Many of you attended last week’s Town Halls and have taken the time to read our reopening plan. I recognize that you may have additional questions, and I wanted to provide additional information as we refine our planning and prepare to welcome students to campus.
Student Life will be reaching out to residential students via their Loyola email next week with information about the move-in process and how to schedule a move-in appointment for our staggered spring move in.
As a reminder, all first-year and transfer students will be expected to participate in Spring Welcome Weekend. More information will be forthcoming.
Campus Arrival Restriction Period
We have established guidelines for the Campus Arrival Restriction Period (CARP), which will extend from the time of student move-in through the end of the day on Jan. 20. During CARP, students will limit their interactions with other students per the specific CARP guidelines.
You can review the guidelines and begin to picture what those first days on campus will be like on the CARP Guidelines page. I know our students are creative and that you will make the most of your time together—and find safe, healthy ways to enjoy our campus and one another.
Frequently Asked Questions
I wanted to address a few of the questions that have come up regularly in recent days.
Off-campus Students and Commuters: We have created a page with information for students who will be commuting and living in off-campus housing not operated by Loyola. We will continue to update that and our general Spring 2021 Frequently Asked Questions as we receive more questions.
Grace Period: We have shifted the date for the start of the two-week grace period for room and board to begin on Jan. 21, after the conclusion of the CARP. We want to make sure that students have two full weeks to consider whether they want to continue to live in Loyola housing or move home and study remotely and receive a full credit for room and board. Students will need to make their decision by Feb. 4, 2021.
Closing Loyola Housing: Several families have asked whether their students would need to leave their Loyola housing if we had to move instruction online again during the semester, as we did last spring. If the University had to make a decision to move all courses online, we would plan to continue to offer at least some student housing depending on the circumstances.
Please continue to send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will respond in a timely way.
Healthy Hounds Student Training
Student Health Services emailed undergraduate and graduate students yesterday the link to our Healthy Hounds Student Training, along with detailed instructions on how to complete it. Students can find the training online and can refer to those instructions in that email. The training must be completed by Jan. 6, 2021.
Yesterday we brought faculty, staff, and administrators together to drill our plan and identify areas that might need improvement prior to January. We conduct emergency management exercises regularly, but this one gave us a chance to put our reopening plan into action.
Although we are focused on reopening, we also continue to move forward with strategic initiatives that position Loyola well for the future. You might be surprised to see the progress we’ve made on the Fernandez Center for Innovation and Collaborative Learning. I invite you to take a look at this Fernandez Center video to see how construction is going—and give you a glimpse into what you can be looking forward to seeing when you arrive on campus.
During these final weeks of the semester, I hope you are feeling good about your studies and all that you have learned. Please know that you and your families are in my prayers.
Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J.