Life will be different on Loyola’s campuses as we take steps to try and reduce the risks posed by COVID-19 and keep our community healthy.
Students will continue to benefit from exceptional services across the University. Many of these will maintain strong virtual presences to allow for physical distancing. Others are implementing physical changes to help promote the health and safety of our community.
Student Health Services
Student Health Services is working diligently to ensure the safety of our students and to continue to provide effective health care services. Learn how Student Health Services will operate during the 2020-21 academic year, and see their COVID FAQ page.
We will add a tent on Diane Geppi-Aikens Field to allow for additional dining/serving space. Parkhurst Dining will offer more wrapped and grab-and-go options. All buffet-style service will be replaced with wrapped/packaged or served options in the dining locations. Plexiglass shields will be added at cashier stations, and contactless payment options will be available at all locations. Dining will also offer physical-distancing traffic patterns with designated entrances and exits and 6-feet markers on the floors. Take-out packaging will be available to allow students to take food back to their rooms and still enjoy the all-you-care-to eat meal plans. All employees will be trained on appropriate sanitation, disinfection, food safety, and physical distancing practices and will wear proper PPE. For more details, visit the dining website.
The Counseling Center will use remote therapy as much as is possible. Students in crisis and those who cannot access technology for remote therapy will be seen in person. Staff are developing several new support groups, therapy groups, workshops, increased access to emergency services, and additional online interventions. The Counseling Center has already prepared educational programming for students who may have mental health needs related to COVID-19.
Fitness & Aquatic Center
For the semester, the FAC will have a reduced capacity, following the industry standard of 1 patron per 100 square feet. Sanitizing and cleaning will occur frequently, and patrons must clean each piece of equipment using the disinfectant bottles throughout the facility.
Loyola/Notre Dame Library
The Library will be open only to students, faculty, staff, and administrators of Loyola and Notre Dame. As with any other campus space, University guidelines and public health practices must be followed in the Library.
Academic Advising and Support Center
The Academic Advising and Support Center will continue to offer virtual, email, and phone advising, as needed and as appropriate.
The Study and the Writing Center
Staff in the Study and the Writing Center will continue to offer tutoring services online.
Career Services quickly pivoted all programs and appointments to an online format and is prepared to continue offering comprehensive support to students and alumni. Large scale events such as career fairs, networking opportunities, and panel discussions will remain online. All 1-1 appointments will be available via Zoom virtual meetings. As the semester draws closer, the team will monitor opportunities to offer certain 1-1 appointments and smaller workshop events safely in-person based on the latest information available.
Students will be encouraged to view their living unit, including those they share a restroom with, as a “family unit.” While students are in their rooms, suites, or apartments, they will not need to wear face coverings. Students should recognize and accept, though, their shared responsibility to help reduce the risk to their living unit especially, and that non-compliant behavior by one member of the living unit (such as not wearing a face covering while away from their room or not observing physical distancing) increases the risk to other members of the unit.
Loyola is making changes to student housing in the interest of public health and to mitigate risk. Some of them are:
- We are reducing the number of students in some apartments. Students will not be permitted to live in groups larger than six.
- Several rooms in Newman have a bedroom located in the common room and provide limited privacy. We will be reducing these units from four residents to two residents.
- Students who have been assigned to Ahern for their residence are being reassigned so that Ahern can be designated as an isolation space.
- To help decrease density on campus, to create isolation space, to provide housing to those students who had planned to study abroad, and to ensure every student who wants to be in Loyola housing can be, Loyola is establishing two off-campus communities in the Social North Charles, an apartment building that is less than a mile from campus in Guilford, and the Woodberry Apartments, a brand-new apartment building located near the Ridley Athletic Complex, for the 2020-2021 academic year. Those apartments will be completely furnished by Loyola, and students would pay the Loyola housing rate. Transportation will be provided to and from the apartments.
The number of people who can come to campus with each student will be limited. Move-in times will be scheduled to promote physical distancing. Details on this will be communicated to students later.
Loyola will remove furniture to reduce density where possible in classrooms, dining spaces, gathering/common spaces, hallways, and entrances to buildings. Students will find directional signage in some spaces, including in some stairwells that will be designated for one direction to distance the flow of traffic.
We will offer students a three-week grace period for room and board. Residential students will have three weeks from the first day of classes to decide whether they want to live on campus for the whole semester. If students voluntarily decide during the first three weeks of classes that they want to move home and continue instruction remotely, we will refund their room and board expenses for the semester. This refund does not apply to tuition and other fees, and will not apply to students who withdraw from or leave the University. Tuition and fees will remain the same because they are in exchange for services—primarily the University’s academic programming—which will be provided regardless of the method of course delivery.
Events & Athletics
University events will be designed to allow for physical distancing and to limit campus community spread/transmission of COVID-19, following local, state, and federal public health guidelines and taking additional measures. Face coverings will be required of all guests attending events on campus, and hand sanitizer will be available.
The Patriot League announced that conference teams will not engage in competitions during the fall season; decisions surrounding winter and spring sports will be made at a later date. Opportunities for conditioning, practices, and strength training will be permitted provided health and safety conditions support such activities. Follow the Loyola Greyhounds site for more information.
Undergraduate Admission Visits
The office of undergraduate admission resumed a modified, limited campus visit schedule following all public health guidelines for admission guests at the end of July.