|Message Sent To:||All Staff, All Students|
|Message From:||Message from the Office of the President|
|Date Sent:||Tuesday, March 9, 2021 03:30 PM CST|
Fall Semester 2021 Reopening Plans for In-Person Classes and Residence Halls
March 9, 2021
Dear Loyola Students and Staff,
We are happy to announce our 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 (L.A.M.A.). We are optimistic about in-person instruction in the fall given:
- Health and safety protocols: Our on-campus surveillance testing program has been successful. Similarly, compliance with mask wearing and social distancing has been high. As a result, the COVID-19 positivity rate in our community has been low, and we have seen little evidence of transmission in classrooms or residence halls this spring.
- Positive trends: Generally, the local COVID-19 transmission rate is moving in the right direction.
- Vaccine distribution: Current federal projections indicate that there will be enough vaccine supply for all American adults by the end of May, so the majority of our Loyola community will have the opportunity to be vaccinated by the start of the fall semester.
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.
Our plans call for a more traditional on-campus experience for our students this fall and so our faculty will teach in person whenever possible. Pre-pandemic online programs and courses that better serve students in an online format should remain online. All of us long to be back on campus and among our colleagues and students, and we believe that fall is the right time for us to regain so much of what was deferred during the pandemic. This will, of course, require all of us—students, faculty, and staff—to stay vigilant as a community and comply with health and safety guidelines.
Many details about the fall are still being worked out, and we welcome your questions at covid-19support@LUC.edu. We also will continue to ask for student, faculty, and staff input for ensuring a smooth fall semester through your respective programs, schools, institutes, and departments. In addition to the vaccine webinar held last week, we will offer additional webinars as needed as we move through the fall planning process.
Together, we will welcome our community back to campus and back to a stronger Loyola.
Yours in Loyola,
Jo Ann Rooney, EdD, JD, LLM
Norberto M. Grzywacz, PhD
Provost and Chief Academic Officer