March 27, 2020
All of us in Student Life hope that you are staying healthy – physically, mentally, and emotionally – as we adjust to remote learning, working, and ongoing changes in our lives.
We are thankful for how quickly so many of you left campus, departing for what was expected to be a short time away in the midst of the semester. As we now know, you will not be living on campus for the rest of the semester. We continue to monitor local, state, and federal guidelines as we create and adjust options for all of you to access your belongings and fully move out of the residence halls. We want you to be able to return to get your belongings, but we must work to ensure the health and wellness of our community and the greater communities to which we belong.
We had hoped to provide a general timeline of when students would be able to access their spaces. Since our last communication on March 18, 2020, a lot has changed in Maryland and the United States. Many of you currently live in cities or states that are under “Stay at Home” orders. In Maryland, Governor Larry Hogan announced an executive order directing all non-essential businesses to close, and he extended public school closures through at least April 24, 2020. On March 23, Fr. Linnane closed Loyola’s campus to everyone except those who are designated as authorized personnel.
For these reasons, we are doubtful that Loyola students will be able to return to campus to retrieve belongings before May at the earliest.
We know that for a number of our students, Loyola is your primary home. For those who have already been working with the Student Development staff for assistance during this crisis, please continue to communicate directly with those individuals so we can support you during your absence from campus.
For those who are understandably frustrated by the inconvenience of our current situation, please know that these decisions are not made lightly and always with your health and safety in mind. We know some students are eager to retrieve their belongings, and we will make plans that allow you to do so once public health experts and local and state officials determine that it is safe.
While we wait for conditions in Maryland and across the country to allow for a campus move-out, we wanted to share the following:
Know that your belongings will remain secured in your residence hall space.
- Over the past two weeks, Student Life staff and generous campus partners have entered each room to secure windows, empty full trash containers, remove perishable items from countertops, and lock doors.
- Over the next several weeks, Facilities will be entering apartments to conduct routine and preventive maintenance, and to remove any remaining food items that could be attractive to pests when left unattended.
Anticipate returning to campus on an appointment basis at a later date.
- Student Life anticipates providing a two-week window when residents can access campus
- Appointments should allow you to select a day that is convenient to come to campus while ensuring that the number of people in the buildings at any given time is limited.
Identify ways to make your move-out as efficient as possible.
- Determine with family and friends who is best situated to assist you with a move from a travel and health standpoint.
- Begin gathering boxes and packing supplies.
- For those of you who may not be able to travel back to campus due to distance or finances, begin having conversations with roommates, friends, or local family who may be able to pack and store belongings for you.
- Student Life has also established a relationship with an external partner that may be of assistance with packing and/or storage. We will be providing more details in future communications.
Monitor Loyola’s COVID-19 Response Page for continued updates.
Monitor and follow directives from your local and state officials. Information regarding Maryland’s COVID-19 Response can be found at Maryland.gov.
Please know that we will continue to communicate as this situation continues to evolve. We will provide our next communication in two weeks, and plan to communicate every two weeks with any additional information we have at that time.
March 18, 2020
As you were notified today. Loyola University Maryland is extending on-line only instruction for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. The Office of Student Life is in the process of creating a move out process for students to return to campus and retrieve their personal belongings. This process will be informed by federal and state guidelines and recommendations regarding travel, gatherings, and social distancing.
Once this is finalized, we will communicate this plan with all of you. We want to ensure that we have the staff and resources available to provide a smooth move out experience for all students. This process normally takes place over a few weeks, allowing students to pack items, and more out of their room over several days. We understand this revised process may present some challenges and we want to have a plan to mitigate as much of this as possible.
To help communicate this process Student Life will provide updates on our Student Life website.
At this time, we are NOT able to accommodate students who show up to campus to collect items. We do not have staff on campus who will be able to open and provide students access to their rooms, as we are following guidelines regarding reducing density, social distancing, and teleworking.
We understand that many students are eager to return to campus to collect their belongings; however, we want to ensure we are planning accordingly to keep all of our community members safe and healthy. This must be difficult news for you to receive, and we look forward to welcoming you back to campus as soon as it is safe to do so.
We thank you for your patience and cooperation and will continue to update you on our Spring 2020 move out process. If you have questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org