Loyola University Maryland

Coronavirus Updates

COVID-19 Policies FAQ

What should I do if I don't understand a policy?

Given the risk associated with exposure to COVID-19, we strongly encourage students to contact the Office of Student Conduct to seek clarity on any policies before engaging in behavior that may violate them. Please email studentconduct@loyola.edu, and someone will respond to your question promptly.

What should I do if I see someone violating COVID-19 policies?

We need the entire community to abide by COVID-19 policies and hold each other accountable when they are not. We believe there are different types of violations- routine and severe. If the violation involves routine interactions or minor concerns, we ask that you remind the person violating the policy of our expectations and encourage them to comply- do so with grace and keep in mind how you would like to be reminded. Examples of routine interactions include not wearing a face covering properly, not following directional signage, not keeping the appropriate physical distance, etc. If you witness someone violating COVID-19 policies of a severe nature, we encourage you to report them through the Office of Student Conduct website. Examples of violations that are severe in nature include violations of the guest policy, social gatherings over the limit set by Loyola, the city, or the state, and breaking isolation and quarantine.

What are ways I can behave safely and in compliance with policies off-campus?

If you are living off-campus locally, you must report your off-campus address to the University, so we can communicate with you regarding updates to Loyola, city, and state COVID policies. If you have not reported your address, please contact offcampus@loyola.edu. We will be regularly sending updates about Loyola, city, and state policies to our off-campus students via email, so it is imperative to read these and stay up to date. In addition to city and state guidelines, off campus students must abide by Loyola’s Off Campus Policies including but not limited to off-campus disturbances, noise, and social host.

If you plan to host a gathering, smaller is always better. The gathering must follow the Loyola guidelines, which is no more than 10 people at a gathering. Additionally, the gatherings must have space for social distance, and preventative practices like wearing masks and staying home when you’re sick are important.

Some ideas for a safe gathering may be:

  • If you live in a 4-person house, invite one other 4-person house to socialize. Set up two groups of 4 chairs outside more than 6 feet apart and socialize. Additionally, ensure the people with whom you are socializing have been symptom free.
  • Instead of going to an indoor restaurant/establishment, where there may be poor ventilation and risk of exposure to individuals whom you would not know if they have been engaging in safe and healthy behaviors, get takeout from the establishment you wanted to attend and socialize at home.
  • Instead of meeting in person, use platforms like Zoom to engage with as many people as you want virtually. See the question about other ideas for socializing safely below.

How does the symptom checker work?

All students are expected to complete the symptom checker, Campus Clear, daily. This includes on and off campus students. Students are expected to produce a green pass showing they are clear to be on campus if they are asked by a Loyola faculty member, staff member, or administrator. The information communicated in Campus Clear goes to Student Health Services. Information shared with Student Health Services will remain private unless there is a pattern that shows a potential threat to the campus community.

Will I get in trouble if I am contacted by a contact tracer, and I’ve been exposed after violating a policy?

Information shared with the contact tracer will remain confidential, and a student will not be referred to the conduct process for information shared with the contact tracer. However, the University reserves the right to investigate and adjudicate information and behaviors that are observed or learned outside the contact tracing process. For example, if you speak with a contact tracer and tell them you were present at a gathering that violated COVID-19 policies or laws, the contact tracer will not share that information with the Office of Student Conduct. However, if a report is received from a Loyola community member, such as a fellow student, with information about the same gathering you disclosed to the contact tracer, and attendance at the gathering is documented through an investigation, that behavior reported to the University by the fellow student and investigated by the University will be adjudicated through the student conduct process.

What should I do if I travel out of state?

Students are strongly discouraged from traveling during the semester. Per our current travel policy and in compliance with state recommendations, if you travel outside of Maryland during the semester, you will need to self-quarantine for 10 days upon your return to Maryland. For students, you will need to complete Campus Clear each day as always, and you should notify your professors that you are quarantining due to travel. If you develop symptoms or start to feel unwell, you should contact Student Health Services.

I noticed I should quarantine if I travel outside the state of Maryland and that traveling to states with widespread COVID-19 transmission is strongly discouraged. What is considered outside the state? What communities are experiencing widespread transmission?

The Maryland Department of Health recommends reviewing CDC case rates per 100k and CDC Testing Positivity Rates when considering traveling. The state strongly advises against traveling to states with rates of 10% or higher COVID-19 testing positivity rates or states with COVID-19 case rates above 20 per 100k. Traveling to an internship or University approved commitment in a different state is exempt from the Loyola-mandated 10-day quarantine.

How should I wear a mask when at a dining facility?

As stated on the Dining Reopening Plan Website, you will be required to wear a mask at all times in dining locations. You will be able to remove your mask while eating or drinking in the seating areas. This means masks must be worn while standing in line or picking up food, walking to a table, and leaving the table and facility. Masks must also be worn while getting up from a table where you are eating or drinking to get additional food or a drink.

How do I make sure to follow COVID policies when I’m at the FAC?

Please check the FAC website for a list of up to date policies related to FAC use.

How can I make sure I comply with the mask policy based on where I live?

Thea Bowman Hall

Thea Bowman Hall offers traditional style double-rooms connected by a bathroom. You are not required to wear a mask while in your assigned residence hall room or your connected bathroom. You are required to wear a mask every time you leave your assigned room, which includes in a friend’s room, common area lounges or study spaces, walking the hallways, riding the elevator or taking the stairs, and visiting Bowman Express.

Butler, Hammerman, or Hopkins

Butler, Hammerman, and Hopkins Court are residence halls that have double rooms, and residents use a shared bathroom. You are not required to wear a mask while in your assigned residence hall room. You are required to wear a mask every time you leave your assigned room, which includes in a friend’s room (after CARP), common area lounges or study spaces, walking the hallways, riding the elevator or taking the stairs. When you are in the shared bathroom, you must wear a mask when you are not engaging in an activity where wearing a mask is not practical. For example, if you go to the bathroom to brush your teeth, wear the mask to the bathroom, remove it to brush your teeth, and wear the mask once you are done and are returning to your room.

Avila, Bellarmine, Campion, Claver, Dorothy Day, Newman, Lange, Seton, and Southwell

These halls have apartments or suites containing bedrooms, bathrooms, a kitchen, a common space and/or a dining room. You are not required to wear a mask while in your assigned apartment or suite. For example, if you are assigned to live in Campion 411, you do not need to wear a mask while you are in Campion 411. However, you are required to wear a mask every time you are not in your assigned apartment or suite, which includes in a friend’s room (after CARP), common area lounges or study spaces, walking the hallways, riding the elevator or taking the stairs.

McAuley and Rahner

McAuley and Rahner are halls that have apartments- containing bedrooms, bathrooms, a kitchen, a common space and/or a dining room- with doors that can be accessed from outside. You are not required to wear a mask while in your assigned apartment. You are required to wear a mask every time you are not in your assigned apartment, which includes in a friend’s room (after CARP) or when you leave your apartment to go outside.

The Social and Woodberry

The Social and the Woodberry are apartment complexes the University has partnered with to offer additional on campus housing. Although they are not contiguous to campus, mask policies also apply to students living there. The apartments contain bedrooms, bathrooms, a kitchen, a common space and/or a dining room. You are not required to wear a mask while in your assigned apartment. You are required to wear a mask every time you are not in your assigned apartment, which includes in a friend’s room (after CARP), common area lounges or study spaces, walking the hallways, riding the elevator or taking the stairs. You must also comply with policies specific to The Social and The Woodberry, which can be accessed by contacting on site management.

I have 2 guests over, and they are both wearing masks complying with Loyola policy. Should my roommates and I wear a mask?

The expectation is that you wear a mask anytime you leave your residence hall room, which means that while guests in your space do need to wear their masks, you and your roommates do not need to wear a mask in your room when guests are present. However, the CDC currently recommends wearing a mask anytime you are with someone who is not part of your household. Loyola encourages you to treat your roommates as members of a household. This means you and your roommates can choose to wear a mask while guests are present, and it may help protect you and the community from COVID-19 spread.

How can I make sure I comply with the guest policy based on where I live?

Thea Bowman

Thea Bowman Hall offers traditional style double-rooms connected by a bathroom. Students who do not live in Bowman will be able to access Bowman Express but not visit a friend’s room in Bowman. You are allowed two additional guests (provided they live in Bowman Hall as well) in your room- regardless of if your roommate is present or not. The room connected to yours through the bathroom is considered a separate room. For example, if you live in Thea Bowman 103A and you and your roommate are in the room, you may have 2 students who live in Thea Bowman Hall, but do not live in Thea Bowman 103A, present in your room. If your roommate leaves, you cannot add another guest as this would exceed the maximum of 2 guests. Residents of 103B who share a bathroom with 103A, may have 2 guests as well, but the residents and guests must stay in their respective spaces.

Butler, Hammerman, or Hopkins

Butler, Hammerman, and Hopkins hall are residence halls that have double rooms, and residents use a shared bathroom. You are allowed two additional guests (provided they live in your residence hall as well) in your room- regardless of if your roommate is present or not. For example, if you live in Hopkins 210 and you and your roommate are in the room, you may have 2 students who live in Hopkins, but do not live in Hopkins 210, present in your room. If your roommate leaves, you cannot add another guest as this would exceed the maximum of 2 guests.

Avila, Bellarmine, Claver, and Dorothy Day

These halls have six-person apartments containing bedrooms, bathrooms, a kitchen, a common space and/or a dining room. You are allowed access to the buildings with laundry for laundry purposes only. This means you can access the building to use the laundry facilities, but you cannot visit a friend if they are not in the same building in which you live. You are allowed two additional guests (provided they live in your residence hall as well) in your apartment- regardless of if your roommates are present or not. For example, if you live in Avila 101, you have 6 total residents in your apartment- 3 bedrooms with 2 residents per room. You may have 2 students who live in Avila, but do not live in Avila 101, present in Avila 101 for a total of up to 8 people- up to 6 residents and up to 2 students who live in Avila but not in Avila 101. If any of your roommates are not present, you cannot add another guest as this would exceed the maximum of 2 guests.

Campion

Campion has apartments containing bedrooms, bathrooms, a kitchen, a common space and/or a dining room. Some apartments have 4 residents where others will have as many as 6 residents. You are allowed two additional guests (provided they live in your residence hall as well) in your apartment or suite- regardless of if your roommates are present or not. For example, if you live in Campion 103, you have 4 total residents in your apartment- 2 bedrooms with 2 residents per room. You may have 2 students who live in Campion, but do not live in Campion 103, present in Campion 103 for a total of up to 6 people- up to 4 residents and up to 2 students who live in Campion but not in Campion 103. If any of your roommates are not present, you cannot add another guest as this would exceed the maximum of 2 guests.

Newman

Newman houses nine floors in two towers- west and east- and features apartments that house 2, 4, or 6 students. Residents are able to visit apartments in the opposite tower. Students who do not live in Newman will be able to access Iggy’s Market but not visit a friend’s apartment in Newman. You are allowed two additional guests (provided they live in your residence hall as well) in your apartment - regardless of if your roommates are present or not. For example, if you live in Newman Towers East 109, you have 4 total residents in your apartment- 2 bedrooms with 2 residents per room. You may have 2 students who live in Newman East or West, but do not live in Newman Towers East 109, present in Newman Towers East 109 for a total of up to 6 people- up to 4 residents and up to 2 students who live in Newman East or West but not in Newman Towers East 109. If any of your roommates are not present, you cannot add another guest as this would exceed the maximum of 2 guests.

Lange, Seton, and Southwell

These halls include suites or apartments with 4 to 6 residents. Each area is divided into different stairwells or houses. Residents can visit rooms within another stairwell or house, but only within their hall. For example, Lange residents can visit Lange apartments or suites within other Lange stairwells or houses, but they cannot visit apartments or suites in Seton or Southwell. For example, if you live in Southwell 22A, you have 4 total residents in your apartment- 2 bedrooms with 2 residents per room. You can visit other apartments in Southwell houses or stairwells, but you cannot visit other apartments in Seton or Lange. You may have 2 students who live in any Southwell apartment, but do not live in Southwell 22A, present in Southwell 22A for a total of up to 6 people- up to 4 residents and up to 2 students who live in Southwell but not in Southwell 22A. If any of your roommates are not present, you cannot add another guest as this would exceed the maximum of 2 guests.

McAuley

McAuley is a hall that is separated into stairwells containing 4-person apartments- with bedrooms, bathrooms, a kitchen, a common space and/or a dining room- that have doors that can be accessed from outside. Residents can visit rooms within another stairwell, but only within McAuley. For example, if you live in McAuley 05A, you have 4 total residents in your apartment- 2 bedrooms with 2 residents per room. You can visit other apartments in McAuley stairwells. You may have 2 students who live in any McAuley apartment, but do not live in McAuley 05A, present in McAuley 05A for a total of up to 6 people- up to 4 residents and up to 2 students who live in McAuley but not in McAuley 05A. If any of your roommates are not present, you cannot add another guest as this would exceed the maximum of 2 guests.

Rahner

Rahner consists of 4-person townhomes on different streets- Crowson, Gallagher, and Tantallion. You can visit townhomes within Rahner- including those on different streets. For example, if you live in a townhome on Gallagher, you can visit townhomes on Crowson, Gallagher, and Tantallion. As an additional example to explain the guest policy, if you live in Rahner Gallagher 5200, you have 4 total residents in your apartment- 3 bedrooms with 2 doubles and 2 singles. You may have 2 students who live in Rahner-regardless of street- but do not live in Rahner Gallagher 5200, present in Rahner Gallagher 5200 for a total of up to 6 people- up to 4 residents and up to 2 students who live in Rahner but not in Rahner Gallagher 5200. If any of your roommates are not present, you cannot add another guest as this would exceed the maximum of 2 guests.

The Social and The Woodberry

The Social and the Woodberry are apartment complexes the University has partnered with to offer additional Loyola housing. Although they are not contiguous to campus, guest policies also apply to students living there. Students living at The Social may visit other students living at the social, and students living at The Woodberry may visit other students living at The Woodberry. As with other campus housing, the guest limit is 2 guests who live in the building but who are not assigned to the apartment. For example, if you live in The Social 1003, you have 4 total residents in your apartment- 2 bedrooms with 2 residents per room. You can visit other apartments in The Social. You may have 2 students who live at The Social, but do not live in 1003, present in 1003 for a total of up to 6 people- up to 4 residents and up to 2 students who live in The Social but not in 1003. If any of your roommates are not present, you cannot add another guest as this would exceed the maximum of 2 guests.

Can my parents or family members visit me in my room?

One person will be allowed to move you into your room on move-in day, and that one person can be your family member. Otherwise, only students from your residence hall are permitted to visit you in your room. Other than one family member during move in, families are eligible to visit students on campus but not in residence halls. We encourage families and students to find low risk ways to visit, such as virtual meetings, walks on or off campus, and outdoor dining. You can use My COVID Risk App to determine risk level of various activities. Additionally, we recommend families follow Maryland Department of Health and Center for Disease Control guidelines prior to and during contact with you.

What sanctions will students face who do not abide by the rules?

We want to encourage all community members to work together to help ensure compliance for all of our COVID-related guidelines. However, if a student is found responsible for a violation, the sanctions will consider a number of factors-the student's conduct history, the seriousness of the behavior, the risk of harm to the community. More serious behaviors will have more serious sanctions, up to suspension or expulsion. For example, a minor violation may be a student who visits a friend’s room in their building, but there are already the maximum number of guests (2) who do not live there present in the room. The students who visited the room and violated the guest policy would likely receive disciplinary probation for at least one semester and the students who hosted the guests would likely receive deferred suspension from the residence halls for one semester. An example of a more serious violation would be a student who is in isolation and breaks isolation protocol, such as leaving their isolation space to visit a friend or go to the library. In this situation the student would likely be removed from campus immediately and be required to isolate at their home. A likely sanction for that student would be suspension.

I’m thinking about doing something that is not prohibited, does that mean there’s no risk?

All activities come with some risk related to COVID-19. When determining the risk level of an activity, you may use resources such as My COVID Risk App, developed by Brown University, and public health guidance provided by the Loyola University Maryland Student Health Services, the Maryland Department of Health, and the Center for Disease Control.

I understand what I can’t do, but what can I do? How can I visit friends who live in different buildings or off campus?

After the CARP, students are encouraged to find low-risk ways to socialize and build community, with a focus on outdoor opportunities. Students will be expected to follow all campus, city, and state guidelines. There will continue to be several virtual programs and experiences, and as guidelines change, we will work to find ways for in-person opportunities.

Students should consider the countless number of activities being organized by Student Organizations, the Office of Student Activities, the Office of Student Life, ALANA Services, Messina and the Office of Student Engagement among others. Loyola Today, programming calendars, and the office websites will have the most up to date information about programming.

Looking for other options for visiting friends when you can’t go to their residence halls? Below are a few options for you to consider:

  • Mask up, and go for a walk for exercise.
  • Check out all the activities collected by Student Activities for remote engagement, make a “bucket list” and complete them with your friends.
  • Meet for grab and go dinner and have a picnic outside.
  • Find entertaining ways to connect virtually like binging your favorite show or play virtual games together.
  • Go to the FAC once it’s open and have a socially distant workout.
  • Meet together and attend an on-campus event. Many offices are offering socially distant and grab n’ go offerings throughout the semester.
  • Stay home and try Dinner Roulette then connect via zoom over your meals.
  • After CARP, meet with a friend to visit any number of off campus, outdoor activities like the Waverly Farmers Market.
  • Get five or more friends to take a virtual zoom tour of Walter’s Art Museum.

I tested positive for COVID-19 through a test not taken on campus. What do I do?

It is expected that any student involved in face-to-face learning or who is planning to be on campus during the Spring 2021 semester will report any positive COVID-19 test to Student Health and Education Services within 1 hour. To report your positive test result, contact Student Health Services at 410-617-5055 during business hours and speak with one of the clinical staff there. If you receive your positive result after hours or on the weekend, we ask that you email Marlena Waugh from SHS at mwaugh@loyola.edu who will walk you through your next steps and address any concerns you might have.

Do these policies apply at the library as well?

Yes, and you must abide by the Loyola Notre Dame Library, Inc. (LNDL) policies. Specifically, furniture has been moved and designated as furniture to not use, and this must be followed. Additionally, library staff will notify students when they are violating policies, and students must comply promptly. Social distancing is defined as 6 feet from any other person, including roommates, teammates, best friends, etc.

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