|Message Sent To:||All Undergraduate Continuing Students (Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors)|
|Message From:||Message from the Office of the Provost|
|Date Sent:||Wednesday, June 10, 2020 02:45 PM CDT|
Fall 2020 Plans if Campus Reopens
Dear Undergraduate Students,
It’s been a month since we completed what has been for all of us the most unusual and challenging semester of our lives. We hope your summer is going well, and we look forward to having you in class at Loyola University Chicago this fall.
Today, we are writing to let you know about how we intend to meet the needs of our undergraduate students in Fall 2020.
Will Loyola be online or on campus this fall?
The short answer is that we intend to do both online and on-campus instruction. If it is legally allowed and medically advisable (L.A.M.A.) for us to reopen campus this fall, we plan to provide an on-campus experience for those undergraduate students who would like to return to campus. Those who prefer to continue their education online will be able to do so as well. Hundreds of Loyola faculty, staff, and administrators have been working tirelessly so Loyola will be ready to start the fall semester under the social distancing conditions that will be in place in Illinois in August.
All of us in Illinois must work within the framework of the governor's Restore Illinois plan for reopening the state. According to this plan, Illinois regions must be in Phase 4 before universities can hold on-campus classes. If our region of Illinois has not reached Phase 4 by the start of the academic year, we will have no choice but to offer all courses online as we did for the last several weeks of the spring semester.
Since no one can predict the public health situation in the fall, we are also preparing to offer all courses online. More than 1,000 Loyola faculty will have completed additional training for online teaching by the time the fall semester begins. Loyola has significant experience offering online courses and programs – spanning two decades – and if we must remain entirely online in the fall, our faculty will be prepared to provide the high-quality instruction that is Loyola’s tradition.
How will the course schedule change?
The health and safety of our students, staff, and faculty will be our first priority if we are legally able to offer on-campus courses this fall. All classes will be held within the framework of social distancing. One of the most important consequences of maintaining social distancing is that it is simply not possible to hold every one of our 3,600 scheduled sections in a normal classroom in Fall 2020. Many classes will be held in spaces that have never been used as classrooms, including the Sister Jean Multipurpose Room, Norville Center rooms, and the Damen Den, and students may have to take some of their classes online. Read a more detailed explanation of on-campus classroom space during COVID-19.
We also are adjusting the time grid of classes to reduce crowding on campus and in buildings during class change. The "passing period" between classes will be extended to 30 minutes to reduce the density of students as you move across campus. This means that classes will start a few minutes earlier in the day and end later in the afternoon. There will be only one evening section per day this fall, which will run from 5:30-8 p.m., instead of the two sessions that began at 4:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. See the new class time grid.
We have to move some classes from their current time slots in order to find an available room of an appropriate size for social distancing. We have done everything possible to minimize the number of courses that are moved in time and also to minimize the number of students who are affected by this. However, it is still possible that some of you will experience schedule conflicts as a result of these moves.
Even if on-campus courses are L.A.M.A., we plan to offer a variety of online options for our students in Fall 2020. We have heard a preference for online courses from many students and parents, and we have an obligation not to require any faculty who are high-risk as defined by the CDC to teach on campus during this public health crisis.
How do I revise my schedule?
We are very sorry for any disruption the course schedule changes outlined above (including the potential for new start/end times and new locations) might cause. Given the constraints we have to operate under this fall, these are necessary if unfortunate steps.
We are working with the Office of Registration and Records now to make these course changes in LOCUS and will temporarily close registration access for the fall semester from June 10 to 21. On June 22, you’ll be able to review your schedule. At that time, we encourage you to make any necessary adjustments and to contact your academic advisor for additional assistance if needed. New freshman registration will not start until about a week later, so you will have first priority in making any changes that you wish.
What health and safety measures will be in place?
In upcoming communications, we will discuss the various measures that will be in place this fall to address the health and safety of all our students, faculty, staff, and visitors. These will include requiring all students and faculty to wear masks in classrooms, frequent cleaning of classrooms and high-touch areas, and reminders to thoroughly wash your hands and maintain social distance.
If you have any questions about the information in this email or other aspects of how the fall semester will unfold, please do not hesitate to email COVID-19support@LUC.edu. We monitor this mailbox almost continuously and try to respond to every question within 24 hours.
We look forward to seeing you this fall.
Norberto M. Grzywacz, PhD
Provost and Chief Academic Officer
Vice Provost, Office of Institutional Effectiveness
Alternate Section Chief, Academic Continuity Working Group
Vice Provost, Academic Programs & Planning
Section Chief, Academic Continuity Working Group
Joan Holden, APRN, ANP-BC
Director, Wellness Center
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