COVID-19: A message to our members

STEP has been monitoring the development of the COVID-19 situation around the world. Our primary concern is the health and wellbeing of our members, our staff, our volunteers, and our event and course delegates and we are working to support our members across the world through this difficult time.

Please see below information regarding STEP events and courses, which will be regularly reviewed in line with the evolving situation.

We have also established a technical hub, containing the latest information on actions governments and industry are taking in response to the spread of COVID-19.

Events

To provide a level of certainty, and in response to the restrictions being implemented globally regarding entering and leaving jurisdictions and the introduction of social distancing measures and restrictions on public gatherings, events managed from the STEP head office that are due to take place in March, April and May have been postponed. You can find further details below and on the webpages for those events affected. Branches and regions organising events locally are taking their own decisions based on local considerations. Please watch out for communications from your branch, and check the Events Calendar for updates.

Events from June onwards will continue as planned at present, but we will be monitoring this carefully and will keep you informed of any changes. We will do our best to maintain our seminar and webinar programme but members are asked to be patient if events have to be cancelled or rescheduled at short notice.

Below we have listed the major national or international conferences that have been affected. We will update this list regularly with the latest information:

Training and education

We recognise that many students are studying and preparing for exams, assessments and taught classes and may be concerned about what will happen. Please be reassured that, despite the current situation, students will continue to have the opportunity to access high-quality learning.

Face-to-face classes for all CLTi programmes will be moved to an online classroom until the end of May 2020, and CLTi will continue to review the situation for courses after that date. Many students are already studying via an online classroom, so if you are currently enrolled on a face-to-face option, you will still receive the same engaging learning experience but will be able to study remotely. This flexible option means that you can still actively participate in group discussions and exercises and benefit from peer-to-peer learning, but from the comfort of your office or home. If you are unable to attend the online classroom for any reason, you will have access to a recording of an appropriate online class to watch at a time convenient to you.

Assessments will be run on the current published dates, however, given the current restrictions, all assessments will move to online submission as open-book, non-invigilated assessments during April and May 2020. Students will be informed how this works for their specific assessment by 6 April 2020. 

More details will be available to individual cohorts as classes, workshops and examinations approach and we work through the specific options in each location.

If you have any queries, please contact cltinternational@centlaw.com

For Canadian students, because the Canadian education courses are all online, including exams and essay submission, you should not be affected.

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