Title IX, VII, Americans with Disabilities Act, constitutional law, contract law, tort law, policy development and governance, employment law, and student legal issues. Immediately prior to joining Womble Bond Dickinson, she served as the Assistant University Legal Counsel at NC Central University.