Loyola's ongoing response to COVID-19
During a rich and engaging semester of classes, events, and experiences this Spring 2022 semester, Loyola University Maryland will be prepared to take steps to continue to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Our Rapid Response Team and Policy Group continue to amend and implement a revised COVID operations plan to continue to promote and advance the health and safety of our Loyola community as we deliver a high-quality Jesuit liberal arts and professional education and experience for our students.
COVID Operations Plan
The Latest Updates
As of May 5, 2022
Final Exams/Grad Classes to Move Online: The remaining final examinations and grad classes for the semester will move online, if possible, beginning Saturday, May 7.
Masking Required in Classrooms and Labs: If exams must be offered in person, masks are required for everyone in the classroom, lab, or exam room effective Saturday, May 7.
Masking Strongly Encouraged at Indoor Events: Masking remains optional for all members of our community. With several larger events in these days leading up to Commencement, however, we strongly encourage you to consider masking, especially in certain settings. Our community’s health is paramount; please make decisions to support you and those around you as we work to bring this semester to a successful close.
Start of the Spring 2022 Semester
- Proof of Negative COVID Test: All undergraduate students—residential, off-campus residents, and commuters—are required to provide proof of a negative test prior to returning to campus in January. The results of rapid and home tests will be accepted, but they must have been administered within 48 hours of students' arrival on campus for move-in or for the start of classes. PCR tests must have been administered within seven days of students' return. Proof of tests should be submitted through the Loyola Student Health Portal before students return to campus whether for move-in or for the start of classes. Student-athletes who are returning prior to Jan. 16 should contact their coaches for additional information.
- Start Smart: For the first two weeks of the semester, which begins on Tuesday, Jan. 18, Loyola will participate in a “Start Smart” period. During this time, all classes will be offered online-only, both served and prepackaged meals will be available in designated dining spaces, the Fitness & Aquatics Center and Library will be open, and masks will be required everywhere indoors (except in personal residential spaces). We will not permit food at large-scale, in-person events during the “Start Smart” period, and there will be no eating in Reitz Arena.
- Surveillance Testing: During those first two weeks of the semester, we will increase surveillance testing of vaccinated members of our community. All those with exemptions from vaccinations will continue to be tested weekly through the semester.
- COVID Communications: As we are shifting to more of a maintenance approach for COVID, Loyola is updating the COVID dashboard only twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays. The University reserves the right to return to more frequent updates as needed. As always, if the University’s COVID status is particularly concerning, Loyola will communicate that information with FSA, students, and families swiftly, clearly, and directly.
COVID Booster Requirement
COVID-19 vaccine boosters are required for all students participating in in-person classes or activities and all faculty, staff, and administrators, with the exception of those who have a medical or religious exemption approved by the University.
Students should upload proof of the booster vaccine to the Loyola Student Health Portal by Jan. 31, 2022. Students should not wait if they are eligible sooner. Students, faculty, staff, and administrators who will not be eligible in time for the deadline should receive their booster as soon as they are eligible and then submit documentation. Students should submit documentation to the Loyola Student Health Portal, and FSA should email proof of their booster shot to email@example.com or upload their proof through VitalCheck. Student Health Services will reach out to students via email if they are not in compliance.
This decision follows the recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that all adults 18 and older get a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot. The CDC advises that if your original vaccine was mRNA-based, you should receive a booster of either mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) six months after your second dose. If your original vaccine was viral vector-based (Johnson & Johnson), you should receive a booster of either mRNA or viral vector vaccine two months after your initial vaccine.
Student Health Services is partnering with Giant to offer booster vaccine clinics on the Evergreen campus. If you have questions about your eligibility, reach out to Student Health Services at firstname.lastname@example.org. New incoming students should coordinate these requirements with Student Health Services.
The University's isolation and quarantine protocols are in line with the current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Students Who Test Positive
- Symptomatic students who test positive must isolate for 5 days, be fully asymptomatic for 24 hours, and test negative on day 6. If they have continued symptoms or test positive on day 6, they must isolate for the full 10 days. Students who test negative on day 6 must stay masked for the full 10 days.
- Asymptomatic students who test positive must isolate for 5 days and test on day 6. If they are negative, they will be released from isolation, but they must stay masked everywhere (indoors and outdoors and in personal living spaces) for the full 10 days except while eating and sleeping. If they test positive on day 6, they must continue to isolate and will be tested again on day 8. Students continuing to test positive will need to isolate for the full 10 days.
If the testing or telemedicine visit would fall on a Saturday or Sunday, it will be scheduled for Monday.
- These protocols apply to students who have been identified as close contacts to someone who has tested positive. The CDC defines a close contact as someone who has been within 6 feet of someone who tested positive for COVID-19 for 15 minutes within a 24-hour period, whether masked or unmasked, indoors or outside. We are following the CDC guidance for close contacts.
- Close contacts who are vaccinated and boosted must wear a mask for 10 days and test on day 5; if you are a close contact and develop symptoms at any time in the 10 days following your exposure, you must get tested and stay home.
- Close contacts who are vaccinated but not boosted (and who are eligible to be boosted) or those who have been granted a University exemption must stay home for 5 days, and test on day 5. If they test negative, they must continue to wear a mask in their living space for another 5 days.
See FAQs for employees and FAQs for students.
Masks are optional on all of Loyola's campuses, except on visits to Student Health Services and the Counseling Center. If you feel more comfortable wearing a mask, please continue to wear a mask while on Loyola's campuses.
See our COVID-19 Mental Health Survival Guide.
Student Health Services
Find more information on the Student Health Services site.
Our Evergreen campus is open to prospective students and their families. Learn more on the undergraduate admission page.
For information about our graduate programs and the steps necessary to apply for admission, please visit our Apply to Graduate School page. Any specific questions can be directed to the program or the Office of Graduate Admission (email@example.com).
Students who are in need of additional accommodations and support should reach out to the office of disability services at 410-617-2062.
Faculty, Staff, and Administrators
All COVID-19 concerns and questions from faculty, staff, and administrators should be directed toward the office of human resources.
Students can explore current continuing education offerings through ASPIRE.
If you are a member of the media with a question, please contact Molly Robey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See faculty members who can provide expert commentary on the pandemic.
Please check back as this page will continue to be updated with more information. Questions may be sent to email@example.com.