This year is the decennial census, mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency. The 2020 Census counts everyone who lives in the country, regardless of immigration status, age, nationality, or ability. Amidst the changing realities of COVID-19, it is important that each member of our Loyola community understand what they need to do to be counted. Please read this information carefully to ensure you understand the process.
THE CENSUS 2020 COUNT IS BASED ON WHERE YOU RESIDED BEFORE COVID-19 CHANGES.
STUDENTS AND EMPLOYEES WHO RESIDED ON-CAMPUS BEFORE COVID-19 CHANGES: Loyola’s on-campus residents, prior to COVID-19, will be counted by Loyola University Maryland. Students and employees who resided on campus before COVID-19 do not need to complete the census themselves.
- Loyola will submit information electronically on behalf of residents who would typically live on campus on April 1, 2020.
- In accordance with FERPA regulations, Loyola will only share directory information that students have consented to us releasing.
- International students (who live on campus) will be counted, as their place of residence during their studies is Loyola.
- Students studying abroad will not be counted as a part of Loyola's process.
STUDENTS AND EMPLOYEES WHO RESIDE OFF-CAMPUS OR RESIDED OFF-CAMPUS BEFORE COVID-19 CHANGES: Employees and students (who do not live with family), residing in off-campus, private residences, must complete the census for their household (i.e. an apartment must complete a census questionnaire and count all roommates). Off-campus residents will not be counted by Loyola University Maryland. Students who may have moved from their off-campus housing, as a result of COVID-19, still need to complete the census for their off-campus household where they typically would have lived on April 1, 2020. This includes those who have terminated leases and returned to their family home due to COVID-19. These students should not be included in their family’s census count.
- Every household will have the option of responding online, by mail, or by phone.
- Nearly every household will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census from either a postal worker or a census worker starting in early March 2020. The 2020 Census hopes to be the first census to collect responses mostly online. While mail-in forms will still be sent out, the Bureau expects over 50% of the population to take a few minutes to fill out the census online.
- The online Census questionnaire: https://my2020census.gov/ is live!
STUDENTS WHO REGULARLY RESIDE WITH FAMILY: Commuter students and all students who regularly reside with family while attending Loyola, should be included in their family's census count. All students who would not typically be residing with their family on April 1, 2020, should follow recommendations, above.
STUDENTS WHO WERE STUDYING ABROAD: Students who have returned home to the U.S., as a result of COVID-19, should be included in their family's census count. These students will not be counted by Loyola University Maryland.
As Ignatian Citizens, we are called to be civically engaged. Voting and completing the census are two important responsibilities in commitment to our community and university’s values.
If you have questions, please contact: Elise Gower, firstname.lastname@example.org / 410-617-5375. More information can also be found at www.census.gov.