Need to Know A-Z

Updated June 26, 2020

Search Need-to-Know Information On LMU's COVID-19 Response. And for further answers, explore our Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions. 

Academic Year

After receiving updated guidance from the U.S. Department of Education and in continued consultation with 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.

 

Athletics

LMU Athletics events are currently closed to fan attendance. LMU will follow all NCAA, WCC, and California state mandates for ticketed sports, and will continue to provide further information to the community as it becomes available.

 

Burns Rec Center

The Burns Rec Center and affiliated facilities are currently closed, in alignment with directives from public health authorities. At this time, LMU has not been given a timeline for when the gym will be permitted to reopen. We will continue to provide further information as it becomes available.

 

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

 

Campus Events

On-campus events have been canceled or moved to a virtual format through the summer. We will continue to update the community with further information as it becomes available, in accordance with directives from public health authorities.

To support physical distancing, many campus spaces typically used for events and meetings will be repurposed as classrooms. Conference and Event Services will soon communicate with impacted event hosts. Further guidelines for in-person gatherings outside the classroom are forthcoming. For questions related to your event, please contact conference@lmu.edu

 

CARES Act

The U.S. Department of Education is processing LMU’s application for CARES Act student relief funding. The university will receive about $2.3 million in the next few days. More information and details on who is eligible and how to receive the CARES Act Emergency Relief Grant can be found on the Financial Aid website here.

 

Classes

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.

 

 

Commencement

LMU will have an in-person Commencement to honor the Class of 2020 on campus at a later date. While the timing is still unknown, being dependent on directives from public health authorities, LMU is determined to provide graduating seniors the pomp and circumstance they deserve. You can read President Snyder’s original message about Commencement here.

 

COVID Testing and Safety

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 strive to deliver a joyous and fulfilling term while keeping you healthy and safe.

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.

Will masks be required in classrooms?

All LMU community members must abide by existing L.A .County face covering guidelines while on campus. Face coverings, along with instruction on proper use, will be provided to all students, faculty, and staff.

Will you take our temperatures?

We continue to finalize testing protocols, and will share more in the near future.

What will the dining halls look like? Will LMU offer the same meal plans?

At the start of the semester, all dining options will be “grab and go,” and will not include seated dining. We will continue to evaluate changing global circumstances over the course of the semester, and adapt protocols accordingly.

 

Housing

LMU Housing is working around the clock to finalize protocols that are in accordance with public health mandates. The Department of Public Health is still confirming its guidelines for universities that we must adhere to, which has created some delays as we ensure we are in accordance with their forthcoming protocols. However, administrators are in close communication with DPH officials, to ensure we can welcome students back to campus safely and securely. We recognize how important it is to resolve some of these uncertainties, and hope to issue further guidance in the very near future.

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 website for updates, answers to FAQs and Student Housing contact information.

 

Illness

I’m feeling sick, and am a student. What should I do?

Students who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, have had close contact with an individual with COVID-19, or have been tested for COVID-19 should self-isolate and call their healthcare provider or Student Health Services (310.338.2881) immediately. Call your doctor for further instructions before visiting their office. Please follow up by notifying Public Safety (310.338.2893) for further assistance.

I'm feeling sick, and am faculty/staff. What should I do?

Faculty and staff who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, have had close contact with an individual with COVID-19, or have been tested for COVID-19, should self-isolate and call their healthcare provider immediately. Call your doctor for further instructions before visiting their office.

What if I have to take care of an immediate family member who is sick?

Faculty/staff required to stay home to care for an immediate family member who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 are eligible for leave pursuant to university family medical leave policies. Before returning to campus they must be cleared through Human Resources to ensure appropriate quarantine periods have been met.

 

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.

I’m an international student or scholar with general questions. Who should I contact?

The Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) continues to serve as a dedicated resource for international students. You may contact oiss@lmu.edu with questions unique to your personal situation.

 

International Travel

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.

 

Loyola Law School Students

For questions specific to LLS, please contact LMU Loyola Law School Student Affairs at 213.736.8151, or  studentaffairs@lls.edu.

 

Online Options

All Fall 2020 courses will be offered bimodally. This means in-person courses can also be accessed remotely, to allow for additional accommodations for students with travel restrictions or health concerns. Unless a course is specifically designated as “online”, then we cannot guarantee a student will not have to come to campus at some point throughout the semester. However, the Department of Public Health is still finalizing its guidelines for universities that we must adhere to, so we may see further adjustments between now and August.

 

Resources for Staff and Faculty

LMU staff and faculty can contact the following resources for questions and support:

Teaching & Working

How long will I continue to work from home?

Faculty and staff should continue to remain home through July 31, 2020 as LMU campuses remain closed. For those who are able to work remotely, nothing changes as you are working, but from an alternate location. Please continue to follow additional instructions from your area’s management or supervisor. Non-exempt staff should not work from home unless directed to do so by their supervisors and after consultation with Human Resources.

Will I be teaching/working remotely in the fall?

Human Resources anticipates that some faculty and staff may prefer to teach or work remotely for various reasons. Faculty schedules are being reviewed and to the extent course scheduling permits and in alignment with pedagogical needs of a given course, assignments will be aligned with modality preferences as submitted in the recent Fall Semester Planning Questionnaire. Staff: As we prepare to return to our campuses later this summer, supervisors will review options with staff members, and when operationally feasible, will honor staff requests to work remotely. You may also consult the Reasonable Accommodation Policy for alternative options and guidance.

Can I still 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.

How will my university-sponsored international travel plans be affected?

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.

 

Sacred Heart Chapel

Sacred Heart Chapel remains closed through June 30. More information will be shared with the community about the chapel’s reopening as soon as is feasible. Until then, the community will continue to gather via Zoom to celebrate the Liturgy of the Word.

 

SAT & ACT Testing

In response to global academic disruptions and unprecedented obstacles caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Loyola Marymount University will waive the ACT/SAT requirement for fall 2021 and 2022 applicants. As testing center cancellations continue worldwide, this decision reflects the university’s commitment to our prospective students and their families during this time of uncertainty and stress. The policy will apply to all programs and all majors, and all students will still be considered for scholarships.

LMU will not extend admission preference based on whether or not an applicant submits test scores. Students who believe their test scores are an important indication of their accomplishment and potential are welcome to submit them to be considered along with all other submitted materials; students who are unable to take the tests, or choose not to submit their scores, will be at no disadvantage in our holistic evaluation of their application.

All of the university’s admission efforts for fall 2020 and beyond will carefully consider the impact of this global health crisis on the applicants and how LMU can best support their transition to college. More information about this policy and other accommodations LMU is making may be found here.

 

Student Affairs

For updates 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.

 

Study Abroad

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.

 

Tuition Reimbursement

LMU is not offering discounted tuition, regardless of the modality of instruction. The university continues to provide its distinct Jesuit/Marymount education, services, programs, and student support, which are all funded by tuition. The cost of providing these resources has not eased with the transition to remote or hybrid instruction.