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 setting the stage for a robust and successful 2021-2022 academic year.

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, will be expected to enroll in Loyola’s student symptom checker through the new Loyola Student Health Portal. We will encourage 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 will be communicated to all students in a communication sent directly from SHS before move-in begins.

Employees

Employees will also 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. 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.

Student Requirements for Fall 2021

Prior to the start of the Fall 2021 semester, students planning to return to campus must take these steps:

  1. All students are required to submit proof of COVID-19 vaccinations or be granted a medical or religious exemption. Every student (vaccinated or exempt) who is moving into the residence halls is also required to have a negative PCR test prior to moving onto campus. The test must be completed within 72 hours of arrival to campus. Vaccinated students may present their result in person at move-in. Students with granted medical and religious exemptions must send their results in advance to covidtesting@loyola.edu.
  2. Health Forms and Immunization Records: First-year and transfer students must submit any outstanding health and immunization records to SHS prior to arriving on campus this fall. Please submit these forms ASAP to healthservices@loyola.edu. *If you are a rising sophomore and are unsure if you completed these forms in their entirety last semester, please contact SHS at 410-617-5055. Graduate students should check with their program director to determine if health forms are required.
  3. All students must also enroll in their Loyola Student Health Portal: SHS will send information during August in a separate email with instructions on how to enroll.  This portal will allow for access to the Daily Student Symptom Checker as well as other Health Services information.

*Please note that failure to complete these requirements will result in a health hold on the student record, which will prevent the ability to move into Loyola housing or, in the case of graduate students or students living in non-Loyola housing, permission to be on campus and attend classes or participate in campus activities.

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.

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 being the full responsibility of the patient. The cost will be $65 per test billed to the student’s account if it is not covered by insurance. Loyola will not be providing regular surveillance testing without fees after Aug. 1, 2021. 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

Face coverings are required indoors on all of Loyola’s campuses because of the indoor mask mandate in Baltimore City. Members of the Loyola community may remove their mask, if they choose, when they are in their own personal residential spaces or a closed office and when not practical, such as while eating and drinking. This mandate is in effect regardless of vaccination status.

At this time, wearing a mask outdoors is optional. Those who feel more comfortable wearing a mask outdoors are welcome to wear one.

When the indoor mask mandate is lifted, there will be situations that continue to require masking, such as when seeking medical/mental health care, riding shuttles, welcoming a Loyola employee who comes to provide service in a residential unit or office area, etc.

The University will continue to look to guidance from health experts and government officials when determining future COVID-19 policies related to masks, social distancing, and other best practices.

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.

Overview of Student Protocols

  Situation Not Fully Vaccinated Fully Vaccinated
Testing Surveillance testing Required weekly through SHS and Genetworx Required to participate if randomly selected
Symptomatic testing Complete Symptom Tracker through Loyola health portal to report symptoms and SHS will call you to schedule a test at their office.
Testing after exposure At SHS 5-7 days after exposure At SHS 5-7 days after exposure
Quarantine & Isolation Positive Case Protocol

Isolation for 10 days and at least 24 hours have passed since fever (higher than 100.4) without fever-reducing medications and other symptoms improved.

No exercise during isolation. Post-infection isolation status is dependent on patient’s previous medical history and will be discussed with Student Health Services upon discharge from isolation.

Close Contacts Protocol Quarantine for 7 full days after exposure. Make appointment and get tested at SHS between days 5-7. If symptom free for 24 hours and negative test, release on day 8 at 7 a.m. Mask in public indoor settings. Make appointment and get tested 5-7 days after exposure.
Activities
  • Classes, internships, and other essential duties
  • Dining
  • Extracurricular activities (clubs, orgs), other non-essential duties

Mask indoors. Mask outdoors when physical distancing is not possible.

Follow CDC guidelines for unvaccinated.

Mask indoors. Encouraged to avoid large crowds. Mask when vaccination status is not able to be determined and distancing is difficult.