On Wednesday, June 10, we sent continuing undergraduate students an email detailing some of our plans for courses in the fall semester. We received many inquiries as a result of the email; below are some frequently asked questions and additional information.
We thank you for your questions and feedback as they have been instrumental in helping us frame our ideas for serving you this fall. Like all colleges and universities in Illinois and around the nation, we are working diligently to prepare for a very different semester from any we have ever experienced. If you have any further questions, you can write to the COVID-19 support mailbox or check our COVID-19 website.
Board plan rates for the 2020-2021 academic year will be adjusted lower in light of new safety measures on campus. The previously offered five- and seven-day "all access” plans will change to five- and seven-day “board plans.” The board plans will allow students to access the dining facilities for three meals per day, but will be limited to one visit per meal. Meals will be grab and go; students will be able to carry out either a hot or cold meal option, along with snacks, during each visit. This new protocol will assist with social distancing objectives in dining halls.
Fall board plan rates have also been adjusted lower to reflect the residential community move off-campus at Thanksgiving for the remainder of the semester. Board plan rates for the coming year are:
|15 meals/week | 5 day board plan
+ $ 250 dining dollars
|$ 2,240||$ 2,530||$ 4,770|
|15 meals/week | 5 day board plan
+ $ 350 dining dollars
|$ 2,340||$ 2,630||$ 4,970|
|21/meals/week | 7 day board plan
+ $ 100 dining dollars
|$ 2,260||$ 2,570||$ 4,830|
|21/meals/week | 7 day board plan
+ $ 200 dining dollars
|$ 2,360||$ 2,670||$ 5,030|
Will tuition be the same for the 2020-21 Academic Year? Is there a difference in tuition if a student selects full online instruction versus bi-modal instruction?
Tuition for the 2020-2021 Academic Year remains at the rate publicly announced in January 2020. Regardless of the mode of instruction, Loyola is committed to providing a first-class education and will continue to provide students with access to the same accomplished faculty, rigorous coursework, and thoughtful curriculum that are the hallmark of the Loyola experience.
As a matter of practice, we regularly survey our students on course effectiveness. During the unprecedented global health crisis this past spring, our dedicated faculty made extraordinary efforts to ensure that the educational experience remained as rigorous online as it would have been in-person. The data we received from our students showed that our faculty’s efforts were successful, and students found their courses and instruction equally effective as in semesters prior despite the transition to online learning.
We remain appreciative and very proud of how hard our faculty worked to ensure and maintain course integrity and quality.
Loyola understands the significant toll the COVID-19 pandemic has had on many families. In order to increase support to those students whose families have experienced financial hardship, Loyola has developed “The Loyola Commitment” program. Undergraduate and graduate students may apply for assistance through “The Loyola Commitment.” Eligibility and priority will be given to those who have utilized all existing financial aid options including loans. To apply, visit LUC.edu/loyolacommitment.
In order to provide a safer living environment for our students next academic year, Loyola will move to an all single occupancy model. Since there will be less overall space available for on-campus living as a result of this change, Loyola is in the process of securing near-campus hotel space in order to accommodate as many students as possible who desire to live on campus. In order to ensure that students do not incur additional expenses as a result of this change, traditional single room rates will be reduced. Additionally, Loyola will absorb the added costs for the hotel space. The following chart details the on-campus room rates for academic year 2020-2021:
[Prorated for shortened on campus semester]
|Apartment style single||$3,920||$4,830|
|Near campus hotel||$3,860||$4,750|
Additional details on accommodations can be directed to: res-life@LUC.edu or FAQs for fall 2020 housing.
Loyola has decided to suspend the student development fee for the upcoming year in an effort to help students and families financially affected by the pandemic. The student development division nevertheless remains committed to providing as many on-campus events and programs as possible next year, provided it can do so safely.
Classes will begin as originally scheduled on August 24. This will be the starting date whether we have to be all online or if on-campus classes are legally allowed and medically advisable (L.A.M.A.).
As we noted in the June 10 email, we will be able to hold on-campus classes if the State of Illinois and City of Chicago determine that our region of the state (northeast Illinois) has reached Phase 4 as described in the Restore Illinois plan. You can see the metrics that will determine whether we are in Phase 4, and follow those data at the Restore Illinois website (scroll down the page and look at the data for Regions 7-11). As you can see, all the signs are positive, but it is difficult to predict the trajectory of this illness.
As soon as the City and State declare that Chicago has reached Phase 4, we will notify all of our students, parents, faculty, and staff. However, at this time we cannot know nor meaningfully predict when that determination will be made. Still, hundreds of Loyolans are working to prepare for the fall semester, and we will be prepared to provide you with a Loyola education no matter which decision is made.
Registration is currently temporarily closed for the fall semester; summer registration is still open. LOCUS will re-open for the fall semester on June 22.
There are three main reasons why this is the case. First, the requirements of social distancing mean that classrooms can hold roughly one-fourth to one-third of their normal capacity. We simply do not have enough classrooms to divide all of our sections into thirds.
Second, many of our faculty live in high-risk scenarios as defined by the CDC, and it would be very unfair to require that they come into campus to teach classes until there is a vaccine for the virus and more effective treatments.
Third, we have many students who also have compelling reasons for taking all their classes online this fall. According to a student survey administered between June 11 and 15, fully 15 percent of all respondents indicated they would be very satisfied taking all their courses online, and almost 30 percent of respondents indicated they would be satisfied or very satisfied to take all their courses online. In order to meet the educational needs of all our students, we believe that the best option is to offer a combination of classes online and on campus.
Classes that will be taught exclusively online will show the designation ONLN in the campus column on LOCUS. Classes that will be taught on campus will show a campus (LSC, WTC, HSC) and will have a room assignment.
I am registered for a course that has only one section and it is taught on campus. How do I take this course online?
Different instructors may adopt different techniques for students who will be taking their class online. For instance, we are outfitting every classroom with the capability to livestream each class, so that the instructor could teach the class simultaneously to students who are in front of them and who are online. Please check with your instructor.
If the course is exclusively online, there is of course no need to do this. If the course is being taught on campus and you will be taking the course online, your instructor will contact the class later in the summer asking which students will be taking the class “live” and which will be taking the class online.
Every lecture or seminar class will have an online component. Some courses like labs, internships, and field work do not always lend themselves well to an online experience. In these cases, we ask you to check with the instructor of the course or the department to find out how they will work with online students.
We are sure you will notice quite a few differences on campus this fall. You will need to wear masks inside all buildings and during class. Your instructors will also be wearing masks or other protective equipment in class. In order to maintain social distancing in classes, seats will be placed in assigned locations that cannot be moved. Common surfaces such as computer keyboards and doorknobs will be wiped down frequently. All of these steps and more will be taken to provide as safe an environment for all Loyolans as possible.
We are confident that you will find all your faculty and staff will be as committed as ever to providing you with the Loyola education and experience that you have come to expect from us.
The short answer is that we intend to do both online and on-campus instruction. If it is legally allowed and medically advisable (L.A.M.A.) for us to reopen campus this fall, we plan to provide an on-campus experience for those undergraduate students who would like to return to campus. Those who prefer to continue their education online will be able to do so as well. Hundreds of Loyola faculty, staff, and administrators have been working tirelessly so Loyola will be ready to start the fall semester under the social distancing conditions that will be in place in Illinois in August.
Since no one can predict the public health situation in the fall, we are also preparing to offer all courses online. More than 1,000 Loyola faculty will have completed additional training for online teaching by the time the fall semester begins. Loyola has significant experience offering online courses and programs – spanning two decades – and if we must remain entirely online in the fall, our faculty will be prepared to provide the high-quality instruction that is Loyola’s tradition.
The Fall 2020 schedule will be modified if it is legally allowed and medically advisable (L.A.M.A.) for us to reopen campus this fall. These changes seek to minimize the chance of infection from students returning to campus after traveling during breaks.
Key Fall 2020 dates:
- Classes will begin on August 24th as scheduled.
- Mid-Semester Break, which is scheduled for October 5-6, will be eliminated. These will be instruction days.
- On-campus instruction will end on Sunday, November 22nd. Students will return home before Thanksgiving Break and remain at home for the remainder of the semester.
- Classes will resume ONLINE on Monday, November 30th following the Thanksgiving Break.
- As currently scheduled, December 5th will be the final day of classes.
- Final exams will be administered online, December 7-12.
Please note that schedules in the School of Law, SCPS, and the Quinlan School of Business Graduate Programs may differ. Faculty and students in these schools/programs should confirm the fall schedule with their deans and program directors.