Because of spiking COVID-19 cases regionally and nationally, the University has made the difficult decision to suspend plans to host students in on-campus residence halls for the fall 2020 semester. Unfortunately, public health concerns across the country have impacted our ability to provide a safe environment for our entire community—students, staff, faculty, critical contracted vendors, and our campus neighbors. 

Our Residence Life team is committed to working closely with you to answer questions and resolve any outstanding logistics specific to housing. Students can expect a refund for any paid fall semester room and board fees to your student account before the first week of classes. Because we remain hopeful that an on-campus experience will be possible in the spring, our intent is to hold existing residence hall assignment for the spring 2021 semester. Additional information about securing spring semester on-campus housing will be communicated this fall, with a tentative move-in date in mid-January. Please know we share your disappointment and look forward to hosting students in our residence halls once conditions are favorable.

For more information related to housing for the fall semester, visit our residence life FAQ page

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On Campus

For the fall 2020 semester, Loyola's residence halls will not be open. When the halls are able to reopen, all students who live on campus will do so in single-occupancy rooms. The University has also adjusted its commutable distance to campus from 30 to 50 miles for this year; this distance is the determining factor for providing on-campus housing for continuing students. All first-year students who request housing on campus will be granted housing, but the residency requirement for second-year students has been temporarily lifted for the 2020-2021 academic year.

We are currently operating under phase four of the city and state reopening plans. Should conditions require the city or state to revert to phase three or impose other restrictions that prevent ongoing campus operations, it will be necessary for all residential students to move off campus. If this occurs, the University will communicate all necessary next steps.

Policies for residents and their guests have also been adjusted for the upcoming academic year. Among the changes being instituted are:
  • Face coverings are required in all public areas of residence halls, including lobbies, elevators, bathrooms, stairwells, hallways, and laundry rooms
  • Common lounges and kitchens will be closed for student use
  • Each resident will be limited to one guest at a time
  • Occupancy in elevators will be limited based on elevator size; residents and guests should use stairwells when possible
  • Some stairwells will be designated as one-way traffic; residents and guests should follow directional signage when using the stairs
  • Common bathrooms will have an increased service schedule for cleaning
  • Staff will take additional measures to sanitize carpets (beyond shampooing) and clean surfaces with disinfectants approved by the CDC

As guidance around preventing the spread of COVID-19 changes, Residence Life will update signage within residence halls to reflect current policies. Please see the Residence Life Health and Safety Guidelines for additional details on health and safety practices within residence halls.



Anyone who tests positive for the coronavirus-with or without symptoms-must isolate until they are no longer considered at risk of infecting others. Students who are housed in a residence hall with private bathrooms will isolate in their assigned room. Any student living in a residence hall with a shared bath will be relocated to St. Louis Hall where they will live during their isolation period. While in isolation, you may not leave the building, and you may not host any visitors. You will be provided with food and have access to a care coordinator for additional support.

Students will monitor their symptoms and a medical provider from the Wellness Center will provide regular virtual wellness checks. These will help to determine when students can safely end their isolation period. The CDC guidelines recommend an isolation period lasting a minimum of ten days.

If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, a contact tracer will call you within 24 hours to discuss who you’ve been in contact with and where you spent time while you may have been infectious to others. Your name will not be revealed to those you may have exposed, even if they ask.

What happens if I am exposed to COVID-19?

You may learn about being exposed to someone with COVID-19 through a process called contact tracing. Contact tracing is a public health tool used to prevent the spread of infectious disease. Contract tracing involves identifying people who have an infectious disease and the people who they came in contact with and working with them to interrupt disease spread (through isolation and quarantine).


Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. If you think that you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 but are unsure, you can contact Dial-A-Nurse at 773-508-8883 (leave a message if call is not answered) to discuss your concerns.

An exposure is defined as an individual who has had close contact (< 6 feet) with someone with a positive diagnosis of COVID-19 for greater than fifteen minutes.

If you are exposed and need to self-quarantine you will do so in your primary residence hall or off-campus apartment. The quarantine period is 14 days as recommended by the CDC. If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, you will have access to medical care through the Wellness Center and should contact Dial-A-Nurse at 773-508-8883 (leave a message if call is not answered) or schedule a nurse triage appointment online.

Testing, contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine are essential for containing the spread of COVID-19 and will help ensure that we can remain on campus safely, engaging as a community. Now, more than ever students are called to care for themselves, care for others, and care for the community.

Off Campus

Students who cannot be accommodated in an on-campus residence hall will be referred to Lakeside Management for single-occupancy leasing, or will be reassigned to a hotel with whom the University is seeking a master lease. The University is pursuing those leases with the Hampton Inn near Lake Shore Campus, along with a handful of additional hotels near Water Tower Campus. Negotiations are in progress. If and when contracts are signed, Residence Life can begin reassigning students to hotel housing.

Residence Life Health and Safety Guidelines

Students are asked to adhere to posted signage related to COVID-19 safety and in general should always follow Loyola’s Required Personal Safety Practices. As guidance is changing rapidly, posted signage will be updated to reflect the most accurate information available. All student residents are expected to abide by the following guidelines:

Hand washing

The CDC recommends that you 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, or sneezing. If hand washing is not possible, please use the many hand sanitizer stations located around campus. 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.

Face Coverings

Face coverings are required in all public areas of the residence halls. These include lobbies, elevators, bathrooms, stairwells, hallways, laundry rooms, lounges, and kitchens (when open). Face coverings will be provided to students during move-in.

Social/Physical Distancing

Put distance between yourself and others whenever possible. The CDC recommends keeping a minimum of six feet of distance from other people.


Only persons with an active Loyola ID will be permitted to be signed in as guests in the residence halls. Each resident will be limited to having only one guest at a time. Minor visitation will not be allowed. Exceptions may be made by the resident director of each building.


Occupancy in elevators will be limited based on elevator size. Please adhere to floor signage indicating the number of persons able to be in each elevator car. Residents and their guests are encouraged to use stairwells, if able.


Some residential stairwells will be designated for one-way traffic only. Please adhere to the directional signage in stairwells, if present.


In buildings where a flow can be established, residents will be encouraged to use the hallways in one direction. Follow distancing guidelines and signage.


Students should refrain from placing items on bathroom counters and adhere to signage related to occupancy in shared bathrooms. If the toilet has a lid, close it before flushing. Wear a face covering as much as possible, with exceptions for when wearing one would inhibit activities (brushing teeth, showering, etc.).


Each residence hall lobby has been designed to support student safety. Please be mindful of the number of students congregating in a lobby at any given time. Follow distancing guidelines and signage.

Common Spaces

When students return to campus, common lounges and kitchens will be closed for student use. As guidance changes, Residence Life will update signage and policies for student use.

Room Occupancy

All residents are encouraged to host no more than one guest in their room at any time. Residents and guests should always adhere to six feet of social distancing, where possible.

Use of Residence Hall Spaces as Classrooms
In accordance with Loyola’s prioritization of academic continuity, the Regis and Simpson multipurpose rooms, as well as the Campion living room and lower level lounge/kitchen, will be used for classroom space in academic year 2020-2021. Please be respectful when walking past these spaces and keep noise to a minimum.


Residents should practice social distancing when waiting in line to use a printer in their residence hall. Follow signage guidelines.

Laundry Rooms

Residents should not wait in the laundry room for their laundry loads to finish and should take laundry back to their rooms for folding. Adhere to six feet of social distancing when using the laundry rooms and follow signage.

Emergency Locations/Fire Drills

If it is not raining or snowing, all rally points will be outside. Resident directors will share information specific to their residence halls.

Drinking Fountains and Water Bottle Fillers

Drinking fountains should not be used. Water bottle fillers may be used, but residents should not touch the spout or put water bottles down and should maintain social distance while waiting in line.

Last Modified:   Tue, August 11, 2020 11:40 AM CDT

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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.