Loyola is preparing for potential unrest in Chicago following the reading of the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial in Minneapolis. The university’s Water Tower Campus will only be open for “essential” operations starting April 21, according to an email sent to the Loyola community April 20.
The announcement came just after it was announced the jury would read their verdict later in the afternoon April 20. Chauvin, a white former Minneapolis police officer, is on trial after George Floyd, a Black man, died under his knee in Minneapolis in May.
“Out of an abundance of caution in anticipation for any potential civil unrest in downtown Chicago in the coming days, only essential building services will be offered at the Water Tower Campus,” the email, signed by Director of Campus Safety Tom Murray and Associate Vice President for Facilities Kana Kenning, said.
In-person classes at the campus will move online and all offices and other campus functions will be closed, according to the email. Residents of the university’s Downtown dorm, Baumhart Hall, will not be impacted, officials said.
Loyola’s Water Tower Campus was damaged amid protests in Chicago May 30, following Floyd’s death.
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