Loyola's ongoing response to COVID-19
Loyola University Maryland continues to deliver a high-quality Jesuit liberal arts education for our students, while implementing these steps to help our community navigate COVID-19.
The Latest Updates
Update as of March 2, 2023: Loyola's operations plan for the 2023-24 academic year is available on the 2023-24 Operations Plan page.
Meanwhile, the University’s operations plan for the 2022-23 academic year continues to be available and updated on this site. The University reserves the right to change COVID-related policies and processes at any time.
Highlights of the 2022-23 Plan
- Vaccinations: All undergraduate students—residential, off-campus residents, and commuters and all graduate students engaging in in-person experiences on any of Loyola’s campuses—are required to be up-to-date with their initial vaccination series and one booster. Students requesting an exemption must complete a waiver form. The requirement 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.
- Return-to-Campus Testing: Students are strongly encouraged to take a COVID-19 test prior to returning to campus. Students who may be delayed for move in because of a positive test should communicate with Student Life to reschedule their move in time. Alternative move in times for this reason are available during normal business hours Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Surveillance Testing: The University will not conduct random surveillance testing on a regular basis. Students who need COVID-19 testing because they have been identified as a close contact or have COVID-19 symptoms should reach out to Student Health Services or a local urgent care.
- COVID Communications: Critical community updates related to COVID will be provided on this website or sent via email to our community. We are no longer updating a COVID dashboard.
- Visitors and Events: There are no COVID-19 restrictions related to visitors and events. Guests and visitors are permitted in residence halls.
- Masking: Although wearing a mask is not required on campus (except in the health and counseling centers), community members are always welcome to wear a mask. There are many reasons why individuals would choose to wear a mask including but not limited to they or loved ones are immunocompromised, other health conditions preventing vaccination, personal preference, etc. Please be respectful of other people’s concerns around commutable illnesses.
Info for students who are symptomatic
Any student who is symptomatic should take a home test, contact Loyola Student Health Services at 410-617-5055 for an appointment, or visit a local urgent care. Report positive results to the Student COVID Case Reporting form.
Info for students who test positive
- Students who test positive should complete the Student COVID Case Reporting form to ensure that the proper communication regarding isolation is given and contact tracing occurs.
- Residential students who test positive for COVID will be asked to return home to isolate, if possible, or isolate in their assigned room. You are required to isolate for five days after the date of your positive test. Your test date is Day ZERO.
- During this time, you are not permitted to move freely around campus and should coordinate with your instructors for makeup of classwork.
- You will be permitted to wear an N95 mask to grab meals to take back to your room
- You will be required to isolate in your room, treating your roommates and suitemates as your “family unit” while here at school.
- Student Health Services will help you coordinate when you are cleared to normal campus activities including classes, athletics, and other organizations.
- Students who are symptomatic and/or have a fever on day 5 may need to isolate for the full 10 days.
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