×
Skip to main content
Loyola University Chicago Health, Safety, and Well-Being Update
Resources, Policies, and Procedures for the Loyola Community
Loyola University Chicago logo in header of site

Health, Safety, and Well-Being Update

All Loyola faculty, staff, and students are required to submit proof of vaccine booster shots. UPLOAD HERE

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

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. All students, faculty, and staff are now required to receive a booster shot of a COVID-19 vaccine and upload proof to Loyola Health by Monday, February 21. If you have not already, get boosted now and upload the information through Loyola Health at LUC.edu/vaxupload.

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 Effective Monday, March 14, 2022, masks are required across all three campuses in the following settings:
  • Health care settings (i.e. clinics, the Wellness Center, COVID-19 testing sites)
  • Campus transportation (i.e. campus shuttles, 8-RIDE)
  • Classrooms and instructional labs
Masks are not required in all other locations but are still strongly encouraged for those seeking additional COVID-19 mitigation on campuses.
Vaccinations The COVID-19 vaccine and boosters are required for all students, faculty, and staff for AY 2021-22 (medical or religious exemptions must be approved); proof of booster shots must be submitted no later than Monday, February 21.
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 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 Up to 100 percent density; masks are not required but are still strongly encouraged for those seeking additional COVID-19 mitigation; kitchenettes available; shared office spaces allowed–please clean as you go; consult with your department supervisor about your work modality.
Meetings In-person meetings are encouraged, with a Zoom or Teams option; up to 100 percent occupancy of conference rooms, please clean as you go; 1:1 office meetings permitted.
Visitors Individual, small, and large group(s) of visitors/guests are allowed. Beginning April 11, 2022, all campus visitors—including students, faculty, staff, guests, volunteers, and vendors—ages five and older must provide proof that they are up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This means a person has received all recommended doses in their primary series COVID-19 vaccine and a booster dose when eligible.

Campus visitors who are not up to date on vaccinations must display proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within no more than 48 hours of an event to enter. At this time, PCR and rapid antigen tests will be accepted.

Host or event organizers are responsible for ensuring that visitors comply with the University's health and 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: 100 percent capacity allowed; space reservations priority 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 available space allows.

Outdoor: 100 percent outdoor capacity.

Host or event organizers are responsible for ensuring that visitors comply with the University's health and safety guidelines, including monitoring for vaccine records and test results. Guidelines are available through Campus Reservations.
Event Attendees (no change) visitors allowed; please see the Visitors section.
Catering Food and drink are allowed at events, meetings, and activities. Catering restrictions may be reduced or modified based on the event, meeting, or activity. Please check with Campus Reservations when reserving space.
Off-Campus Events Students, faculty, and staff hosting events off campus should follow Loyola's COVID-19 on-campus event protocols, as well as additional protocols enforced by select venue; exceptions must be approved by department leadership.
Libraries Up to 100 percent density in open areas; study rooms open to 100 percent occupancy; visitors permitted as long as they are fully vaccinated and boosted or display a negative PCR within 48 hours of being on campus; masks are not required but are still strongly encouraged for those seeking additional COVID-19 mitigation on campuses.

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 Masks are not required in research labs or workspaces but are still strongly encouraged for those seeking additional COVID-19 mitigation on campuses.
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 Class occupancy returns to pre-COVID-19 levels; 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 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 Loyola vaccine-compliant guests per room or apartment may be signed in as guests; masks are not required but are still strongly encouraged for those seeking additional COVID-19 mitigation in lobbies, elevators, hallways and all common shared spaces (social and quiet lounges, kitchens, laundry rooms)

Visitors/guests are allowed in the residence halls. Visitors/guests must display proof of being fully vaccinated and boosted or show a negative test result no more than 48 hours pre-arrival.
Worship Space 100 percent capacity; masks are not required in worship spaces but are still strongly encouraged for those seeking additional COVID-19 mitigation.
Dining Halls 100 percent capacity (varies per hall); masks are not required in but are still strongly encouraged for those seeking additional COVID-19 mitigation.
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

Summer 2022 (Late May)

Mitigation Measures
Masks Effective Friday, May 27, 2022, masks are required across all three campuses in the following settings:
  • Health care settings (i.e. clinics, the Wellness Center, COVID-19 testing sites)
Masks are not required in all other locations but are still strongly encouraged for those seeking additional COVID-19 mitigation on campuses.
Vaccinations The COVID-19 vaccine and boosters are required for all students, faculty, and staff for AY 2021-22 and AY 2022-23 (medical or religious exemptions must be approved).
New students must upload their COVID-19 vaccination cards by no later than Monday, August 1.
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 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 summer 2022 terms, 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 or up to date (including those with approved religious or medical exemptions) must test once per week if on campus one or more times for the week.

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.
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; to request sanitizing supplies, please submit a work ticket: LUC.edu/facilities
Campus Scenarios
Visitors Individual, small, and large group(s) of visitors/guests are allowed. Beginning April 11, 2022, all campus visitors—including students, faculty, staff, guests, volunteers, and vendors—ages five and older must provide proof that they are up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This means a person has received all recommended doses in their primary series COVID-19 vaccine and a booster dose when eligible.

Host or event organizers are responsible for ensuring that visitors comply with the University's health and safety guidelines, including monitoring for vaccine records and test results. Guidelines are available through Campus Reservations.
Libraries Up to 100 percent density in open areas; study rooms open to 100 percent occupancy; visitors permitted and are subject to the requirements of the Visitors section above; masks are not required but are still strongly encouraged for those seeking additional COVID-19 mitigation on campuses.

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.
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 Class occupancy returns to pre-COVID-19 levels; 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 Residence Halls will return to pre-COVID occupancy and room assignment procedures; isolation spaces in St. Louis Hall; students will primarily quarantine (for exposure) in place; common spaces are open with posted capacities; two Loyola vaccine-compliant guests per room or apartment may be signed in as guests; masks are not required but are still strongly encouraged for those seeking additional COVID-19 mitigation in lobbies, elevators, hallways and all common shared spaces (social and quiet lounges, kitchens, laundry rooms)

Visitors/guests are allowed in the residence halls. Visitors/guests must display proof of being fully vaccinated and boosted or show a negative test result no more than 48 hours pre-arrival.
Shuttles & 8-RIDE (no change) shuttle service and 8-RIDE back in operation at 100 percent capacity