Loyola University Maryland

Coronavirus Updates

Health and Safety

As a community, we will lean on scientific knowledge and research in our approach to care of the whole person—mind, body, and spirit—in setting the stage for a successful semester on our campuses.

Loyola is establishing a contract with a local hospital group to serve as our healthcare partner. They will offer medical guidance and support, as well as assistance in case management for any students who require closer monitoring and/or hospitalization related to COVID-19.

Preventative Care

Prior to coming to campus

We are requiring undergraduate students to quarantine for the 14 days prior to arrival on the Evergreen campus. This may be difficult, but we are asking this of all our students to put us in the best position for a healthy semester for our community. You can learn more about quarantining on the Student Health Services FAQs page. If it is impractical for graduate students to quarantine prior to the start of your program, please try to minimize your contact with large groups of people and keep your social contacts to a small circle of family and trusted friends. Graduate students will be expected to do this throughout the semester. 

Screening and Testing

Every student will be required to have proof of a negative viral test for COVID-19 prior to returning to Loyola’s campuses. The test must be administered within 14 days prior to your return. The test must be a viral test, not an antibody test.

Every residential and commuting undergraduate student will be required to provide proof of a negative viral test and receive clearance from Loyola’s health care partner prior to returning to campus. We will send additional information on the clearance process soon.

Undergraduate and graduate students will be expected to monitor their symptoms daily and use a daily symptom-checker program as a screening tool. If they have any symptoms or exposure to COVID-19, they will be connected to Student Health Services (SHS) for further evaluation and/or testing.

Employees will also perform daily screenings through the getVitalCheck program. Employees who are not cleared will be asked to take part in a telehealth visit with a board-certified physician for further evaluation and/or testing as appropriate. Employees can make a telehealth appointment with a physician through the getVitalcheck program or contact their primary care physician for an appointment. Employees who are not cleared to return to campus each day must notify their department supervisors and HR.

Mandatory Training

All undergraduate and graduate students must complete the COVID-19 Safety and Awareness Education for Loyola Students and complete the COVID-19 Acknowledgment for Students. Visit LinkedIn Learning to complete the training and acknowledgment.

Student Supplies

Upon arrival, each undergraduate and graduate student will be provided a welcome kit that will include two face coverings and hand sanitizer. Undergraduate students will also receive thermometers.

Contact Tracing

The University will implement contact tracing aligned with local and state public health offices and with staff of Student Health Services (SHS) and other University employees who have been trained to support this effort.

See the University’s statement on COVID-19

Case Management

While our shared compliance with health and safety protocols will help reduce the risk of infection, there is no way to eliminate the risk entirely, and it is likely there will be cases of COVID-19 infection among our community members in the coming academic year. To respond to positive or suspected COVID-19 cases as they arise, the University is developing a case management plan in coordination with the Baltimore City Health Department.

Quarantine

If an undergraduate student has been exposed to COVID-19 but remains asymptomatic and has not tested positive, they will remain quarantined in their apartment/residence hall room under the guidance of SHS. They will likely remain in quarantine for 14 days after the initial contact or until cleared by a SHS provider. Dining can deliver food to students who are in quarantine. Students will have the opportunity to participate in remote learning while in quarantine.

Graduate students who test positive for COVID-19 or who have been exposed will isolate/quarantine at home and work with Student Health Services to confirm that they are ready to return to campus for face-to-face instruction. They will also be responsible for daily symptom checking and following up with Student Health Services if they have symptoms.

Isolation

Students will self-isolate in their rooms at the first onset of symptoms and check in with Student Health Services to coordinate testing and develop a follow-up plan. Students who test positive will be asked to return home if their home is within driving distance of Loyola. They will stay in isolation there until cleared by their primary care physician and/or SHS provider. Students who are unable to return home will move to Ahern Hall, which will serve as the campus isolation space. Regular check-ins will be completed for medical management, and care will be coordinated. Dining will deliver food to students who are in isolation on campus. Students who require hospital care will be transported to the University’s health care partner for treatment. Students will have the opportunity to participate in remote learning while in isolation.

Employees who have been exposed to/test positive for COVID-19

Employees who have been exposed to COVID-19 will need to remain home for 14 days until cleared by both their physician and HR. Employees who test positive will need to remain at home under the care of their physician until cleared to return to work by HR. They will also be instructed to follow plans laid out by HR in order to manage their return to work.

Learn more about how Student Health Services will operate during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Promoting Healthy Behavior

Every member of the Loyola community has a role to play in advancing the health of our campuses. Testing and screening will be important, but we can each make a real difference through our approach to personal hygiene—wearing face coverings, washing hands frequently, using hand sanitizer, and engaging in physical distancing.

Face Coverings

Everyone on campus will be required to wear face coverings except when in personal residential spaces or closed offices and when not practical, i.e., while eating, drinking, brushing teeth, etc. The University will provide two face coverings to each student and employee returning to campus. N95 masks and medical-grade surgical masks will be reserved for healthcare workers and other approved personnel with task-specific hazards. Gloves are required only for specific tasks that have required gloves prior to the COVID-19 pandemic (cleaning, dining, etc.).

Physical Distancing

Members of the Loyola community and any visitors to our campuses must engage in physical distancing, staying at least 6 feet apart in public spaces. All programming where physical distancing guidelines cannot be met will be suspended until physical distancing requirements are lifted.

Training/Education for Students/Employees

Students are strongly advised to view the videos on the Healthy Hounds page. These quick, yet informative, videos provide essential education regarding health and safety practices which work in conjunction to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Faculty, staff, and administrators will be required to participate in an online health and safety training/education program prior to their return to campus.

Compliance

Those not adhering to the required University guidelines and public health practices could endanger other community members and will be subject to the student conduct process or employee disciplinary action.

Learn more about what we can each do to promote health and safety within our community on the Healthy Hounds page.

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Student Health Services Website Student Health Services COVID FAQ

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