Loyola University Maryland

Coronavirus Updates

Loyola's ongoing response to COVID-19

Loyola University Maryland is planning for a rich and engaging semester of classes, events, and experiences for the Spring 2022 semester. We will be prepared to take steps to continue to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

For the first two weeks of the Spring semester, all courses will be offered entirely online. Residential students will be welcome to move into their residence halls later this month as scheduled, and dining and other campus support services will be in place. In-person instruction will begin on Monday, Jan. 31.

Our Rapid Response Team and Policy Group continue to amend and implement a revised COVID operations plan to continue to promote and advance the health and safety of our Loyola community as we deliver a high-quality Jesuit liberal arts and professional education and experience for our students.

COVID Operations Plan

The Latest Updates - Spring 2022 COVID Operations Plan

In-person instruction will begin on Monday, Jan. 31. Professionals across the University in student service offices, such as the Academic Advising and Support Center (AASC), the Study, the Writing Center, and the Counseling Center, will be prepared to support you.

Residential students will receive more detailed information on their return from Student Life. Regardless of when you return to campus, all undergraduate students are required to provide negative test results through the Loyola Student Health Portal.

Start of the Spring 2022 Semester

  • Proof of Negative COVID Test: All undergraduate students—residential, off-campus residents, and commuters—are required to provide proof of a negative test prior to returning to campus in January. The results of rapid and home tests will be accepted, but they must have been administered within 48 hours of students' arrival on campus for move-in or for the start of classes. PCR tests must have been administered within seven days of students' return. Proof of tests should be submitted through the Loyola Student Health Portal before students return to campus whether for move-in or for the start of classes. Student-athletes who are returning prior to Jan. 16 should contact their coaches for additional information.
  • Start Smart: For the first two weeks of the semester, which begins on Tuesday, Jan. 18, Loyola will participate in a “Start Smart” period. During this time, all classes will be offered online-only, both served and prepackaged meals will be available in designated dining spaces, the Fitness & Aquatics Center and Library will be open, and masks will be required everywhere indoors (except in personal residential spaces). We will not permit food at large-scale, in-person events during the “Start Smart” period, and there will be no eating in Reitz Arena.
  • Surveillance Testing: During those first two weeks of the semester, we will increase surveillance testing of vaccinated members of our community. All those with exemptions from vaccinations will continue to be tested weekly through the semester.
  • COVID Communications: As we are shifting to more of a maintenance approach for COVID, Loyola will update the COVID dashboard only twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays. The University reserves the right to return to more frequent updates as needed. As always, if the University’s COVID status is particularly concerning, Loyola will communicate that information with FSA, students, and families swiftly, clearly, and directly.

The University will be implementing additional COVID protocols for January 2022

  • Masking: KN95 masks are strongly recommended. The omicron variant is extremely transmissible, and medical experts are recommending the use of KN95 masks to reduce the spread. We will distribute two KN95 masks to each student and employee. We strongly encourage you to acquire additional KN95 masks or, as a secondary option, wear both a cloth mask and a surgical mask. These masks will offer the best protection against transmission, and their use is recommended until further notice. 
  • Events: Event attendance will be limited. Attendance at University events will be limited, and proof of vaccination will be required for those without exemptions granted by Loyola. The 5 p.m. Sunday Mass will be held in the Alumni Memorial Chapel beginning on Sunday, Jan. 16, with masking and social distancing guidelines in place. No catering (food or beverages) will be offered at campus events or meetings before Monday, Jan. 31. You can see the modifications on attendance at athletic events on the Greyhounds athletics website. The University reserves the right to adjust the events policy at any time based on the level of COVID transmission on campus and in Baltimore.

COVID Booster Requirement

COVID-19 vaccine boosters are required for all students participating in in-person classes or activities and all faculty, staff, and administrators, with the exception of those who have a medical or religious exemption approved by the University.

Students should upload proof of the booster vaccine to the Loyola Student Health Portal by Jan. 31, 2022. Students should not wait if they are eligible sooner. Students, faculty, staff, and administrators who will not be eligible in time for the deadline should receive their booster as soon as they are eligible and then submit documentation. Students should submit documentation to the Loyola Student Health Portal, and FSA should email proof of their booster shot to employeevitalcheck@loyola.edu or upload their proof through VitalCheck. Student Health Services will reach out to students via email if they are not in compliance.

This decision follows the recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that all adults 18 and older get a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot. The CDC advises that if your original vaccine was mRNA-based, you should receive a booster of either mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) six months after your second dose. If your original vaccine was viral vector-based (Johnson & Johnson), you should receive a booster of either mRNA or viral vector vaccine two months after your initial vaccine.

Student Health Services is partnering with Giant to offer booster vaccine clinics on the Evergreen campus. If you have questions about your eligibility, reach out to Student Health Services at healthservices@loyola.edu. New incoming students should coordinate these requirements with Student Health Services.

Isolation/Quarantine Protocols

The University's isolation and quarantine protocols are in line with the current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Students Who Test Positive

  • Symptomatic students who test positive must isolate for 5 days, be fully asymptomatic for 24 hours, and test negative on day 6. If they have continued symptoms or test positive on day 6, they must isolate for the full 10 days. Students who test negative on day 6 must stay masked for the full 10 days.
  • Asymptomatic students who test positive must isolate for 5 days and test on day 6. If they are negative, they will be released from isolation, but they must stay masked everywhere (indoors and outdoors and in personal living spaces) for the full 10 days except while eating and sleeping. If they test positive on day 6, they must continue to isolate and will be tested again on day 8. Students continuing to test positive will need to isolate for the full 10 days.
    If the testing or telemedicine visit would fall on a Saturday or Sunday, it will be scheduled for Monday.

Close Contacts

  • These protocols apply to students who have been identified as close contacts to someone who has tested positive. The CDC defines a close contact as someone who has been within 6 feet of someone who tested positive for COVID-19 for 15 minutes within a 24-hour period, whether masked or unmasked, indoors or outside. We are following the CDC guidance for close contacts.
  • Close contacts who are vaccinated and boosted must wear a mask for 10 days and test on day 5; if you are a close contact and develop symptoms at any time in the 10 days following your exposure, you must get tested and stay home.
  • Close contacts who are vaccinated but not boosted (and who are eligible to be boosted) or those who have been granted a University exemption must stay home for 5 days, and test on day 5. If they test negative, they must continue to wear a mask in their living space for another 5 days.

FAQs

See FAQs for employees and FAQs for students.

Masks

An indoor mask mandate is in effect on all of Loyola's campuses, in accordance with Baltimore City's guidelines. The outdoor mask mandate has been lifted on Loyola's campuses in accordance with city and state policies. If you feel more comfortable wearing a mask, please continue to wear a mask while on Loyola's campuses. All those who are unvaccinated should continue to follow CDC guidelines for unvaccinated individuals. The University will continue to look to guidance from health experts and government officials when determining future COVID-19 policies related to masks, social distancing, and other best practices.

Mental Health

See our COVID-19 Mental Health Survival Guide.

Student Health Services

Find more information on the Student Health Services site.

Prospective/Incoming Students

Undergraduate Students

Our Evergreen campus is open to prospective students and their families. Learn more on the undergraduate admission page

Graduate Students

For information about our graduate programs and the steps necessary to apply for admission, please visit our Apply to Graduate School page. Any specific questions can be directed to the program or the Office of Graduate Admission (graduate@loyola.edu).

Students

Students who are in need of additional accommodations and support should reach out to the office of disability services at 410-617-2062.

Faculty, Staff, and Administrators

All COVID-19 concerns and questions from faculty, staff, and administrators should be directed toward the office of human resources.

Continuing Education

Students can explore current continuing education offerings through ASPIRE.

Media Contact

If you are a member of the media with a question, please contact Molly Robey at mkrobey@loyola.edu.

See faculty members who can provide expert commentary on the pandemic.

More Information

Please check back as this page will continue to be updated with more information. Questions may be sent to coronavirus@loyola.edu.