Loyola University Maryland

Coronavirus Updates

Undergraduate & Graduate Student Policies

Residence Hall Guest Guidelines

No non-student guests will be allowed in the residence halls. No overnight guests will be allowed in the residence halls. Students can only enter the residence halls they are assigned to (with the exception of students who need to access laundry facilities that are in another building but still part of their residential area). 

Students will, however, still have access to the lower entrance of Newman Towers for Iggy’s Market and Fresh West and Thea Bowman Hall for Bowman Express, and students who need to visit Disability Support Services will be permitted to access Newman Towers for those services.

Gatherings within residence hall doubles, suites, apartments, or townhomes are limited to two student guests in addition to the residents of the room. The two student guests must be residents of the same building they are visiting. 

Face Coverings—required in all common spaces

Face coverings are required everywhere on campus—indoors and outdoors—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 mask while walking from a dwelling to the bathroom, and visiting a dwelling to which you are not assigned. 

There are no 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.

Size of On-Campus Gatherings

Gatherings within residence hall doubles, suites, apartments, or townhomes are limited to 2 student guests in addition to residents of the room. As stated in the Residence Hall Guest Guidelines, the 2 student guests must be residents within the same building they are visiting. In campus common areas, indoors or outdoors where social distancing of 6 ft is not possible, gatherings will be limited to 10 or less.

Travel

Local

Students are expected to only leave campus for essential reasons. Essential reasons include visiting a doctor or receiving a prescription, grocery shopping, attending an academic commitment, such as an internship, going to a place of employment, exercise, getting takeout from a restaurant.  Attending social gatherings, bars, parties will not be considered essential.

Domestic and International

Students traveling outside the state of Maryland must quarantine for 14 days upon their return to campus.  This includes traveling within the US and internationally. Traveling to areas with widespread transmission, as defined by the state of Maryland (https://governor.maryland.gov/marylandunites/) is strongly discouraged. Additionally, planned off campus trips are prohibited.

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 Campus Clear each day. Not complying may result in exclusion from a campus or academic activity or quarantine until the health check is completed. Students must report any positive COVID-19 test to Student Health and Education Services within 24 hours. Falsification of test results or symptom reporting will be considered a violation of this policy.

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.  Isolation policies may include needing to isolate at a permanent home address if it is within 4 hours of the University, restriction from campus for off campus students, relocating to isolation space for on campus students, needing to stay in one’s isolation space until released from isolation by the medical professional or university, not attending class in person, not visiting public spaces such as dining facilities and the FAC, not hosting visitors, not visiting others, and not using public transportation. 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. Quarantine policies may include restriction from campus for off campus students, needing to stay in one’s quarantine space until released from quarantine by the medical professional or university for on campus students, not attending class in person, not visiting public spaces such as dining facilities and the FAC, not hosting visitors, not visiting others, and not using public transportation. Quarantine directives are subject to change based on federal, state, and local guidance.

Note for Off-Campus Students

Students who are off campus must also abide by Loyola off-campus policies and Baltimore City COVID laws. Specifically, the Baltimore City COVID laws limit gatherings to 10 people, provided however, there must be sufficient space for persons to remain socially distant (Baltimore City Executive Order for Restricting Gatherings), and require masks in all indoor public spaces and outdoor public spaces (Baltimore City Mask Health Directive).

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