Loyola University Maryland

Coronavirus Updates

Fall 2020 Information

Loyola University Maryland has decided to suspend plans for undergraduate students to return to campus and to offer online-only learning for the fall semester; most graduate courses will also be offered in online and hybrid formats, though we are also exploring the possibility of offering some face-to-face on-campus programs or classes. Read the Aug. 6, 2020, announcement and the latest message from Loyola’s president.

We continue to focus on planning, policies, training, and structures to ensure successful operations for the educational and residential experience Loyola plans to offer for the Spring 2021 semester.

We know many questions come with this decision—and we thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we work to provide answers and update University policies and websites.

We will continue to update this page with information and resources as they become available and as we formulate plans for a spring reopening.

If you have questions related to housing, visit the Student Life FAQ page.

General FAQ

Why did the University announce this decision when it did?

Since moving instruction online in March and sending students home, we have been preparing actively and intentionally to reopen our campuses with policies, procedures, and changes in place for any aspect within our control. Our leadership has also continued to monitor the path of the virus and consider guidance from health and government officials.

As the start of the fall semester approached, we realized we had to make a decision that would give our students and families notice, but we also wanted to wait to have the fullest picture of the status of the virus and the likely success of our plan for the fall. As move-in drew closer, and we started sending housing assignments and further information to our students, including the tuition bill for the fall, we also realized that COVID testing was becoming harder to access, and we could not secure testing results in a timely way.

In the end, factors beyond our control related to health and safety made the decision clear, and we communicated with our students and families within an hour of concluding the meeting with our trustees where the decision was made.

Academic FAQ

How will Loyola support a high-quality academic experience this fall?

Loyola’s move to an online spring semester occurred in a short period of time. To prepare for the possibility of an online fall semester, our faculty designed their courses so that they could be offered either in the hybrid manner Loyola originally planned for or fully online.

Undergraduate courses will be as interactive as possible, with regular live (synchronous) class sessions and virtual office hours. Faculty will also have access to a breadth of new classroom instructional technology designed to enhance virtual learning and student success. Further, the move to an online-only semester (versus a multi-modal semester with students learning both in-person and remotely) will allow faculty to focus their efforts on a single, consistent mode of delivery.

Graduate classes may be offered fully online, in a hybrid format, or face-to-face, depending on the program. Additionally, clinic and externship opportunities will be offered, as deemed appropriate by individual programs. Students will receive more details directly from their programs, as plans are finalized. Learn more about the plan for graduate courses this fall.

Will the academic calendar be impacted?

Our Fall 2020 academic calendar was revised twice in response to predictions about how the coronavirus might behave in late summer/early fall as well as the prospect of the combined challenges of COVID-19 and the seasonal flu. Now that fall classes will be fully online, we will return to the original fall calendar, which allows us to restore the Labor Day and Fall Holiday breaks and eliminate Saturday class sessions.

The Spring 2021 academic calendar has been modified to allow a later semester start date of Jan. 19 instead of Jan. 11. The revised calendar combines what had been separate Easter and Spring Breaks into one longer break, to limit student travel to and from campus.

The updated academic calendar can be found here.

Will online tutoring and academic support services be offered this semester?

Yes. Both the Study and the Writing Center will offer online tutoring services this semester. Advising support will continue to be available through the Academic Advising and Support Center (AASC) and the office of the dean of undergraduate and graduate studies.

How can I get books for my classes?

The Loyola University Maryland Bookstore will still provide and help students obtain textbooks for their classes. Books will be shipped directly to your home. 

Required course materials and syllabi will be available to students in Moodle beginning on Aug. 24, and students should check their course materials list at that time before ordering textbooks.

Will Pass/No Credit grading be an option for students this fall?

The switch from traditional grading to P/NC grading for the spring semester was made in response to the challenges of moving from face-to-face to online instruction so quickly. Since classes will be online from the start, there is no reason for P/NC grading in the fall. Faculty will use traditional letter grading for courses.

What if I need help securing the technology to access my online courses?

If you do not have a computer, webcam, or other technology to complete your work online for the Fall 2020 semester, please contact Marianna Carlucci at mecarlucci@loyola.edu. Students who consistently experience challenges with gaining access to or the reliability of an internet connection should speak directly with their professors so that they may assist in finding a solution.

Loyola’s Office of Digital Teaching and Learning has been working with faculty to ensure that all courses are designed for easy accessibility and navigation within and among courses. If a difficulty with online learning is due to a documented learning disability, students should contact Disabilities Support Services at www.loyola.edu/dss.

How does the decision for online-only instruction impact international students?

Under U.S. federal law, new international students outside of the U.S. will not be permitted to enter the U.S. for the Fall 2020 semester due to Loyola’s academic mode of instruction being fully online. New international students, however, may begin their Loyola education from outside the United States for the Fall 2020 semester or request a deferral by filling out this form. Returning F-1 international students who have remained in the U.S. may take all online courses from inside the U.S. or abroad for the Fall 2020 semester, as long as they maintain their full-time student status. Returning F-1 international students who are currently outside of the U.S. should maintain communication with Loyola’s office of international student services (OISS) to discuss their particular circumstances.

More information can be found on the OISS Fall 2020 Immigration Information FAQ page. All international student immigration, travel, and visa-related questions should be directed to OISS at oiss@loyola.edu or 1-410-617-5245.

What about students who are planning to study abroad this year?

Though fall study abroad programs have been canceled, spring programs are, at this point, still scheduled. A final decision about spring programs will be made no later than Oct. 26 and will be based on global travel-alert levels, CDC and other health-agency guidance, and partner-school ability to open and safely accommodate our students.

If you have additional questions regarding Spring 2021 study abroad programs, you can find more information on the office of international programs website.

How will classes with science labs be scheduled?

There will be no change in days or times for science labs; they will be conducted virtually.

What is the plan for classes with labs that require hands-on learning and/or access to special equipment?

The science departments are still discussing the approaches that will work best for different types of courses. Some fields, like engineering, can rely on simulation software such as Solidworks or Muiltisim. Some biology labs will send kits to students’ homes for home-based experiments. Physics and chemistry labs will rely on video presentations and then provide students with raw data, asking them to analyze it, project results, and explain uncertainties. Math and computer science labs have already been transitioned to online. 

The structure of the labs will vary from department to department—and from discipline to discipline. Approaches being considered include using lab kits that will be mailed to students; pre-recorded labs that are, then, used for data collection, analysis, and report writing; live demonstrations by faculty; and simulated labs.

What will happen for students who are registered for and/or need to complete internships, clinical placements, and other forms of field experience for their academic program?

Many internships are already moving to remote and online formats due to the impact of COVID on a variety of businesses. If a student has this type of internship, it will continue remotely. If a student has a face-to-face internship opportunity, they must comply with both the internship provider’s and the University’s safety protocols.

Will I be able to complete my student teaching online through my classes in the School of Education?

Yes. Education students can expect to complete their internships and field experiences virtually, as our partner schools will also be conducting online-only learning this fall.

What should students who live in different time zones do about classes scheduled for early mornings or late evenings (EST)?

If you are living and learning remotely this fall from a time zone that requires you to log in before 8 a.m. or log out after 9:40 p.m. (local time) for class, you should let your professor know right away.

We also encourage you to contact us at ODUGS@loyola.edu if you are facing challenges taking a course from a time zone outside of EST. We can encourage professors to record live/synchronous class sessions and make them available to you—or to design asynchronous sessions that cover content in synchronous sessions. (Note that the decision to take a course asynchronously as a result of your living in a different time zone is a decision that affects all meetings for that course. In other words, you may not choose to take some classes asynchronously and attend some classes live throughout the semester.)

Billing/Costs FAQ

Will undergraduate tuition be reduced?

Our tuition charges will remain as published for the fall. While the delivery of courses may be different, the University is committed to maintaining the high quality of instruction that students expect from Loyola to earn their degree. We are making significant investments to be able to offer first-class online instruction from our faculty, expert scholars and mentors who are dedicated to guiding and supporting students on their way to personal and professional success.

Will students receive a refund for tuition if they decide to withdraw or transfer enrollment?

Yes. So long as a student withdraws from the semester before the first day of classes, they will receive a 100% refund of all tuition and fees. Please refer to the University’s Undergraduate Refund Policies for more details. 

Will my parking fee be refunded?

Yes. If you have pre-paid for parking for the fall semester, your parking fee will be refunded automatically.

How do I adjust my payment plan?

An account specialist in Student Administrative Services can assist you with recalibrating your payment plan. Contact sas@loyola.edu or call 410-617-5047 to speak with someone directly.

Is the University refunding room and board?

All students living in Loyola housingas well as students living at The Woodberry and The Social through Loyolahave been issued credits to their student accounts for both housing and meal plan charges. Student Administrative Services (SAS) is currently working to refund student accounts that have a current credit balance due to these credits being issued. Refund checks will be mailed home starting the week of Aug. 17.

For questions regarding refunds or to adjust Nelnet payment plans for the fall, please contact SAS at sas@loyola.edu.

Will fees be reduced?

The fall semester portion ($700) of the University’s comprehensive fee will be waived for all students who are not living on campus. Further, students will not have to pay a parking fee if they do not plan to park on campus. If you have already paid this fee, you will be refunded.

Financial Aid FAQ

Will my financial aid package be affected?

The office of financial aid will adjust your cost of attendance to the lower commuter budget, and your eligibility for need-based aid will be recalculated. Loyola grants will not be reduced unless your total merit and grant aid, combined with student loans, exceeds direct tuition and comprehensive fee charges for the academic year. Students will be notified via email as soon as their financial aid package is reviewed.

Will my merit-based scholarship be affected?

Merit-based scholarships will not change for students now that fall classes will be held online, so long as they maintain full-time enrollment.

What happens to my merit scholarship if I take a leave of absence or defer enrollment for the fall semester?

Your merit award will be reinstated if you return as a full-time student in the Spring 2021 or Fall 2021 semesters, so long as you do not enroll at another school as a degree-seeking student during the deferral or leave of absence period. Students may not receive the full annual amount of a scholarship for one semester of enrollment.

What happens to my need-based financial aid if I take a leave of absence or defer enrollment this fall?

We will cancel your fall semester aid and keep your spring semester aid active. If you do not return until the Fall 2021 semester, you will need to reapply for financial aid by completing the 2021-22 FAFSA and 2021-22 CSS Profile applications.

What happens to my merit scholarship if I attend less than full-time this semester?

Students who attend less than full-time will forfeit their merit award for the semester. We will reinstate your scholarship when you return full-time in the spring. Students may not receive the full annual amount of a scholarship for one semester of enrollment.

What happens to my need-based financial aid if I attend part-time this fall?

Your financial aid package will be re-evaluated. Loyola merit awards, need- and non-need-based grants, and some State of Maryland awards require full-time enrollment. They will be restored if you attend full-time in the spring semester. You may still qualify for many federal grants and federal loans if you are taking at least six credits at Loyola in the fall.

What happens to my financial aid if I am a Resident Assistant (RA)?

All resident assistants will be repackaged with a commuter budget for the fall and spring semesters. During the fall semester, we will update RA financial aid packages to reflect the spring portion of their RA allowance as well as any other need-based financial aid.

Course Registration, Deferrals, and Courses at Other Institutions

Can incoming students defer their enrollment to the Spring 2021 or Fall 2021 semester?

Yes. Incoming students (first-year or transfer) can request to defer their enrollment for a semester or the entire academic year. The updated deadline to request a deferral is Aug. 24.

For additional information about the deferral policy and to submit your request, please visit www.loyola.edu/deferenrollment. Students will use their login credentials from the Applicant Status Portal to access the form. For specific questions about deferring enrollment, email admission@loyola.edu.

How do returning students apply for a leave of absence?

Returning Loyola students (Class of 2021, 2022, or 2023) who choose not to return for the fall semester should contact the office of the dean of undergraduate and graduate studies at ODUGS@loyola.edu to apply for a leave of absence from the university.

If I defer my enrollment, will that affect my financial aid package or scholarship award?

No. As long as you do not enroll at another school as a degree-seeking student during the deferral period, you will keep your financial aid package and any scholarship awards.

Can students take classes part-time at Loyola?

Students with part-time status can take up to three classes as a part-time student at Loyola at the cost of $800/credit. First-year students who choose to drop from full-time to part-time status should contact aasc@loyola.edu to discuss which courses they should retain. Incoming first-year students should retain their Messina course.

Returning students can switch to part-time status by modifying their current schedule through WebAdvisor. Students should contact their advisor or aasc@loyola.edu if they need advice on which courses to retain.

If you are currently registered as a full-time student, your tuition will be adjusted after the add/drop period as will any financial aid, if applicable. If you need your tuition adjusted sooner, please contact Michael Mansfield, director of financial operations, at mmansfield@loyola.edu. Please contact the office of financial aid to discuss the impact of moving to part-time status on financial aid and scholarship awards. They can be reached at financialaid@loyola.edu, 410-617-2576 or 1-800-221-9107.

Can students take courses at other institutions?

Incoming first-year students on deferral may take up two classes for potential transfer into Loyola. Classes taken as a degree-seeking student at another institution are not eligible for credit at Loyola. Transcripts for these courses must be sent to the Academic Advising and Support Center (AASC) for consideration for credit towards a degree.

Note: If you are a first-year student who wishes to enroll as a full-time student at another school, you will need to contact the office of undergraduate admission at admission@loyola.edu to withdraw your acceptance. Students who withdraw from Loyola are required to reapply for admission as a transfer student for the desired start term. Students will be reevaluated for merit-based scholarship as a transfer applicant and will also need to reapply for need-based financial aid.

Current Loyola students may take up to two courses away from Loyola if they are on a leave of absence. Contact odugs@loyola.edu to discuss taking a leave of absence. Current students on a leave must have their courses pre-approved through AASC. Classes taken as a degree-seeking student at another institution are not eligible for credit at Loyola.

Can I enroll in online and/or in-person courses at other Baltimore colleges through the Baltimore Student Exchange?

Yes. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors with full-time status at Loyola can take one three-credit course, per semester, from any school that is part of the Baltimore Student Exchange Program (BSEP) as long as the course is not offered at Loyola. More information is available on the BSEP website.

As a Loyola full-time student, can I register for new courses (i.e., re-register for the semester), since capacity limits are not an issue for online courses?

Enrollment caps for classes will not change now that classes are online. Course capacity is based on the student-teacher ratio that best ensures learning in a particular type of course. As always, we strive to keep our classes as small as is feasible to ensure as much interaction between faculty and students and among students as possible. 

Students who wish to change their fall course schedule should go through the regular add/drop process, which is currently ongoing and ends Sept. 3 at 5 p.m.

Campus Life FAQ

How will Loyola provide a robust, engaging digital student experience?

Even remotely, professionals across the University—including the Counseling Center, Disability Support Services, the Study, and the Career Center, among others—will continue to offer exceptional support to our students through virtual and telehealth services. More information will be shared leading up to and throughout the fall semester.

Loyola’s division of student development is working to develop and implement ways for students to engage virtually with one another, with student organizations, and through virtual events and programming. The Ignatius Scholars Program, Multicultural Awareness Pre-Fall Program, and various student activities will occur virtually during the fall semester.

Academic advising will continue online. The Career Center is developing plans and programming to offer students, including virtual career fairs, workshops, and one-on-one career coaching, among others. Disability Support Services will be working with students to approve and arrange accommodations.

New students will receive support and resources to guide their transition to college and into our community. Loyola will offer a virtual Fall Welcome Weekend beginning Aug. 27—and continue to introduce new students to the Loyola community and University resources.

We are prepared to implement Messina in a virtual format and to help new students build connections with other first-year students through enrichment hours and online events, including a series connected to the common text for the Class of 2024, Dear America, and the Messina themes.

Campus Ministry will continue to live-stream weekly Mass. Details will be shared on their website and Facebook page. The Hopkins Mass will be live-streamed online beginning on Sunday, Aug. 30, at 10 p.m. To attend, visit the Zoom Room for the Hopkins Mass: https://loyola.zoom.us/j/400394307.

Will any students live on campus this fall?

Loyola will offer very limited emergency housing to students with demonstrated need. Students who are interested in emergency housing should contact studentlife@loyola.edu. Learn more on the Student Life FAQ page.

Are there any updates for student-athletes and Greyhound athletics?

The Patriot League had already canceled fall competition. Additional updates on the status of the winter season are not expected until later this fall. Student-athletes with specific questions should reach out to their head coaches for more information.

What alternatives are planned for the senior events that normally would have taken place this semester?

The Senior SGA Assembly plans to continue engaging the Class of 2021 by leveraging various forms of multimedia. Our weekly Senior Stories Podcast will highlight a diverse range of senior students who all have unique and interesting things to say about their individual Loyola experiences. In addition to Senior Stories, the Senior Assembly is partnering with the office of student engagement to produce Life After Loyola, a compilation of asynchronous video courses that will feature notable and beloved faculty speaking about a multitude of real-world topics that students will face upon graduation. The initial two courses that will be released are set to include multiple episodes detailing different aspects of Applying to Graduate School and Personal Finance. Outside of these two concrete initiatives, the Senior Assembly will continue to think about ways to utilize social media channels—particularly Instagram—to foster unity among the Class of 2021.

Will students be able to get a job or work-study position through Loyola this fall?

Students who have already been hired for a position should check with their supervisor directly on the status of the job and whether or not it can be performed remotely.

If you have not been hired for a position, you can find more information about Federal Work Study jobs on the human resources website. Direct hire jobs are typically posted on individual department websites. The Career Center is also an excellent resource for student employment.

If a student had opted in for online/remote learning for the fall semester before the University’s announcement and was removed from housing, will they be considered automatically for housing in the spring?

No. Students who opted out of housing to learn online in the fall (before the University announced online-only learning on Aug. 6) should apply for spring housing if they are planning to return to campus in the spring. They will be considered on a space-available basis.

Will Loyola bring undergraduate students back to campus for a full residential experience in January?

We are working actively toward bringing our undergraduate students back for a full residential and academic experience for the Spring 2021 semester. We will be in ongoing communication with our students and families as we work toward that reopening.

How are career services being enhanced to meet the unique needs of students at this time?

The Career Services team recognizes the challenges of being away from the Loyola community and your normal routines as a students and professionals. We miss seeing you in person on campus and wish you good health and success during this time.

All of our services are based on the idea that your career journey is unique and not dictated by a specific four-year action plan. We’re here to walk alongside you every step of the way during your time as a student at Loyola and beyond from the earliest stages of your career exploration to actively pursuing exciting career opportunities. One of the things that makes our approach unique is that as much we're here to offer résume and job search support, we’re also here to help you discover your values, interests, and talents, explore your options, and make better decisions about the academic preparation that can help you reach your goals. So, it’s never too early to connect with our team.

This year, we’ve adjusted all of our offerings to be available to you remotely. You can book 1-1 appointments that will take place in Zoom, attend career fairs to meet recruiters through brief video interviews, and even network with alumni from all over the country through presentations and small group conversations.

To learn more about how we’ve adapted our services, visit loyola.edu/department/career-center/resources/online-services.

Questions

I don't know which University department to reach out to. Where can I send my question?

Please write to coronavirus@loyola.edu.

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