Loyola announced most classes will be held online for the first two weeks of the Spring 2022 semester, but residence halls and other in-person campus resources will remain open.
The university expects to operate in a “reduced in-person format” when classes begin Jan. 18 until Jan. 31, with most classes moving online. Some labs, clinicals and experiential classes might continue to meet in person at the discretion of the deans, according to a Jan. 6 email sent to the Loyola community from Loyola President Jo Ann Rooney.
Though most classes will take place online, much of Loyola’s campus will remain open, including residence halls, dining halls and libraries, according to the email.
“Given the high COVID-19 vaccination rates within our community, mask compliance, and our booster shot requirement, we remain confident that we will resume an in-person learning experience as planned,” Rooney said in her email.
Students who are living in on-campus housing are still expected to move in as planned — during the weekend of Jan. 14 — but must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test dated within 48 hours, Rooney said in her email.
Loyola’s decision to move classes online comes 11 days before classes were set to begin, following similar announcements from other Chicago-area universities, including University of Illinois at Chicago and DePaul University.
Loyola is also requiring students to receive a booster shot prior to returning to campus, though it’s unclear what consequences, if any, a student will face if they don’t comply, The Phoenix reported.
Anyone returning to the university for the spring semester is encouraged to get tested for COVID-19, Rooney’s email said.
Loyola offers a free on-campus surveillance testing program for students, faculty and staff that will resume operation Jan. 10.
Testing isn’t currently required for vaccinated members of the Loyola community, but Loyola plans to ask random samples of vaccinated individuals to participate in regular surveillance testing during the spring semester, according to Rooney’s email.
For the most updated information about how individual courses will be delivered, students can check Sakai. Professors are expected to update their Sakai sites with specific information about expectations for online instruction by Jan. 12 at 5 p.m. central time, the email said.