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Message Sent To:All Faculty
Message From:Message from the Office of the Provost
Date Sent:Friday, August 6, 2021 12:50 PM CDT

Classroom Guidelines and Faculty Webinar Invite

August 6, 2021

Dear Faculty,

As the Loyola community returns to campus this fall, we invite you to attend the Faculty Return to Campus Webinar on Thursday, August 12 at 3 p.m. Register here.

At the webinar, we will discuss classroom guidelines, processes, and resources for teaching on campus this fall, as well as other important topics. Below is a preview of some of the classroom discussion.

Classroom guidelines for fall 2021

  • Robust Sakai site: Please ensure that your Sakai site is fully developed as it is a powerful tool for student engagement and learning. At the very least, your Sakai sites should include syllabi, lesson plans, and assignments. For assistance, visit the ITS Sakai support page and the Sakai 20 Instructor Guide.

  • Seating charts and attendance: Faculty should keep seating charts to support contact tracing, if necessary, and not move classroom furniture. You can download sample seating charts to create your own. Also, please track attendance. For the safety of everyone, if students are not on your roster, they should not be in your classroom.

  • Wiping down your space: We will continue to provide wipes for faculty and students to wipe down their classroom surfaces before and after each use. Each night, all classrooms are cleaned and re-stocked with sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer. Please report any missing inventory to Facilities at 773.508.2100 or LUC.edu/facilities.

  • Testing positive: If a student tests positive for COVID-19, the care coordinator will identify the risk of exposure to faculty or classmates and contact anyone who needs to quarantine. You do not need to cancel your in-person classes unless instructed. Please see the complete Positive Diagnosis Protocol on our Classroom Scenarios webpage.

  • Contact tracing: Official Loyola contact tracers should handle all contact tracing. Please do not attempt to contact trace on your own, and please respond immediately to Loyola’s team of COVID care coordinators if they contact you following a positive case in your class. The care coordinators are likely to request your seating chart; please be prepared to provide it. The care coordinators will not update faculty on the outcome of contact tracing due to privacy concerns.

If you see anything on or around Loyola’s campuses that you believe to be an infraction of our COVID-19 safety practices, call 773.508.MASK (6275) or file a report online through the Office of Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution (OSCCR). Loyola will take all reports of non-compliance very seriously. If a student-related matter is referred to the OSCCR, a swift response and appropriate action will follow each report. Reports of faculty non-compliance with safety practices will be referred to the appropriate dean’s office.

I hope you can join us at the Faculty Webinar on August 12 to discuss these guidelines and more.

Together in Loyola,

Susan Ries, PhD, and James Marley, PhD
Co-chairs, Academic Continuity Working Group