Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and CARES ACT

Plans for Resuming On-Campus Instruction:

ASL SCHEV Plan for Returning to Campus – 8-19-20
This plan has been reviewed by the State Council of Higher Education and has been found to be compliant in containing the required components of the ‘Higher Education Reopening Guidance,” which was developed in consultation with the Virginia Department of Health. You can view the Reopening Memo here.

Fall 2020 COVID-19 Academic Modifications

Request for Accommodations due to COVID-19

Disclosure Policy

Face Covering Policy

Quarantine and Isolation Policy

Health Screening Policy

Travel Policy

Visitor Policy


The Appalachian School of Law has signed and returned to the Department of Education the CARES Act Certification and Agreement and given the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide emergency financial aid grants to students.

ASL received $20,805 from the Department designated for emergency grants to students (50% of the total received under Section 18004(a)(1)) pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

As of 7/31/2020 ASL had distributed $6,345 in emergency financial aid grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. Funding has been distributed to six students in the following categories:

Student Need Number of Students Total Distributed
Additional Childcare 3 $1,125.00
Computer Equipment and Internet Costs
Associated with Online Education
7 $3,050.00
Other Costs Related to the Disruption in Campus
Operations Due to COVIC-19
5 $2,170.00

The initial grants above have been made on the basis submission of a request form by students after being notified by email of the availability of funds. Students were asked to identify a need resulting from the disruption in campus operations due to COVID-19. Grants were made in the amount identified by the student but have been limited to a maximum of $500 per student in each round to ensure that as many student needs are met as possible. Two rounds of grants based on student requests have been made. Students have been notified by email several times of the availability of grant funds and the procedure for making a request.

Grant funds remaining after the second round of grant requests from students will be distributed equally among all of ASL’s 106 eligible students. ASL expects to make its final distribution on or before August 15, 2020.

The Department of Education’s notice to institutions regarding this source of grants is available here. The associated FAQ is available here.