Message Sent To:All Faculty, All Staff, All Students
Message From:Message from the Wellness Center
Date Sent:Monday, November 16, 2020 03:00 PM CST

Spring 2021 Testing Protocol, Upcoming Webinar

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

As we prepare for the Spring Semester 2021 and plan to welcome back more of our students, faculty, and staff to campus, we recognize that widespread surveillance testing is essential in helping keep the Loyola University Chicago community safe. We also understand that many of you have questions about COVID-19 testing protocols and related health and safety guidelines as we increase campus density.

On Sunday, November 22 at 6 p.m. Central time, University leadership will host Vision for Spring Semester 2021, a webinar that will provide an overview on the current state of the University in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic and the limited re-opening of our campus for the spring semester. The webinar will be catered toward students and parents, but faculty and staff are also welcome to attend.

An overview of Spring 2021 testing protocol, as well as information on residence life, in-person classes, and more, will be shared in the webinar and in subsequent weeks. We invite you to register for the webinar here and submit your questions in advance. 

In the meantime, we can confirm the following testing-related information with you in advance of Sunday’s discussion:

  • We actively have a plan in place to implement widespread surveillance testing this spring for students, faculty, and staff. The testing will be saliva-based.

  • Students, faculty, and staff coming to campus should expect to be tested regularly. We will monitor testing behavior and adjust frequency as needed.

  • The sample collection only takes a few minutes, and test results will come back within 24 hours. To protect the health of our community, everyone will be expected to comply with contact tracing, quarantine, and isolation protocols.

  • Like the fall semester, Loyola testing will be offered on campus. It will be available for free at all three campuses in the spring: Health Sciences, Lake Shore, and Water Tower.

  • COVID care coordinators will provide support and instruction to students who have tested positive or have been exposed to COVID-19 and must quarantine or isolate. Most students living on campus will be able to quarantine or isolate in their own rooms, but those with shared baths may be relocated as needed. Meals and other essentials will be provided to students living on campus who are in isolation or quarantining.

  • All employees can participate in this testing effort during scheduled work hours without loss of pay. As always, it is important that employees coordinate directly with their supervisors for prior approval to go to the testing during scheduled work hours, in consideration of operational needs.

  • As people for and with others, it is our expectation that our community will take the necessary precautions to keep each other safe. In the event that students, faculty, and staff do not comply with testing, they will be unable to access classrooms and campus amenities temporarily.

We appreciate your patience as we finalize details regarding testing for the upcoming semester and look forward to sharing more information with you as it becomes available. The health, safety, and well-being of our community continues to be our priority as we prepare to welcome more of you back to campus this spring.


Joan Holden, DNP, APRN, ANP-BC
Director, Wellness Center

Kana Henning
Associate Vice President for Facilities