Loyola University Maryland

Student Life

Spring 2021 Semester FAQ

Updated November 16, 2020

Please continue to visit this page for updated and additional frequently asked questions about student life updates and housing operations related to the Spring 2021 reopening.

Questions

General Questions

Spring Housing Assignments

Move-in

Off-Campus Housing and Housing Cancellation Requests

Defer or Leave of Absence

Off-Campus Housing and Housing Cancellation Requests

Student Life Approved Vendors

Meal Plan

The Woodberry and The Social Housing

Residential experience & RA

General Questions

The health and wellness of those in the residence halls will depend on the behaviors of the people who live there—as well as our facilities colleagues who will keep the buildings clean. You will get information on how to wear a face covering properly because we will be asking everyone on campus to wear a face covering in public areas. We will be encouraging cleanliness. We will provide resources in advance to help students know how to prepare for their return to campus.

We are offering Spring 2021 semester students a two-week grace period on room and board. If residential students voluntarily decide during the first two weeks of in-person classes that they want to move home and continue their Loyola instruction remotely, we will refund their room and board charges for the semester.

Please contact StampIt, the University mailroom, to discuss options.

Please contact Student Life at studentlife@loyola.edu. A member of our team will be available to support you and connect you with a campus partner if necessary.

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Spring Housing Assignments

Students currently assigned to housing, as of August 6, 2020, will be assigned to housing for the Spring semester. Students applying for housing will be assigned based on space availability throughout campusStudents requesting Loyola provided housing must submit a Spring 2021 housing application in the RoomRez portal no later than Tuesday, November 17. Students who submit a housing application after November 17 will be assigned housing based on space availability.

Yes. Student Life intends to assign students their Fall housing assignments for the Spring semester. If your original Fall assignment needs to change, Student Life will contact you directly. Student Life will communicate Spring housing assignment and roommate information in December.

Student Life encourages you to keep in contact with your assigned roommates. If a vacancy becomes available in your unit that vacancy may be reassigned to another student requesting housing. Student Life will communicate Spring housing assignment and roommate information in December.

Students who cancelled and received a confirmation of their cancellation prior to August 6, 2020 will need to reapply for housing for the Spring semester. Students will be assigned to vacancies throughout campus. If your original assignment is vacant for the Spring semester, we will do our best to reassign you to that bed space. Please note, this is only a request and not a guarantee.

No. Students will not need to pay an additional housing deposit for the Spring semester.

The Spring housing application allows for new students to housing to request to be pulled into an open vacancy. If you are looking to pull someone into your space, please have them submit this information in their application. For students currently assigned to housing, Student Life will have a Room Change Request form available from November 16 – November 23. All requests must be submitted here. Student Life will accommodate requests based on space availability. 

Students requesting a room change should submit a Room Change request from November 16- November 23.

Yes. Student Life will contact students who have not been assigned housing individually and discuss options for the Spring semester.

My Study Abroad was cancelled. Do I need to reapply for housing?

Students who had a Spring housing assignment and submitted their Spring 2021 housing contract by the October 16 deadline do not need to reapply for housing. By submitting your contract, you confirmed you intend to live on campus. If you did not submit your contract, please contact Student Life at studentlife@loyola.edu.

You can request a cancellation of your housing contract until Dec. 15, without penalty. After that, there may be a cancellation fee and loss of deposit.

We understand that students’ residential plans may change from the date they signed their contract. Students who no longer need their housing for the Spring semester should submit the Request to Cancel Housing form no later than Dec. 15 to avoid penalties and fees.

Students who prefer to study remotely must notify the Office of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies by submitting the Spring 2021 Remote Learning form. The deadline to submit this form is December 1, 2020. The Office of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies will inform Student Life that you will be a virtual learner and your housing and meal plan will automatically be cancelled.

Possibly. We are still looking at our vacancies and number of residents. It is possible your student will be assigned a new roommate. We will use the roommate profile to identify a compatible roommate.

Students will receive a Spring 2021 housing assignment and roommate confirmation email in December.

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Move-In

If I am living at the Woodberry or the Social through Loyola do I need to follow the check-in requirements (e.g., receive a COVID test)?

 

Yes! All students living in Loyola provided housing will be required to complete all check-in requirements regardless of where you are living. 

 

When will I move in if I am assigned to the Woodberry or the Social through Loyola?

 

Our plan is for students assigned to our off campus locations to move in on January 13. Additional information will be emailed to students in mid-December.

 

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Off-Campus Housing and Housing Cancellation Requests

Students considering securing their own housing off-campus should first review the Off-Campus Housing page. To help assist students looking for off-campus housing, the Office of Student Conduct has created an Off-Campus FAQ web page. Please be sure to review the North Baltimore Neighborhood Coalition agreement which outlines neighborhoods that Loyola students are restricted from living in. Additionally, before signing any lease, please confer with Financial Aid to learn if your financial aid package changes based on changing your residency plans.

Students who have secured their own housing must submit a Housing Cancellation Request form found on the Student Life website. Students should contact Financial Aid prior to signing a lease to learn if your financial aid package will change by living off campus. Once you submit your request the Office of Student Life will review your request and inform you of a decision. Please do not sign a lease until you have received your final decision. Students must submit a Housing Cancellation Request form no later than December15, 2020 to avoid cancellation penalties.

Students who have signed a lease with an off-campus company will need to discuss options with that company. Students should review the housing cancellation clauses in their leases and communicate questions with the leasing office. Loyola University Maryland is unable to negotiate your lease with the private company.

Yes. Incoming transfer students are eligible to secure their own housing off-campus. You should speak with Financial Aid and submit a Housing Cancellation Request prior to signing a lease off-campus.

Yes! All currently enrolled Loyola University Maryland students are eligible to apply to live on-campus for the 2021-2022 academic year. All students will be required to participate in the 2021-2022 housing selection process. Specific information will be available in late January 2021.

Students who defer until the Fall 2021 semester or take a Leave of Absence for the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters are not eligible to participate in the 2021-2022 housing selection and will need to submit a Request To Return to Housing form once registered full-time for Fall 2021.

Yes! All full-time undergraduate students are required to complete and submit Phase 1 of the housing selection process. Housing selection information will be communicated in late January.

Students who prefer to study remotely must notify the Office of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies by submitting the Spring 2021 Remote Learning form. The deadline to submit this form is December 1, 2020. The Office of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies will inform Student Life that you will be a virtual learner and your housing and meal plan will automatically be cancelled.

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Defer or Leave of Absence

All actively enrolled students for the Spring 2021 semester are eligible to participate in the 2021-2022 Housing Selection process. Students who defer their deposit until Fall 2021 or take a Leave of Absence for the Spring 2021 semester will need to submit a Return to Housing form once they are enrolled full time for the Fall 2021 semester. Students will then be assigned housing based on availability throughout housing after the Housing Selection process concludes.

First year or transfer students who deferred their acceptance, after the August 6, 2020 announcement, until the Spring semester will retain their Spring housing assignment if they register to be a full-time student for the Spring semester by November 16, 2020. Students not registered by this date will have their Spring housing cancelled and will need to reapply for housing.

Students who deferred prior to August 6 will need to submit a new housing application for the Spring semester and will be assigned to vacancies throughout campus. If your original assignment is vacant for the Spring semester, we will do our best to reassign you to that bed space. Please note, this is only a request and not a guarantee.

Returning students who decided to take a leave of absence for the Fall semester will retain their Spring housing assignment as long as they register to be a full-time student for the Spring semester by November 16, 2020. Students not registered by this date will have their Spring housing cancelled and will need to reapply for housing.

Students who registered for a Leave of Absence prior to August 6 will need to submit a new housing application for the Spring semester and will be assigned to vacancies throughout campus. If your original assignment is vacant for the Spring semester, we will do our best to reassign you to that bed space. Please note, this is only a request and not a guarantee.

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Student Life Approved Vendors

Students who utilized Dorm Room Movers during the Spring 2020 closing will be contacted directly from Dorm Room Movers to discuss options for the Fall 2020 semester. If you have specific questions, please contact Dorm Room Movers directly.

Student Life will be coordinating with Dorm Room Movers to have your items placed in your Spring housing assignment prior to your arrival. Dorm Room Movers will contact you directly with specific information.

Students who rented through MyMicroFridge will be contacted directly from MyMicroFridge to discuss options which may include canceling or deferring your order until the Spring semester. If you have specific questions, please contact MyMicroFridge directly.

Students who opted into GradGuard renter’s insurance must contact GradGuard to suspend or cancel their Fall payment plan. If you have specific questions, please contact GradGuard directly. Please review this GradGuard specific FAQ for the latest updates on your renters insurance.

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Meal plan

Yes. Students who cancel their housing for the Spring semester and indicate they would like to cancel their meal plan but then decide they would like to add a meal plan for the Spring semester must contact Student Administrative Services at sas@loyola.edu. It is recommended you contact them by November 18 to ensure the meal plan is included in your Spring semester tuition bill.

Yes! Students looking to change their meal plan for the Spring semester may do so in the RoomRez portal until January 24, 2021. To ensure an accurate tuition bill from Student Administrative Service we recommend you make your change by November 18. Meal plan changes after November 18 may take 3-5 business days to be reflected on your tuition bill. Learn how to change your meal plan.

Please visit Loyola University’s Dining Services webpage to learn more about their reopening plans.

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The Woodberry and The Social housing

Yes. The University will provide a shuttle service on a set schedule. Once the schedule is finalized, we will communicate it with students assigned to these locations.

Are there spaces available for me or my roommate to be reassigned from on campus to these locations?

Are there spaces available for me or my roommate to be reassigned from on campus to these locations?

We currently have limited vacancies at both locations. If you are interested in living in one of these locations, please submit a Room Change Request form between November 16-23. All reassignments will be based on space availability. Please note, some vacancies are in partially filled apartments (1 or more empty bedroom but other students are currently assigned to the same apartment), if you are not interested in please indicate your preference on the form.

Please visit our Living at The Woodberry webpage.

Please visit our Living at The Social webpage. 

Yes! To ensure the safety of you and others, all students assigned to Loyola provided housing are expected to follow the University COVID-19 policies in addition to the apartment complex policies.

Yes! Student Life will have both Resident Assistants and Graduate Residence Coordinators assigned to both locations in addition to the University’s on-call system.

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Residential experience & RA

Yes! Resident Assistants in each residential area will continue to serve as individual peer leaders for residents on their floors/ in their communities and will keep residents informed of campus resources as well as building connections between rooms and apartments

While large in-person community events will be put on hold for Spring 2021, RAs will continue to organize community development activities for their specific floors once per month. RAs will also schedule one-on-one conversations with each of their residents throughout the semester. Throughout the residential campus, Student Life will also be hosting door decorating contests, building competitions, and outdoor opportunities that allow for socially distant and safe community building.

RAs on duty are always available by phone from the hours of 8pm-8am, but in most areas, they will also be present in area offices from 8pm-midnight to increase visibility and presence. If you need to contact someone for an emergency please contact Campus Police at 410-617-5010 and they will connect you with a member of Student Life

Students are expected to adhere to all policies listed in the Community Standards. Students can find specific COVID-19 policies on the Undergraduate Student Policies webpage

The Office of Student Conduct has created a reporting form for the Loyola community. This report is for Loyola community members who notice a student not in compliance with health and safety guidelines of a serious nature. If immediate support is needed, please contact Public Safety at 410-617-5010. Examples include large gatherings or students not following quarantine or isolation protocol.

If what you are intending to report is a student not in compliance with health and safety guidelines that involve routine interactions or minor concerns, we ask that you remind them of our expectations and encourage them to comply. Examples include not wearing a face covering properly, not following directional signage, not keeping the appropriate physical distance, etc.

Am I allowed to leave campus?

With all of our policies, we are hopeful students will take personal responsibility in following the policies to ensure a safe and successful semester. While we will not be monitoring individual movements, we would be able to adjudicate incidents where a student leaves campus for non-essential reasons. With a focus on egregious violations (i.e. leaving campus to attend a large gathering), sanctions for such behavior could include a status sanction, such as disciplinary probation or deferred suspension with repetitive incidents resulting in more severe sanctions.

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