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Week of 16 November 2020


Campus Masses

Campus Masses are being celebrated in keeping with Villanova's CARITAS Commitment and archdiocesan guidelines at the following times:

Monday-Friday 12:05pm and 5:30pm in Corr Chapel (limited attendance); 

Saturday 5:30pm (in Spanish) in St. Thomas of Villanova Church and 7pm outside on the Campus Green;

Sunday 3pm, 5pm, 7pm, and 9pm all in the St. Thomas of Villanova Church.  

All those planning to attend in-person are asked to pre-register. Currently the Sunday 5pm and 7pm Masses are also livestreamed. The most up-to-date information on Mass times, livestreaming, protocols, and registering to attend in person can be found on the Campus Ministry website:


Grad & Law Student Faith Sharing

Thursdays at 9pm

A digital space for ecumenical reflection and fellowship. Come enjoy community with your fellow grad/law students at


Spread the Spirit: Make the Holidays a Little Brighter for Those Less Fortunate

Please Submit Donations by Monday, November 23

NOVAL (NOrth Light Villanova ALliance) is an innovative partnership that matches VU’s resources with the needs of the North Light Community Center (NLCC), a direct-service, neighborhood-based organization in Manayunk. Typically, Villanova hosts a campus holiday party for NLCC children and engages the VU community in donating gifts. Although the celebration will be different this year due to the pandemic, NOVAL is committed to honoring the tradition of supporting NLCC for the holidays. Rather than purchasing toys and other items, the Villanova community is invited to:

  • Contribute gift cards in $25 denominations to Target, Amazon, and Walmart  AND/OR
  • Make cash donations (checks payable to: “Villanova University”)

NLCC staff will use VU’s donations to make purchases for the children and the Adopt-A-Family program. Once you/your group decides on the type and amount of donation, please complete the donation form on the NOVAL website ASAP. You may drop off donations or mail them to:

Campus Ministry, St. Rita's Hall
Villanova University
800 E. Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA  19085
ATTN: Meghan Dietzler



Good Luck on Exams!

Information regarding exam times, rooms, and permitted materials is available at


Law Library Use During Finals

All study rooms and seats must continue to be reserved prior to use. You can make your reservation ahead of time or scan the QR Code at a seat and reserve it instantly. Please be aware that the Law Library is a quiet study area, and any disruptive behavior should be reported to the Circulation/ Reserve Desk or to Public Safety. The Book Concierge request system will be available during and after finals should you wish to request materials for contactless pickup. The Library also has a limited supply of earplugs – ask for them at the Circulation Desk. Good luck on your exams!


Studying for Finals? Study Aids and Other Library Resources May Help!

Take practice exams from previous semesters, check your knowledge with questions from the Examples and Explanations series or other study guides or make your own online flashcards or quiz using the links in our Study Aids, Strategies & Exam Prep libguide. Try CALI tutorials to help you review concepts and quiz yourself as you go along. And if you’re finishing up a research paper, review our other Research Guides for more sources or request an access key to use the Bluebook’s Online site.


Want to Get Ahead Over Break? Need to Kill Some Time on a Long Car Ride?

Check out CALI lessons related to your Spring classes, Bar topics, law school success/performance or to brush up on your financial or accounting skills. Or improve your legal-specific Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF skills with hands on training using Procertas—you can even earn LinkedIn badges and some of your professors may be assigning them for spring classes anyway so you can get a jump start on completing them! If podcasts are your thing, there are lots of options. CALI has a few but also check out the many different options available via the ABA’s Legal Talk Network (there’s even one just for law students), the Law School Toolbox or I am the Law which features attorneys from different practice areas/settings describing their jobs in 20 minute segments.


Smoking Policy

Smoking is prohibited in all University buildings, including the Law School, and within 75 feet of all buildings, which includes…

  • the front of the law school,
  • the walkway from the parking garage,
  • the outdoor dining area,
  • all entrances. 

This policy covers all tobacco products (including smokeless tobacco and dip). Thank you for your cooperation.


Emergency Closing Information

The Law School rarely closes because of weather or emergency conditions, but should it become appropriate that information will be available on the Law School website, our Emergency Cancellation Line 610-519-7744, and a notice will be sent via Nova Alert. If you have not signed up for Nova Alert, you may do so online at MyNova>Novasis>Personal Information>Nova Alert – Sign-up.

The Emergency Cancellation Line is a listen-only number that will carry details regarding closing, late opening, early closing, and library access. Please do not call the main number to obtain information available on the Emergency Cancellation Line.


Dining Services Hours 

The cafeteria will close for break starting November 26th and will resume normal hours (M-F 8am-2:30pm) on Monday, January 11th.


Building Hours over Break 

The Law School building will be closed beginning 5pm on Wednesday, November 25th until 6:30am on Monday, January 11th. During this time access to the building will be restricted to faculty and staff members via Wildcard.


Mandatory COVID-19 Surveillance Testing Program

Every Friday, email notifications are sent to faculty, staff and students who have been selected to participate in Villanova’s mandatory COVID-19 surveillance testing program. Participation is required, helps maintain the overall health and safety of our community and allows the Student Health Center to make determinations about the level of spread in our community. Please remember to check your email and sign up for an appointment if you receive this email notification. For further information, see


Gazette Submissions

This is the last Gavel Gazette for this semester. Please send items for the first January issue to by 3pm on Friday, January 8th. 



Writing Competition Guide

If you are interested in participating in one of the many annual law student writing competitions, check out the Library Writing Competitions Guide: There is information in the Guide regarding the mechanics of writing for publication, as well as lists of open competitions.