When can Loyola faculty, staff, and students get the vaccine in Chicago? (04/07/21 12:00 AM)
All Loyola faculty and staff are eligible to receive the vaccine in Phase 1C, which began on March 29. This includes anyone who is teaching in a classroom, including graduate students. Loyola staff and faculty are encouraged to take time off to get vaccinated, if necessary. For information on how and where to get your vaccine, please visit our COVID-19 vaccine information site.
Undergraduate students and graduate students who are not teaching in a classroom will be eligible to receive the vaccine in Phase 2, which experts predict will begin in Chicago on May 31.
How do I know which phase of distribution I qualify for? (04/07/21 12:00 AM)
All Loyola faculty and staff are eligible to receive the vaccine in Phase 1C, which began on March 29.
Vaccine qualification varies from state to state and from municipality to municipality. Cook County and Illinois are very similar in their vaccination plans, which is patterned after the CDC guidance. Timing of the phases below is determined by supply, and supply is currently very limited.
Phase 1A includes health care workers and long-term care residents and staff, who have all been eligible to receive the vaccine since December 15.
Phase 1B opened up eligibility to frontline essential workers, first responders, grocery store workers, day care workers, those working in K-12 education, and people who are age 65 and older.
Phase 1C, which began on March 29, includes other essential workers plus people who are age 16 to 65 with an underlying condition. This phase includes higher education staff and faculty, people working in transportation, food service, construction services, and many other essential groups who did not qualify in Phase 1A or 1B.
Phase 2 will include anyone above the age of 16 who wasn't in one of the designated phases above. This is where most college students will be eligible to get vaccinated.
To learn more about the City of Chicago's distribution plan, click here.
Will the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine change Loyola's health and safety requirements? (03/17/21 12:00 AM)
All members of the Loyola community are expected to follow our required personal safety practices while on any of the University’s campuses. This includes individuals who have completed their COVID-19 vaccine series.
Until our region reaches herd immunity, Loyolans should think of a COVID-19 vaccine as another layer of protection, not as a silver bullet. Although effectiveness of these vaccines is extremely high, they do not work in every individual case. And while the vaccines are extremely effective at preventing severe illness, more research is needed to determine how well the vaccines prevent transmission, especially in asymptomatic carriers. If vaccinated people do not wear masks and socially distance until more people receive their vaccine, the virus could continue circulating.
How will vaccine distribution impact decision-making at Loyola? (03/17/21 12:00 AM)
Current federal projections indicate that there will be enough vaccine supply for all American adults by the end of May. Thus, much of our Loyola community likely will have the opportunity to be vaccinated by the start of the fall 2021 semester. Given that possibility, we are optimistic that we can return fully to our Chicagoland campuses in fall 2021 with in-person classes and residence hall occupancy, assuming those plans are legally allowed and medically advisable.
All operating decisions going forward will be based on a variety of metrics, including vaccination rates, local COVID-19 case counts, and testing positivity rates. We also expect to receive additional guidance in the coming months from Loyola experts and public health officials from the city of Chicago and the state of Illinois.
Many details about our phased reopening are still being finalized. Check back soon for updates about in-person classes, Residence Life, event planning, student activities, University travel, and workplace staffing.
Will Loyola require everyone on campus to be vaccinated? (03/17/21 12:00 AM)
No one today, not even health care providers, are requiring the vaccine while it is still under emergency use authorization. Loyola has a health care advisory working group that is studying whether the University will require the vaccine for all or some of our campus community at some point in the future. It is important to note that, under Illinois law, Loyola does require influenza flu vaccinations and proof of series of vaccinations for our students.
Does it matter which of the available COVID-19 vaccines I get? (03/17/21 12:00 AM)
In short, no. Although they vary in efficacy, all three vaccines considered to be very effective. Individuals should whichever vaccine is available to them as soon as they are eligible.
What is the difference between the available vaccines? (03/17/21 12:00 AM)
There are currently three COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States: Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are what are known as mRNA vaccines while the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a viral vector vaccine. Both types produce the same intended result, which is that the immune system produces antibodies to fight the virus.
The Pfizer vaccine requires two doses (recommended to be three weeks apart) and is approved for use in anyone ages 16 and up. It has a 94.9 percent efficacy rate in the United States.
Moderna’s vaccine also requires two doses, recommended at four weeks apart, and is approved for ages 18 and up. It has a 94.1 percent efficacy rate in the United States.
The primary difference of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is that it requires only one dose. It is also approved for ages 18 and up and has a 72 percent efficacy rate, although it has an 85.4 percent efficacy against severe disease, which is higher than that of Pfizer.
Can people who are fully vaccinated still spread COVID-19? (03/17/21 12:00 AM)
While it seems that COVID-19 vaccination adequately protects against asymptomatic infection, we do not know that for certain. What data we do have indicates that those who are vaccinated appear to 70 percent protected from asymptomatic infection, and more data on this is emerging. Therefore, there is still chance for infection despite vaccination. Regardless of whether or not you are vaccinated, individuals still need to wash their hands frequently, wear masks, social distance, and follow CDC guidance.
Where can I get vaccinated? (03/17/21 12:00 AM)
Your vaccination site will depend largely upon where you live. The most up-to-date information will be found on your state or city public health department website.
For people living or working in Chicago, you can register to receive a vaccine at zocdoc.com/vaccine. This site is also being used by many other states. In addition, COVID Coach is an app operated by the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) where you can find all of the details for the City of Chicago's testing plans, vaccination registration, and information on where you can register for a vaccine.
VaccineFinder, the official CDC website, and NPR also have resources that can help you find a vaccine distribution site. The information on these sites is constantly being updated, so please consult them on a very regular basis. Wherever you do go to get vaccinated, please understand that your provider will not have any control over their supply or which vaccine they can offer.
How will we achieve herd immunity on our campuses? (03/17/21 12:00 AM)
Achieving "herd immunity" or "community immunity" is a situation where a sufficient proportion of a population at large, not just the Loyola community, is immune to an infectious disease (through vaccination and/or prior illness) to make its spread from person to person unlikely. In this setting, even unvaccinated persons may be protected because the disease has little opportunity to spread within the community.
It is estimated that 70 percent or more of the U.S. population will need to be immune to achieve community immunity to COVID-19. We need to make additional significant progress with COVID-19 vaccination to achieve such a level of immunity in the U.S. Even if the majority of our campus community is vaccinated, this does not mean we have reached a level of herd immunity that will allow us to return fully to a pre-COVID state.
Will Loyola have in-person classes in fall 2021? (03/10/21 12:00 AM)
Yes. We plan to return fully to our Chicagoland campuses in fall 2021 with in-person classes and residence hall occupancy. This decision was based on the best available data and intelligence, and with the health, safety, and overall wellness of our community in mind.
Since the pandemic began, Loyola University Chicago has continuously monitored the spread of the coronavirus and implemented protocols and plans based on the guidance of public health experts—both inside and outside of Loyola—on what is legally allowed and medically advisable (LAMA). We are optimistic about in-person instruction in the fall.
What factors led to Loyola's decision for reopening in the fall? (03/10/21 12:00 AM)
We have seen several positive trends, including:
Given the progress made on vaccinations and significantly lower infection rates during the past several weeks, we expect that these positive trends will continue. Therefore, we anticipate that normal operations, including in-person instruction, will fully resume.
How can I report someone who violates COVID-19 protocols? (02/12/21 12:00 AM)
COVID-19 compliance is everyone's responsibility. If you see anything on or around Loyola’s campuses that you believe to be an infraction of our COVID-19 safety practices, please report it to 773-508-MASK (6275). You can also file a report online through the Office of Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution (OSCCR) or the Center for Student Assistance and Advocacy (CSAA).
I've heard some faculty and staff at Loyola have been vaccinated. When will the rest be vaccinated? (02/12/21 12:00 AM)
Working with our partners at the Loyola University Medical Center, we were able to identify and document approximately 3,000 students, faculty, and staff who are eligible for vaccine priority in Phase 1A (health care settings) and 1B (frontline essential personnel), given their roles on our campuses. We are encouraging anyone eligible for the vaccine at this time to persevere and schedule a vaccination as soon as they can with their health care provider, pharmacy, or other vaccination sites, but to also practice patience along the way.
The city of Chicago's current guidance will allow for most Loyola faculty and staff who have not already been vaccinated to be vaccinated in Phase 1C. Loyola will seek to prioritize those whose work responsibilities bring them into direct contact with others. State of Illinois guidance for vaccine distribution may be implemented differently by individual municipalities. Because we rely on the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) for guidance on vaccine allocation, Loyola is not at liberty to distribute vaccines freely like some other universities in the state of Illinois are doing at this time.
In the meantime, Loyola has been advocating that faculty, staff, and students whose work brings them in contact with others be prioritized for vaccinations in the current distribution phase (Phase 1B), similar to K-12 teachers and staff. Loyola is also making plans to become a vaccine distributor through the city of Chicago and/or Loyola Medicine. This will likely take months of planning and preparation and will require a sharp increase in the availability of vaccines. We will continue to monitor the vaccination rollout and will share new information as it becomes available.
If I am vaccinated but exposed to COVID-19, do I need to quarantine? (02/12/21 12:00 AM)
New guidance from the CDC states that fully vaccinated persons are no longer required to quarantine following an exposure to someone with COVID-19 if they meet certain criteria. We will continue to update our approach as we learn more and the guidance is updated.
Now that vaccines are available, will they be distributed widely at Loyola? I hear they are doing it at other universities. (02/12/21 12:00 AM)
Because we rely on the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) for guidance on vaccine allocation, Loyola is not at liberty to distribute vaccines freely like some other universities in the state of Illinois are doing at this time. Loyola is, however, making plans to become a vaccine distributor through the city of Chicago and/or Loyola Medicine. This will likely take months of planning and preparation and will require a sharp increase in the availability of vaccines. We will continue to monitor the vaccination rollout and will share new information as it becomes available.
Has the recommended amount of time to quarantine after being exposed to COVID changed? (02/03/21 12:00 AM)
For those who are exposed to someone with COVID-19 and have been identified as a close contact by a contact tracer, we’re reducing the span of time by which you’ll need to quarantine from 14 to 7 days, assuming you receive a negative test for the virus (test must occur on Day 5 or later) and aren't showing symptoms.
Exposed students will receive support and detailed quarantine and testing instructions from a COVID Care Coordinator. If you are identified as a close contact, you should not report to our SHIELD surveillance testing sites for your COVID-19 test. Instead, you should call Dial-A-Nurse at (773) 508-8883 to schedule a test at the Wellness Center.
For two weeks after exposure, you should also monitor for COVID-19 symptoms, even with a negative test result. If at any time you develop symptoms or are feeling ill (even if you have not been identified as a close contact), you should call Dial-A-Nurse to schedule a COVID-19 test at the Wellness Center. Note: Anyone in the Loyola community who personally tests positive for COVID-19 will still need to isolate for 10 days.
If I receive the COVID-19 vaccine, do I still need to participate in surveillance testing? (02/03/21 12:00 AM)
For Loyolans who have received a complete COVID-19 mRNA vaccine series, we ask that you continue to participate in our surveillance testing program if you plan to spend time on our Chicagoland campuses.
We had previously indicated that individuals would be excused from surveillance testing after they received their second dose of vaccine. However, we do not yet know how effective the vaccines are in preventing asymptomatic infection that could spread to others lacking COVID-19 immunity. In addition, data are still emerging regarding how COVID-19 variants—which may be more prevalent than currently known—may influence vaccine effectiveness, and we want to err on the side of caution.
How do I know if I was exposed to the virus? (01/15/21 12:00 AM)
You generally need to be in close contact with a sick person to get infected. Close contact includes:
It is strongly recommended that all Loyola students, faculty, and staff use the Symptom Checker within the Loyola Health function of the Loyola Mobile app daily to monitor their symptoms for potential infection, even if you do not think you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19? (01/15/21 12:00 AM)
At this time, the CDC has identified that COVID-19 symptoms may include one or more of the following:
The University has developed a Symptom Checker within the Loyola Health function of the Loyola Mobile app to promote your own health and safety and to improve awareness of the symptoms of COVID-19. It is strongly recommended that you use the application on a daily basis. It is available for use via your browser and also within the Loyola mobile application.
Using the Symptom Checker, students, faculty, and staff are asked to check for any symptoms they have in the morning daily. Depending on their symptoms, the app will provide a RED, YELLOW, or GREEN sign indicating how the user should proceed.
What if I did not complete my COVID-19 surveillance testing e-consent form by the December 18 deadline? (01/15/21 12:00 AM)
If you missed the deadline, you can still access the COVID-19 surveillance testing e-consent form in the Enterprise Learning Hub. You can also complete the form via the Loyola Health function within the Loyola Mobile app.
What is Loyola Health? (01/15/21 12:00 AM)
The University has developed a Loyola Health function within the Loyola Mobile app to help students, faculty, and staff promote health and safety on campus. Specifically, it allows users to:
How can I find the COVID-19 Symptom Checker? (01/15/21 12:00 AM)
I will be on campus during the spring semester. How can I make sure I have everything I need to participate in surveillance testing? (01/15/21 12:00 AM)
If you plan to spend any time on campus this semester, please reference our Return to Campus Checklistfor a step-by-step guide to on-campus surveillance testing. Additionally, the University has developed a Loyola Health function within the Loyola Mobile app to help students, faculty, and staff easily manage surveillance testing.
Do I have to quarantine for 14 days if I come to campus from outside of Illinois? (12/04/20 12:00 AM)
Effective Friday, November 13, 2020, the City of Chicago's Emergency Travel Order has been modified. Under the new system, states will be placed in three categories–red, orange, and yellow–based on the status of the outbreak in the states and how the data compares to the situation in Chicago.
Anyone traveling from a state on the Orange list is directed to obtain a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Chicago or quarantine for a 14-day period (or the duration of their time in Chicago, whichever is shorter). Anyone traveling from a state on the Red list must quarantine for a 14-day period or the duration of their time in Chicago, whichever is shorter.
What is surveillance testing? Why is Loyola University Chicago doing it? (12/04/20 12:00 AM)
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), testing of asymptomatics tudents, faculty, and staff should increase the timeliness of outbreak detection and response by rapidly identifying and isolating COVID-19 cases that would have otherwise gone undetected without testing. The SHIELD Illinois saliva-based test is highly accurate and quick to administer, allowing Loyola to test its community widely, thereby optimizing our infection control measures.
What are the benefits of surveillance testing? (12/04/20 12:00 AM)
The SHIELD Illinois saliva test is a highly accurate way of testing asymptomatic individuals. Community-wide surveillance testing gives Loyola the ability to identify positive asymptomatic individuals quickly, and immediately start contact tracing to prevent the spread of the virus within the Loyola community.
Have other colleges and universities around the country used surveillance testing to slow the spread of COVID-19 successfully? (12/04/20 12:00 AM)
Members of the University’s emergency response teams have studied for months what works effectively at other institutions, and we’ve learned that with good execution of two key areas, cases and outbreaks of COVID-19 can be managed. Those two areas are:
I’m excited to enroll in Loyola’s testing program. What steps should I take to start? (12/04/20 12:00 AM)
Loyola’s testing sites will be available beginning January 11, 2021. To be eligible to receive your first saliva-based test, there’s a brief checklist to follow. You can find details about this checklist on Loyola’s surveillance testing website.
Why am I being asked to sign a consent form a few weeks ahead of spring semester? (12/04/20 12:00 AM)
In order to participate in our testing program, you need to sign your consent form. We need it in advance of the spring semester because it is required for Loyola to include you in our roster for COVID-19 testing and for you to establish your MyShield account. Everyone who is tested—regardless of frequency—needs an active MyShield account.
Is a consent form required even if I don’t plan to visit campus this spring? (12/04/20 12:00 AM)
If you do not plan to visit campus at all in the spring 2021 semester and will not need testing, you do not need to complete the consent form. Please be aware that if your plans change and you do come to campus, you should submit for testing upon arrival.
What happens if I forget to sign my consent form? Can I still get tested when I come to campus? (12/04/20 12:00 AM)
Yes, you can still come to campus. Please come to the testing site upon arrival at campus. Your first visit to a testing site will take longer than normal, as you will need to complete your consent form and register your MyShield account before you can be tested. Staff members can walk you through these steps at your first visit. However, we prefer that you complete your consent form now to help us anticipate and manage volumes at our testing sites.
What happens if I do not sign the consent form? (12/04/20 12:00 AM)
In the interest of assisting you in the event of a COVID-19 positive result and protecting others who you may have exposed, the consent form is required for Loyola to receive your test results. Without signing the consent form, you will not be tested (since we will not have access to the results).
What happens if I forget to test? (12/04/20 12:00 AM)
If you do not follow Loyola’s testing protocol and plan to access University property, you will lose your building access privileges until you have received a negative result from one of Loyola’s tests.
Repeated failure to comply will also be considered a violation of the LUC Community Standards and will result in a referral to your supervisor/chair (employee) or the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution (student). Please note that if you are a residential student, access to your assigned residence hall will always be maintained.
If I only visit campus periodically and don’t need to test every week, will I still be able to access campus buildings? (12/04/20 12:00 AM)
Any Loyola faculty, staff, or students may access campus buildings if testing protocols are followed. Testing is required for anyone who intends to be on campus, based on frequency.
If you are on campus:
Campus access is monitored for compliance. Non-compliance will result in a denial of building access. Building access is granted to those who meet the surveillance testing protocols. If your plans change and you do come to campus, please be aware that you will not be able to access any buildings—besides the building where the testing is taking place—without testing upon arrival. If people in that particular cohort do come to campus, we’ll ask them to test upon their arrival; in those cases, they would complete the consent form. Although the results will not be available for 24 hours, positive cases will initiate contact tracing to determine any potential close contacts when on campus.
How long does the testing process take? Is it a big hassle? (12/04/20 12:00 AM)
At other universities that have implemented a saliva-based testing program, the duration of the testing process from start to finish takes roughly five minutes. At the beginning, we can expect that it will take slightly longer; as we adjust to the process over time, the duration should shorten and take very little time out of your day.
I am graduating in December 2020 and will not be on campus after graduation. Do I need to enroll in the testing program? (12/04/20 12:00 AM)
If you will not be on campus post-graduation, you do notneed to complete the consent form or submit for testing.
Will the saliva test cost me anything? (12/04/20 12:00 AM)
No, testing will be free for all Loyola students, faculty, and staff (a stated on the COVID-19 Testing Program website). The consent form is intended to be broad, capturing other potential instances of COVID-19 diagnostic testing that may be required in the treatment of an individual (most applicable to students who visit the Wellness Center). This would not apply to faculty and staff as they do not receive treatment at the Wellness Center.
I’ve received a positive result for COVID-19 within the last 90 days, and the CDC recommends I don’t take another test until that 90-day window is over. Will my campus access be restricted during this time? (12/04/20 12:00 AM)
People who have tested positive should not re-test for 90 days from the date of their positive test. You should provide documentation of your positive test to COVID-19Testing@LUC.edu.
I’ve previously tested positive for COVID-19 and may have protective antibodies. Do I need to participate in surveillance testing? (12/04/20 12:00 AM)
Yes, people with antibodies should still be tested. The CDC does not recommend any changes in behavior for persons who have been infected with COVID-19 since the science community doesn’t yet know what level of antibodies/cell-mediated immunity is protective and for how long.
I’m not planning to come to campus for any reason other than testing. Is that allowed? (12/04/20 12:00 AM)
Yes, you are welcome to visit campus for testing, even if you have no plans to access campus buildings for any other reason. Some institutions call this “ad hoc testing.”
I am living in the residence halls and will be in quarantine at move-in at the start of the spring semester. Should I still test during this time? (12/04/20 12:00 AM)
Yes, you must test during move-in quarantine. During your quarantine period, if you test positive, we will want to be sure that we can monitor your health and provide you with services from our COVID Care Coordinators.
I am under 18. How should I handle being tested? (12/04/20 12:00 AM)
Any students under 18 years of age should have their parents electronically sign the e-consent form.
Do I have to wear a mask on campus? (12/02/20 12:00 AM)
Yes, all Loyola faculty, staff, students, and visitors to our campus must wear a mask at all times, both while indoors and outdoors. Appropriate use of face masks or coverings is critical in minimizing the risks to others around you, as you can spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick. The mask or cloth face covering is not a substitute for social distancing.
You may wear either a disposable mask or a cloth face covering that covers the mouth and nose. Other types of loosely fitting face coverings such as bandanas are not permitted. For more details on selection, wearing, and clearning a mask, click here.
Will testing be required for people who are on campus in the spring? (10/28/20 12:00 AM)
Yes. The decisions to increase the number of on-campus classes and reopen of some residence halls are made possible by an extension of the University’s COVID-19 testing infrastructure. Access to regular asymptomatic surveillance testing is a prerequisite and an essential component of our internal readiness. Students, faculty, and staff who will be on campus for studies, research, work, or recreation should expect to be tested regularly. Other information about our enhanced testing will be shared in the coming weeks. Symptomatic testing and contact tracing remain available through the Wellness Center.
What happens on campus if someone get diagnosed with COVID-19? (10/28/20 12:00 AM)
The University has developed and outlined several processes following a positive diagnosis on campus. To access these protocol documents, visit our Positive Diagnosis Protocol page.
Will the university cut administration costs at this time? What cuts are being made? (05/07/20 12:00 AM)
Our strong fiscal stewardship and discipline implemented in recent years have served us well. We were fortunate to be better positioned than some other institutions going into this unprecedented pandemic and the economic turmoil it has created. This pre-COVID-19 financial position enabled Loyola to take a more measured and methodical approach to cost containment unlike peer institutions that were forced to immediately undertake dramatic cuts in personnel and programming. However, Loyola is not immune to the upcoming financial challenges that our students and their families are already facing.
A number of reductions in administration costs are being implemented at this time, including:
How has Loyola responded to questions by Unite Here, Local 1, about compensation to Aramark employees? (04/14/20 12:00 AM)
Please click here to read the letter sent by Wayne Magdziarz, Sr. Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, to Unite Here, Local 1, regarding Aramark employees.
Given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on employment opportunities, what are Loyola’s thoughts on requests for it to compensate Aramark employees who have worked on the University's premises? (04/05/20 12:00 AM)
Our thoughts continue to be with those impacted by the spread of COVID-19, including those who have experienced a reduction in hours or layoffs from their jobs. We appreciate the dedication of the Aramark employees who have worked on our campus. As those individuals are employed and paid by Aramark, and not Loyola University Chicago, compensation questions should be directed to Aramark.
Can Loyola do anything to lessen the financial hardships of contract hospitality employees during this economic downturn? (04/05/20 12:00 AM)
This unprecedented pandemic has created much hardship on a broad spectrum of society all across the globe. Its impact is felt by individuals, communities, government, institutions, and businesses. Like other institutions of higher education who have had to repatriate students and refund housing and meal plans, Loyola University Chicago is no different in experiencing diminished revenue and continued expenditures. The impact on Loyola, our students, faculty, staff, campus partners, and the surrounding neighborhood businesses and people during this pandemic is significant.
It is at a time like this that we focus our limited resources to support employees–both faculty and staff–until we are able to resume routine campus operations. We must also anticipate the financial needs of returning students whose families are impacted. These areas are of highest concern and priority for Loyola. These are tough times requiring tough decisions on many issues. Loyola will be guided by our mission and values as we continue to make decisions that are in the best interests of our students, faculty, and staff so that we can emerge from this current crisis and continue forward as strong as possible.
What is Loyola's position on unions? (04/05/20 12:00 AM)
Loyola University Chicago is pro-social justice and recognizes Catholic Social Teaching, which respects and promotes the rights of individuals to organize. Unions are one such way they may organize. Loyola has a longstanding relationship with maintenance employee unions and respects our employees and their decision to be represented by them. Separately, the University has positive relationships with unionized part-time and full-time non-tenure track faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences and the English Language Learning Program.
Is Loyola ensuring that sustainability measures are put in place while the campus is closed? (03/27/20 12:00 AM)
Yes, the following sustainable measures are being implemented during the campus closure:
What is social distancing, and can it help prevent the spread of coronavirus? (03/11/20 12:00 AM)
The CDC encourages implementing social distancing measures as a preventive practice. We again follow the public health guidelines in assisting us to determine best practices for the current situation. These measures include:
Faculty & Staff
I have been vaccinated. How do I let the University know? (04/07/21 12:00 AM)
Loyolans can now upload their vaccination cards to the Loyola Health function of the Loyola mobile application. The Wellness Center will verify your vaccination card after it is uploaded. You should NOT send a copy of your card by email. Only submissions through the app will be reviewed and accepted.
To upload your card, please follow the steps outlined below.
Are the COVID-19 vaccines covered by Loyola health insurance plans? (03/17/21 12:00 AM)
Yes. Both Loyola's health plan provider Aetna and prescription benefit provider CVS are covering vaccine administration at 100 percent, not subject to any copays or deductibles.
What are Loyola’s travel policy restrictions? (12/04/20 12:00 AM)
Out of an abundance of care and concern for our wider community, nation, and world, we are advising Loyola students, faculty, and staff to either refrain from or limit non-essential travel.
If traveling in and out of Chicago, compliance with Chicago’s Emergency Travel Order, which is regularly updated, is mandatory. Please note that this travel order was recently revised with an added tier of restrictions. Please check the city website regularly for updates to the order.
If you live elsewhere and decide traveling outside of your community is essential, please consider the potential risks and take protective measures before, during, and after your trip. Consider completing a two-week quarantine and getting tested prior to departure. Research COVID-19 trends in that city and/or state before confirming travel plans. If COVID-19 is spreading near your travel destination or in the area in which you currently reside, the CDC advises travelers to postpone their plans. This situation is very fluid; states may decide to enact mandatory travel restrictions like a quarantine period for travelers.
Can I access my office? (12/04/20 12:00 AM)
Faculty and staff may stop by their offices sporadically to pick up materials, collect mail, make copies, or use a scanner. Loyola will continue to provide periodic access to restricted buildings on an established schedule so that Campus Safety can staff and/or monitor buildings with video surveillance. Please note: This access is only intended for short visits. When available, a schedule will be posted for spring semester access.
Please remember that any person coming to campus must follow Loyola's required personal safety practices, including wearing a mask at all times. Faculty and staff must also follow the city's quarantine order for persons who have traveled to hot-spot states and should complete the COVID-19 Symptom Checker before deciding to come to campus.
I am experiencing stress, anxiety, or worry about the coronavirus. Who can I speak with for support? (12/02/20 12:00 AM)
Faculty, staff, and your family members can contact Perspectives Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for support. To schedule an appointment with a licensed professional, call 800.456.6327. Recently, Loyola expanded it's partnership with Perspectives to launch a series of online health and wellness services available to faculty and staff. Learn more here.
What is Loyola’s paid sick time policy? (07/22/20 12:00 AM)
The University provides paid sick leave for regular full-time and part-time staff who are scheduled to work at least 20 hours per week (FTE .50). The University also provides paid sick leave for part-time, hourly staff who work less than 20 hours per week, including temporary, seasonal, active casual hourly staff, and hourly paid student workers.
Please note: To ensure the greatest degree of flexibility, staff may now use any of their paid time-off accruals, including personal/family friendly days, sick, and vacation time during the coronavirus period for pay continuity with manger/supervisor approval.
What Is working remotely (telecommuting) and how does it differ from other forms of work? (07/22/20 12:00 AM)
The CDC guidelines encourage teleworking where feasible and when possible to ensure the ability of the department to meet the business needs of the unit. Telework supports the goal of reducing the density of our campuses. Not all positions are viable for teleworking, please see your manager/supervisor for assessment. Your supervisor/manager will consider a number of factors including:
Employees should work remotely if required to self-isolate and where working remotely is possible. All other employees should see their manager/supervisor.
Employees are expected to self-quarantine at home, away from Loyola, including the University’s residence halls and workplace for at least 14 days if you have traveled to/from/through, come into contact with, or live with someone who has recently traveled to a Level 3 or above country, or if you have traveled to one of the state's covered by the City of Chicago Emergency Travel Order. This includes if you have been exposed to another person who has been exposed to the coronavirus. If you suspect that you meet these criteria, please contact your manager and Human Resources immediately for assistance via benefits@LUC.edu or 312.915.6175.
Remote work arrangements may also be used, as feasible, to support employees who fall into high-risk health categories as outlined by the CDC, and employees who may need to attend to child/senior care needs.
Where can managers find out more information about Kronos and employee timecards during the coronavirus outbreak? (05/22/20 12:00 AM)
Please click here for a presentation on the special coding procedures during the COVID-19 period.
What have we learned during temporary transition to online classes that might carry forward with us when the virus lifts and need for physical distance recedes? (04/27/20 12:00 AM)
The timing of this crisis has provided several valuable learnings for us. It highlighted our preparedness and collective ability to rise to the occasion and shift to an academic delivery method that was not largely a part of our toolkit, and to adopt a teleworking employment structure which was not previously widespread. We learned that our faculty, staff, and our students are extremely flexible, adaptable, cooperative, and supportive through this crisis. We came together in solidarity and validated the readiness of every aspect of our Loyola community.
How is the financial health of the university? (04/27/20 12:00 AM)
Before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, higher education analysts predicted a significant decline in overall university attendance across the country. This pandemic has simply accelerated this decline and contributed to financial hardship for families around the world, not only for Loyola, but for just about every institution of higher learning. Universities across the country are struggling because tuition is our primary source of revenue along with revenue from residence halls and some advancement/ donor endowment support.
As you can imagine, lower student enrollment will have a direct impact on our overall budget and our ability to sustain certain operations and activities. We are fortunate to have had strong fiscal stewardship going into the crisis; however, a reduction in revenue will require adjustments to be made to enable our ability to continue to fulfill our commitment to our students and their academic development and to provide for our faculty and staff.
The Higher Ed community, including AJCU schools, are making difficult and bold decisions about staffing, including furloughs, eliminating merit increases, work force reductions, and other cost cutting measures involving staff. How and when will Loyola begin to make these decisions? (04/27/20 12:00 AM)
Like all other sectors ranging from small, mid and large businesses to governments and municipalities, higher education institutions are not immune to the economic realities facing our country. Like others, Loyola Chicago will be faced with the same challenges as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. This crisis has placed many families in a situation where they may no longer have the financial ability to support post-secondary learning experience for their child, at all, not to mention in an on-campus environment. In addition, the awakening to the world of “online learning” for many as a real and doable thing while maintaining high quality instruction will impact decision-making around whether to pursue learning online or on campus. This will be “new reality” for us.
As part of the Emergency Management Response effort stood up in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, we have about 230 employees who are actively assessing the current public health environment against academic, operational, and financial metrics, and projecting our future state as an institution based on forecasted assumptions. The primary decision-making factors will be the timing of the return to campus and our student enrollment.
As we continue to monitor daily the external climate, we have made every effort to provide employment continuity for our faculty and staff during this period. While we have done well so far, there are tough times ahead for our country and our institution. For Loyola, this might mean that we may not be able to sustain indefinitely the kind of across the board continuity we started with at the beginning of this pandemic. However, we’re doing everything in our power to reduce costs and find ways to increase enrollment and retention and to generate revenue.
How will decisions about employment be communicated to those impacted, as well as to the Loyola community? (04/27/20 12:00 AM)
Decisions that directly impact the livelihood of our faculty and staff are not taken lightly. Our teams are exploring a variety of cost containment options and are doing so with the goal of minimizing impact on our staff and faculty. Be assured that our Jesuit identity and values remains at the forefront of all decision-making. Should these types of actions be required, they will be communicated is a respectful, sensitive, and dignified manner as is consistent with our mission and values. Similar to other HR matters have been communicated in the past, first with a general message to the community, followed by individual communication.
As income and savings become every day conversations in the wake of COVID-19 with layoffs and unemployment rates skyrocketing, how is Loyola remaining a competitive option for students seeking higher education as well as staying competitive in the work place for top tier staff and faculty? (04/27/20 12:00 AM)
This unprecedented pandemic has created much hardship on a broad spectrum of society all across the globe. Its impact is felt by individuals, communities, government, institutions, and businesses. Like other universities who had to repatriate students and refund housing and meal plans, Loyola is no different. We’ve experienced significant revenue declines and unforeseen expenditures.
It is hard to place a dollar value on the enormous benefit a Jesuit, Catholic education delivers to society. The type of education we deliver is more relevant than ever when you look at this unfolding crisis. Our University community seeks God in all things and works to expand knowledge in the service of humanity through learning, justice, and faith. We keep all of those impacted by COVID-19 in our thoughts and prayers. We feel for our students and believe that all of the actions we have taken will help us emerge from this current crisis and continue forward as strong as possible.
How is the University supporting staff members who lack access to reliable computers and internet, space to work at home, child care, and basic food/medical supplies? (04/27/20 12:00 AM)
Managers have been encouraged to work very closely with their employees and ITS to provide technology support, including dedicated resources to assist staff through the transition to working remotely. Since mid-March, the ITS team has been working with staff, faculty, and students to help them secure the technology resources needed to keep the university operational in this pandemic situation. In cases where people are supporting mission critical services, ITS loaned out laptops, webcams, wi-fi hotspots, and other equipment as necessary. To date, over 330 laptops and other equipment were provided to the Loyola community. If anyone finds they are still in need of the technology to support critical University operations, they should contact the ITS Service Desk.
For those scenarios where working remotely wasn’t an option or personal obligations prevented you from carrying out your job duties, every effort has been made for pay continuation through use of paid-time-off paid and the COVID-19 emergency pay which has been provided. We will continue to assess the COVID-19 pay each pay period to identify those employees in need of additional support.
Loyola provides a very comprehensive and competitive health and welfare benefit program. We are proud to be able to provide medical, dental, and vision care to all benefit eligible employees, especially during this challenging health care crisis. Our medical insurance providers, Aetna and CVS/Caremark, have both been very good partners toward supporting the needs of our faculty and staff. The recent communication from HR outlined additional benefit coverages available under the CARES Act, and I strongly encourage you to revisit that communication and also to visit the HR website for additional employee benefits related information.
When we return to campus, would Loyola consider having 100 percent work-from-home days every Friday, or for periods during the summer? (04/27/20 12:00 AM)
This pandemic has required everyone to begin thinking much more creatively about the way in which work is performed. We have a team engaged to focus on strengthening staff engagement and we’ll look to that group to explore this option along with others in the coming weeks. When we are not in an emergency management response mode, decisions about working remotely should be made at the discretion of the manager and based on the business needs of the unit with consideration of the employee’s personal needs. Allowing employees to work remotely on an intermittent basis, when possible, is generally an available option, provided there is no adverse impact on others.
Will Loyola consider creating a more flexible work policy after employees return to campus, such as an “efficient workplace policy” (efficiency valued over working long hours and weekends; perhaps implementing 34 hours as full-time) or increasing hours/flex schedule/time off/work life balance benefits? (04/27/20 12:00 AM)
There is always a balance to be struck between work productivity and more personal life commitments. Prior to COVID-19, a flexible work schedule policy was in place and had been administered successfully by many departments. If you currently experiencing a personal situation where you may need more work flexibility or reduced work hours, you are encouraged to discuss this directly with your manager and/or Human Resources. The use of paid-time-off currently provided by the University is a benefit designed for these types of situations and continues to be an option available.
Our efforts should be to ensure availability and serviceability. Reduced work schedules resulting from limited work requires an analysis around the number of positions truly needed to perform various roles. This crisis might create an opportunity for that analysis to take place. The reality is that in an effort to maintain our viability and competitiveness, we will most likely be looking at doing more with fewer employees versus reducing productivity at this time. Loyola is committed to exploring and providing competitive benefits to support the needs of our faculty and staff.
We currently have a very generous paid-time off program for staff to use toward illness, disability, bridging holidays, addressing family commitments, as well as for simple rest and relaxation. Under the leadership of Human Resources, the Benefits Advisory Committee will play a role in identifying additional innovative benefit options for our employees on go forward basis.
In lieu of COVID-19 crisis, will a retirement package be offered again? (04/27/20 12:00 AM)
The voluntary transition incentive programs offered over two years for faculty and staff were very specific programs designed to provide a pathway for employees who might have an interest in retiring and transitioning in a meaningful and dignified manner, thereby meeting their needs and supporting financial structure of the University. The COVID-19 crisis isn’t related to retirement, so there is no connection between the two, nor plans for any future voluntary transition programs.
Will I be reimbursed for costs related to my ability to work remotely, such as internet and phone? (04/06/20 12:00 AM)
The University has updated the Travel and Business Expense Policy with an Expanded Applicability During COVID-19 Pandemic. Please review this on our Finance website to see if this is applicable to your work circumstances.
If I am not feeling well, how do I know whether to continue working? (03/19/20 12:00 AM)
Employees who feel ill or are sick should stay home, alert their manager/supervisor, seek medical attention from their provider, if needed, and follow the normal sick leave process. Paid time off is available for staff members to use during these circumstances. Please notify your manager as soon as possible if you are ill and need to use paid time off. Please contact Human Resources via 312.915.6175 or email@example.com to address specific situations or for additional questions.
What guidance is University administration using for decision-making for the coronavirus? (03/11/20 12:00 AM)
Senior Leadership reviews coronavirus health and wellness related information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH). Based on recommendations provided by the agencies, policies and procedures are drafted and implemented for the safety and wellness of both the University and broader communities.
How are decisions being made to ensure the care and safety of faculty, staff, students, and guests at Loyola? (03/11/20 12:00 AM)
The University follows the protocol prescribed by the National Emergency Management System (NEMS) under the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Using this protocol and under the direction of an incident commander, teams of individuals are pre-identified to perform specific tasks to manage emergency situations that might face the University.
All key functions are represented on the Emergency Management Team and are responsible for ensuring the safety of our community members and guests, in addition to maintaining academic delivery for our students, and sustaining University operations. This process ensures basic response capability for emergency situations impacting an organization and advances the level of preparedness for such events should they occur.
Where can I learn more about the coronavirus (COVID-19)? (03/11/20 12:00 AM)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has the latest information about the coronavirus. Alternatively, you may check the World Health Organization (WHO) website for information about COVID-19. To learn more about preventative and responsive steps taken in the City of Chicago, we invite you to visit the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) website.
Does Loyola have a dedicated coronavirus website? (03/11/20 12:00 AM)
In addition to the formation and work of the Coronavirus Response and Prevention Task Force, the University has created a dedicated COVID-19 (Coronavirus) website on LUC.edu/coronavirus. The website will evolve with relevant updates about our University’s response team, decisions regarding students and operations, Office of International Programs, and other meaningful internal and external resources to utilize and share with the broader community. We recommend frequently reviewing the website to stay informed and prepared.
How can I receive timely updates regarding the coronavirus? (03/11/20 12:00 AM)
Timely information is critical and we will continue to provide updates as the situation develops. Please visit LUC.edu/coronavirus for the latest University updates regarding Loyola’s response about the disease.
Who should I contact for coronavirus-related medical questions and care? (03/11/20 12:00 AM)
Faculty and staff members should contact your primary care provider for coronavirus-related information. Please Note: Loyola Medical Plan members are encouraged to use Telemedicine as their first line of defense in order to limit potential exposure in physician offices. Aetna, Loyola’s medical insurance carrier, usually provides the Telemedicine service for a $40 co-pay. However, for a 90-day period, Aetna is offering Telemedicine visits at a zero co-pay for any reason. Teladoc is available at 855.TELADOC (835.2362), via the smartphone app, or online.
Loyola Medical Plan members may also use the Aetna 24-Hour Nurse Line to speak with a registered nurse at no additional charge. The Aetna 24-Hour Nurse Line is available by phone (800.556.1555) or online via the 24-Hour Nurse Line page available on the Aetna member website.
Does Loyola have an employee health line for faculty and staff to call for assistance? (03/11/20 12:00 AM)
Given the complexities surrounding the virus outbreak, faculty and staff should contact their personal medical provider for information, assistance, and testing as needed.
How can I prevent contracting the coronavirus? (03/11/20 12:00 AM)
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
Who is at high risk for contacting coronavirus? (03/11/20 12:00 AM)
Populations that may be at a higher risk for contacting the coronavirus include older adults and individuals with a serious chronic medical condition (i.e. heart disease, lung disease, diabetes).
How many hours of sick, vacation, and personal time have I accrued? (03/11/20 12:00 AM)
Staff can login to Kronos or Employee Self-Service to view leave balances. You must be connected to Loyola’s network, either on campus or via Loyola Secure Access, to access Employee Self Service (ESS). Please contact Information Technology Services at 773.508.4487 for assistance with remotely accessing ESS.
If I am ill, what should I do? (03/11/20 12:00 AM)
Faculty and staff members should immediately contact your manager. For absences that extend beyond three days, please follow the Matrix Absence Management process, which includes calling Matrix at 1.877.202.0055. In addition, please contact your health care provider immediately.
What should I do if I am an employee who needs to care for a family member with the coronavirus or if they are asymptomatic? (03/11/20 12:00 AM)
Employees should first contact their manager. Upon caring for a family member that has the virus, or appears asymptomatic, the employee should self-isolate for 14 days following the care. If appropriate, seek medical care for immediate attention. Working remote may be available for some positions. Please contact your manager for additional details about remote employment.
Will all positions here at Loyola be eligible to work from home? (03/11/20 12:00 AM)
Not all positions can be performed away from campus. Department managers will make this assessment and coordinate with Human Resources. Technology requirements such as access to computers, internet connectivity and speed, and phone capability, etc. will also need to be assessed to determine if an employee’s job can be performed remotely.
Managers/Supervisors are encouraged to:
Additional information regarding any changes in practices or pay policies will be distributed as it becomes available.
How will I know if my position will be eligible for remote work approval? (03/11/20 12:00 AM)
Managers/supervisors should assess and communicate with employees regarding remote work arrangements. Although not all positions are viable, social distancing if a priority and your supervisor/manager will consider a number of factors including:
The resources available to the employee will also determine the capability to work remotely, including:
ITS Service Desk should be contacted with any technology questions. In addition, a technology site called “Keep Working” has been set up as a resource for you.
If I am going to be working remotely, are there best practices to consider? (03/11/20 12:00 AM)
Discuss work expectations during this period. Designating “office space” which allows a quiet work place to concentrate and in which work-related material can be stored, organized, and secured. If possible, adhering to the same work schedule that is followed on campus. Plan to be available during this time to meet work related needs of your department. Communicate early, often, and on a schedule. Set scheduled time to connect with your supervisor/manager and/or colleagues to discuss daily updates, projects, check-ins, or just to get updates. Use technology to provide face-to-face interactions (e.g., Zoom calls) so that frequent communication occurs.
If I have additional questions, who can I contact? (03/11/20 12:00 AM)
Faculty and staff members can contact their supervisor/manager and/or Human Resources at 312-915-6175 or via email at benefits@LUC.edu should you have questions or concerns about your individual situation.