When Loyola students, faculty, and staff return to campus for the spring 2021 semester, there will be many changes in how they can access campus services, buildings, and common spaces. The following section contains details and links to guidelines for navigating Loyola’s campuses in accordance with University and public health requirements.

Before coming on campus, be sure to review our Return to Campus checklist.

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Signage will be placed throughout Loyola’s three Chicagoland campuses to make all faculty, staff, students, and visitors aware of the University’s health and safety requirements. These measures include maintaining social distancing, wearing a face covering at all times, washing hands regularly, staying home when experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 or other illness, and visibly wearing a Loyola ID.  

Below are details about the specific placement and language of Loyola’s signage.

Location Message Sign Type
  • All building entrances
  • Parking garage
  • Red Line
  • On plasma displays across campus
  • 6’ social distancing
  • Face covering required
  • Loyola ID must be visible
  • Do not enter if showing any symptoms of being sick
  • Wash your hands often
  • Use stairs if possible
  • Wall banners
  • Standing signs
  • Plasma displays
  • At restroom entrances
  • In front of sinks (“wash hands for 20 seconds”)
  • 6’ social distancing
  • Face covering required
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds
  • Standing Signs
  • Elevators
  • Use stairs if possible
  • Only stand on floor markers
  • Face covering required
  • Clean as you go
  • Standing signs

Entering/Exiting a Building

Where possible, one-way building entrances and egresses will be identified and clearly marked. When approaching a door, follow any pertinent instructions as posted.


Travel is a critical part of University life, as Loyola students, faculty, and staff move to and from campus, between campuses, and to other locations to conduct University business. But travel of all kinds carries a greater risk during the COVID-19 pandemic, and members of the Loyola community are urged to take precautions and plan all travel accordingly following University guidelines as well as recommendations of the city, state, and national governments.

Public Transportation

We recognize that many students, faculty, and staff rely on public transportation to commute to Loyola. As of June 2020, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) advises riders to limit travel on its bus and rail system to “essential trips only” (e.g. medical appointments, trips to the pharmacy, accessing essential work locations, etc.) and discourages all non-essential CTA use. If possible, you should consider alternate methods of transportation, such as driving, walking, or cycling, as these activities present reduced health risks and fewer potential challenges than taking public transit.

If public transportation is necessary for someone to get to campus, there are safety precautions a person should take during and after riding on a bus or train. The CTA has put together a list of policies and safety tips for riders to follow when using their services. All riders are required (per state order) to wear face coverings when on a CTA bus or train, to touch as few surfaces as possible, and to practice social distancing.

Loyola community members who use public transportation to commute to and from campus can play an important part in protecting the campus community by taking safety precautions. Commuters who arrive on any Loyola campus should practice social distancing and immediately wash their hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer before touching common surfaces or entryways. These actions demonstrate care for the Loyola community and can help reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread.

For more CTA policies and commuter tips, as well as information on how the CTA has implemented enhanced cleaning procedures to keep riders and employees safe, please visit transitchicago.com/coronavirus/#tips.

For those commuting from the Chicagoland suburbs using the Metra, please Metra’s Response to the COVID-19 Crisis for safety tips and policies at metrarail.com/coronavirus.

For general information on public transportation safety during COVID-19, including safety tips for rideshare vehicles, view the CDC website’s public transit information.

Personal Travel

If you are planning to travel outside of your community for personal reasons or vacation, please consider the potential risks and take protective measures before, during, and after your trip.

When deciding whether to travel to another area of the United States, it is important to do research on the COVID-19 trends in that city and/or state before confirming travel plans. If COVID-19 is spreading in this area or in the area you currently live in, the CDC advises travelers to postpone their plans to limit chances of spreading or contracting COVID-19. This situation is very fluid, and states may decide to enact mandatory travel restrictions such as a quarantine period for travelers. This may disrupt your travel plans or delay your ability to return to work or classes at Loyola in a timely manner.

It is also important to consider the health of your travel companions and those you are visiting. If any of these people fall into a high-risk group, you may need to rethink the travel at this time. All transportation methods (air travel, personal vehicle, train, etc.) present different types of risk. The CDC has helpful information (see below) on how to protect yourself and others while traveling. This includes information on lodging considerations and general safety tips to keep in mind when you arrive at your destination and are out and about in the community.

In general, if you decide to travel, please weigh the pros and cons and postpone your plans if the trip could potentially endanger yourself and others. When you are traveling, practice health safety behaviors that reduce the transmission of COVID-19 such as wearing face coverings, frequently washing hands, using hand sanitizer, and keeping a distance of six feet or more from other travelers.

For more information on personal travel tips and considerations during the pandemic, view the CDC’s Considerations for Travelers.

Common Areas/Third Spaces

All spaces on all campuses have been made available to support academic classes, as classroom instruction is Loyola’s first priority. Space not designated for classroom use will be separated into five categories: study, online class workspaces, social gathering, project/group interaction, and events. Room capacities will be posted and must be followed at all times.  

Room configurations will support each space category, and no changes are allowed. All spaces not in use will be locked. Loyola’s Required Personal Safety Practices must be followed in all third spaces at all times.  

The following spaces have been designated for student use:

Study and Online Class Spaces

Lake Shore Campus

The Information Commons has study spaces on all three floors (open seating). Online class spaces can be reserved through their room portal which is listed on their website.

Damen Student Center will have study spaces throughout the building on both the first and second floor (open seating). Online class spaces can be reserved through the Campus Reservations and Damen Student Center websites, or by emailing Dawn Collins at dcollins4@LUC.edu.

Water Tower Campus

Corboy Law Center: Individual study spaces are available in the Lewis Library, and law school students will be in Corboy rooms 1401 and 1403. Online class spaces will be in Lewis Library. Online class spaces can be reserved through their room portal.

Terry Student Center: Individual study spaces are available on the third floor (open seating).

Schreiber Center: Individual study spaces are on the great stairs and floors four, six, and eight (open seating).

Arrupe College/Maguire Hall: Study and online spaces will be in Wintrust and Maguire room 401 for Arrupe students. Study space is available only on the day of classes.

Health Sciences Campus

Cuneo Center: IC, Quiet Study, and rooms 460 and 170 are open to individual study spaces and online class study spaces. All spaces must be reserved through the online portal.

Group Spaces

Lake Shore Campus

Damen Student Center: Students can make a reservation by emailing Dawn Collins at dcollins4@LUC.edu.

Water Tower Campus

Corboy Law Center, Kasbeer Hall: Students can make a reservation by emailing Judy Sunvold at jsunvol@LUC.edu.

Schreiber Center, Floors one, four, six, and eight: Students can make a reservation by emailing Judy Sunvold at jsunvol@LUC.edu.

Arrupe College/Maguire Hall, Wintrust: For Arrupe students, study space will only be available on the day of classes.


Signage will be placed in restrooms reminding users to practice social distancing, wear face coverings, and wash their hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.

Using Elevators

Everyone is encouraged to use stairs if at all possible; a given stairwell will be designated as one-way (up or down) where feasible. Those who need to take an elevator will be required to wear a face mask inside the car and position oneself on top of a designated floor marker. Hand sanitizer will be placed near the call buttons in the elevator bank.

Last Modified:   Wed, January 6, 2021 4:49 PM CST

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For Coronavirus (COVID-19) information and university updates, visit LUC.edu/coronavirus.

To inquire about general Loyola information related to COVID-19, please email COVID-19support@luc.edu

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.