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September 16, 2019 — Volume 9, Number 5


Mandatory Title IX Training

The annual online training on sexual misconduct and relationship violence has been issued. All students at USD should have received an email from the Title IX office on Tuesday, August 13 with a link to complete the training. This training has two parts: Part I is due on October 1 and Part II is due on November 15.  Students will be issued Part II of the training automatically, 45 days after completing Part I. All students at USD are required to complete this training in accordance with federal regulations. Students who do not complete the training by this date will be assessed a noncompliance fee in the amount of $250. Because this is an annual training, prior completion of the training does not exempt students from the requirement. If you have questions about the training, please visit the Title IX website or email

Red Mass: Looking for Volunteers

We are looking for student volunteers to serve during this year's Red Mass on Monday, October 7. There are several volunteer opportunities available. The volunteer roles are low pressure, do not require any experience, and you do not have to be Catholic to volunteer for most of the roles. The Mass is open to the entire law school community, regardless of religious affiliation. It is also a wonderful opportunity to meet local judges and attorneys. If you would like to volunteer, please email University Minister Mary Kruer.

Office for Law Student Affairs: 1L Week Opportunity Drawing Winners

Thank you to all of the first-year students who participated in the 2019 1L Week! We hope you found all of the events to be meaningful and informative. Congratulations to our 1L Week opportunity drawing winners: Adrielli Ferrer, Joelle Foxwell, and Therese Marcelo.

Student Bar Association (SBA): Voting in the 1L Section and LLMC Representative Election

The election for 1L Section and LLMC Representatives will take place on Thursday, September 19 at 8 a.m. until Friday, September 20 at 11:59 p.m. All current students can vote in the election. Campaigning by the candidates will take place September 16-18. Please visit the SBA TWEN page to learn more about the candidates. Be sure to add the SBA TWEN page so that you can vote in the election. Voting will take place online on the SBA TWEN page. Contact: SBA Elections Chair Helena Normandie.

Deadline Extended! Student Health Insurance Requirement

All law students enrolled in eight (8) or more credits are required to have health insurance while enrolled at the University of San Diego. This requirement ensures that students in need of health and/or mental healthcare beyond the scope of services provided at USD, or in case of a medical emergency, can access the appropriate resources in the community. 

At the beginning of every academic year in which you are registered for classes, the USD Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) premium will be charged to your USD Student Account. To remove this charge, you can waive coverage if you already have other insurance that is comparable to the SHIP. If you need insurance please review the SHIP and if it meets your needs, actively enroll as soon as possible to ensure you are covered by the start of classes. The deadline to complete this process has been extended to Monday, September 30, 2019

Failure to enroll in or waive coverage by the deadline will result in you being enrolled in the annual SHIP and responsible for paying the annual premium charged to your USD Student Account. If your request to waive coverage is denied, you will be notified via the email address submitted on your form and provided with steps to appeal the denial should you believe it was made in error. Please note that law students enrolled in fewer than eight (8) credits are NOT eligible for the requirement and CANNOT enroll in the SHIP. 

For any questions regarding the Student Health Insurance Plan, contact Gallagher Student Health through their online Customer Service Form or by calling (617) 769-6082 or toll-free at (877) 241-4649. 

Office of Law Financial Aid: USD Law Private Endowed Scholarship Application is Now Available

A number of scholarships are available for continuing (2, 3, & 4L) JD students during the 2019-2020 academic year. These scholarships are funded through the generosity of our alumni and friends.  They are designed by the donors to recognize and encourage the achievement and potential of USD JD students. Consideration for these scholarships is generally based on academic performance, financial need, diversity and/or other specified qualifications. Students who submit this application will be considered for all available scholarships for which they qualify. Deadline to apply is Friday September 20, 2019 at 5 p.m. Contact: Office of Law Financial Aid.

Campus Printing by wēpa

Wēpa is the new printing service which is now available across campus. Wēpa is a wireless printing service that allows students to print documents to a wēpa kiosk from their cloud account, the web, a USB drive, their smartphone or any campus or personal computer. All USD students have a wēpa account already created and tied into their USDOne account. In order to print, you must have funds in your wēpa account (recommended) or campus cash account (using USD ID card). Visit the USD Printing website for information on how to get started, how to pay, and kiosk locations.

Food and Beverages in Classrooms

Help keep the brand new carpets which were installed in many of the Warren Hall and Pardee Legal Research Center classrooms clean! For now, food and beverages are permitted inside of all classrooms, but please be sure your items are in secure mugs or containers. If you see a spill, contact

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