Loyola University Maryland

Coronavirus Updates

Student Testing

While this fall semester will look different than the spring semester, testing for COVID-19 will still play a vital role in keeping our campus healthy. All undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, and administrators who have received an exemption for medical or religious reasons are required to participate in the University’s mandatory testing every week during the semester.

Pre-Return Testing Requirements

Fully Vaccinated Students

  • Students who are living in Loyola-sponsored housing who have completed the vaccination series for COVID-19 must show proof of it to SHS at move-in. Students who do not fulfill this requirement will not be granted access to their Loyola housing, classes, or any campus activities.
  • If you are an international student, regardless of your vaccination status, you will need to show proof of a negative PCR test prior to returning to campus. This can be submitted to the Office of International Student Services by emailing it to oiss@loyola.edu.

Students who have been granted a COVID vaccine exemption due to medical or religious circumstances

  • Any student who is NOT FULLY vaccinated prior to coming to campus needs to submit proof of a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours of arrival onto campus.  This should be submitted to covidtesting@loyola.edu.
  • Students who do not fulfill this requirement will not be granted access to their Loyola housing, classes, or any campus activities.

Surveillance Testing

As a part of the exemption approval process for the COVID-19 vaccine, students who have been granted an exemption have a conditional agreement to be screened for COVID via PCR test at a frequency established by the SHS based on campus and community case prevalence. A small number of randomly selected vaccinated members of the Loyola community will also participate in this testing. We will plan to begin this testing on a weekly basis and adjust this as needed.

This testing will take place on the Evergreen Campus at a central campus location and will be billed to the patient’s health insurance through Genetworx, our testing partner and a CLIA-certified, commercial laboratory. Any billing balance for this testing will be billed directly to the student at a rate of $65 per test. Failure to comply with this testing will result in referral to the conduct process. This testing will include ALL students, including graduate students, who have requested an exemption from the vaccine regardless of on/off campus resident status.

Symptomatic Testing

Students who experience symptoms of COVID should wear a face covering and stay in place regardless of vaccination status. Students should log into the Loyola Student Health Portal to access the symptom tracker and report their symptoms. A provider from SHS will return your call within a few hours of you completing the form. If this is an emergent situation, we ask that you call SHS if they are open or Public Safety for further instruction. For urgent, after-hours situations, there is information on how to reach the on-call provider on the SHS voicemail (410-617-5055).

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID after hours and absolutely cannot wait until morning to speak to a provider, please contact 410-583-9396 to speak to our physician on call. In many cases, they will recommend you to wear a face covering, stay in place, and take medication as directed for your symptoms. Students will be contacted by SHS the next business day, who will work to arrange testing as needed. If it is a weekend, the on-call physician may direct you to a local urgent care center. Graduate students who report symptoms through the health portal will have the option to obtain testing through their primary care physician or SHS. Faculty, staff, and administrators will continue to report symptoms, exposure, or positive cases through the GetVitalCheck platform and will be directed to medical case management as appropriate.

Contact Tracing

Recognizing that contact tracing will continue to be critical to maintaining a safe, healthy campus community, Loyola is continuing to partner with Healthcare IT Leaders, which provided contact tracing for Loyola during the Spring 2021 semester. Healthcare IT Leaders extends and streamlines Loyola's internal contact tracing efforts, which are aligned with state and local guidelines. Students’ and employees’ cooperation with contact tracers will continue to be essential to promoting the health of our community. Any failure of students to cooperate with the contact tracing process will result in referral to the student conduct process. Employees who do not cooperate are subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.