Due to 20 positive tests among residents of Campion and Newman Towers East in the past week—and with other results pending—we are implementing a modified Campus Assessment and Restriction Period (CARP) and conducting mandatory COVID-19 testing of all residents of Campion and Newman East. We are taking this proactive step to limit any additional opportunity for spread and try to stay ahead of the situation.
The CARP for residents of Campion and Newman East will be in place beginning at 8 p.m., today, Monday, March 8, and continue through 6 a.m., Monday, March 15, 2021. During this time, Iggy’s will be grab-and-go for all students.
We have plans in place to address this type of scenario, and we are implementing those plans. This situation should serve, however, as a reminder that the steps we take individually have an impact on our whole community. We must all wear our masks, engage in social distancing, and make good, healthy decisions. Students should limit their guests in their rooms—and wear masks when they have visitors. As a reminder, those visitors should only be residents of your residence hall.
Use Campus Clear
All students must use Campus Clear every morning, ideally before 10 a.m. Some of the students who tested positive this week did not report their symptoms through Campus Clear and went off-campus to find their own COVID-19 tests.
Whether you are living in Loyola housing, off-campus, or are a commuter, if you are attending classes in-person at Loyola, you must be using Campus Clear. When you use Campus Clear, our health services professionals can reach out to you to advise you and help you schedule a test. If you do go off-campus for a test on your own, you must report symptoms through Campus Clear and quarantine immediately. If you test positive through off-campus testing, you must disclose this information within one hour to Student Health Services per Loyola policy.
Students who are found in violation for not using Campus Clear or violating other Loyola policies related to COVID-19 are subject to the student conduct process and all its consequences up to and including immediate removal from the residence halls, restriction from campus, or suspension. Although you should update Campus Clear in the morning, if you experience symptoms during the day, you should go back into Campus Clear and report those symptoms. Campus Clear is the best, fastest way to get support and direction toward testing, and it is in place not just for individual safety, but for the safety of our community.
Misuse of AURA
We are learning of numerous students inappropriately using AURA—the testing app that Student Health Services uses—to schedule symptomatic testing, weekly testing for their own peace of mind, or quarantine testing. AURA is strictly for those selected for surveillance testing and students should not be scheduling appointments through AURA without having been notified they were picked for randomized testing that week. Students who are found to be utilizing AURA inappropriately will be subject to the conduct process and related consequences.
Please continue to make good decisions and follow the protocols that are in place for your health and safety—and the health and safety of our community. We must stay on track and not let down our guard at all to help ensure a successful semester.
Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J.