University Service / Service-Learning Policy for Spring 2022
Updated August 2021
The health and safety of the Loyola University Maryland community, including our community partners and their staff and clients, are our priorities. The following guidance is effective immediately and will be updated as conditions change.
At the request of Baltimore community partners and for the health of our Loyola and Baltimore communities, Loyola-sponsored in-person service, service-learning, and/or volunteering is permitted through Loyola with organizations that Loyola CCSJ has an up-to-date memorandum of understanding to include policies and procedures in place for COVID safety, social distancing, and contact tracing (as well as standard Loyola-required polices for bias reporting, Clery Act, and Title IX reporting). Loyola CCSJ may also require trainings for any service - virtually or in-person - with at-risk populations.
For continuity of community-engaged academic courses, student learning outcomes, and partnership expectations, all faculty have been directed by Loyola CCSJ to work with Loyola/CCSJ-established partnerships where virtual/e-service-learning options are understood.
Students living on and off campus may choose to individually to volunteer in person, as long as it is not affiliated with Loyola and its academic and co-curricular offerings (e.g., courses or university-sponsored organizations, such as clubs). All students must follow local guidelines and restrictions, adhering to social distancing protocols, the wearing of face coverings, and noting with whom they interact for contact tracing purposes.
See Visitor Procedures and Guidelines for details related to hosting community partners onto Loyola campuses and facilities.
- Community partners (individuals and groups) that visit campus must have authorization to be on campus. Hosts (i.e. Loyola faculty, staff, and administrators) must have visitors provide contact information (name and phone number) and maintain records of times and campus locations of specific visits for contact tracing purposes..
- All visitors to Loyola’s campuses, including contractors and vendors, must comply with all university, city, state, and CDC protocols and guidelines.
- As of Aug. 9, 2021, city and university policy mandates indoor masking at all times. Visitors who are not vaccinated are expected to follow CDC guidelines, wear face coverings at all times, and not to come to campus if they are sick.
Continuing Community-Engaged Learning and Scholarship during the COVID-19 outbreak
Updated November 2020
During this challenging time, CCSJ will provide the latest information regarding Loyola’s community-engaged learning and scholarship on this page. The university policy outlined below is now in effect through the spring semester 2021:
For the safety of our Loyola and Baltimore communities, Loyola-sponsored in-person service-learning and/or volunteering is not permitted without (1) specific approval through Loyola CCSJ and (2) only with organizations with whom CCSJ has an up-to-date memorandum of understanding to include policies and procedures in place for COVID safety, social distancing, and contact tracing (as well as standard Loyola-required polices for bias reporting, Clery Act, and Title IX reporting). CCSJ may also require trainings for any service - virtually or in-person - with at-risk populations.
For continuity of community-engaged academic courses, student learning outcomes, and partnership expectations, all faculty have been directed by CCSJ to engage in virtual service or e-service-learning.
Students living off campus may choose individually to volunteer in person, as long as it is not affiliated with Loyola, a course, or university-sponsored organization, such as a club. All students must still make sure they are following city and state guidelines and restrictions, adhering to social distancing protocols, wearing face coverings, and noting with whom they interact for contact tracing purposes.
To support our community-centered approach to partnership, CCSJ staff have been and will continue to regularly communicate with community partners through email correspondence and phone conversations.
Like Loyola, our community partners are facing difficult challenges as they adjust to serving our communities amidst changing public health policies.
On March 11, 2020, CCSJ contacted all current community partners and provided a Community Feedback Survey to streamline communication. This survey asks how Loyola might offer collaborative support now and in the next few weeks and months. We will pass along updates of community needs so that you and your students might address these needs virtually.
As we collect this information, please also consider the following steps to support your on-going efforts for online community-engaged learning and service. We have gathered these recommendations and resources from our global network of community-engaged practitioners, and they represent best practices. Please always follow the CDC’s, the local authority’s, and the university’s latest guidelines.
What You Can Do
1. Stay connected.
Touch base with CCSJ to understand how your community partner is seeking support. Touch base with your community partner to let them know that you are thinking of them.
- Please consider your partner’s needs and priorities first and anticipate potential delays in responses. Be mindful of ways to avoid adding to your partner’s workload.
- Based on your community partner’s needs, brainstorm with students to see if virtual service or project-based work is needed and possible. For example, some of our partners are aiming to move their tutoring projects online, others need database and research support.
Communicate with and support your students.
- Let your students know that they will not be expected to complete service hours if service is not possible or needed.
- Be prepared to adjust your service to meeting the learning outcomes of your class through other types of community-engaged work (see below).
Contact us if you have questions or concerns.
Check the CCSJ website and social media accounts for the latest updates.
2. Plan for the future.
Review the following resources for ideas for online community-engaged learning.
Please contact Pat Cassidy, Associate Director for Programs, with your questions, concerns, additional e-resources and ideas for sharing with our Loyola community-engaged colleagues.
Community and civic engagement is central to the Jesuit educational mission and Loyola’s commitment to transformative student learning. CCSJ works in partnership with Academic Affairs to help faculty and students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels connect academic endeavors with community goals in mutually beneficial partnerships.
What is Community Engagement?
According to the Carnegie Foundation for Teaching and Learning, community engagement describes the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity. Reciprocal engagement partners college and university knowledge and resources with public and private sector knowledge and experience to enrich scholarship, research, teaching and creative activity; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good.
Community-engaged learning and scholarship can include a range of academic community engagement, including service-learning, community-engaged research, course-based group service, and advocacy projects. We also offer internal funding programs and faculty development opportunities, which are reviewed and approved by the faculty and community members of the Committee on Engaged Scholarship.
To learn more, contact Dr. Jill Snodgrass, interim Faculty Director for Community-Engaged Learning and Scholarship, or email CELS@loyola.edu.
Literacy students read to a class at Guilford Elementary as part of service-learning in a course taught by Margarita Gomez.