Fall 2020 Plan
As we prepare for the new academic year under the challenging circumstances of a global pandemic, Loyola University Chicago has spent significant planning on how best to allow for an on-campus experience while also adhering to social distancing. Our top priority is the health, safety, well-being, and academic success of each of our students.
On Monday, July 13, President Rooney announced to the Loyola Community that almost all Fall 2020 courses will be held online. As students no longer have to be physically on campus to complete their coursework, we are allowing any student with an active housing application to cancel. A short cancellation form is available in both LOCUS and the Next Stop portal. Students do not need to submit any documentation or personal statements regarding their reasons for cancelling; they just need to electronically sign a statement allowing us to cancelt their housing and meal plans. Please complete this form as soon as possible if you no longer need to live on campus.
In any scenario where we have students physically on campus for the Fall 2020 semester, the University planning teams have decided that the residence halls will be occupied as single occupancy by bedroom unit in the interest of public health. This means that all rooms in traditional and suite-style residence halls will be singles. This also means that apartments can only be occupied one student per bedroom. If the apartment unit is a studio or one-bedroom unit, this means only one student per unit. This reduces the number of students able to live on campus by nearly 50 percent.
Difficult decisions were made about how best to reduce our on-campus residential population. In order to accomplish this task, we reached these following decisions:
- First year students need the most in-person support as they transition into a college environment.
- For the 2020-2021 Academic Year, second year students will be exempted from the Residency Requirement. They will be given the opportunity to live off campus and will be allowed to cancel their housing assignment without penalty. This exemption for second year students will be in effect for one year only, and the Residency Requirement will again take effect for rising sophomores in 2021-2022. (Please note that students who are sophomores for the 2020-2021 academic year will be considered juniors for the 2021-2022 academic year.) More information about cancelling contracts is available in the ‘Second Year Student’ section below.
- All juniors, seniors, and graduate students will be automatically released from their existing fall assignments. Any junior, senior, or graduate student who made a prepayment will receive a refund.
By June 19, juniors, seniors, and graduate students will be automatically released from their existing 2020-2021 fall housing contracts and will be provided with a refund on their housing prepayment. They’ll also be given resources on how to find other accommodations (tentatively to include university owned housing in the neighborhood and university sponsored hotel accommodations). Additional information will be shared as resource details become available.
If you feel you still need on campus housing after your contract has been cancelled, you may join the waitlist of students and let us know your preferences, as well as any pertinent information regarding your situation. You may do that here.
We will be referring any students who are involuntarily cancelled to our University-owned property management company, Lakeside Management. We will also be securing hotels at similar on-campus room rates for the 2020-2021 year for students to live in on a case-by-case basis, from the waitlist as noted above.
We do not recommend finalizing off-campus housing plans until the course delivery format has been announced. If you plan to live at home should courses be delivered online, you may not be able to break a previously signed lease. If courses are held in person in the fall semester, we will send follow-up communication with resources for other accommodations. We will also update this website with the same information.
Second year students, typically under the University Residency Requirement, will be eligible to live off-campus for the 2020-2021 academic year only. While it is our preference for students to commute from their parents’ home, students may also choose to commute from the home of another relative or they may choose to secure other off-campus housing arrangements. Second year students who want to cancel their contracts may do so in the LOCUS Residence Life Portal. Prepayments will be refunded by the start of the Fall semester
While we would like to provide a space on campus to any student who wants it, we may not receive enough voluntary cancellation requests to safely reduce occupancy. Students who live within a commutable distance from campus may have their contracts canceled. We will notify students by June 19 if we need to cancel their contracts.
If your contract is cancelled during this time and you feel you still want to live on campus, you may join a waitlist and let us know your preferences, as well as any pertinent information regarding your situation. You may do that here.
We know that you did not plan on commuting for your second year, so we wanted to make sure you were aware of some resources for commuting students. We will be referring any students who are involuntarily cancelled to our University-owned property management company, Lakeside Management. We will also be securing hotels at similar on-campus room rates for the 2020-2021 year for students to live in on a case-by-case basis, from the waitlist as noted above.
We are committed to providing an excellent first-year experience to all of our newest students. We are excited to welcome first year students to our communities, though the on-campus experience will look significantly different for the 2020-2021 academic year.
First year students will be living in rooms by themselves. No student will be permitted to have a roommate. First year students will continue to live in halls with other first year students, and support networks (Resident Assistants, Resident Directors and Assistant Resident Directors, Front Desks) will be in place this year.
We expect our move-in process will be adjusted to maximize social distancing. We are planning our move-in process now and will send students an email with a move-in manual as soon as we can (this usually goes out in mid-July).
While students will be living in rooms individually, we will not be removing any furniture from the rooms. When we send students information about their room assignment, we will include the ‘standard’ occupancy of the space. This will help students to prepare and know what to expect when they arrive to campus. You can find information about ways to arrange your room here.
We know this news may be difficult for many of our students. We are disappointed that we will not be able to welcome everyone back to our communities for the upcoming year. We have prepared a document with some frequently asked questions you may find helpful: 000 Reduced Occupancy FAQs 6.12.20 We will continue to update this document as new information becomes available.