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.
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Emergency Response PrinciplesIn this unprecedented situation, we continue to live the Loyola’s mission as Chicago’s Jesuit, Catholic University: a diverse community seeking God in all things.
Under this foundational mission statement, we are executing our emergency response program with these guiding principles:
- Focus on mitigating risk and ensuring the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff as our top priority
- Execute emergency response with a centralized decision-making process
- Align our decision making with legally allowable and medically advisable (LAMA) protocols as defined by the Centers for Disease Control, State of Illinois, and City of Chicago
- Provide the experience of a Jesuit, Catholic education that seeks to serve humanity through learning, justice, and faith
- Deliver a first-class education for our students that offers access to the accomplished faculty, rigorous coursework, and thoughtful curriculum that are the hallmarks of a Loyola education
- Offer appropriate teaching and learning support for students and instructional faculty
- Use the latest science and data to assess and continuously identify opportunities to improve operational outcomes
- Communicate all decisions and plans to our students, faculty, staff, and University constituents in a timely manner
- Emerge from the pandemic stronger than we began
External Guidance and ResourcesLoyola is committed to the health and safety of our community, and the University is closely following the guidance of national, state, and city officials in preparing for a phased reopening of campus. The following sections contain links to external documents and guidelines being used to shape Loyola’s planning and safety requirements.
We continue to monitor information provided by the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and to act in accordance with national public health mobilization efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. The fundamental guidance for our efforts starts with the CDC’s COVID-19 website, which contains the latest information on:
- COVID-19 symptoms and diagnosis
- Current U.S. cases
- Social distancing measures
- The use of face coverings
- Public gatherings and travel
For more information, visit the CDC’s COVID-19 website at cdc.gov/coronavirus
Loyola is following guidelines set by Restore Illinois, a five-phased plan designed to safely reopen the state. The plan was created in accordance with public health expert recommendations and guided by health metrics, with distinct business, education, and recreation activities characterizing each phase. The initial framework will be updated as research develops and as the potential for treatments is realized.
Find more information on the plan at coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/.
Additional data and information on the plan are available from the Illinois Department of Public Health at dph.illinois.gov/restore.
To learn about Loyola Operations Under Restore Illinois, click here.
State of Illinois Higher Education Guidelines - Phases Three and Four
The Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) has developed documentation and guidelines under the Restore Illinois plan to help colleges and universities across the state prepare for a successful academic year in 2020-2021. The guidelines prioritize campus health and safety but also focus on areas such as student success, academic excellence, research, and the overall success of the institution. The guidelines provide a framework for how universities like Loyola can successfully reopen their campuses in compliance with the specific requirements set forth by Restore Illinois.
Read the full document here.
In addition to following the framework of Restore Illinois, Loyola is operating in accordance with Chicago’s citywide guidelines. In a collaborative effort between Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, the Chicago Department of Public Health, industry experts, labor leaders, and public officials, specific guidelines have been developed for safely operating under Phase Four: Gradually Resume. Tailored to Chicago’s needs while aligning to the greater Illinois plan, these guidelines advise employers and residents on how to gradually resume reopening while continuing to prioritize the health and safety of their community.
For more information, click here.
Higher education institutions will be operating under guidelines set by the Be Safe Chicago program.
In Phase Three: Cautiously Reopen, establishments will follow recommended procedures highlighting healthy interactions, safe space and conditions, as well as operational resilience and monitoring.
For further detailed information, click here.
In Phase Four: Gradually Resume, institutions will encourage social distancing, limit classroom capacities, require face coverings, provide hand sanitizer, identify and optimize high-traffic areas display appropriate signage and clean and sanitize frequently
For further detailed information, click here.
Chicago Emergency Travel Order
Effective Monday, July 6, 2020, persons entering or returning to Chicago from states experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases are required by the Chicago Department of Public Health to quarantine for a 14-day period. Loyola students, parents, staff, and faculty are all subject to this mandate.
The list of states covered by Chicago’s Emergency Travel Order is updated every other Tuesday, and remains in effect until further notice.