While some residence halls on campus usually include rooms for groups of three to five, the school announced March 11 it won’t house triples and quads or quints for the 2021-22 academic year.
Residence Life — the department that deals with dorm-life and roommate assignments — will only be housing students in singles and doubles, even if a dorm is designed for groups of three or more, according to an announcement on Loyola’s website.
First-year international business major Isabelle Trujillo said she was looking forward to living in a quad — a dorm room for four people — with her three friends next year.
“Frankly I was disappointed with not being able to live with my friends, but I knew Loyola was just trying to be safe,” Trujillo said.
The applications for students who plan to live in on-campus housing next year opened March 15 and must be submitted by March 26. Students will be updated about their application in May, according to Deb Schmidt-Rogers, director of Residence Life.
Just days before the new residence hall occupancy rules were announced, the university presented its plan in an email March 9 to “return fully” to its campuses in fall 2021 with “in-person classes and residence hall occupancy,” The Phoenix reported.
“The email saying we will be fully open in the fall is kinda irritating and contradictory,” Trujillo said. “Even for second-year students it begs the question of if we will get housing.”
Schmidt-Rogers said Loyola made this decision so early because university officials wanted to be sure a full reopening could safely occur in August. Residence Life is confident it will have enough room to house all of the students who choose to live on campus, Schmidt-Rogers said. The department also plans to accommodate roommate requests for next year.
There are different rates for the dorms and they differ from double to single occupancy rooms depending on dorm style, according to Schmidt-Rogers. Rates for next year are posted on the Residence Life website.
Schmidt-Rogers said Loyola is continuing to carefully monitor COVID-19 cases, transmission rates, patterns, variants and vaccination information. In a March 4 Loyola vaccination webinar, Phil Hale, vice president of Civic Engagement, said everyone should be able to get vaccinated by May 31 — including most Loyola students — if they haven’t already qualified for it by other means.
Residence Life plans to prioritize newly admitted first-year and transfer students — including those who deferred their start date from last fall to this coming fall — and sophomores in its housing plans, according to Schmidt-Rogers.
“As we did this spring, we will do our very best to accommodate roommate requests,” Schmidt-Rogers said. “We also invite students to look at the new virtual tours on our website and consider spaces that may work well as roommate pairs, rather than larger roommate groups.”