Life will be different on Loyola’s campuses this spring 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
Most health visits will be managed virtually via telehealth when possible and walk-ins will not be permitted. The Health Center has added a new electronic medical record platform to help make these virtual efforts more efficient. For those times when in-person visits are warranted, SHS has outfitted the office with plexiglass at the front desk, air filtration systems to each exam room, directional signage, and all integral PPE to maintain safety for these visits. More information regarding changes to SHS operations can be found on the SHS reopening plans page.
Parkhurst Dining will be continuing to offer a variety of made-from-scratch options for dine-in or to-go. Dining will also offer additional pre-packaged on-the-go options to offer students quick choices.
We will add a large tent on Diane Geppi-Aikens Field with temperature control to allow for additional dining options and seating space. GrubHub mobile ordering will be added to additional locations on campus to allow pre-order, customization, and quick pick-up. 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 option.
Plexiglass shields will be added at cashier stations, and contactless payment options are available at all locations. Dining will also offer physical-distancing traffic patterns with designated entrances and exits and 6-feet markers on the floors.
All employees will be trained on appropriate sanitation, disinfection, food safety, and physical distancing practices and will wear proper PPE.
For more details about menu options, hours, and changes, visit the Dining website.
The Counseling Center will start the semester primarily using remote therapy, in accordance with current health and safety standards. Under very limited circumstances (e.g., students in crisis and those who cannot access technology), students may be seen in person. Staff have added new support groups, therapy groups, workshops, increased access to emergency services, and additional online interventions. The Counseling Center has also prepared educational programming for students who may have mental health needs related to COVID-19.
Employee Assistance Program
The Employee Assistance Program provides free professional and confidential assessment, referrals, and short-term problem-solving to faculty, staff and administrators and their family members. Loyola employees and their household members are encouraged to contact the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through Kepro at 1-800-765-0770.
Fitness & Aquatic Center
The Fitness and Aquatic Center (FAC) will be open during the Spring 2021 semester. Please visit the FAC page for detailed information on hours, programs, and COVID modifications of policies and procedures.
Loyola/Notre Dame Library
The Library will be open only to students, faculty, staff, and administrators of Loyola and Notre Dame until further notice. As with any other campus space, University guidelines and public health practices must be followed in the Library.
The Study and the Writing Center
Staff in The Study and the Writing Center will continue to offer tutoring services online. In-person meetings may be offered as the semester continues.
Career Services will 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 in-person based on the latest information available.
Student Activities will continue to offer Late Night programming every Friday and Saturday night. A weekly email is sent to all students with the Late Night calendar, and all spring events will be either hybrid or fully remote. Student clubs and organizations will receive training in January to help them plan and run hybrid and virtual events during the spring semester.
ALANA Services will offer programs and services through a hybrid model, with larger attended events occurring virtually. Student appointments and meetings will also be virtual. ALANA, in collaboration with student organizations, will hold events for cultural heritage celebrations (African Diaspora, Black History, Asian & Pacific Islander Awareness). The organizations will hold meetings to engage with their peers and encourage recruitment and retention of their clubs.
Ongoing initiatives including the ALANA Mentoring Program (AMP), MAN2MAN, Sister to Sister, Hora de Café con Leche, and the Academic & Career Enrichment workshops will continue; contingent on audience size, some programs may be in person while others will be offered online.
ALANA is exploring a virtual CIE (Center for Intercultural Engagement) experience due to limited in-person capacity in the physical space. This would provide a virtual space for students to interact with each other and make connections safely in adherence to COVID physical distancing guidelines.
Campus Ministry will provide the Loyola community with a variety of in-person and virtual offerings for the Spring semester. Due to COVID-19 precautions, all in-person liturgies and events this semester are open only to current students, faculty, and staff. All attendees will be asked to register in advance to reserve seats in the Chapel. Liturgies will be celebrated in accordance with guidelines set by Baltimore City and Archdiocese of Baltimore, and the 5 p.m. Sunday Mass and Wednesday 12:10 p.m. Mass will continue to be livestreamed. More information will be available on the Campus Ministry website.
Center for Community, Service, & Justice
The Center for Community, Service, & Justice will continue to partner with local organizations to support and strengthen our community.
For the safety of our Loyola and Baltimore communities, Loyola-sponsored in-person service-learning and/or volunteering will not be permitted without specific approval through Loyola CCSJ and only with organizations with whom CCSJ has an up-to-date memorandum of understanding to include policies and procedures in place for COVID safety, physical distancing, and contact tracing (as well as standard Loyola-required polices for bias reporting, Clery Act and Title IX reporting). CCSJ may also require trainings for any service—virtually or in-person—with at-risk populations.
For continuity of community-engaged academic courses, student learning outcomes, and partnership expectations, all faculty have been directed by CCSJ to engage in virtual service or e-service-learning.
Students living off campus may choose individually to volunteer in person as long as those opportunities are not affiliated with Loyola, a course, or university-sponsored organization, such as a club. All students must still make sure they are following city and state guidelines and restrictions, adhering to physical distancing protocols, wearing face coverings, and noting with whom they interact for contact tracing purposes.
Students will be encouraged to view their living unit as a “family unit.” While students are in their own 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 has made several changes to student housing in the interest of public health and to mitigate risk. Some of them are:
- We reduced 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 reduced these units from four residents to two residents.
- 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, we established two off-campus Loyola 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.
- We closed Ahern and Aquinas, and both buildings will be used for isolation and emergency use space. We also closed several townhomes in Rahner Village and part of McAuley that can be used for isolation and emergency use space. We have also designated isolation spaces at The Social and The Woodberry.
Move-in is planned for Jan. 11-17. Move-in times will be scheduled to promote physical distancing, and students can bring one person with them to help them move in. Returning students will move-in on Jan. 11, 12, 13, and 17. Transfer students will move in on Jan. 13. First-year student move-in will be on Jan. 15 and 16.
All students living in Loyola-operated housing should bring a packed “go bag” with items they may need if they test positive and need to move to isolation.
Students are also encouraged not to overpack and bring unnecessary items, and students should not bring additional furniture. More details on move-in and what to bring and leave at home will be communicated to students.
Loyola has removed 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.
Each elevator has been labeled with an elevator capacity sign limiting use to 1-2 people depending on the size of the elevator. Signage has been posted in lounges and gathering spaces to remind occupants to maintain physical distancing. Plexiglass has been installed in areas that have open workstations.
We will offer students a two-week grace period for room and board. Residential students will have two weeks from the first day of classes, Jan. 19, to decide whether they want to live on campus for the whole semester. If students voluntarily decide by 5 p.m. on Feb. 4, 2021, 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.
Residence Hall Bathrooms
Loyola housing offers a number of living styles and a number of bathroom configurations.
Students in Butler, Hammerman, and Hopkins have communal bathrooms that are accessed by leaving their residence unit. These bathrooms are cleaned and maintained by Facilities, and they will have an enhanced cleaning schedule for the spring semester. Students in Butler, Hammerman, and Hopkins should wear a face covering while walking to the bathroom and only remove the face covering while brushing their teeth, washing their face, shaving, and showering. Students in Butler and Hammerman are encouraged to communicate with others who share their bathrooms in an effort to reduce density in the bathrooms and stagger shower times based on different academic schedules.
Students in Thea Bowman Hall have internal bathrooms which are cleaned and maintained by the residents. Students in suites, apartments, and townhomes have internal bathrooms, which are cleaned and maintained by the residents. Students are encouraged to communicate around bathroom use, detail a cleaning schedule, wipe down shared surfaces daily, and bring bathroom items with them each time versus storing items in the bathroom.
Laundry rooms will have posted occupancy limits, which are based on physical distancing, and students will need to abide by those limits. Students should bring enough face coverings that can be used between laundry times. Students should wash sheets and towels frequently. Students in quarantine and isolation will not be able to leave their residence units or isolation spaces to do laundry.
Resident Assistants (RAs) in each residential area will continue to serve as individual peer leaders for residents on their floors/in their communities by keeping residents informed of campus resources, while also building connections among rooms and apartments.
Support will primarily be provided virtually to promote physical distancing and health guidelines. While large, in-person community events will be put on hold for the spring semester, RAs will continue to organize community development activities for their specific floors once per month. RAs will also offer one-on-one virtual conversations with each of their residents throughout the semester.
RAs will engage with residents several times a week while on community walks and will continue to be available by phone each night. Throughout our residential campus, Student Life will be hosting building competitions and outdoor opportunities that allow for physically distant and low-risk community building.
Many events will be held virtually during the spring semester. In-person 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.
Greyhounds Athletics will continue to follow the guidance from the NCAA and the Patriot League. The latest info is available on LoyolaGreyhounds.com.
The office of undergraduate admission offers campus visits to prospective students and their families. The visitor policy is available here; that policy may continue to be revised in accord with government and health guidelines.
Shuttles will run on their usual routes with the addition of routes to service the new residence locations. Shuttles will service The Social Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Broadway Services, a third-party contractor, will provide service to The Woodberry Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
All shuttle drivers and passengers will wear face coverings at all times and engage in physical distancing on the shuttles. After each loop, the touch surfaces (handrails, seat back handles) will be wiped down with a 70% alcohol solution wipe. Bus capacities will be lower, so during peak rush times additional service will be added as needed.