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Guideline Summary

The Return to Campus guidelines were created to assist Loyola University Chicago students, faculty, and staff who are returning to on-campus activity for the spring and summer of 2021. The guidelines should not be interpreted as a directive that large-scale, on-campus operations will begin immediately. No one should come to work on campus until they are notified by their unit that they can do so, and then only if you do not have unique individual circumstances that make it difficult to transition immediately from working at home. It is very important that all faculty and staff who are able to work remotely continue to do so unless otherwise instructed by their dean/vice president, department or program director, or supervisor.

The guidelines are only for those who are already working on campus as essential personnel and for those who have been instructed to return to campus by their dean/vice president, department or program director, or supervisor.

The guidelines are constructed to protect the health and safety of our faculty, staff, students, and greater Loyola community.

All students, faculty, and staff are expected to fully comply with the guidelines outlined in this document. Failure to do so may result in corrective action.

Return to Face-to-Face Instruction

We plan to continue and expand upon on-campus instruction and other campus operations with a public, transparent, and science-based COVID-19 containment program during the spring of 2021. This program includes comprehensive health monitoring, surveillance testing, and contact tracing components consistent with federal, state, and local health department guidelines.

Mitigation and containment of COVID-19 will require continued vigilance in daily self-checking for COVID-19 symptoms; twice weekly testing for COVID-19, the use of face coverings and social distancing; hand washing; and regular, careful cleaning of high-touch areas across our campuses.

Extensive health monitoring in combination with sufficient testing and contact tracing will ensure that individuals who might have been in proximity with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 can quickly be identified and advised to self-quarantine as well as any necessary medical treatment.

The level at which on-campus instruction, as well as events and other operations, can safely resume will be directed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Illinois Department of Public Health, and Chicago Department of Public Health, and based on our capacity for campus and community testing and tracing.

Continued daily self-checking for COVID-19 symptoms, use of face coverings, and social distancing practices will be essential in the containment of COVID-19.

Given the rapidly developing circumstances related to COVID-19 impacts at the local, state, and national level, as well as a consistent flow of new data about the disease, the campus strategies for health monitoring and tracing are expected to adapt to incorporate the most current information and recommendations.

What is Different?

It is extremely important for everyone returning to campus to understand that policies, procedures, and daily routines will be different from how we functioned before the coronavirus pandemic. As we implement our phased return to on-campus operations in line with city and state guidelines, some differences you will notice include the following:
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times by all individuals
  • Visual signage will be posted throughout our campuses regarding hygiene, social distancing, PPE, and more
  • The symptom checker application will be available for all to use
  • Twice weekly testing will be required for students, faculty, and staff who are frequently on campus
  • The Positive Diagnosis Protocol webpage will detail processes and instructions related to any positive diagnosis of COVID-19 on campus; please visit the site to familiarize yourself with these processes
  • Access will be restricted to common areas and “third spaces,” including retail food locations
  • Buildings will be frequently disinfected, including the cleaning of classrooms by users after each use
  • All individuals must maintain at least six feet of distancing from others
  • Traffic flows will be adjusted to reduce exposure at entry/exit points

Last Modified:   Mon, December 7, 2020 11:58 AM CST

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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.