Student FAQs

Updated June 26, 2020

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Campus Access

Are LMU campuses closed?

Campuses remain closed, with the exception of resident students, permanent residents, and essential personnel. Anyone approved to access campus must wear a face covering at all times and prior to entering campus entrances. Campus residents who experience signs of illness should call their healthcare provider and then inform Public Safety at 310.338.2893. They must also follow all instructions to self-isolate. The university continues to receive guidance from public health authorities that inform our implementation of workspace safety protocols and the phased reopening of our campuses. The university will continue to share more information as appropriate.

Will I still be able to access library resources for my research?

Many of the William H. Hannon Library’s collections and research support services can be accessed online, including e-books, journals, and databases; online research support through Zoom and virtual chat; reserve materials; and interlibrary loan. More information at Online Support at the William H. Hannon Library.

Fall 2020

How will COVID-19 affect the 2020-21 Academic Calendar?

After receiving updated guidance from the U.S. Department of Education and in continued consultation with, and advice from a multitude of campus leaders, we share the following schedule for fall 2020:

  • Our fall semester will be on a 16-week calendar, with instruction beginning on Aug. 31, and concluding on Dec. 11. Finals will take place Dec. 14-18.
  • To avoid an increase in infections due to travel during the Thanksgiving break, the last day of in-person instruction will be Nov. 24. Students will not return to campus following Thanksgiving. Instead, instruction from Nov. 30 to the end of the semester, as well as final examinations, will only be conducted remotely.
  • Classes within time blocks will be staggered to allow for physical distancing. We are working to minimize the impact on student schedules and the Registrar will send a further communication in late June.

Key fall semester dates are:

Aug. 31, 2020: First Day of Instruction
Sept. 7, 2020: Labor Day, no classes
Nov. 24, 2020: Last Day of In-Person Instruction
Nov. 30, 2020: Remote Instruction Begins
Dec. 11, 2020: Last Day of Instruction
Dec. 14-18, 2020: Finals

For spring 2021, we are planning a 16-week semester beginning Jan. 11. Spring break will coincide with our Easter break and start Tuesday, March 30, with instruction resuming Tuesday, April 6. Monday, March 29, will be designated as a remote learning day to allow for maximum travel flexibility.

For further details about the 2020-21 academic year, please visit the Registrar's FAQ page.

What precautions will the university take to ensure students' safety in the fall?

We continue to refine comprehensive strategies for infection control ahead of the fall semester; and are addressing every facet of campus life, including instruction, housing, dining, and events. In all instances, we will follow directives from public health authorities.

We will continue to communicate with you during the summer weeks, but here is a preview of what you can expect to see on campus this August:

  • All spaces (including classrooms and common areas) will observe adjusted maximum capacities, in accordance with the 6-foot distancing requirement. We will not convene large lecture classes;
  • Learning spaces will be cleaned regularly with EPA-approved materials;
  • To the extent that it is possible, academic buildings will have designated entry and exit doors;
  • Mandatory self-checks for symptoms will be required prior to arriving on our campuses for all students, faculty, staff, contractors, and guests. All campus residents must follow the same protocols prior to leaving their residence;
  • A comprehensive plan to proactively respond to any individual who is symptomatic, tests positive for COVID-19, or has been in close contact with someone who tests positive;
  • Guidelines for use of shared spaces, hand sanitizing, and maintaining personal workspaces;
  • At the start of the semester, we expect public health authorities to limit attendance at athletics events and performances subject to physical distancing requirements;
  • Face coverings, along with instruction on proper use, will be provided to all students, faculty, and staff;
    Sanitary wipes and hand sanitizer will be distributed to departments;
  • Details on centralized purchasing processes for face coverings, sanitary wipes, hand sanitizer, and other COVID-19-related resources or PPE.
  • Training resources to support the return to campus.

We anticipate further guidance specific to higher education institutions, with measures tailored to our unique environment.

View the Provost's Update on the Fall Semester for more information.
Can I take classes remotely if I have concerns about returning to campus?

LMU has adopted a flexible, hybrid learning environment for fall 2020 that includes varied modes of instruction. These instructional modalities include in-person, hybrid, online synchronous, and online asynchronous. All in-person classes will also be accessible remotely, for students with health or travel concerns. Students will also have the ability to study fully online, if they choose. 

Faculty are preparing over the summer to create enriching and engaging classes that allow students to interact, build community, and experience academic excellence in all modes of delivery. Please see the Registrar’s Office FAQ for more information.

I have plans to study abroad in the fall. Will my program be canceled?

LMU continues to monitor the global, national, and regional coronavirus pandemic to safeguard the well-being of our community. In alignment with guidance from public health authorities, all university-sponsored international travel is suspended through December 2020 and the university will not host international exchange visitors for the 2020-21 academic year. This suspension includes Study Abroad, programs with international components, research trips, conferences, immersion trips, volunteer or work programs, service learning, fellowships, or professional development activities. LMU will continue to evaluate restrictions and recommendations from the U.S. Department of State, the Centers for Disease Control, and the World Health Organization, and update our policies accordingly.

Where can I find the latest information from Student Affairs, including Student Housing, Student Employment Services and the Office for International Students and Scholars?

Please continue to check your Lion mail, the LMU Coronavirus website, and our Student Affairs Updates page, which includes quick links to resources.

I'm a student at Loyola Law School. Who can I contact with questions?

Please contact LMU Loyola Law School Student Affairs at 213.736.8151, or studentaffairs@lls.edu.

Housing

Will on-campus housing be available in the fall?

LMU continues to work with public health authorities to develop the university’s plan to reopen student housing for fall 2020. The health and safety of our students remains our priority as we aim to provide the best student experience possible while reducing density in housing and on campus density. All apartments, suite-style buildings, and traditional residence halls will be open, however, overall occupancy will be reduced. We will utilize university-owned, off-campus housing to accommodate students in single or double rooms and McKay Hall, a suite-style residence, will be closed and reserved for COVID-19 isolation and quarantine purposes.

Communal areas (lounges, kitchens, and study rooms) in all housing facilities will be closed to ensure physical distancing. All students, faculty, staff, and visitors will be required to wear face coverings on our campuses, including all indoor and outdoor public spaces, classrooms, recreational spaces, and residential facilities. New and returning students who paid housing deposits will receive details describing next steps from Student Housing shortly.

What should I consider if I'm living off campus?

We recommend that students living off campus review their lease terms with care. Many off-campus leases may not provide prorated refunds if terminated early. Alternatively, you might consider a month-to-month rental agreement rather than an annual lease. We encourage students to engage their landlords related to COVID-19 circumstances.

I have questions about on- or off-campus student housing. Who can I contact?

Please visit our Student Housing websitefor updates, answers to FAQs and Student Housing contact information.

International Students

What if I can’t return to campus in time for fall classes?

While the global situation remains highly fluid, we are preparing contingency plans for students impacted by travel restrictions or health concerns. These will include additional accommodations such as bimodal instruction (where classes can be accessed online across time zones), so that disruptions to the educational experience are minimized. We are working around the clock to finalize plans for Fall 2020 that align with public health officials' guidance, and hope to share more in the very near future.

What happens to my visa status if classes are held online?

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has provided guidance to institutions regarding online education, and the move to online and virtual instruction will not affect your student visa status.

I’m an international student or scholar with questions related to my visa status. Who should I contact?

For all visa related questions contact the via email at visasupport@lmu.edu.