Return to Campus

Last Modified: Mon, August 24, 2020 4:00 PM CDT
This site reflects the most current guidelines and policies for Loyola's campuses. Due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 situation, changes may be made based on new developments and/or public health guidance.
Loyola University Chicago’s guidelines for returning to campus are focused on the safety, health, 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 in this document 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 fall 2020 and beyond, we will continue to follow guidance from the scientific community and city and state officials.


The Return to Campus Guidelines were created to assist Loyola University Chicago faculty and staff who are returning to on-campus activity for the summer and fall of 2020. Learn more


Loyola University Chicago's emergency response, planning, and decision-making started in February 2020 and has evolved as the coronavirus pandemic continues to unfold. Learn more


Loyola University Chicago will be closely following state and city guidelines in taking a phased approach to reopening campus and allowing on-campus activities to resume. Learn more

On June 26, 2020, the city of Chicago announced plans to move to phase four of “Protecting Chicago” reopening framework, alongside the state's Restore Illinois plan. Phase four will allow Loyola to have a limited, staggered, and phased re-opening of our campuses later this summer in preparation for the fall semester. However, this does not mean all University personnel can return at the same time.

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

Students, faculty, and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 must report their case to the University as soon as possible at COVID-19report@LUC.edu or by calling 773-508-7707.

Check your symptoms by using the covid symptom checker app.

Click here to view our COVID-19 Testing Dashboard.

Guiding Principles

In preparation for reopening our campuses, Loyola University Chicago has set forth the following principles to guide our decision making, always remaining in alignment with the latest public health information and the direction of city and state government regulations for safely reopening.

Loyola Operations Under Restore Illinois

Loyola University Chicago will be closely following state and city guidelines in taking a phased approach to reopening campus and allowing on-campus activities to resume.

Loyola University Chicago is currently operating under Phase 4. In this phase, we are preparing to reopen our campuses for the fall semester. Classes will be offered mostly online with a small number of in-person courses, following city, state, and CDC guidelines. All students, faculty, and staff will be required to follow health and safety guidelines while on campus. LEARN MORE

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 can lower your own risk of being infected and can help protect others. All members of the Loyola community are expected to follow these practices while on any of the University’s campuses. To learn more about the comprehensive health, safety, and personal wellness procedures Loyola has implemented, visit the Health and Safety page here.

Information and Resources

Community Messages & Webinars

Watch videos and webinars or read the messages sent to the Loyola community about the university’s plans for returning to campus and Fall 2020.


Preparing to Return to Campus

This section outlines the decision process for groups who will return to campus and guidelines for those individuals who are returning at this time.


Campus Scenarios

This section contains details and links to guidelines for navigating Loyola’s campuses in accordance with University and public health requirements.


Classroom Scenarios

This section describes academic guidelines, best practices, and resources developed in coordination with the leadership teams of academic units and support services on all campuses.


Employee Resources

This section outlines both new and existing resources available to Loyola employees to navigate health care needs, workplace policies, and other questions they may have about returning to work.



This section contains University guidelines as well as city, state, and national governments recommendations on travel and transportation.



This section contains information on new student housing policies and guidelines for the 2020-2021 academic year.

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.