As I walk across the Evergreen campus, I am delighted to see students wearing their masks and enjoying seeing one another. I’m so proud of our students for making the most of this time together and making decisions that help keep our community safe and healthy.
Although most students are following our policies and protocols closely, we still are seeing the negative impact of students who are not complying. You must wear your face coverings indoors and outdoors. Please limit your interactions so that if you do test positive for COVID-19, fewer people will need to quarantine.
Whether you are living on campus, commuting, or studying from home, I hope you are finding your place in our Loyola community. We certainly want every student to feel welcome and at home.
Virtual Family Weekend
Just a reminder for students and parents that we are looking forward to a Virtual Family Weekend
that will be held Feb. 26-28. Please join us virtually—not in-person—for that weekend. I’m looking forward to seeing many Loyola parents online in a Meet and Greet on Feb. 26 from 7-8 p.m.
Potential future implementation of CARP
Although we continue to do well with our mitigation of COVID-19, we recognize that we need to be prepared in case Loyola experiences a significant increase in positive COVID-19 tests in the future—as some other institutions have.
As you likely recall, we started the semester with a Campus Arrival Restriction Period, limiting student movement while conducting baseline testing and working to ensure a safe and healthy start to our semester. Our Rapid Response Team and Policy Group have proactively developed a modified version of what we will call a Campus Assessment and Restriction Period. We are not currently implementing the CARP, but I want you to be aware that we might need to institute CARP in the future.
During CARP, all graduate and undergraduate classes on the Evergreen campus would be held online, the University would increase surveillance testing, and residential students would limit their interactions outside their living units. The CARP would give us the opportunity to pause, assess where we stand, and position us for continuing to achieve a safe, healthy semester.
You can learn more about what CARP would entail on this CARP 2.0 website
If Loyola were to implement CARP, members of the community would receive a Greyhound Alert
by text and email letting you know when CARP will begin.
Housing for Fall 2021
Students who are not graduating in May 2021 should have received information from the Office of Student Life about housing for the Fall semester. All students regardless of living on campus, off-campus, commuting from home, or studying abroad are required to submit Phase 1 in the Roomrez portal by Feb. 26 so that we can plan accordingly. You can learn more about this process on the Student Life website
As we look ahead to the weekend ahead of us, I want to remind our students to continue to make good decisions for the health and safety of our community. We are seeing at other institutions how a single party or gathering can derail a successful semester. Please do your part to keep all members of our community healthy.
Please know that you and your families are in my prayers each day.
Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J.