|Message Sent To:||All Faculty, All Staff, All Students|
|Message From:||Message from the Office of the Provost|
|Date Sent:||Saturday, February 29, 2020 03:44 PM CST|
Loyola Rome Center Update
Dear Loyola Community:
In light of the evolving health concerns surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19), I am sharing with you our decision about repatriating students studying in Italy at the John Felice Rome Center (JFRC) and the message that Dr. Michael F. Andrews, Director, Loyola Rome Center, sent to students, parents, faculty, staff and partner schools.
We will continue to monitor the situation and update the Loyola community accordingly.
With our students' wellbeing at the forefront of our decision-making and the newest directive from the U.S. government, Loyola University Chicago has decided to repatriate students studying in Italy at the JFRC and is asking all JFRC and partner school students to return home by Wednesday, March 4. This decision coincides and aligns with a number of other U.S. universities and partner schools with programs in Rome.
Based on evolving U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, students re-entering the U.S. are required to stay in place at home for a 14-day observation period. In the event that any symptoms are noticed, students should seek immediate medical attention.
The reason for our decision has been influenced in part by the recent travel advisory changes made by the U.S. Department of State and the CDC. Both agencies raised their travel advisory levels for Italy to Level 3 (Non-Essential Travel) out of concern for Coronavirus (COVID-19) in that country.
As a result of this change in advisory status, we are immediately working with the three major travel providers with whom the majority of our students have booked their travel (Heritage Travel, CISI, and GeoBlue) to begin booking flights back home to the U.S. An email with more details and contact information is forthcoming.
Loyola University Chicago will help defray the costs of additional fees and incidentals not covered in your students' existing travel itineraries and will address individual economic hardship cases and travel booking agent arrangements. We will also be following up with additional information on how we will accomplish this travel movement.
Given the significance of these transitions and to alleviate additional stress on our students, we are deferring mid-term examinations which we originally scheduled for the week of March 2. We are creating alternative and on-line academic programming which we expect to resume the week of March 16. Our plans call for available student housing in Chicago after students have completed CDC requirements. Other details about plans to ensure academic integrity and student success will be shared with you shortly.
We appreciate your continued support and understanding during this evolving global health situation and we will share with you updates as they become available. Rest assured, all questions and topics will be addressed appropriately and in a timely fashion.
We are saddened and share your disappointment around this decision. While we realize that there will be a disruption in our students' academic semester, we are making plans to create a positive alternative learning experience. Our concern for each other and our response as a Loyola community will continue to contribute to our resilience, learning and fortitude as global citizens.
This is a very fluid situation. We will do our best to keep everyone updated in the event that there are additional changes.
Let's continue to keep each other in our thoughts and prayers.
Dr. Michael F. Andrews
Director, Loyola Rome Center
Norberto Grzywacz, PhD
Provost and Chief Academic Officer