In accordance with the guidelines of public health officials, Loyola will begin a phased reopening of our campuses, taking careful precautions to ensure that students, faculty, and staff are able to return safely. Only those individuals who are directed to return to campus by their dean/vice president, department or program director, or supervisor should do so at this time; all other should continue to work remotely. The following section outlines the decision process for groups who will return to campus and guidelines for those individuals who are returning at this time.
Loyola employees should come to campus only as scheduled and should work from home whenever possible and feasible. Both faculty and staff can request to work remotely if they are high-risk as defined by the CDC or meet other defined criteria, and are able to complete their responsibilities remotely.
Faculty and staff who are returning to campus will do so in designated stages. Once staff members are back on campus, managers will need to stagger work schedules and implement other practices to appropriately maintain a healthy work environment. Department leaders have been asked to develop their return-to-campus plans, utilizing a toolkit of documents as a guide. This toolkit includes several documents:
- A Departmental Request to Reopen Form
- A work location decision process matrix
- A work location decision grid
- Information on exemptions and reasonable accommodation requests
- The reasonable accommodation request form
For detailed workplace guidelines, see the Faculty and Staff Workspace and Health Monitoring Guidelines.
For additional information, ask to speak with your manager or HR representative.
As Loyola begins its phased return to campus, a schedule of occupancy must be completed and submitted in conjunction with the department’s reopen request form.
For the health and safety of the entire University community, the expectation is that employees should continue to work from home if their job duties can be completed remotely. Only employees whose job duties must be performed on campus will return. To start, departments should target no more than 25 percent occupancy of their workspace at any given time.
Please review the schedule of occupancy form.
In preparing for the phased reopening of our campuses, Loyola has made health and safety our top priority. Throughout the spring and summer, we have taken input from our community seriously and have used all available data, recommendations by scientific experts, and directives from city and state officials to guide our thinking about the most appropriate ways to operate during a pandemic. Now more than ever, we are called to care for ourselves, each other, and the wider world around us.
When returning to campus, it’s critical that all Loyolans slow the spread of COVID-19 by following the University’s required personal safety practices. To further educate our community on the importance of virus prevention, we are also requiring all students, faculty, and staff to complete an online COVID-19 prevention and awareness course.
We thank you in advance for completing this required training. The policies and protocols discussed will empower you to make well-informed decisions and will support the University’s ongoing mission—providing a first-class, Jesuit, Catholic education that prepares our students to serve humanity through learning, justice, and faith. Your support affirms our collective commitment to maintaining a safe, inclusive, and respectful academic and workplace environment at Loyola.
At the completion of the training module, we ask our students to pledge to honor the Student Promise to care for self, care for others, and care for the greater community by putting in to practice the health safety measures they have learned in the training.
Rambler Promise: On behalf of Loyola University Chicago, thank you for completing the questionnaire portion of the COVID-19 Prevention and Awareness Training. As the training illustrated, our individual choices and actions can greatly impact the well-being and safety of our campus and wider community. Safety is the responsibility of everyone on campus, including you. By checking the box and electronically signing below, you are acknowledging that you have read and understood the guidelines outlined in the COVID-19 Prevention and Awareness Training. Additionally, as a member of the Loyola community, you agree to help maintain a safer environment for students, staff, faculty, and our neighbors by following the health and safety guidelines outlined in this training. You will honor the Student Promise to care for self, care for others, and care for the greater community by practicing social distancing, by frequent hand washing, and by wearing face coverings over your nose and mouth in public areas, including campus offices, classrooms, and common areas, among others. To remain informed about the latest COVID-19-related University updates, you agree to frequently check LUC.edu/returntocampus. Finally, you acknowledge and understand that failure to comply with any Loyola policies or guidelines regarding COVID-19, or other applicable international, federal, state or local laws, rules, regulations, guidance or policies regarding COVID-19 may result in a referral to the Office of Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution.
Failure to complete the COVID-19 Prevention and Awareness Training does not relieve any student from being responsible for complying fully with all of the guidelines outlined in the training.