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 the fall 2021 semester, we are happy to announce our intention to return fully to our Chicagoland campuses with in-person classes and residence hall occupancy. Faculty will teach in person whenever possible. Pre-pandemic online programs and courses that better serve students in an online format will remain online. Everyone in our community will need to stay vigilant and comply with health and safety guidelines. Many details about the fall are still being worked out; we will continue to seek guidance from public health experts—both inside and outside of Loyola—on what is legally allowed and medically advisable. This website will be updated when more specific information is made available.

Information and Resources for 2021 Semesters


Fall 2021 Plans

Read the announcement on fall semester 2021 reopening plans for in-person classes and residence halls.


Navigating our campuses

Quick links for students, faculty, and staff who are planning to be on Loyola's campuses this spring.

Important COVID-19 Information

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. All COVID-19 related questions should be directed to COVID-19support@LUC.EDU.

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General information


The Return to Campus Guidelines were created to assist Loyola University Chicago faculty and staff who are returning to on-campus activity for the upcoming semesters. 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

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 spring 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.

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.