The following questions are compiled to provide as many answers as possible to your concerns relating to Loyola University Chicago and the coronavirus. They have been sourced from thousands of emails, social media posts, and inquiries to leadership. If you have an individualized question or don't find your question or a thorough-enough answer below, please reach out to covid-19support@LUC.edu.
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Student How does receiving a ‘W’ grade impact my financial aid? (11/16/20)
Student How does receiving a ‘W’ grade impact my cost of tuition? (11/16/20)
Student Will there be on-campus classes in the spring 2021 semester? (10/28/20)
Student Will there be a spring break in 2021? (10/28/20)
Student Can I live on campus in the spring semester? (10/28/20)
General Will testing be required for people who are on campus in the spring? (10/28/20)
Student If I don't want to take classes in person, can I still take classes online in the spring? (10/28/20)
Student Are considerations being made for international students who are going to be taking classes online from different time zones? (10/28/20)
General What happens on campus if someone get diagnosed with COVID-19? (10/28/20)
Student I was enrolled in the spring semester and had a FAFSA on file for the 2019-2020 academic year. I’m now enrolled in the fall semester but haven’t filed a FAFSA for 2020-2021. Can I apply for a Summer and Fall HEERF Share Grant? (10/02/20)
HEERF Student Share Grant summer and fall applications are now closed.
Student What is a HEERF Student Share Grant Fund? (10/01/20)
Over the past few months, we disbursed approximately $3.5 million in HEERF grants to our students for eligible expenses incurred this past spring. More information on HEERF can be found at LUC.edu/heerf.
Approximately $1.5 million of HEERF grant funds remain available for expenses incurred for the summer and fall 2020 academic terms as a result of the coronavirus-related disruption of campus operations, and the University recently approved a new policy addendum to our HEERF Student Share Grant Policy to include the summer and fall semesters.Please review the addendum to learn more.
Student How can I apply for a Summer and Fall HEERF Student Share Grant Fund? (10/01/20)
Student Who is eligible to apply for a HEERF Student Share Grant Fund? (10/01/20)
Once the Financial Aid Office certifies you have a valid FAFSA, you can submit your HEERF Grant application.The University’s HEERF Student Share Grant Funds policy addendum outlines eligibility requirements and other important information concerning eligible expenses related to the summer and fall academic terms.
Student What expenses are eligible under the Summer and Fall HEERF Student Share Grant? (10/01/20)
Lost wages are not considered by the federal government to be an eligible expense.
Student How will Loyola distribute the Summer and Fall HEERF Student Share Grant Funds? (10/01/20)
Student When should I expect to receive my Summer and Fall HEERF Student Share Grant? (10/01/20)
Student Will there be study abroad in the spring semester? (10/01/20)
Faculty & Staff Can I access my office? (09/30/20)
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.
Student What if I come in contact with a person who has tested positive with COVID-19? (09/08/20)
Under additional guidance from the CDPH, if symptoms develop at any time during the 14 days you are at home, you should be evaluated and tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible. All close contacts (with or without symptoms) should be tested between days five and nine after exposure to a positive case. Information on testing for Loyola students can be found here.
A negative result does not rule out the potential for developing COVID-19 and does not clear an individual from returning to public settings sooner than 14 days from the date of last exposure. Quarantine for 14 days is essential to continue to monitor for symptoms.
A positive result that was obtained at a place somewhere other than through Loyola-provided testing should be reported to COVID-19report@LUC.edu. If positive, individuals should isolate themselves until:
General What are the symptoms of COVID-19? (08/28/20)
The University has developed a Symptom Checker application 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.
Student What should I do if I live with someone who tests positive for COVID-19? (08/28/20)
For students who are living in a residence with someone who has COVID-19: All close contacts (with or without symptoms) should be tested between five and nine days after exposure to a positive case. Loyola students can get tested at the satellite Wellness Clinics.
For more information on this process, please visit our Health and Safety page on the Return to Campus website.
Student What is Loyola's approach to testing for COVID-19? (08/28/20)
For more information, see our COVID-19 testing approach.
Student If Loyola is conducting COVID-19 testing, will the University report positive test results? (08/28/20)
To view the testing dashboard, click here.
Student Is Loyola conducting contact tracing? (08/28/20)
The data obtained during a case investigation and contact tracing will then be entered into a secure platform known as Go.Data, an outbreak investigation tool developed by the World Health Organization for field data collection during public health emergencies. The tool includes functionality for case investigation, contact follow-up, visualization of chains of transmission (including secure data exchange), and is designed for flexibility in the field to adapt to the wide range of outbreak scenarios.
For more information on this process, please visit our Health and Safety page on the Return to Campus website.
Student Will there be student-worker jobs on campus this fall? (08/13/20)
Student Will the Information Commons and campus libraries be open and available to students? (08/07/20)
For more information on campus libraries, visit our Return to Campus site.
Student Is the Wellness Center open? (08/07/20)
The Wellness Fair will transition into an online Wellness Conference. Campus and community partners will be encouraged to submit proposals for workshops. A holistic view of wellness will be adopted, along with a commitment to creative and interactive content. Sponsored student organizations (Wellness Advocates, CHANGE, and the Body Project) will continue to meet and hold virtual programming for students. Advocacy services, including The Line, remain operational and virtual, and our Counselor for Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice Initiatives will offer several drop-in support hours. For more information visit the Wellness Center website.
Student Is the intercampus shuttle running? (08/07/20)
Student Is 8-RIDE service still available? (08/07/20)
Student If most courses are online, will students still be able to live on campus this fall? (08/07/20)
Student Why did Loyola change its prior decision to host students in residence halls this fall? (08/07/20)
We understand that current City of Chicago reopening guidelines do allow residence halls to be open for the time being. However, seeing the rising numbers of cases locally and nationally, we believe that placing students and Residence Life staff in that close of quarters would be irresponsible, especially if an outbreak were to occur. We also understand that the city’s quarantine requirement for people coming to Chicago from hot-spot states would create a challenge for many of our families. And should the city or state revert back to an earlier phase of their reopening guidelines—which would force the University to close down in the same fashion it did in March—or positive case diagnoses on campus become unmanageable, sending on-campus students back home would be extremely disruptive to the academic experience.
Student Why wasn't the decision to close residence halls communicated to students before they signed housing contracts? (08/07/20)
Student What would trigger a repopulation of campus? (08/07/20)
Student If it is too dangerous to open residence halls, why keep any of campus open? (08/07/20)
Student Will residence halls be open again for the spring semester? (08/07/20)
Student Will the Halas Recreation Center be open this fall? (08/07/20)
Student Will Damen Student Center be open this fall? (08/07/20)
Student Are the dining halls open? (08/07/20)
Student Is the University going to help students who have no other housing options find a place to live? (08/07/20)
Student My housing contract has been cancelled. How do I get my deposit back? (08/07/20)
Student Can I get reimbursed for a broken lease or hotel costs by HEERF funds? (08/07/20)
Student Will students still have access to computer, internet, and software for their academic needs? (08/07/20)
Student Can students take their online classes from on-campus locations? (08/07/20)
Student How do I opt out of my U-Pass? (08/04/20)
This waiver will be for fall 2020 only. If you choose to waive the U-Pass fee, your U-Pass will not be activated for the entire fall 2020 semester, and the U-Pass fee will either not be applied to your account or you'll receive a waiver for the U-Pass fee. Please note that this will either be a waiver or the absence of a fee, not a cash refund. The waiver can only be requested by a student once and the decision is final: you cannot later ask to have the fee reapplied or have your fall 2020 U-Pass reactivated for the semester. Please be sure of your choice before you request the waiver.
Waiver requests must be received no later than September 4. The waiver form will be closed on September 5, and any requests to waive the fee after that time cannot be honored. Once your waiver is processed, you will see a CTA U-Pass waiver applied to your account. Please note that waiver requests may take a few weeks to process and show on your LOCUS account.
Student Should I keep my U-pass if I opt out? (08/04/20)
Student Will student parking permits be available for fall 2020? (07/31/20)
General Do I have to quarantine for 14 days if I come to campus from outside of Illinois? (07/28/20)
A person must quarantine for 14 days from last contact with an affected state upon entering Illinois. The quarantine does not have to take place in Chicago or on campus, but must happen within the state of Illinois.
Student Will tuition be reduced for the fall semester? (07/28/20)
Student Can I get tested for COVID-19 on campus? (07/28/20)
Student Why am I required to pay a technology fee for the fall semester if I am taking classes completely online and using my own devices? (07/23/20)
As Loyola shifted rapidly to an entirely online experience for spring and summer terms, ITS has enabled more than 600 checkouts of multiple equipment items to nearly 500 faculty, staff, and students, with a large emphasis on use for continuity in work, instruction, and attendance. A majority of our loans have included continuity-focused items such as wireless hotspots, laptops, webcams, and more.
The technology fee has not increased, but rather, has remained at the same rate for the last four years. All courses will be taught by the same Loyola faculty, and, Loyola ranked #8 in 2020 for Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by US News and World Report. We will continue our efforts to offer the best possible Loyola education and experience, online and–where possible–face-to-face, so that students can persevere during these challenging and uncertain times.
Faculty & Staff What is Loyola’s paid sick time policy? (07/22/20)
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.
Faculty & Staff What Is working remotely (telecommuting) and how does it differ from other forms of work? (07/22/20)
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.
General What happens if I test positive for COVID-19? (07/22/20)
Students, faculty, and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 must report their case to the University as soon as possible. If you have tested positive for the virus, please contact us at COVID-19report@LUC.edu or by calling 773.508.7707.
The University has developed a mobile application through which students, faculty, and staff will be able to identify possible COVID-19-related symptoms. This application also has the ability for the user to self-report a positive case. More information on the application will be shared in a few weeks.
Student How is Loyola prioritizing distribution of the HEERF student grants? (07/18/20)
Loyola’s HEERF Student Share Grant Policy is consistent with ED’s guidance, including prioritizing students with the greatest need. As students submitted their HEERF Student Share applications, the University became informed of the types and amount of expenses generally incurred related to the disruption of campus operations. Amounts requested in certain expense categories may have been reduced to reflect a more equitable distribution of available funds, as well as compliance with the government’s guidelines on eligible expenses.
Student What is the new fall 2020 schedule? (07/15/20)
Key fall 2020 dates:
Please note that schedules in the School of Law, SCPS, Stritch School of Medicine 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.
Student Will Loyola be online or on campus this fall? (07/13/20)
We will also provide necessary in-person, on-campus instruction and research opportunities to both domestic and international students. These opportunities will enable them to meet the requirements of their respective degree programs. Our faculty, advisors, and staff will work directly with students to address their academic needs and course schedules.
Student How will I know if a class is being offered online or on campus? (07/13/20)
Student I received a HEERF Student Share grant award, but why was the amount I received was less than the amount I requested on my application? (07/13/20)
As students submitted their HEERF Student Share applications, we became informed of the types and amount of expenses generally incurred related to the disruption of campus operations. Amounts you requested in certain expense categories may have been reduced to reflect a more equitable distribution of available funds, as well as compliance with the government’s guidelines on eligible expenses.
We truly empathize with the hardships our students and families are experiencing as a result of this pandemic. While the HEERF Student Share Grant funds you received were less than the amount you requested, we want you to know that Loyola has a variety of programs to support you during this time. These programs include the Center for Student Assistance and Advocacy, the Loyola Commitment, and other financial aid assistance. We encourage you to learn more about this valuable assistance at LUC.edu/coronavirus/valuableassistance.
Student Why was my HEERF Student Share Grant application denied? Is there anything I can do to receive some of these grant funds? (07/13/20)
We truly empathize with the hardships our students and families are experiencing as a result of this pandemic. While your HEERF application did not meet the grant requirements, we want you to know that Loyola has a variety of programs to support you during this time. These programs include the Center for Student Assistance and Advocacy, the Loyola Commitment, and other financial aid assistance. We encourage you to learn more about this valuable assistance at LUC.edu/coronavirus/valuableassistance.
Student What health and safety precautions will Loyola take to ensure the safety of those who are on campus this fall? (07/13/20)
General Do I have to wear a mask on campus? (07/01/20)
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 using a face covering or mask, click here.
Student I hear that Universities are receiving money for emergency grants to be paid directly to students. Can you tell me more about this program? (06/30/20)
On April 9, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education (“ED”) published a list of individual institutional allocations, a certification form that must be signed and returned in order to access the funds, and a letter from the ED Secretary outlining ED's implementation of the CARES Act program.
Loyola University of Chicago (the “University”) is included in the list of higher education institutions eligible to apply for the HEERF Student Share Grant Funds. The University submitted the certification form on April 17, 2020.
On April 21, 2020, ED released additional clarification on student eligibility and allowable uses of HEERF Student Share Grant Funds including:
Student How will Loyola determine which students are eligible for the HEERF-student share grant funding? (06/30/20)
Student How will Loyola University Chicago distribute the HEERF student share grants? (06/30/20)
The University’s HEERF Student Share Grant Funds policy outlines the process by which students will be able to apply for the grants and how they will be awarded and paid.
We recognize the importance of these emergency grants to our students and are working diligently to keep you updated regarding the application process and disbursement of funds. Additional information will be posted to LUC.edu/heerf as soon as it is available.
Student Are graduate students also eligible for this financial assistance under the CARES Act? (06/30/20)
Student How can I apply for a HEERF Student Share Grant Fund? (06/30/20)
To log onto the online application, you will need your student UVID and password. Once logged in, you will be asked to provide receipts or documentation supporting your expenses. If you do not have supporting documentation, you will need to provide a statement regarding the expense.
As of the date of this report, students must have completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2019-2020 Aid Year in order to be eligible for the HEERF Student Share Grant Funds.
Student How was the online instruction for the spring 2020 semester received by students? (06/24/20)
We remain appreciative and very proud of how hard our faculty worked to ensure and maintain course integrity and quality.
Student How is Loyola helping families who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic? (06/24/20)
Student Will I be charged a student development fee next year? (06/24/20)
Student Will there be an in-person Commencement celebration for the Class of 2020? (06/22/20)
Student I am part of the Class of 2020. When did I officially receive my degree? (06/22/20)
Student When will the fall semester start? (06/22/20)
Student When can I begin checking my class schedule and changing my registration if necessary? (06/22/20)
Student How do I let my instructor know that I will be taking a course online? (06/22/20)
Student Will every single course have an online component this fall? (06/22/20)
Student How will this fall be different from other semesters? (06/22/20)
Student What will not be different this fall? (06/22/20)
Student How will health and safety precautions impact classroom space in fall 2020? (06/10/20)
In the last several weeks, the Loyola planning team has scoured our campuses to identify new spaces that can be used for on-campus instruction this year. Thus, many classes this fall will be held in spaces that have never been used as classrooms, including the Sister Jean Multipurpose Room, Norville Center rooms, and the Damen Den, among others. But even with these additional new spaces for classrooms, our total usable classroom capacity will be approximately 1/3 of normal. Because of this, it is simply not possible to hold every one of our 3,600 scheduled sections in a classroom this semester, and students may have to take some of their classes online.
Student What is the new course time grid for fall 2020? (06/10/20)
The new class grid is as follows:
MWF Day – 7 slots
TTh Day – 5 slots
MTWThF Evenings – 1 slot
Student What is the Loyola Commitment? (06/01/20)
For more information on the Loyola Commitment, please visit LUC.edu/LoyolaCommitment.
Student Who can apply to the Loyola Commitment? (06/01/20)
Student How do I apply for the Loyola Commitment? (06/01/20)
Student What student expenses are covered under the Loyola Commitment? (06/01/20)
Student Is the Loyola Commitment the same financial assistance program as the CARES Act and HEERF grants? (06/01/20)
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was enacted by the U.S. government and includes a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). Under the CARES Act, a portion of HEERF funds must go directly to eligible students in the form of emergency financial aid grants for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 crisis.
Student What expenses are eligible under the HEERF Student Share Grant Fund? (06/01/20)
Student What other measures is Loyola taking to help students complete their degrees beyond providing financial assistance? (06/01/20)
In some cases, a student who is not on track to graduate on time and is facing financial difficulties may need to make the difficult decision to step out of Loyola University Chicago and attend another college or university. Students in this situation are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to discuss what courses can be taken elsewhere that will transfer back to Loyola Chicago. Upon returning to Loyola, approved students will have their merit award reinstated and be eligible to apply for institutional support. Students must work with their academic advisor in these specific cases.
In some circumstances, we understand it is not possible to continue pursuing an education full-time. If circumstances require a student to drop below full-time status to reduce your expenses, your merit award and Loyola Grant will be prorated to the part-time rate and will be honored for an additional year (nineth and tenth semesters of enrollment). These students will also be allowed to remain in their Loyola residence hall if that is where they currently reside.
Student What resources are available to students who have a financial need not covered by aid provided through The Loyola Commitment or HEERF Student Share Grant Funds? (06/01/20)
Under the Office of the Dean of Students, the CSAA provides support, coordination, case management, and resource referrals for student concerns across the University. Students can visit the CSAA website for existing resources on financial wellness and food/housing security, or contact the CSAA directly with specific student concerns.
Faculty & Staff Where can managers find out more information about Kronos and employee timecards during the coronavirus outbreak? (05/22/20)
General Will the university cut administration costs at this time? What cuts are being made? (05/07/20)
A number of reductions in administration costs are being implemented at this time, including:
Faculty & Staff 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)
Faculty & Staff How is the financial health of the university? (04/27/20)
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.
Faculty & 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)
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.
Faculty & Staff How will decisions about employment be communicated to those impacted, as well as to the Loyola community? (04/27/20)
Faculty & Staff 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)
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.
Faculty & Staff 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)
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.
Faculty & Staff 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)
Faculty & Staff 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)
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.
Faculty & Staff In lieu of COVID-19 crisis, will a retirement package be offered again? (04/27/20)
Student What was the reasoning behind Loyola’s decision to allow workers to use their sick pay shifts as way to get paid by the university? (04/27/20)
Student How does the University respond to some students claiming that this option doesn’t go far enough to help student workers who rely on their paychecks to cover their cost of living bills? (04/27/20)
In addition students may be eligible to receive emergency grants under the Higher Education Emergency Relief (HEERF) funds under the CARES Act to offset expenses related to disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 crisis
Faculty & Staff What are Loyola’s travel policy restrictions? (04/17/20)
General How has Loyola responded to questions by Unite Here, Local 1, about compensation to Aramark employees? (04/14/20)
Faculty & Staff Will I be reimbursed for costs related to my ability to work remotely, such as internet and phone? (04/06/20)
Student I understand that going to online is the right decision to protect the students during this unprecedented global health crisis. Will there be any tuition reductions since face-to-face instruction is no longer an option? (04/06/20)
Loyola is well-prepared to continue to deliver an excellent education that will prepare students for the future, earn them the credits and degrees they’ve been working toward, and maintain academic continuity even amidst a global pandemic. The University’s Office of Online Learning has continued to work closely with all faculty, including those who have transitioned their classes to online platforms in the wake of this global health crisis, so that online teaching and learning is as seamless as possible for our students.
General 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)
General Can Loyola do anything to lessen the financial hardships of contract hospitality employees during this economic downturn? (04/05/20)
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.
General What is Loyola's position on unions? (04/05/20)
Student Will there be summer courses? Are they online? (03/30/20)
General How is Facilities making sure that buildings are maintained and any emergencies are addressed during the campus closure? (03/27/20)
General Is Loyola ensuring that sustainability measures are put in place while the campus is closed? (03/27/20)
General How do I know if I was exposed to the virus? (03/26/20)
It is strongly recommended that all Loyola students, faculty, and staff use the Symptom Checker app daily to monitor their symptoms for potential infection, even if you do not think you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
Student Other Chicagoland universities and colleges are offering tuition rebates, what is Loyola’s position on this? (03/24/20)
Faculty & Staff If I am not feeling well, how do I know whether to continue working? (03/19/20)
Student How will this affect my client-facing placement, such as clinical placements and internships? (03/17/20)
If placement sites are open but students are being sent home from campus, faculty are encouraged to move to alternative activities/assessments as posted on the Academic Continuity/Engaged Learning webpage. Alternatively, faculty can make the decision that work already completed by students satisfies the requirements for credit. Faculty should be flexible in their expectations and give high priority to seniors completing their degree requirements in the Spring 2020 semester.
If placement sites have been closed, faculty are encouraged to move to alternative activities/assessments as posted on the Academic Continuity/Engaged Learning webpage. Alternatively, faculty can make the decision that work already completed by students satisfies the requirements for credit. Faculty should be flexible in their expectations and give high priority to seniors completing their degree requirements in the Spring 2020 semester.
Prospective Students When will campus visits resume? (03/17/20)
Student Who can I turn to if I am feeling anxious and depressed? (03/11/20)
Parent/Family Will my child be getting the same level of academic instruction through online classes? (03/11/20)
Faculty & Staff What guidance is University administration using for decision-making for the coronavirus? (03/11/20)
Faculty & Staff How are decisions being made to ensure the care and safety of faculty, staff, students, and guests at Loyola? (03/11/20)
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.
Faculty & Staff Where can I learn more about the coronavirus (COVID-19)? (03/11/20)
Faculty & Staff Does Loyola have a dedicated coronavirus website? (03/11/20)
Faculty & Staff How can I receive timely updates regarding the coronavirus? (03/11/20)
Faculty & Staff Who should I contact for coronavirus-related medical questions and care? (03/11/20)
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.
Faculty & Staff Does Loyola have an employee health line for faculty and staff to call for assistance? (03/11/20)
Faculty & Staff How can I prevent contracting the coronavirus? (03/11/20)
Faculty & Staff How can I get tested for coronavirus? (03/11/20)
Faculty & Staff Who is at high risk for contacting coronavirus? (03/11/20)
Faculty & Staff How many hours of sick, vacation, and personal time have I accrued? (03/11/20)
Faculty & Staff If I am ill, what should I do? (03/11/20)
Faculty & Staff 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)
Faculty & Staff Will all positions here at Loyola be eligible to work from home? (03/11/20)
Managers/Supervisors are encouraged to:
Additional information regarding any changes in practices or pay policies will be distributed as it becomes available.
Faculty & Staff How will I know if my position will be eligible for remote work approval? (03/11/20)
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.
Faculty & Staff If I am going to be working remotely, are there best practices to consider? (03/11/20)
Faculty & Staff I am experiencing stress, anxiety, or worry about the coronavirus. Who can I speak with for support? (03/11/20)
Faculty & Staff If I have additional questions, who can I contact? (03/11/20)
General What is social distancing, and can it help prevent the spread of coronavirus? (03/11/20)
Student Can I access campus for study, research, and other purposes? (07/20/00)
For full details on what will be open and available during the fall semester, visit our Return to Campus website.
Student Does the money for the paychecks of Federal Work Study students come from the federal government or does from the universities internal funds or somewhere else? If the money comes from the federal government, how often does Loyola receive the funds to pay Federal Work Study students? (04/27/00)
Federal Work Study is a program of the federal government allocating funds to colleges and universities. For Loyola University Chicago, federal funds generally subsidize 60 percent of students' wages and Loyola funds the remaining portion. The FWS payroll is paid to the students by Loyola and then the federal portion is reimbursed to Loyola by the federal government twice a month.