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Loyola University Chicago Health, Safety, and Well-Being Update
Resources, Policies, and Procedures for the Loyola Community
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Health, Safety, and Well-Being Update

Loyola University Chicago will begin spring semester 2022 classes temporarily online (or remotely) until Monday, January 31. READ MORE

Caring for our community's health, safety, and well-being

Loyola University Chicago’s Health, Safety, and Well-Being Update website helps keep our community informed on health and safety protocols that allow us to remain on campus as we continue to navigate the challenges of COVID-19 in our community. This site contains information on required practices for anyone on our campuses as well as resources for students, faculty, and staff.

This site contains the following sections:


To inquire about general Loyola information related to COVID-19, please send a message to COVID-19support@LUC.edu.

Vaccine Information

Vaccine Information

In an effort to further protect the health and safety of our community—particularly as we navigate the impact of the highly transmissive omicron variant—Loyola will now require students, faculty, and staff to receive a booster shot of a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they are eligible. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), if it has been at least six months since receiving a second dose of Pfizer or Moderna or at least two months since receiving the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, all adults 18 and older should receive a booster.

Please visit vaccines.gov to schedule a booster shot in your area. Once you've received a booster, you must upload your updated vaccination card to Loyola Health at LUC.edu/vaxupload.

SHIELD Illinois

SHIELD Illinois COVID-19 Test

Loyola University Chicago is proud to partner with SHIELD Illinois to administer its saliva-based COVID-19 test method that was developed by the University of Illinois. Having a robust, community-wide surveillance testing program is critical to Loyola’s ability to continue on-campus instruction and residence.

The saliva-based COVID-19 test is a non-invasive test that simply requires an individual to deposit a saliva sample into a provided vial at an on-campus testing site. Saliva samples are then transported to a network of lab partners who will process the sample and return results to both Loyola and the individual who was tested within 24 hours. Loyola students, faculty, and staff can monitor their results and schedule future testing appointments using the Point N Click patient portal.

Campus Operations Information

Phase 4: Spring Semester 2022 (January 1)

Remove all restrictions on social, non-instruction events and activities

Mitigation Measures
Masks Given the highly transmissible Omicron variant, we encourage you to upgrade your masks to N95, KN95, or three-ply medical grade surgical masks, or to double mask. Masks must cover both the mouth and nose at all times, except for when actively eating or drinking. Additional masks are available at all campus testing sites.

Indoors: Masks are required in all indoor public spaces (defined as anywhere two or more are gathered) in all buildings at all Loyola campuses (such as classrooms, labs, meeting rooms, lounges, shared office space/cubicles, hallways, elevators, etc). This applies to all students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors regardless of vaccination status.

Outdoors: If fully vaccinated, masks are not required outdoors, but strongly encouraged when attending a large gathering or event. If not fully vaccinated, masks are required outdoors especially when social distancing cannot be maintained like at a large gathering or event.
Vaccinations The COVID-19 vaccine and boosters (when eligible) are required for all students, faculty, and staff for AY 2021-22 (medical or religious exemptions must be approved);
New students must upload their COVID-19 vaccination cards by no later than Monday, January 10 to attend in-person spring classes, events or activities.
New faculty and staff must upload their vaccination cards and boosters when eligible on or before their first day of employment.
Symptom Checker (no change) Do not come to campus if you have COVID-19 symptoms. Symptomatic students should contact Dial a Nurse. Symptomatic faculty and staff should contact their medical provider.
Reporting & Contact Tracing (no change) Report all positive cases at COVID-19report@luc.edu or 773-508-7707. A contact tracer will provide all necessary quarantine and isolation instructions to positive cases and close contacts. Please visit our Positive Diagnosis Protocol website for more information.
Enhanced Surveillance Testing During the spring 2022 semester, randomized groups of vaccinated individuals will be asked to test periodically on campus. Please comply for safety of the entire campus community.

All vaccinated individuals are strongly encouraged to test at any time. Those not fully vaccinated (including those with approved religious or medical exemptions) must test twice per week if on campus two or more times for the week. If on campus fewer than two times for the week, then they must test when on campus.

Surveillance testing is an important mitigation tool and is subject to change at any time. We encourage everyone to enroll in testing by visiting the On-Campus COVID-19 Testing website.
Testing Compliance (no change) Non-compliance with surveillance testing will result in referral to OSCCR (students), your dean (faculty), or your supervisor (staff) for progressive discipline in accordance with University policy. For more information, please visit our Testing Compliance website.
Building Access (no change) Campus access privileges will be restored to University IDs; departments should ensure that their building access lists are current with Campus Safety by visiting their website.
Ventilation (no change) A mechanical engineering consultant studied all University buildings to verify that ventilation rates, filtration strength, and outside air levels comply with guidance set forth by the CDC, ASHRAE, and 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 building above its standard levels to improve the indoor air environment. UV filtration fans have been installed in all high-rise elevators.
Signage (no change) Signage is in place throughout campus, indicating required compliance with personal safety practices and mitigation measures; to request additional signage, please submit a work ticket: LUC.edu/facilities
Cleaning & Disinfecting (no change) Sanitizing stations provided throughout campus; clean as you go before and after use of common spaces; resume pre-pandemic cleaning schedules; disinfecting of spaces if positive individual was in the space less than 24 hours prior to notification; to request sanitizing supplies, please submit a work ticket: LUC.edu/facilities
Plexiglass (no change) As an additional safety measure, the University will install plexiglass at high-traffic, public-facing reception areas.
Campus Scenarios
Workspace Ensure mask compliance indoors and maintain social distancing when possible

up to 100 percent density; kitchenettes available; shared office spaces allowed - please clean as you go; consult your department supervisor about your own return to work plans
Meetings Carefully consider whether any in person meeting is essential, if so ensure mask compliance and a zoom option for attendees. Up to 100 percent occupancy of conference rooms, please clean as you go; 1:1 office meetings permitted
Visitors Individual and small group visitors are allowed for recruitment, alumni/donor events, non-credit bearing courses, seminars and small meeting. Given the highly transmissible Omicron variant, we are carefully evaluating whether large group events or activities are essential and if so ensure as much additional mitigation as possible.

Visitors/guests must attest to being fully vaccinated (Use Clear Pass App) or show a negative test result no more than 72 hours pre-arrival.

(no change) Students, faculty, and staff must display the Loyola Health function of the Loyola mobile app before entering.

(no change) Anyone not in compliance with the vaccine mandate or required testing will be denied entry.

All attendees must wear masks at indoor events / activities. Given the highly transmissible Omicron variant, N95, KN95, or double masking is strongly encouraged. Additional masks are available at all campus testing sites.

Host or event organizers are responsible for ensuring that visitors comply with the University's health safety guidelines, including monitoring for vaccine records and test results. Guidelines are available through Campus Reservations.
Building Support (no change) due to the limited duration of interaction, no limit on elevators, bathrooms, and support spaces; water bottle fillers will be turned on
On-Campus Events - Indoor (no change) 100 percent capacity allowed; focus of space reservations will be on internal academic and student-centered events; other events (donor, alumni, etc.) are permitted but may need to be held off campus if space is not available at the time a decision is needed; reservation requests with external attendees will be put on a waitlist and approved as health/safety guidance allows.
On-Campus Events - Outdoor (no change) 100 percent outdoor capacity
Event Attendees (no change) visitors allowed; please see the Visitors section.
Catering Given the highly transmissible Omicron variant, only provide food if essential and consider use of grab and go options and/or other mitigation options. Catering restrictions may be reduced or eliminated based on the event. Please check with Campus Reservations when reserving space.
Off-Campus Events (no change) must match on-campus event restrictions; variations approved by department leadership
Libraries (no change) up to 100 percent density in open areas; study rooms open to 100 percent occupancy; restrictions on visitors lifted; students removing their mask to take a drink is acceptable but removing the mask to eat is not. Students who need to eat during class should document that accommodation with the Student Accessibility Center.
Research Given the highly transmissible Omicron variant, ensure mask compliance indoors and maintain social distancing when possible in labs and workplace.
University Sponsored Travel Policy If vaccinated and boosted when eligible, domestic travel is allowed; international travel is allowed (within State Department guidance and at discretion of department leadership); exercise caution when traveling to areas with substantial or high COVID-19 virus transmission; compliance with City of Chicago emergency travel order required upon return.
Classrooms/Labs (no change) class occupancy returns to pre-COVID levels; faculty must keep a seating chart for contact tracing purposes; classroom setups may not be changed; Students removing their mask to take a drink is acceptable but removing the mask to eat is not. Students who need to eat during class should document that accommodation with the Student Accessibility Center.
Residence Halls (no change) Maximum residential occupancy of 4,000, single and double occupancy, isolation spaces in St. Louis Hall, students will primarily quarantine (for exposure) in place, common spaces are open with posted capacities, two LUC vaccine compliant guests per room or apartment may be signed in as guests, masks required in lobbies, elevators, hallways and all common shared spaces (social and quiet lounges, kitchens, laundry rooms)

Effective January 10, 2022 guests are not in the residence halls at the beginning of the semester. This policy will be reviewed and evaluated in the first weeks of the semester.
Worship Space (no change) 100 percent capacity - masks are required in all indoor worship spaces at all Loyola campuses. This applies to all students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors regardless of vaccination status.
Dining Halls 65 percent capacity; masks required except when eating or drinking; additional grab and go food options available.
Campus Recreation (no change) 100 percent capacity;
LSC: Student Members Only – review occupancy and density during Fall-2021 for faculty and staff members.
HSC: Members Only
WTC: Fitness Center Open
Shuttles & 8-RIDE (no change) shuttle service and 8-RIDE back in operation at 100 percent capacity; CDC requires facemasks on buses, trains, trolleys, subways, ride-shares, maritime transportation, air travel, and other public transportation.