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August 6, 2020

Dear Loyola Community,

As follow-up to earlier communications today, I am reaching out directly to students and families and to the wider University community to provide background on our difficult decision to suspend plans to host students in on-campus residence halls until conditions are favorable.

As we stated, we share the deep disappointment inherent in this decision, even though it is the right decision. Faculty and staff worked tirelessly this summer to prepare our campuses for the fall semester, and I am deeply grateful for the way our community has come together as people for others to begin a new academic year in a safe and healthy way. Navigating this pandemic has required compassion, prudence, resourcefulness, and, perhaps above all, flexibility. The work you have done prepares Loyola well for a future return to on-campus life and learning.

Whether fully on campus or remote, we are called to teach, to inquire, to learn, and to serve. Our priority in this time of change and uncertainty is providing academic continuity and quality while fostering the greater good of our students, staff, faculty, and the larger Chicagoland community. Thank you for all that you do, each and every day, to answer the call.

Sincerely,

Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD
President

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