COVID-19 Pandemic & Required Personal Safety Practices
We all have a part to play in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Following a simple set of required personal safety practices may lower your own risk of being infected and may help protect others. All members of the Loyola community are expected to remain informed about and comply with the practices found on Loyola’s Return to Campus website while on any of the University’s campuses. Below are some of the key components of the University’s required health & safety practices:
- Wear a face covering (mask) over the nose and mouth, that meets Loyola’s mask requirements, in the following situations:
Indoors: in all 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, worship spaces, 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 encouraged when attending a large gathering or event. If not fully vaccinated, masks are required outdoors on Loyola property or at Loyola events especially when social distancing cannot be maintained like at a large gathering or event.
Shuttles & 8-RIDE: CDC requires masks regardless of vaccination status on all buses, trains, trolleys, subways, ride-shares, maritime transportation, air travel, and other public transportation.
Note: Masks are not required while actively eating or drinking, or for students with documentation through the Student Accessibility Center that would preclude them from wearing a mask;
- Comply with reasonable requests from other students, faculty, and staff (including RAs and Loyola Student Ambassadors) to follow Loyola’s required personal safety practices;
- Report to the University if you have tested positive for COVID-19. Please contact the University at COVIDemail@example.com or 773-508-7707;
- Adhere to Loyola’s quarantine, isolation, and testing procedures if you are exposed to COVID-19 or test positive for COVID-19;
- Frequently check Return to Campus websitewebsite for the latest COVID-19 related University updates;
- Follow all city, state, and federal public health directives based on your given location. Key city of Chicago requirements include, but are not limited to:
- Public Health Order No. 2021-1 which requires any individual, regardless of vaccination status, who is age two or older and able to medically tolerate a mask (a paper, fabric, or cloth filter that securely covers the nose and mouth) to wear a mask indoors in any public place; and
- Comply with the University’s COVID-19 vaccination requirements and/or testing program requirements.
Loyola cannot guarantee an environment free of COVID-19 or prevent the risks of exposure to COVID-19, even with mitigation steps and safety practices and your compliance with them. All members of the community are advised that physically returning to any Loyola campus includes risks of being exposed to and contracting COVID-19 and its other effects. All members of the Loyola community are required to do their part to minimize the risk of COVID-19 infection by adhering to applicable city, state, federal, and international laws, rules, policies, and guidelines as well as University policies and guidelines.
You acknowledge and understand that the circumstances regarding COVID-19 are changing from day to day and that, accordingly, city, state, federal, and international laws, rules, policies and guidelines, as well as University policies and guidelines, are regularly modified and updated. You accept full responsibility for familiarizing yourself with the most recent updates and complying with the same, as applicable.
While these are requirements, we also trust in members of the Loyola community to embody the spirit of being persons for others and leaders in our communities, especially during this global pandemic. We must all do our part to protect all of those around us, not only ourselves.
Failure to comply with any Loyola policies or guidelines regarding COVID-19, or other applicable city, state, federal, or international laws, rules, policies or guidelines regarding COVID-19 may result in a referral to OSCCR under the Failure to Comply policy §201(8) and/or any other applicable policies.