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The law school campus is currently closed. LLS essential staff with prior approval from the Administration may access the LLS campus Monday through Friday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Anyone accessing campus must wear a face covering at all times while on campus. Loyola Law School administrators and staff remain available to assist members of the campus community remotely -- by phone, email and/or Zoom. Please consult the LLS Directories for contact information.
Staff who are able to work from home should continue to do so. 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.
Many of the William M. Rains Library’s collections and services are accessible online. Reference librarians are available for research or reference assistance. Please visit the library's COVID-19 Resources page for further details.
Instruction for the fall semester was already scheduled to be completed by Nov. 24, prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. Exams, which will be conducted remotely, will take place Dec. 1-16.
Key fall semester dates are:
- Aug. 17, 2020: First Day of Instruction
- Sept. 7, 2020: Labor Day, no classes
- Nov. 24, 2020: Last Day of Instruction
- Dec. 1-16, 2020: Exams
For spring 2021, we are planning a 13-week semester beginning Jan. 11. For further details about the 2020-21 academic year, please visit the LLS Registrar’s academic calendar section.
The university 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. This suspension includes 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.
COVID-19 Safety and Testing
LLS administrators are working to finalize guidelines for fall 2020 that are aligned with directives from the Department of Public Health. Our administrators are in close communication with local and regional health authorities, as well as Westchester campus colleagues, to ensure we can welcome students back to campus safely and securely, and no decision is made without consulting public health officials.
At this time, the law school campus remains closed in accordance with L.A. County's Safer At Home order. Once LLS receives approval to reopen from the Department of Public Health, we will share further details regarding necessary requirements prior to an individual's return.
The university continues to refine comprehensive strategies for infection control ahead of the fall semester and is addressing every facet of campus life, including instruction, housing, dining, and events. In all instances, we will follow directives from public health authorities. Here is a preview of what you can expect to see on campus upon any potential return:
- 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
- We will have 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
- At the start of the semester, we expect public health authorities to limit attendance at events subject to physical distancing requirements
We anticipate further guidance specific to higher education institutions, with measures tailored to our unique environment.
University administrators are finalizing comprehensive testing procedures for the community ahead of any fall campus return. This will include mandatory self-check assessments submitted every 24 hours, as well as thorough testing and tracing strategies for any student who feels unwell. Self-assessments will be conducted via a mobile phone app, at no cost to the user. We will continue to share more information as we get closer to the fall semester.
All university community members must abide by existing L.A. County face covering guidelines while on campus. You can view the most up-to-date mandates at the LA County Department of Public Health's Coronavirus website. The law school will provide masks to returning LLS students, faculty and staff.
Faculty and staff who are experiencing symptoms, or have had close contact with an individual who has been tested for COVID-19, should self-isolate and call their healthcare provider immediately. Call your doctor for further instructions before visiting their office.
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.
LLS Campus Planning will implement new sanitation measures ahead of the fall 2020 semester, including but not limited to the following:
- All high-touch areas (including elevator buttons, main door entrances, etc.) will be cleaned with EPA-approved disinfectants three times per day.
- Housekeeping will continue to dust, remove trash, and clean the floor, door handles and light switches in personal offices. Cleaning supplies will be provided to departments for faculty and staff to regularly self-clean and sanitize their personal work spaces.
- Water fountains will be disinfected three times per day. All fountains are filtered, have been maintained within the past year, and are primarily used as refill stations. All water fountains will have hand sanitizer nearby.
- Classrooms will be cleaned between courses, and deep cleaned every night.
- Public study areas will be deep cleaned every night.
Ventilation filters will be replaced every 3-4 months in alignment with guidance from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).
Campus Planning will provide cleaning supplies to departments so faculty and staff may regularly self-clean and sanitize their personal work spaces. Please stay tuned for further information.
- Hand sanitizer stations will be installed near entrances to campus buildings, offices, classrooms, library study areas, dining areas, elevator lobbies, breakrooms, large open spaces and other areas.
- Restrooms will have extra soap dispensers installed and will be deep cleaned every night.
Mental and Emotional Wellbeing
The university is committed to the health and safety of all staff and faculty, including the public health challenge presented by COVID-19. For specific information on support resources available to employees, please visit HR's dedicated coronavirus resource page.
LLS staff and faculty can contact the following resources for questions and support:
- Human Resources: Working Through COVID-19
- Employee Assistance Program
- Human Resources, 310.338.2723
- ITS' Keep Working Website
- ITS' Keep Teaching Website
- Human Resources representatives are available to assist LLS faculty and staff:
Disa Jean-Pierre (Senior Administrative Coordinator-Records)
Disa.Jean-Pierre@lmu.edu or 213-736-1128
Ivana Hazboun (Staff Relations & Recruitment Manager)
Ivana.Hazboun@lmu.edu or 310-338-3809
Tracy Stewart (Director for Human Resources/HRIS and Compensation)
Tracy.Stewart@lmu.edu or 310-338-2748
Angela Horvat (Transamerica Representative)
Angela.Horvat@transamerica.com or 310-338-5316.