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Loyola announces plans for an in-person, on-campus semester for Fall 2021

| By Rita Buettner
Humanities Building in the spring

Loyola University Maryland is looking forward to a fully in-person experience for Fall 2021 with a full range of classes, athletics, and other in-person events and experiences.

“Thanks to the promise of greater availability of vaccines and expected progress toward herd immunity, we are planning actively for an in-person, on-campus, and exhilarating Fall 2021,” said Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president. “Although we expect we may still be wearing masks, we are hopeful that social distancing will be less of a concern.”

The University will have secondary plans in place in case additional steps are needed to continue to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, such as allowing for extra space in classrooms. Testing will still continue to some degree, and isolation space will be available for students who are not fully vaccinated and test positive.

“We are eager to return to a more typical Loyola University Maryland education and experience with all the in-person opportunities that our students have come to enjoy,” Fr. Linnane said. “I assure you that we are moving forward with our ongoing commitment to health and safety, as well as our promise to deliver a world-class Jesuit liberal arts and professional education to students like you.”

The University is strongly encouraging members of the Loyola community to receive one of the available COVID-19 vaccines when they are available to them. Plans for fall will include accommodations for students whose health or immigration status will prevent their returning to campus for an in-person education and experience.

Loyola offered instruction fully online for Fall 2020, but students returned for hybrid instruction this semester—and a residential experience for undergraduate students.

 
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