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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.

 
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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.

 
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Face Masks/Face Coverings

In light of new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), and Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) as well as substantial levels of COVID-19 transmission in the city of Chicago and surrounding counties, masks are now required in all public spaces and in all buildings at all Loyola campuses. This applies to all students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors who are vaccinated or unvaccinated.

Loyola will continue to review its mask policy based on local health guidance and as we monitor levels of COVID-19 transmission. We will communicate any policy updates as quickly as possible.

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As a reminder, masks are now required in all indoor public spaces (defined as anywhere two or more are gathered) and in all buildings at all Loyola campuses (such as classrooms, labs, meeting rooms, lounges, shared office space, hallways, elevators, etc). This applies to all students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors regardless of vaccination status.

If fully vaccinated, masks are not required outdoors, but encouraged when attending a large gathering or event. If not fully vaccinated, masks are required outdoors especially when social distancing cannot be maintained like at a large gathering or event.

Mask usage

Disposable masks may only be worn for one day and then must be placed in the trash.

You may also wear a cloth face covering. The fabric design or pattern for cloth face coverings should be appropriate for the workplace and school. Cloth face coverings must only be worn for one day at a time and must be properly laundered before using again.

To learn more, view the CDC guidelines on how to select, wear, and clean your mask.

Use and Care of Face Coverings

To ensure that face coverings are as effective as possible in preventing the spread of COVID-19, it is important to follow these instructions for wearing and cleaning your mask.

When putting on your face covering or disposable mask:

  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer prior to handling the face covering/disposable mask
  • Ensure the face-covering/disposable mask fits over the nose and under the chin
  • Situate the face-covering/disposable mask properly with nose wire snug against the nose (where applicable)
  • Tie straps securely behind the head and neck or secure the loops around your ears
  • Always avoid touching the front of the face covering/disposable mask at all times when handling or wearing it

When taking off your face covering/disposable mask:

  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth when removing the face covering/disposable mask

Face Shields

Students, faculty, and staff at Loyola do not need to wear goggles or face shields as part of general activity on campus. Good hand hygiene, face masks, and avoiding touching your face are generally sufficient protection in a non-health care environment.  

Coughing and Sneezing Hygiene

If you are in a private setting and do not have on your face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand sanitizers with greater than 60 percent ethanol, or 70 percent isopropanol as the preferred form of hand hygiene in health care settings.

Hand Washing

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds—especially after you have been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, or touching your face. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. When using hand sanitizer, cover all surfaces of your hands with it and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and always wash your hands after touching your face.

Self-Monitoring

The first step to preventing the spread of COVID-19 is to stay at home if you are sick. If you have any of the symptoms commonly associated with the disease (as defined in the Self-Monitoring and Symptoms of COVID-19 section), you should not come to campus and should consult your health care provider.

Wear Your Loyola ID

As members of the University community will be required to wear face coverings, it is now required that a valid University ID be worn by every student, faculty/staff member, or University contractor while on campus. Your ID should always be clearly visible and in plain sight; building access will not be allowed for anyone without a visible ID.  

Wearing your ID is important for several reasons. First, it makes it easier to ensure that the people on campus are members of the University community who are permitted to be there. Second, in emergency situations it can help emergency personnel immediately identify who belongs and who does not. Finally, student badges make it much easier to distinguish between students and visitors.  

Together we can all help to ensure safety and security on the Loyola campuses. Wear you badge with Rambler pride!