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Housing

As we open the residence halls to more students, we want to ensure all students understand changes to University housing policiesA number of new guidelines and policies will be in place. These are meant to ensure the safety of our students and the staff members who manage on-campus housing and dining services. This website houses the most up to date guidelines. Residential students will be notified by email when policies change.

 
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On Campus

For the fall 2021 semester, Loyola's residence halls will be open to a more robust capacity. Students will be living in both single and double-occupancy rooms. The residency requirement for second-year students has been temporarily lifted for the 2021–2022 academic year, but will be in place for the newly admitted first year students for the following year. 

We are currently operating under phase four of the city and state reopening plans. Should conditions require the city or state to impose other restrictions that prevent ongoing campus operations, it may 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, common lounges and kitchens, stairwells, hallways, and laundry rooms 
  • Common lounges and kitchens will be open for student use. Strict occupancy guidelines will   

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 below for additional details on health and safety practices within residence halls.

Additional standard COVID-19 related signage can be ordered by submitting a Facilities work ticket. Temporary, specialized signage may also be created using a provided University signage template.

Move In

Move in will take place the week of August 22. Students will be assigned a date and time to arrive to campus. Each student may have a maximum of two guests assist with the move-in process. All guests much wear a face covering at all times. More detailed instructions—including traffic routes—will be sent along with housing assignment information during the summer months.

Isolation/Quaratine

Isolation

Anyone who tests positive for the coronaviruswith or without symptomsmust 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 COVID care coordinator for additional support. 

Students will monitor their symptoms and should reach out to the Wellness Center (773-508-8883) or their primary care provider if they have any questions or concerns. In addition, COVID Care Coordinators and/or a medical provider will check in with isolation students during their stay in an isolation hall. These will help to determine when students can safely end their isolation period. The CDC guidelines recommend an isolation period lasting a minimum of 10 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.

Positive Diagnosis Isolation

In the event a student is diagnosed with COVID-19, they need to isolate. Based on a students assigned residence, COVID Care Coordinators will determine if relocation to an Isolation building is necessary.  Buildings on campus have been set aside for COVID-positive students. It is crucial that students observe a full isolation period after a positive diagnosis to protect the larger campus community. 

Students should reach out to each of their professors and explain that they have tested positive for COVID-19 and will be unable to attend class. Faculty are asked to work with each student individually to help them keep up with in-person lectures through class notes on Sakai. Students are encouraged to continue turning in assignmentsif possible. If it’s not possible to turn in assignmentsstudents should work out extended deadline dates with each faculty member. If you are a student who needs help with tutoring, contact the Tutoring Center as virtual appointments may be available while you are in isolation. Meal deliveries will be arranged with the COVID Care Coordinators. 

Students will monitor their symptoms and should reach out to the Wellness Center (773-508-8883) or their primary care provider if they have any questions or concerns. In addition, COVID Care Coordinators and/or a medical provider will check in with isolation students during their stay in an isolation hall. These will help to determine when students can safely end their isolation period. The University follows CDC guidelines for determining the length of isolation.

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. 

If clusters of positive cases emerge in particular buildings or areas of campus, Residence Life may need to quarantine whole buildings. Students should be ready for a quarantine or isolation at any time. This includes keeping on-hand an ample supply of clean clothes and toiletries. 

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. Contact tracing involves identifying people who have an infectious disease and the people with whom they came in contact with and subsequently working with them to interrupt disease spread (through isolation and quarantine). Learn more about contact tracing here. 

Exposure Quarantine

The University will have a contact tracing program when students arrive at the residence halls. If a student receives a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, their close contacts will be identified. The identity of a COVID-positive student will never be disclosed to close contacts during the contact tracing process. 

Students who are identified as having been exposed to the virus because of close contact with another student will need to quarantine and/or test as noted by the Loyola Contact Tracing Team. Quarantine times and testing requirements are based on current CDC recommendations and each student with an exposure will be notified of what is required for them. 

Students in apartment-style units with kitchens and bathrooms are expected to remain in their rooms. Students in suite-style units may need to be moved temporarily to another location on campus to ensure isolation from other students. Students in exposure quarantine may not leave their rooms for any reason. Leaving rooms after exposure to the virus risks the health of other students and staff. Students should be ready for quarantine or isolation at any time. This includes keeping on-hand an ample supply of clean clothes and toiletries for a 14-day period. 

Students should reach out to each of their professors and explain that they have tested positive for COVID-19 and will be unable to attend class. Faculty are asked to work with each student individually to help them keep up with in-person lectures through class notes on Sakai. Students are encouraged to continue turning in assignmentsif possible. If it’s not possible to turn in assignmentsstudents should work out extended deadline dates with each faculty member. If you are a student who needs help with tutoring, contact the Tutoring Center as virtual appointments may be available while you are in isolation. Meal deliveries will be arranged with the COVID Care Coordinators. 

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 changes, posted  signage will be updated to reflect the most accurate information available. All student residents are expected to abide by the following guidelines.

Testing

All residential students will be required to comply with frequent surveillance testing, contact tracing, and, if needed, resulting quarantine and isolation. Failure to comply with testing requirements will result in you student ID being deactivated, as well as a possible referral to the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution.

For more information please visit: LUC.edu/coronavirus/oncampustesting/

Face Coverings

Face coverings are required in all public areas of the residence halls. These include lobbies, elevators, bathrooms, stairwells, hallways, laundry rooms, common lounges, and kitchens.  

Social/Physical Distancing

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

Guests

Each room or apartment may host a maximum of two vaccine compliant guests from the Loyola community. All guests presenting to be signed in MUST have their Loyola Health App open and ready to be verified. Exceptions may be made by the resident director of each building. 

Overnight guests and minor visitation will continue to be prohibited as we begin Fall 2021. If this changes, residents will be notified.

Elevators

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

Bathrooms

Where students are sharing a bathroom with other residents, please refrain from leaving items on bathroom counters. 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.). Practice good cleaning habits if you are sharing a bathroom with other residents.

Common Spaces

When students return to campus, common lounges and kitchens will be open, with some capacity restrictions.  Students should look for posted signage to determine the number of occupants a space can safely accommodate.

Room Occupancy

Each room or apartment may host a maximum of two vaccine-compliant guests from the Loyola community. A guest is someone who is not assigned to the room or apartment they are visiting. As guidance changes, new signage about the number of guests permitted will be posted. All guests presenting to be signed in MUST have their Loyola Health App open and be ready to verify.

Laundry Rooms

Residents are encouraged not wait in the laundry room for their laundry loads to finish and should take laundry back to their rooms for folding. Adhere to social distancing when using the laundry rooms and follow signage. Face coverings are required. 

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 at first floor/building meetings. 

Signage

Additional standard COVID-19 related signage can be ordered by submitting a Facilities work ticket. Temporary, specialized signage may also be created using a provided University signage template.

As we open the residence halls to more students, we want to ensure all students understand changes to University housing policiesA number of new guidelines and policies will be in place. These are meant to ensure the safety of our students and the staff members who manage on-campus housing and dining services. This website houses the most up to date guidelines. Residential students will be notified by email when policies change.

 
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