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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 2A: Summer (mid June)
City "Full Reopening" & State Phase 5: Transition to mostly typical pre-COVID classroom and administrative operations, with limited restrictions around social activities
Mitigation Measures
Masks In light of new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), and Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) guidance and substantial levels of COVID-19 transmission in the city of Chicago and surrounding counties, masks are now required in all indoor public spaces and in all buildings at all Loyola campuses. This applies to all students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors regardless of vaccination status.
Vaccinations vaccine mandated for all students for fall semester (medical or religious exemptions must be approved); faculty and staff are required to be vaccinated; All students must upload their COVID-19 vaccination cards by no later than Friday, August 6. Faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to upload their vaccination cards by this date as well through Loyola Health App (Updated July 29, 2021)
Building Access campus access privileges will be restored to University IDs according to the new campus security plan in development and to be announced
Surveillance Testing re-entry testing required of all UNVACCINATED residential students at move-in, and international students; VACCINATED population not required to test; regular surveillance testing of UNVACCINATED population required
Testing Compliance (no change) two instances of testing non-compliance will be treated as two warnings; subsequent instances of testing non-compliance will result in campus access privileges being revoked and referral to OSCCR (students) or immediate supervisor (faculty/staff)
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 (no change) signage is in place throughout campus, indicating required compliance with personal safety practices, traffic flows, social distancing, and capacity limits; to request additional signage, please submit a work ticket: LUC.edu/facilities
Cleaning & Disinfecting pending further guidance from CDC regarding post-incident cleaning; to request sanitizing supplies, please submit a work ticket: LUC.edu/facilities
Campus Scenarios
Workspace 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 50 percent occupancy of conference rooms, please clean as you go; 1:1 office meetings permitted
Visitors Visitors permitted for recruitment (faculty, staff, and students), individual and small (<10) group alumni/donor meetings; and individual and small (<50) group meetings / seminars for clients, non-credit learners, research participants for academic or research continuity (at discretion of department manager) and liturgies at Madonna della Strada Chapel;

Visitors must attest to being fully vaccinated or negative test result no more than 72 hours pre-arrival and comply with all masking guidelines.

Please register visitors ahead of time with your building's front desk staff or meet your visitors at the front door once they arrive.
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 pending city and state guidance on capacity limits; internal student-centered events will be approved; reservation requests with external attendees will be put on a waitlist and approved in phase 2B or 3 as health/safety guidance allows
On-Campus Events - Outdoor 60 percent-plus pending city and state guidance (pursuing tents outside for additional capacity)
Event Attendees decision pending additional health and safety metrics
Catering 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; 50 percent occupancy of study rooms
Research wet lab, dry lab, and human subject research allowed; at HSC - 6/bay (open), or 8/500sf (closed); at LSC - 5/bay (open), or 7/500sf (closed); in-person meetings allowed; faculty, staff, and student candidate interviews allowed; non-LUC researchers allowed, if vaccinateed. If not vaccinated, must participate in weekly testing (unless testing requirement for NOT VACCINATED people is eliminated)
University Sponsored Travel Policy IF VACCINATED, domestic travel allowed; international allowed (within State Dept. guidance, and at discretion of department leadership); compliance with City of Chicago emergency travel order required upon return
Classrooms/Labs class occupancy returns to pre-COVID levels; faculty must keep a seating chart for contact tracing purposes
Residence Halls (no change) maximum residency occupancy of 570; single occupancy only; min. 8 percent Q&I; floor lounges open with posted capacity; one LUC residential visitor per room
Worship Space 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 (no change) LSC and WTC: closed; HSC: 75 percent capacity
Campus Recreation LSC: 60 percent capacity (internal only); HSC: 100% capacity
Shuttles & 8-RIDE (no change) no shuttle or 8-RIDE service provided

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.