Message Sent To:All Faculty, All Staff, All Students
Message From:Message from the Office of the Provost
Date Sent:Tuesday, December 15, 2020 03:45 PM CST

Spring 2021: Remote Start for On-Campus Classes

December 15, 2020

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

In the interest of keeping our community safe, Loyola University Chicago is moving most on-campus classes to online delivery for the first two weeks of the spring semester.

Students who are registered for an on-campus class will receive additional information from their faculty about the plans for their specific on-campus class. In general, classes in most programs will begin on January 19, as scheduled. Most on-campus classes will be delivered remotely until February 1. Beginning February 1, classes scheduled to meet on campus can begin meeting in person if all health and safety guidelines and COVID-19 testing protocols are followed.

For a very small group of on-campus labs, it is educationally important to hold the class in person during the first two weeks. See the class list. These classes will begin on campus as scheduled and will be delivered in a HyFlex format, which means that students can engage with the courses in person or remotely. Again, all health and safety guidelines and COVID-19 testing protocols must be followed for on-campus classes. If students are living in the residence halls, they will take these classes remotely during their required 14-day move-in quarantine.

This decision is based on the latest projections from public health experts. The highly respected Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington projects that, in terms of daily deaths, the pandemic will peak in mid to late January, assuming compliance with mask-wearing and other health mandates. By not holding most class sessions on campus until February, we seek to minimize classroom interactions until the peak has passed.

Fourteen-day quarantine  
We ask all faculty, staff, and students living off campus to continue to follow Chicago’s Emergency Travel Order and the Cook County Department of Public Health recommendation for a 14-day quarantine for persons entering Chicago and suburban Cook County from COVID-19 hot spots. Students living on campus will continue to receive guidance on the 14-day move-in quarantine from Residence Life. Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Chicago Department of Public Health still strongly recommend the 14-day quarantine for congregate settings, such as residence halls, even with the CDC’s two new alternatives to a 14-day quarantine.

If together we follow expert public health guidance and the protocols in Loyola’s robust campus health and safety plan, we can help ensure a successful and healthy spring semester.

If you have questions, I encourage you to attend our Student Academic Experience webinar on Sunday, December 20. Register now and submit your questions. You can also contact COVID-19support@LUC.edu with questions.

Together in Loyola,

Norberto M. Grzywacz, PhD
Provost and Chief Academic Officer