Message Sent To:All Faculty, All Staff, All Students
Message From:Message from the Office of the President
Date Sent:Monday, June 22, 2020 06:22 PM CDT

Fall 2020: Health, Safety, and New Fall Schedule

Dear Students, Staff, and Faculty,

As you have likely read, Chicago and the rest of Illinois are gradually moving to Phase 4 of the governor's Restore Illinois plan on Friday, June 26. We are pleased by this news, as it enables Loyola University Chicago to move toward a limited and phased re-opening of our campuses later this summer.

In the coming weeks, we will announce our full plan for reopening campus, which will include health and safety guidelines, campus experience details, and other measures intended to support our providing a Loyola education safely. In this interim Phase 4 recovery process, campus buildings will remain closed until further notice and will be reopened in a slow and staged process.

In the meantime, below is an overview of recent decisions by the hundreds of faculty, staff, and administrators who are part of Loyola’s Emergency Response sections and divisions. The decisions are based on the latest guidance from public health officials and on input from the Loyola community collected through surveys and emails. Some decisions have yet to be made, but we want to share below our progress and invite your continued engagement.

Fall 2020 Plans

  • Reopening classrooms: As we have shared before, we intend to offer both online and on-campus instruction in Fall 2020, if it is legally allowed and medically advisable (L.A.M.A.) for us to reopen campus. Students will be able to choose an on-campus experience with classes both face-to-face and online (some online classes will be required to de-densify campus) or a fully online experience. Read more

  • Modified fall schedule: We are modifying the fall schedule to help minimize the chance of infection from students returning to campus after traveling. Classes will still begin August 24 as scheduled, but Mid-Semester Break is being eliminated and on-campus instruction will conclude on Sunday, November 22. Classes will resume ONLINE on Monday, November 30 (following the Thanksgiving Break) and all finals will be given online. Schedules in the School of Law, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, and the Quinlan School of Business Graduate Programs may differ. Students should confirm with their deans or program directors. Read more

  • Health and safety generally: Wellness Center Director Joan Holden has convened a Healthcare Advisory Working Group including experts from the Niehoff School of Nursing, Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health, Stritch School of Medicine, and more. Using the most recent public health guidance, the group is finalizing plans for testing, contact tracing, and health screenings. Loyola will also be requiring measures including (but not limited to) requiring all faculty, staff, and students to wear masks in classrooms and when social distancing is not possible (note: accommodations will be made for people with hearing disabilities), providing cleaning supplies in classrooms to wipe down work surfaces, limiting the number of people in elevators, single-direction stairways (when possible), and reminders to wash your hands thoroughly or sanitize when soap and water are not readily available.

  • Health and safety for students: In addition to the above measures, we are enacting a number of measures for the safety of students, including (but not limited to) single-occupancy rooms in residence halls, de-densifying classrooms, a revised course time grid, and limiting capacity on the Loyola Shuttle between campuses.

  • Health and safety for faculty and staff: We will soon announce our plans for the return-to-campus process. As a preview, Loyola employees should come to campus only as scheduled and should work from home whenever possible and feasible. Both faculty and staff will be able to request to work remotely if they are high-risk as defined by the CDC or meet other defined criteria, and can complete their responsibilities remotely. The process and guidelines for this request process will be finalized soon. Also, faculty and staff will only be allowed to return to campus in designated stages; these too will be announced soon. Once staff are back on campus, managers will need to stagger work schedules and implement other practices to appropriately maintain healthy work practices.

In the coming weeks, we will continue to share additional information and decisions. Thank you again for your understanding and flexibility as we develop our plans for a return to campus if L.A.M.A. But let us add one more note: should we legally not be able to return to campus this fall, we are preparing to offer all courses online, too. In any scenario – on-campus or online – our faculty will be prepared to provide the high-quality instruction that is Loyola’s tradition.

If you have feedback or questions about our plans, please contact covid-19support@LUC.edu. We’ll answer as much as we can and tell you what we are still working on.

Yours in Loyola,

Norberto M. Grzywacz, PhD
Provost and Chief Academic Officer

Tom Kelly
Senior Vice President for Administrative Services

Kana Henning
Associate Vice President, Facilities

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

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