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 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.

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 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. Indoor and outdoor off-campus gatherings are limited to 10 people.

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 10 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.

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 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 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 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.

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 policies. While current Baltimore City law allows for outdoor gatherings of 25 people or less, Loyola is restricting all indoor and outdoor gatherings to 10 people. Additionally, the Baltimore City COVID laws require masks in all indoor public spaces and outdoor public spaces when social distancing is not possible (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 Campus Clear to the attendant on duty before being admitted to the building. Masks are required at all times and social distancing will be enforced.  Non-compliance may result in loss of library building use.

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