Loyola announced it will hold all summer courses online as a precaution against COVID-19 — the disease caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus — according to a March 30 email sent to students by Loyola’s administration.
The summer courses won’t be delayed and will continue as scheduled, according to the email. The first session of summer classes starts May 18 and the last session starts June 29, according to Loyola’s website. The classes were shifted online to protect students and faculty and help curb the spread of COVID-19, according to the email.
As of April 3, Illinois has 8,904 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 210 deaths, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. Those numbers are only expected to go up as Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she estimates the peak of cases to happen sometime in April. On March 31, Gov. J.B. Pritzker extended the stay at home order for Illinois from April 7 until the end of April as an additional measure to slow the spread of the disease.
President Donald Trump’s stay at home guidelines are in place until the end of April, he announced in a March 30 press conference. With that uncertainty, the university wanted to make a decision on summer courses sooner rather than later in order to give students as much time as possible to plan for online summer courses, according to School of Communication Associate Dean John Slania.
Slania thinks this transition will be “smoother” than the spring classes moving online because the students and professors will have more time to adjust. Loyola moved all classes online for the rest of the spring semester on March 23 and required all students to move out of the residence halls by March 19 due to coronavirus concerns, The Phoenix reported.
It’s unclear if any parts of Loyola’s Chicago campuses will reopen in the summer months since accessibility will depend on state and city regulations, according to Loyola’s Director of Communications Anna Rozenich. Currently, all campuses are closed due to Pritzker’s stay at home order.
There have been discussions about potentially moving the last summer course section back to campus but that decision depends on national and state recommendations, Slania said.
If any students have questions about Loyola’s response to COVID-19 or summer classes they should email COVID-19support@LUC.edu, according to email.