Message Sent To:All Faculty, All Staff
Message From:Message from the Office of the President
Date Sent:Thursday, July 23, 2020 08:28 AM CDT

What to Expect if You're Commuting to Campus

Dear Faculty and Staff,

Below is a message shared earlier this week with students and parents that provides an overview of the campus experience this fall for commuter students. This message is the second in a series of return to campus communications that will be distributed this week.

We are also welcoming students and parents to join us for an upcoming webinar hosted by the Division of Student Development this Sunday, July 26, at 6 p.m. CST. Registration is required. We encourage you to join us as well, and welcome your questions.

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

Yours in Loyola,

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

July 21, 2020

Dear Students,

As explained in our message last Friday, we have been preparing for a safe return to campus this fall. In that message we shared information about what campus life will look like; today we would like to share additional details on the experience of students living off campus, both in the neighborhood and the greater Chicagoland area.

We appreciate the questions you have continued to raise about student life this fall. While it will be unique, we assure you that we remain deeply committed to providing you with an enriching, high-quality educational environment.

Today’s email is the second of multiple messages providing more insight into University plans as they continue to evolve. Further detail can be found on our Return to Campus website, and we will be hosting a webinar this weekend to answer additional questions. Details on the webinar are at the end of this message.

Please note that this message focuses on your campus experience, as opposed to academics or finances. As with our first message, this one is lengthy so that we can include important information about how we are balancing the campus experience with our priority for the health, safety, and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and neighbors. We encourage you to click the links included throughout.

Being a Resimuter/Commuter

We know that dedicated programming, study spaces, and social opportunities are critical for Loyola students living off campus. While many programs and services will be virtual this semester, we will continue traditions such as Commuter Appreciation Days and the Commuter Rewards Program.

The school year will kick off with CommuterCon 2020, a signature event of Welcome Week, on Friday, August 21. You can also stay up-to-date on our programs by joining LUCommunity, which we encourage you to do as soon as you are able.

Another great way to stay connected is to follow our student communities on Instagram. Here are a few recommendations, in addition to those shared in last Friday’s email:
Welcoming Students Back

This year, Welcome Week begins August 19 and will be entirely online. More than 30 events will be held, including familiar and new programs. Out-of-state students are encouraged to participate and can RSVP for events and exclusive giveaways on LUCommunity in the coming weeks, so make sure your mailing address is up to date on LOCUS!

Commuters and resimuters can reserve a time on LUCommunity to pick up your engagement packs at Student Activities and Greek Affairs. Meet our sororities and fraternities on August 24 and join a student group at our organization fair on August 26.

Helping Others

A new opportunity this year is the Loyola Ambassador program, which allows you to be a leader in helping others navigate changes to our campus. These paid on-campus positions are an opportunity for you to represent the University and support fellow students, faculty, staff, and community members in the effort to keep each other safe and healthy. You can apply for a student ambassador position on Handshake, Student Ambassador #3868411.

Using Campus Spaces

Whether living on or off campus this semester, you will have access to several spaces and resources. In all cases, students are expected to follow Loyola’s health and safety practices while on campus. Available resources include:
  • The Commuter Resource Room in the Damen Center will be open and available.
  • Study spaces throughout campus will be open, and study and group project spaces will be available without reservation for drop-in use. The rooms will be set up to ensure safe distancing; no moving of furniture is allowed. All spaces not in use will be locked.
  • While there will be no official intramural sports in the fall, there are still opportunities for small group activities where social distancing can be practiced. You can participate in sports like running, golf, tennis, swimming, table tennis, and softball. Rambler Outdoors will offer social distancing team building and small group programming. Plus, you can always connect with fellow students through e-sports and sports trivia.
  • To continue fostering integral faith development, Campus Ministry will offer a robust set of online programs while also making worship spaces available for private prayer (with limits to ensure physical distancing).
Getting Around

Getting around campus and across the city is critical for students. While safety measures need to be added, Loyola will still offer several transportation options for you in the fall:
  • U-pass: This valued perk will be an optional program this fall. If you choose to opt out, you will not be charged, and your U-pass will not be activated. Waivers must be submitted by September 4. Full details are outlined on our website.
  • Intercampus Shuttle and 8-RIDE: We will continue to run these services with reduced capacity and enhanced cleaning procedures. Masks must be worn by anyone boarding. Visit our website for hours of operation, which will be posted near the start of the semester.
  • Parking: Commuter students can choose from daily rate or permit parking options. Parking permit applications will become available at 8 a.m. on Saturday, August 1. Please visit our website complete permit details.
  • Biking: Students looking to bike to campus can utilize bike racks located throughout campus, as well as the covered bike corral. All you need to do is register your bike with Campus Safety. For information on safety and bike paths, visit the Bike to Loyola website.
Being a Good Neighbor

If you live off campus, remember that you share this community with neighbors other than students. We must take responsibility for the families, children, senior citizens, and other residents in our communities. Your Student Promise still applies in your community, where you can take good care of yourself and your neighbors by following public health guidelines from Loyola, the city of Chicago, and the state of Illinois.

This includes following the City of Chicago ordinance for anyone coming to Chicago from states experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases to quarantine for 14 days, even if you have tested negative for the disease. Information on Loyola’s quarantine and isolation procedures can be found on our Return to Campus website.

The site also details our required personal safety practices, which apply to students residing in Chicago and/or intending to visit campus. Examples of how these safety protocols should be followed on and off campus include:
  • Maintaining physical distancing of six feet from anyone who does not live in your household
  • Gather in groups of 10 or fewer
  • Wear your Loyola ID, visibly and in plain sight, indoors and outdoors while on any of Loyola’s campuses
  • Comply with reasonable requests from other students, faculty, and staff (including Loyola Student Ambassadors) to follow Loyola’s required personal safety practices
While these are requirements, we also trust in members of the Loyola community to embody the spirit of being persons for others and leaders in our communities, especially in these trying times. We must all do our part to protect all of those around us, not only ourselves.

Talk To Us!

We welcome your questions and hope you’ll join the Division of Student Development Campus Experience information session this Sunday, July 26, at 6 p.m. CST. Registration is required, which also allows you to submit questions in advance. We look forward to talking in person!

Please know we are working hard to give you a high-quality Loyola experience this fall while making sure everyone stays as safe as possible. We thank you again for your willingness to join with us, supporting one another to make this a healthy and successful fall semester.

Together in Loyola,

Jane Neufeld
Vice President for Student Development

William Rodriguez, PhD
Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students