As we begin to open the residence halls to more students this year, we want to ensure all students understand how Spring 2021 will look different. A 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. The below information is intended to give students and families an idea of what on-campus life will look like next semester. For a complete list of guidelines, students should refer to their COVID-19 training module and the Spring 2021 Housing Agreement.
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On CampusFor the spring 2021 semester, Loyola's residence halls will be open to a reduced capacity. All students will be living in single-occupancy rooms. All first-year students who held an active housing agreement on August 6th 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 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 once the 14-day move-in quarantine has passed. Strict occupancy guidelines will be enforced.
- The semester will begin with no guests being allowed in the residence halls for a 30 day period. Once that period has passed, Residence Life will communicate any new guidelines for guests.
- 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
- 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.
Move InMove in will take place the week of January 11. Students will be assigned a date and time to arrive to campus. Each student may only bring one guest into the residence hall to assist with unpacking. More detailed instructions—including traffic routes—will be sent along with housing assignment information in early December.
First 14 Days – Move-In QuarantineFor the first two weeks after arriving to campus, all on-campus students will be required to observe a 14-day Move-In Quarantine. During this period, students will be required to remain inside their residence hall. Students may only leave their residence hall to complete their required COVID-19 testing. Students may leave their rooms to do laundry or to pick up deliveries at the front door of the building.
Students will be coming to the residence halls from around the country. Each students’ home community may be different, both in terms of coronavirus transmission and public health restrictions, so it is important that a quarantine period is observed to protect the entire on-campus community. No matter where students are arriving from, they must observe the quarantine period. Faculty are aware of the quarantine period and will provide online options for residential students if needed
Positive Diagnosis IsolationIn the event a student is diagnosed with COVID-19, they will need to isolate. If a student is in an apartment-style room, they must remain in their room for a minimum of 10 days. Students in suite-style units may need to be moved to another location on campus. Buildings on campus have been set aside for COVID-positive students. It is crucial that students observe a full 10-day quarantine period after a positive diagnosis to protect the larger campus community. The Wellness Center will provide assistance in contacting your professors and arranging meal deliveries during the isolation period.
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 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.
If clusters of positive cases emerge in particular buildings or areas of campus, Residence Life may need to quarantine whole buildings for a period of 14 days. Students should be ready for a quarantine or isolation at any time. This includes an ample supply of clean clothes and toiletries for a 14 day period.
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).
Exposure QuarantineThe 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. If a student is identified as being exposed to the virus because of close contact with another student, they will need to quarantine for 14 days. 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 their rooms after exposure to the virus risks the health of other students and staff. Students should be ready for a quarantine or isolation at any time. This includes an ample supply of clean clothes and toiletries for a 14-day period.
The Wellness Center will provide assistance in contacting your professors and arranging meal deliveries during the quarantine period.
Off CampusStudents who cannot be accommodated in an on-campus residence hall will be referred to Lakeside Management for single-occupancy leasing.
Residence Life Health and Safety GuidelinesStudents 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.
Use of Residence Hall Spaces as Classrooms
In accordance with Loyola’s prioritization of academic continuity, some larger residence hall common space 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.