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Return to Campus

Loyola University Chicago’s guidelines for returning to campus are focused on the health, safety, and well-being of our community as our top priority. Now more than ever, we are called together to care for ourselves, each other, and the broader community. The policies and protocols on this website are designed to support safety and our mission to provide a first-class, Jesuit, Catholic education that prepares our students to serve humanity through learning, justice, and faith.

As we prepare for a more normal campus experience, we will continue to follow guidance from the scientific community and city and state officials.

Faculty and staff should not plan to return to campus or buildings until you are directed to do so by your dean/vice president, department or program director, or supervisor.

Loyola University Chicago’s guidelines for returning to campus are focused on the health, safety, and well-being of our community as our top priority. Now more than ever, we are called together to care for ourselves, each other, and the broader community. The policies and protocols on this website are designed to support safety and our mission to provide a first-class, Jesuit, Catholic education that prepares our students to serve humanity through learning, justice, and faith.

As we prepare for a more normal campus experience, we will continue to follow guidance from the scientific community and city and state officials.

Faculty and staff should not plan to return to campus or buildings until you are directed to do so by your dean/vice president, department or program director, or supervisor.

Phase 2B: Start of Fall Semester (mid August)
City "Full Reopening" & State Phase 5: Staff return to campus by August 1; restrictions on student co-curricular spaces lifted; restrictions still in place for visitors
Mitigation Measures
Masks Indoors: Masks are now 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 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 Vaccine required for all students, faculty, and staff for AY 2021-22 (medical or religious exemptions must be approved); all students must upload their COVID-19 vaccination cards by no later than Friday, August 6 to attend in-person fall classes, events or activities. Faculty and staff must upload their vaccination cards by Tuesday, September 21.
Symptom Checker 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.
Surveillance Testing Vaccinated individuals are not required to test but are welcome 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 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 Testing website.
Testing Compliance 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 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 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
Plexiglas As an additional safety measure, the University will install plexiglass at high-traffic, public-facing reception areas.
Campus Scenarios
Workspace (no change) 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 100 percent occupancy of conference rooms, please clean as you go; 1:1 office meetings permitted
Visitors In addition to previously allowed purposes (recruitment, alumni/donor events, non-credit bearing courses, seminars, and meetings) visitors are permitted for signature events (Alumni Weekend, Founders' Dinner, Opus Prize, Family Weekend) as well as both indoor and outdoor athletic events, with no limit on number of attendees.

Visitors/guests must attest to being fully vaccinated or negative test result no more than 72 hours pre-arrival.

Students, faculty, and staff must display the Loyola Health function of the Loyola mobile app before entering.

Anyone not in compliance with the vaccine mandate or required testing will be denied entry.

All attendees must wear masks at indoor events / activities.

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 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 guideance allows
On-Campus Events - Outdoor 100 percent outdoor capacity
Event Attendees visitors allowed; please see the Visitors section.
Catering (no change) 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 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 return to pre-COVID lab and workplace conditions
University Sponsored Travel Policy If vaccinated, 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 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)
Worship Space (no change) 100 percent capacity - masks are now required in all indoor worship spaces at all Loyola campuses. This applies to all students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors regardless of vaccination status. (Updated August 4,2021)
Dining Halls 100 percent capacity; masks required except when eating or drinking
Campus Recreation 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 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.

We would like to extend a special thanks to Duke University, Emory University, University of Chicago, University of Colorado, and University of Georgia, each of which inspired parts of this document with their university guidelines.