Loyola University Maryland

Coronavirus Updates

Health and Safety

We are leaning on scientific knowledge and research in our approach to care for the whole person—mind, body, and spirit—in working to ensure a robust and successful 2021-2022 academic year.

Student Requirements by Semester

Student Requirements for Spring 2022

  1. COVID Booster Requirement: COVID-19 vaccine boosters are required for all students participating in in-person classes or activities and all faculty, staff, and administrators, with the exception of those who have a medical or religious exemption approved by the University. Students should upload proof of the booster vaccine to the Loyola Student Health Portal by Jan. 31, 2022. If you will not be eligible in time to meet that deadline, please receive your booster as soon as you are eligible and then submit documentation to the Loyola Student Health Portal. Student Health Services will reach out to you via email if you are not in compliance. The CDC advises that if your original vaccine was mRNA-based, you should receive a booster of either mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) six months after your second dose. If your original vaccine was viral vector-based (Johnson & Johnson), you should receive a booster of either mRNA or viral vector vaccine two months after your initial vaccine. If you have questions about your eligibility, reach out to Student Health Services at healthservices@loyola.edu. New incoming students should coordinate these requirements with Student Health Services (SHS). As there is no definitive guidance for the length of time between a positive COVID test and timing for a booster, SHS is allowing students to get booster at the advice of their primary care providers. This means if you have a letter from a medical professional confirming that you should not receive your booster yet, SHS will accept this in order to defer your requirement. Please submit it to covidtesting@loyola.edu. SHS will make a note in your file for the date by which you should receive your booster.
  2. Proof of Negative COVID Test: All undergraduate students—residential, off-campus residents, and commuters—are required to provide proof of a negative test prior to returning to campus. The results of rapid and home tests* will only be accepted if submitted using following protocol below. They also must have been administered within 48 hours of students' arrival on campus for move-in or for the start of classes. PCR tests must have been administered within seven days of students' return. Proof of tests should be submitted through the Loyola Student Health Portal before students return to campus whether for move-in or for the start of classes. Student-athletes who are returning prior to Jan. 16 should contact their coaches for additional information. If you have tested positive within the last 90 days, you do not need to re-test at this time to return to campus. However, you are still required to submit a copy of your positive test result following the same directions below. Please note: If you tested at Student Health Services, we already have your test results so there is no need to submit anything, you are cleared to return to campus as long as you have completed your isolation period.

*Protocol for Rapid/Home Test Covid Submission:

  1. Administer the covid test according to instructions
  2. Take a photo of the completed covid test along with the following information
    1. The student’s Loyola ID card showing in the picture with the test (if the ID card is not available, please write the student’s name on the test)
    2. Date the test was administered (photo of the date on a phone, computer, or written on the test or paper)
    3. If the test has an app, you can also include a screenshot of the app image
  3. Log onto the Patient Portal and click on the forms tab
  4. Click on the “COVID Test Attestation Statement and Upload” form, complete form and upload photo as above

Campus Health Care Partnerships

Student Health Services (SHS) will continue to serve as the main oversight for campus health care. However, Loyola will continue to work closely with outside partners such as the Baltimore City Health Department and Maryland Department of Health to navigate any changes in plans needed for the health and safety of our campus community should our area encounter a resurgence of COVID-19 cases.

Symptom Screening 

Students

All undergraduate and graduate students, regardless of vaccination status, are expected to be enrolled in Loyola’s student symptom checker through the new Loyola Student Health Portal. We are encouraging a culture of raising self-awareness and social responsibility through daily symptom monitoring with this simple screening tool. Preventing potentially infected individuals from interacting with other students is still one of the best ways to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 within our community. 

If a student is experiencing symptoms and has been a recent close contact of someone with COVID-19, they will be flagged on the app and will be contacted by SHS for further evaluation, testing, etc. Every student is expected to answer honestly each morning as well as comply in showing their symptom checker green pass if asked by a Loyola faculty member, staff member, or administrator. The Loyola Student Health Portal enrollment process was communicated to all students in a communication sent directly from SHS before Fall move-in.

Employees

Employees continue to perform daily screenings through the GetVitalCheck program, a symptom checker for faculty, staff, and administrators. Employees who are not cleared by GetVitalCheck will be asked to take part in a telehealth visit with a board-certified physician for further evaluation and/or testing as appropriate, and they can make a telehealth appointment with a physician through the GetVitalCheck program or with their primary care physician. Employees who are not cleared to return to campus each day must notify their department supervisors and the office of human resources. Employees who are unable to work should use their available paid time off, including the University's COVID leave. If no leave time is available, they will be on unpaid leave.

All members of the Loyola community and their guests should stay home if they are sick or have any COVID-19 symptoms. Do your part to keep our community safe.

Vaccines

Vaccination will be key to our success as a community this academic year.

COVID-19 Vaccine

  • All undergraduate and graduate students attending class in person should have received their final dose of one of the COVID vaccines by Aug. 1, 2021. See our Vaccination FAQ for information on how to provide proof of vaccination or request a medical or religious exemption.
  • Faculty, staff, and administrators are also required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit proof of vaccination through GetVitalCheck by Sept. 13, 2021.

COVID Booster Requirement

COVID-19 vaccine boosters are required for all students participating in in-person classes or activities and all faculty, staff, and administrators, with the exception of those who have a medical or religious exemption approved by the University. The CDC advises that if your original vaccine was mRNA-based, you should receive a booster of either mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) six months after your second dose. If your original vaccine was viral vector-based (Johnson & Johnson), you should receive a booster of either mRNA or viral vector vaccine two months after your initial vaccine.

  • Students: Students should upload proof of the booster vaccine to the Loyola Student Health Portal by Jan. 31, 2022. If you will not be eligible in time to meet that deadline, please receive your booster as soon as you are eligible and then submit documentation to the Loyola Student Health Portal. Student Health Services will reach out to you via email if you are not in compliance. If you have questions about your eligibility, reach out to Student Health Services at healthservices@loyola.edu. New incoming students should coordinate these requirements with Student Health Services.
  • Faculty, Staff, and Administrators: Employees should email proof of their booster shot to employeevitalcheck@loyola.edu or upload their proof through VitalCheck by Jan. 31, 2022. Employees who will not be eligible to meet that deadline should reach out to their HR partner.

Influenza Vaccine

  • All undergraduate and graduate students will be required to obtain the seasonal influenza vaccination and submit proof of the vaccination to SHS by sending it to healthservices@loyola.edu by Nov. 12, 2021. SHS will accept valid medical/religious exemptions, which need to be submitted directly to SHS. All documentation regarding flu shots should be submitted to healthservices@loyola.edu.

Case Management

Review the plans and procedures in place for case management.

Testing

Students

Mandatory surveillance testing for COVID-19 will be conducted for students who have been granted an exemption for the vaccine on a weekly basis. Failure to comply with this mandatory weekly testing will result in the student being referred to the University’s student conduct process. Testing will be billed directly to the student’s health insurance with any remaining balance coming to the University. Students who are vaccinated will be randomly selected to participate in surveillance testing.

Review the full student testing protocol.

Employees

Mandatory testing for faculty, staff, and administrators who have been granted an exemption for the vaccine will be conducted on a weekly basis. Additionally, weekly testing will include a small percentage of randomly selected vaccinated employees each week as COVID-19 conditions continue to evolve. Employees who fail to participate in this testing will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.

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 as appropriate/required, washing hands frequently, and using hand sanitizer.

Face coverings

Wearing masks on all of Loyola’s campuses is optional, except on visits to Student Health Services and the Counseling Center. Those who feel more comfortable wearing a mask at other times are welcome to wear one.

For more information on face coverings, see Improve How Your Mask Protects You on the CDC site

For Unvaccinated Members of the Loyola Community/Visitors

Members of the community and visitors to Loyola’s campuses who are not vaccinated are expected to follow CDC guidelines, wear face coverings, and not to come to campus if they are sick. See the Visitor Policy for more information.