Message Sent To:All Faculty
Message From:Message from the Office of the Provost
Date Sent:Thursday, December 3, 2020 10:00 AM CST

Classroom Safety and the Faculty Webinar on Return to Campus

Dear Faculty,

As promised in my email yesterday, here is the beginning of a series of emails outlining our plans for continuing the return to campus. This message focuses on on-campus classroom safety.

Classroom layout

For the safety of faculty and students, all instruction space has been configured into layouts that place faculty 10 feet from the first row of students and place students six feet apart from each other. Faculty are asked to keep a seating chart of assigned seats and take attendance to assist with contact tracing, if needed.

Masks and cleaning

Masks are required. Disposable masks are provided in each classroom if students or faculty need one. High-touch surfaces are cleaned hourly, and all classrooms and common spaces will be cleaned each night. Students and faculty will wipe down their own station/work area before and after each use. All classrooms are re-stocked each night with sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer.


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. Higher efficiency filters have been purchased and installed throughout campus, and Facilities is introducing additional outside air and increasing the turnover of air in the buildings above standard levels to improve the indoor air environment.

You can learn more about these measures at the faculty webinar on December 9, as Kana Henning, associate vice president for Facilities, will discuss how Loyola is creating a safe campus. I hope you can join us.

In Loyola,

Norberto M. Grzywacz, PhD
Provost and Chief Academic Officer