Message Sent To:All Faculty, All Staff
Message From:Message from the Office of the President
Date Sent:Saturday, July 18, 2020 04:08 PM CDT

What to Expect if You Live on Campus

Dear Faculty and Staff,

Following our announcement earlier this week regarding Loyola University Chicago’s Fall 2020 plans, we want to make you aware of two important updates.

Many faculty and staff members on the Emergency Response Team have been working diligently to ensure our Loyola community is prepared for fall semester and that all necessary safeguards are in place to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of faculty, staff, and students.

To that end, we have developed and launched our Return to Campus website, which provides more in-depth information on campus guidelines and protocols and will be updated as needed.

Secondly, below is an email that we have sent to students and parents which provides an overview of what the student experience will look like during the upcoming semester. This message is the first in a series of communications that will be shared with them over the next few weeks and will be posted on the COVID-19 site as has been our practice.

Our thanks to faculty and staff for your collective and continued efforts during this most unusual time in our University’s history. In any academic setting, online or on-campus, we expect to deliver a vibrant and safe semester experience for all students, faculty, and staff in the spirit of Loyola.

In addition to the Return to Campus website, please continue to watch for our emails, check our websites regularly, and send us feedback and questions at covid-19support@LUC.edu.

Yours in Loyola,

Thomas M. Kelly
Sr. Vice President, Administrative Services
Office of the President

July 17, 2020

Dear Students,

As we prepare for fall 2020, we have been working diligently to reimagine a safe and enriching student experience on campus. Thank you for your patience, questions, and concerns. This is the first of several communications that will detail our plans as they evolve in light of the changing circumstances around the coronavirus pandemic. We also have launched a Return to Campus website that will answer many of your questions and will be updated as needed.

At Loyola University Chicago, we are guided by the Ignatian principle of cura personalis, or care for the whole person. We take to heart our Student Promise, which asks us to care for self, others, and the community. The 2020-21 academic year will be considerably different from what we’re accustomed to; however, community remains at the core of who we are, and we are committed to providing a high-quality educational experience.

Although lengthy, this message provides answers about how campus will look and feel in the coming months. Please note that we focused this message on your campus experience, as opposed to academics or finances. As always, our top priority is the safety, health, and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and neighbors.

Look for additional emails in the coming days explaining the campus experience for commuters and those who will have an exclusively online experience. You’ll also receive an invitation to join an upcoming webinar, centered on campus life in fall 2020. We welcome the opportunity to discuss your specific concerns and questions.

Classroom Experience
Because of the increase in COVID-19 infection rates and deaths across the country this summer, Loyola has made the difficult decision to move instruction primarily online. On-campus classes will be limited to those requiring face-to-face interaction, such as upper-level labs and clinicals. After further evaluation of our courses, it has been determined that all first-year courses will be online. We recognize this updated information may influence your decision to live on campus this fall.

Additional information about what classes will look like can be found in the classroom scenarios section of our Return to Campus website.

Residence Life
As noted in our previous message, living on campus will look different this fall. Residents in the halls won’t have roommates—but you’ll still make friends! You will have fellow students in your hall as neighbors, along with a Resident Assistant and hall staff. The Information Commons, Halas Recreation Center, and Damen Student Center are all open and accessible, though masks and social distancing will be required.

We’ve established the following health and safety measures to help you protect yourselves and others:

You can also follow us on Instagram at @loyolareslife to stay connected.

Since students are no longer required to be on campus physically to complete their coursework, any student with an active housing application who is considering canceling is encouraged to do so online by July 24. Instructions can be found here.

Student Engagement
Student organizations have planned a full semester of online programs for you to engage with your peers. We’re excited to kick things off with Welcome Week 2020 and a virtual student organization fair on Wednesday, August 26.

Signature events hosted by the Department of Programming will be offered to all students. Plans include a lecture series, comedians, and activities centered on peer-to-peer engagement. Be sure to register on LUCommunity to stay up to date.

A great way to get the most up-to-date information on virtual activities is by following your favorite communities on Instagram. Check out some recommendations below and we will provide more accounts to follow in future emails.

  • LUC_FYE: Loyola First Year Experience
  • CAN_LUC: Campus Activities Network at Loyola University Chicago
  • LUCCSL: Loyola University Chicago Commuter Student Life
  • SGLOYOLACHICAGO: Student Government of Loyola Chicago

Quarantine/Isolation Plans
Taking into consideration the latest public health guidelines, Loyola will implement the following procedures to care for the health and safety of our students and the Loyola community:


  • Students exposed to a person with COVID-19 and/or students coming from high-risk areas (as defined by the City of Chicago’s Emergency Travel Order) will be required to quarantine. In this context, “exposure” means spending more than 15 minutes with someone who is positive for COVID-19, without social distancing or wearing a mask.
  • Quarantined students must stay in their rooms for 14 days.


  • Students who test positive for COVID-19 while living on campus will be housed in a separate residence hall, fully equipped with materials needed while in isolation. If their current campus residence includes a private room and private bathroom, they will be isolated within their own space.
  • The Wellness Center will have COVID Care Coordinators; these professionals will stay in contact with isolating students and will act as liaisons with Wellness Center medical staff.
  • A student will remain in isolation in accordance with CDC guidelines.

More information on how quarantine and isolation will be handled is available on our website.

Facilities and Campus Recreation
Halas Recreation Center will be open to all students by appointment during the fall semester, with modified hours and limited services and equipment. Staff will also ensure enhanced cleaning and sanitizing throughout the building.

Campus Recreation is planning activities and support to keep students engaged and active, both virtually and with socially distanced on-campus options. As we approach Welcome Week, we will update the website with more information.

Information Commons will be open with modified hours, offering space for individual study and online learning.

Damen Student Center will be open seven days a week. Inside Damen, students can still access the following:

  • Damen Dining
  • Damen Food Court
  • Rambler Express
  • DSC Cinema
  • Ireland's
  • Study spaces

All outdoor campus space can be used for informal and appropriate socially distant gatherings.

Caring for the well-being of our community is a group effort and requires that we put our trust in one another. As persons for others, we will all play a part in ensuring that our fellow Ramblers have a safe and healthy fall semester. Please continue to email us with any questions or concerns you may have.

Best regards,

Jane Neufeld
Vice President for Student Development

William Rodriguez, PhD
Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students