Loyola University Maryland

Coronavirus Updates

Undergraduate & Graduate Student Policies

Residence Hall Guest Guidelines

No non-student guests will be allowed in the residence halls. Students who are in isolation or quarantine may not host guests in their living space. Living space includes the student’s bedroom and, if the student lives in an apartment, suite, or townhome, anywhere in the apartment, suite, or townhome, which includes roommates’ bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, dining area, and common space. Roommates of students who are in quarantine may also not host guests in the living space.

Face Coverings—required in all common spaces

Face coverings are required indoors except in an individual’s assigned residence hall room or dwelling. Exceptions include while actively eating or drinking, attending to personal hygiene, such as showering, shaving one’s face, or brushing teeth. This policy includes wearing a face covering while walking from a dwelling to the bathroom, and visiting a dwelling to which you are not assigned. 

Students with vaccine exemptions are expected to follow CDC guidelines, which includes wearing a face covering indoors.

There are no general accommodations for not wearing a mask, and questions related to accommodation requests should be made to Disability Support Services for students. Face coverings are defined as a cloth, face shield, or medical grade mask that fully covers a person’s nose and mouth and is secured to the person’s head.

Contact Tracing 

Students are expected to comply with all contact tracing requests and efforts.  If a contact tracer contacts a student, the student is expected to truthfully and fully cooperate and promptly communicate with the contract tracer and follow all recommendations. The recommendations may include a COVID test, quarantine, or isolation.

Compliance with symptom monitoring/daily health checks

Students who are on campus are expected to comply with symptom monitoring/daily health checks by registering for and completing the Loyola’s student symptom checker through Loyola Student Health Portal each day. Not complying may result in exclusion from a campus or academic activity or quarantine until the health check is completed. 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, and not doing so when asked will be considered a violation of this policy.  It is expected that any student will report any positive COVID-19 test to Student Health and Education Services within 2 hours as outlined in the Policy FAQ. Failure to report in a timely manner or in a manner that puts the community at risk will be considered a violation. Falsification of test results or symptom reporting will be considered a violation of this policy.

Compliance with Testing

Surveillance testing and symptomatic testing of students will be facilitated through an outside partner in conjunction with Student Health Services. When selected to test either based on symptoms, exposure to COVID-19, or randomized surveillance testing, students must promptly comply with the testing requirements. Students with an approved  vaccination exemption will be tested weekly and must comply with those testing requirements.

Compliance with Isolation or Quarantine

Isolation 

Students who are instructed to isolate by a medical professional or university employee are required to follow all recommendations and policies provided. Students who are required to isolate by a university employee will receive an email with relevant policies, which will include students in isolation are:

  • Prohibited from leaving the isolation space unless:
    • There is an emergency, such as a fire or fire alarm (students must wear masks when leaving for the emergency) and/or
    • The student is approved to leave. Approved reasons may include seeking medical care or taking an emotional support animal or service animal out to relieve themselves. (Students must wear masks when leaving)
  • Prohibited from hosting any guests in the isolation space
  • Expected to participate in all telehealth visits and respond to any outreach from Student Health Services and Lifebridge Health
  • Report any health-related concerns to Student Health Services
  • Expected to wear a mask and go into a separate space within the room if a Loyola staff member needs to enter the space
  • Required to stay in one’s isolation space until released from isolation by the university

Isolation directives are subject to change based on federal, state, and local guidance. Students who violate isolation protocol are subject to immediate removal from housing and restriction from campus.

Quarantine

Students who are instructed to quarantine by a medical professional or university employee are required to follow all recommendations and policies provided. Students with vaccination exemptions will be required to quarantine when identified as a close contact. Students with vaccination exemptions who are required to quarantine by a university employee will receive an email with relevant policies, which will include students in quarantine are:

  • Prohibited from leaving the quarantine space unless:
    • There is an emergency, such as a fire or fire alarm (students must wear masks when leaving for the emergency) and/or
    • The student is approved to leave. Approved reasons may include seeking medical care or taking an emotional support animal or service animal out to relieve themselves. (Students must wear masks when leaving)
    • Getting tested. Students should only attend their COVID-19 test 5-7 days after exposure as directed by Student Health Services
  • Prohibited from hosting any guests in the quarantine space
  • Expected to complete their “Monitoring Questionnaire” every morning in the Loyola Student Health Portal
  • Expected to Avoid common spaces in their living space as much as possible
  • Required to stay in one’s quarantine space until by Student Health Services to return to campus, even if your COVID test from days 5-7 was negative.

Students who are fully vaccinated and identified as a close contact will not be required to quarantine based on CDC guidance. Students who are fully vaccinated and are identified as a close contact will receive an email with relevant policies, which will include:

  • Students should wear a mask in all areas of campus regardless of any mask mandates
  • Students must get tested at Student Health Services 3-5 days after exposure
  • Students who begin to experience any symptoms of COVID-19 must stay in their living space and contact SHS as soon as possible
  • Meals should be consumed as grab and go options. Eating inside dining facilities is prohibited.
  • Students are prohibited from hosting guests in their residential unit

Note for Off-Campus Students

Students who are off campus must also abide by Loyola off-campus policies and Baltimore City COVID policies. Currently, the Baltimore City COVID laws require masks in all indoor public spaces (Baltimore City Mask Health Directive).

Loyola Notre Dame Library, Inc. (LNDL) COVID-19 policies

Only currently enrolled students (and FSA) will be allowed in LNDL.  Students will be allowed access to the building by tapping their current ID.  ID issues will be resolved by Loyola University Maryland.  Students will also be required to show a green pass from Loyola's Student Health Portal to the attendant on duty before being admitted to the building. Masks are required at all times.  Non-compliance may result in loss of library building use.