Loyola University Maryland is committed to working toward reopening our campuses and resuming on-campus instruction and activities safely. Planning is underway to resume campus operations on time for the fall semester with in-person classes beginning, as scheduled, on Aug. 31, 2020. Our goal is to offer a residential experience for the full semester.
New the Week of June 1: Check out the FAQ page for answers to some of the questions we are receiving related to the plans for reopening Loyola's campuses.
- Deliver a high-quality education: Loyola is committed to fulfilling its mission to deliver an outstanding Jesuit and liberal arts professional education to each of its students.
- Keep health and safety at the heart of decision-making: The health and safety of our community will be at the forefront of all decisions as we consider best practices and guidance provided by government and health officials. Each step will be taken in line with the state’s “Maryland Strong Roadmap to Recovery.” We will fully assess and anticipate the risks to every step.
- Move forward with optimism and openness to change: Because of social distancing, we know that our residential and educational experience will temporarily look different. We will proceed with caution and a culture of innovation, considering how we can continue to be the close-knit, supportive intellectual community we are with new guidelines and regulations.
- Make decisions in the context of our Jesuit values: As we plan, we will keep an eye on our commitment to social justice, the importance of equity and inclusion, and our focus on environmental sustainability.
The Planning Process
Professionals and departments across the University are working to identify innovative solutions to ensure the health and safety of our campus community. Faculty will spend time this summer working to ensure they will be able to offer their courses online, as well as in person.
The University has formed three interdepartmental working groups to focus on reopening our campuses. Each of these will focus on a specific area that requires planning, policies, training, and structures to ensure successful operations for the educational and residential experience we plan to offer.
Academic Continuity/Modified Course Delivery
This group is working to ensure the University can safely offer classes in the classrooms available, while ensuring that social distancing will be possible. They have identified a variety of supports for faculty to continue to offer high-quality online learning opportunities for students so that classes will continue to be accessible to students who need to live at home while engaging in learning. Students on campus will also be involved in some hybrid and online learning in order to assure social distancing in the classrooms.
This group is identifying necessary resources and steps to implement plans for a residential, in-person learning experience. We will need to reduce density in our residence halls, engage in social distancing practices, and consider how our students can forge intellectual and social connections in a safe, healthy way.
Health Care/COVID-19 Management
This group is researching and planning for a comprehensive public health protocol, including the testing, contact tracing, PPE, training, and health-related planning that need to be in place for a reopening. This group is also exploring best practices in this area and identifying technology that would enhance the offerings of the Student Health Center.
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