Message Sent To:All Undergraduate Continuing Students (Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors)
Message From:Message from the Office of the Provost
Date Sent:Friday, November 6, 2020 10:20 AM CST

Registering for Spring 2021 Classes

November 6, 2020

Dear Undergraduate Students,

As registration for Spring 2021 is quickly approaching, I want to remind you of our course types and provide an update about our health and safety protocols for spring classes.

Registration and course types

As you look at courses in LOCUS, you’ll see that courses will be offered in one of three modes. On-campus classes will be offered in HyFlex/dual mode, and online courses will be offered as asynchronous or synchronous. Below are the definitions of these terms to help you find the right course. Please reach out to your advisor with any questions. 

HyFlex/dual mode: HyFlex courses are offered on-campus, with the ability for students to attend the class online if, for example, they need to quarantine. The instructor would facilitate class activities for both on-campus and online students at the same time (synchronously). Each instructor will be responsible for communicating the course plans to students once registration is complete.

We ask that students register for the HyFlex classes if they plan to come to the in-person, on-campus sessions. If you intend to be fully online, we ask that you try to register for online only courses and not for the on-campus HyFlex classes. This will enable students who want to attend on-campus classes in person to do so. In the spirit of our shared focus on the common good, we hope that you will honor this request to the best of your ability.

If at any point during the semester, we cannot safely or legally hold classes on campus, the HyFlex classes may be moved completely online.

Asynchronous: These classes will be offered online and will not require a virtual face-to-face component at a particular time. Instructors will post lectures, discussions, quizzes, tests, and any other relevant materials to their Sakai site. Students complete coursework on their own schedule, although they must follow the pacing of instruction and due dates set by the instructor. The faculty member should hold live office hours virtually.

Synchronous: These classes will be offered online and will require a virtual face-to-face component at a set day(s) and times. Each faculty member will communicate their plans for a particular course. For example, classes may have all live lectures; a combination of live and pre-recorded lectures; or all pre-recorded lectures with class time used for discussion, group work, and other activities. Quizzes and tests may be administered during the scheduled days and times. Additionally, the course may be asynchronous at times. 

Health and safety for on-campus classes

We are thrilled to move toward reopening our campuses and seeing more students on campus and in our classrooms. To keep everyone safe, all students, faculty, and staff must commit to following the guidelines developed through Loyola University Chicago’s robust health and safety plan.

Students who take an on-campus class in Spring 2021 will be expected to:

  • Follow the Required Personal Safety Practices, including practicing social distancing and wearing a face cover. All classrooms will have disposable masks if you forget one.
  • Be tested for COVID-19 regularly at an on-campus testing site to help ensure the safety of the Loyola community. 
  • Use the Symptom Checker daily to check for any COVID-19 symptoms.

Students who do not follow these health and safety practices may be referred to the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution (OSCCR) for possible violations of the Failure to Comply policy §201(8) and/or any other applicable policies.

In classrooms, students and faculty will be expected to wipe down their seating area or lab station before and after every class. All classrooms will be stocked with sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer. Students also should sit in assigned seats during class and not move classroom furniture from socially distanced positions.

High-touchpoint surfaces in classroom buildings will be cleaned hourly, and all classrooms and common spaces will be cleaned each night. Additionally, a mechanical engineering consultant studied all University buildings to verify that ventilation rates, filtration strength, and outside air levels have been optimized for the winter months, and we continue to follow guidance around ventilation as outlined by the Illinois Department of Public Heath Environmental Toxicology section.

All of us must do our part to make sure our campuses are as safe as possible for all members of the Loyola community. Together we can, together we will.

Together in Loyola,

Norberto M. Grzywacz, PhD
Provost and Chief Academic Officer