Loyola University Maryland

Coronavirus Updates

Campus Assessment and Restriction Period (CARP 2.0) Guidelines

At times during the Spring 2021 semester, the University may proactively need to shift back to CARP (Campus Assessment and Restriction Period) due to the status of COVID-19 in the Loyola community. During CARP, all classes on the Evergreen campus will be held online, the University will increase surveillance testing, and residential students will limit their interactions outside their living units. This will give us the opportunity to pause, assess where we stand with regard to COVID-19 as a community, and position us for continuing to achieve a safe, healthy semester.

CARP 2.0 is not currently in play. However, we encourage members of the Loyola community to become familiar with what would occur in the event that the University needs to shift to CARP 2.0.


  • All undergraduate classes will be online-only. In-person graduate classes scheduled to be held on the Evergreen campus will be held online. In-person graduate classes and experiences will continue as scheduled in Timonium, Columbia, downtown, and at the Loyola Clinical Centers.
  • In-person meetings, programs, events, and Masses will be virtual.
  • Residential students are permitted to leave their rooms to pick up food or exercise outdoors. They must remember to wear their mask and social distance.
  • Residential students may visit each other outdoors and spend time outdoors with masks at a proper 6-foot distance.
  • Residential students are not permitted to have any visitors in their living spaces. Only residents assigned to the residential unit may be present.


  • All meals are to-go. Mobile ordering (Grubhub) is available and encouraged in all dining locations and is required at Starbucks during CARP.
  • Seating in dining locations will be closed, but students can still place orders at stations in dining locations and navigate allergens.
  • Residential students can shop at Iggy’s Market and Bowman Express for groceries and supplies, though the number of students permitted in the space may be limited.
  • Check out the dining opening hours website or download the FoodU App for hours and menus.


  • No gatherings of any size are allowed for undergraduates, on campus or off-campus, indoors or outdoors.

Campus Facilities

  • The FAC is closed.
  • Loyola students are not permitted to use the Loyola-Notre Dame Library.

Leaving Campus

  • Residential students can leave campus for essential purposes only. Essential reasons include visiting a doctor or receiving a prescription, grocery shopping, attending an academic commitment (such as an internship), going to a place of employment, exercise outdoors, getting takeout from a restaurant. Attending social gatherings bars, and parties are not considered essential.
  • When leaving campus to get groceries, food, or supplies:
    • Students are encouraged to only make one trip and get everything they need
    • Students are encouraged to travel with others in their residential unit and should not travel with people outside of their residential unit

Off-Campus Students

  • Off-campus students should not come to campus.
  • Off-campus students are encouraged to engage in low-risk activities and avoid high-risk activities. They should also follow all city and state guidelines, as well as any Loyola policies for off-campus students.

Student Health Services

  • Testing will continue, including random surveillance testing.
  • Symptomatic and Quarantine testing will be done at Student Health Services
  • Surveillance testing will be increased and will continue to be scheduled through the AURA app. 
  • All students should continue to use Campus Clear every day.
  • Student Health Services is open to serve students by appointment only

Parking and Shuttles

The shuttle will run on its regular schedule. Parking will be available in the Cathedral as normal.

Visitors to Campus

  • Students will not be permitted to have visitors, including families.
  • Other visitors to campus (such as prospective students and vendors) are permitted per the visitor policy unless the Policy Group sets other restrictions.


  • Student-athletes will follow specific guidelines related to CARP as outlined by the Department of Athletics and in accordance with NCAA and Patriot League policies.

CARP Exemptions

The only exemptions within CARP guidelines are given to students who have reached full vaccination status or recently tested positive for COVID-19. Students who have been fully vaccinated, including the two-week period after their final vaccine shot, and students who are within 90 days of having tested positive (but have been cleared from isolation) will be able to attend in-person classes, including labs; go to other in-person events, including Masses; and participate in athletic practices and competitions.

Once students reach day 91 after their positive COVID-19 test, they return to CARP (if their residence hall is in one) and the surveillance testing pool. Vaccinated students will remain in surveillance testing until further notice, per guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Students requesting an exemption should reach out to covidtesting@loyola.edu. Student Health Services (SHS) will review the request and respond within two business days. Until students have a confirmation from SHS, they should comply with all CARP guidelines. Anyone who tested positive through Loyola in the past 90 days does not need to submit a request for an exemption.

Faculty, Staff, and Administrators

  •  Staff and administrators currently approved to be on campus without restrictions (typically these are essential employees and/or those whose jobs require them to be on campus; i.e., EVS, Facilities, Grounds, Public Safety, some Events employees, Mail Services, on-site Technology Services Technicians—or, non-essential FSA who were previously approved to be on campus without restrictions) should still report to work on campus during CARP 2.0.
  • Faculty who teach in-person at the Timonium, Columbia, downtown, and the Clinical Center Graduate Centers should still report to work on site during CARP 2.0.
  • Those who are currently approved for 100% remote work should continue to work remotely unless advised otherwise by their supervisor or chair.

The University reserves the right to revise these guidelines at any time.

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