Message Sent To:All Faculty, All Staff
Message From:Message from the Office of the President
Date Sent:Thursday, April 22, 2021 03:15 PM CDT

Student Vaccine Requirement for Fall 2021 Semester

April 22, 2021

Dear Faculty and Staff,

We are eager to return fully to campus—to learn and teach in our classrooms and labs, to see friends and colleagues, and experience all Loyola University Chicago offers. In our recent Return to Campus message, we updated you on our plans to hold in-person classes at our three Chicagoland campuses for undergraduate and graduate programs this fall.

After reviewing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), and the University’s COVID-19 Health Care Advisory Working Group, we've determined that the most effective, efficient, and safest way to return to campus is to require all students to be vaccinated from COVID-19 before returning for the fall 2021 semester. Exemptions for medical contraindications or religious reasons consistent with our current policy will be granted.

If not fully vaccinated (two weeks after the last dose) by the start of the 2021-2022 academic year or their move-in date, students will be unable to live in residence halls, attend in-person classes, or participate in on-campus events.

We continue to strongly encourage faculty and staff to get vaccinated as soon as possible if they have not already. A recent University survey indicates that 94 percent of our faculty and staff have already been vaccinated or plan to be, which is promising.

Vaccines are available at a number of Chicago sites. Register for a vaccine today via:  

For more information on vaccine registration, visit our vaccine information page. If you have already secured your vaccination, please upload your vaccination card via the Loyola mobile app. 

Our goal throughout these last several months has been to help ensure the health and safety of our campus and surrounding community and to continue to provide an uninterrupted and superior academic experience for our students. We will continue to pursue that goal—as we transition back to our campuses. By keeping yourself healthy with a vaccine, you are helping to keep our Loyola community, neighbors, and other communities safe, too. 

Thank you for living the Jesuit values of cura personalis and cura apostolica. We greatly look forward to welcoming our whole community back to campus and back to a stronger Loyola. 

Yours in Loyola, 

Jo Ann Rooney, EdD, JD, LLM

Norberto Grzywacz, PhD
Provost and Chief Academic Officer