Dear Loyola Community Member,
During these difficult months of the novel coronavirus, we have been actively planning and working toward offering an in-person residential undergraduate learning experience for students in Fall 2020. If permissible and consistent with applicable public health restrictions and guidance, we will be able to offer a fully on-campus experience, which will, because of social distancing requirements, include online and hybrid courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.
Although much remains uncertain, we are certain of the following:
- The health, safety, and welfare of every member of the Loyola community is our highest priority. Our mission and values as a Catholic, Jesuit university guide our efforts in all things.
- The measures we take to protect the community from COVID-19 will be informed by the most up-to-date advice from federal, state, and local public health officials.
- Having said that, no one, including the University, can guarantee a COVID-19-free environment. It is simply not possible to do so. For information about the nature of the virus and how it is spread, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 site.
- In addition, minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections or spread of any other disease is a shared responsibility. All members of the community must do their part. In addition to basic hand hygiene (frequent washing and sanitizing) and respiratory etiquette (not coughing into one’s hand or in close proximity to others), as well as wearing face coverings in all public places, including classrooms, this includes adhering to any measures that the University deems appropriate such as temperature checks, social distancing, not reporting to work or class if you feel sick, and isolating or quarantining when required. Students who test positive who live within driving distance of their homes will be asked to drive home and isolate there. Your compliance is necessary not only for your own safety but for the safety of others. Those not adhering to the required public health practices will be subject to the student conduct process or employee disciplinary action.
- Students or employees with disabilities who think they may need accommodations related to COVID-19 or who, because of age or underlying medical conditions, may be at increased risk should contact the Office for Disability Support Services (for students) or Human Resources (for employees).
- To be completely transparent: If you return to the physical campuses of Loyola University Maryland, there is a risk you could contract COVID-19. By coming on to Loyola’s campuses, you indicate your acceptance of this risk.
- Regardless of how the Fall 2020 semester begins and proceeds (e.g., fully on-campus, a combination of on-campus and remote experience, entirely remote), tuition and fees will remain the same. These payments are in exchange for learning, academic credits, and certain services that will be provided on campus, in a hybrid environment, or entirely remotely. As we did for the recently concluded Spring semester, room and board charges would be refunded in certain circumstances if on-campus learning/living is suspended. In addition, the University is offering students a three-week grace period on room and board. If students voluntarily decide during the first three weeks of classes that they want to move home and continue instruction remotely, we will refund their room and board expenses for the semester.
We will provide more details about preparations for Fall 2020 in separate communications including through this website. In the meantime, we encourage everyone to stay safe and pray for those affected by this worldwide pandemic.