Need to Know A-Z

Explore need-to-know information on LMU's reopening plan below. For further answers, please review our Reopening Campus Frequently Asked Questions.  Loyola Law School students, faculty and staff, please find the LLS FAQs here

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 schedules for fall 2020:

The LLS Registrar has posted information about fall 2020 law school classes.

Key Fall 2020 Semester Dates

Westchester & Playa Vista Campus

  • Aug. 31, 2020: First Day of Instruction
  • Sept. 7, 2020: Labor Day, no classes
  • Dec. 11, 2020: Last Day of Instruction
  • Dec. 14-18, 2020: Exams

Law School

  • 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, the Westchester campus is planning a 16-week semester beginning Jan. 11. The law school is planning a 13-week semester beginning Jan. 11. Learn more about the spring 2021 Westchester campus calendar and law school campus calendar. For further information, please consult the FAQs.

 

Athletics

The West Coast Conference has delayed the beginning of fall competition in all conference sports until September 24, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In alignment with that decision, LMU Athletics will also delay the start of competition for men's water polo, which competes in the Western Water Polo Association.

The full announcement can be found on the LMU Athletics website, here. The WCC statement on fall sports may be found here.

 

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. For more information, please visit the Campus Recreation homepage.

 

Campus Access

Is the campus closed?

The LMU campus is open 7am – 7pm, Monday through Saturday, to previously approved essential staff, resident students and staff, and members of the Jesuit community only. 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.

Please note that all students, faculty, staff, contractors, and visitors, who are approved for campus access, must submit their Lion Health Check daily before arriving to campus or departing from their on-campus residence. You can access the Lion Health Check via the LMU Rave Guardian mobile app (download instructions here) or online. Please  use the app ONLY if you are already identified as essential and coming to campus. Please refrain from testing out the app as all screening inquiries need to be manually reviewed and addressed.

All campus visitors will be asked to show their Lion Health Check submission at the front gate, prior to entering campus. Please have your submission ready when approaching the gate. Both the app/web approval (showing a green check mark) and/or the corresponding email confirmation will be accepted.

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

The William H. Hannon Library building is currently closed in accordance with the Safer At Home order, but will reopen with additional sanitation protocols ahead of the fall semester. Many of its collections and services are accessible online, using your MyLMU login credentials. Please visit the library's dedicated COVID-19 Resources page for further details.

 

Campus Events

At this time, events and on-campus gatherings are not approved. For questions related to your event, please contact conference@lmu.edu

 

CARES Act

In June, LMU received more than $2.3 million in CARES Act funding for direct student aid. Over $1 million of that amount had been distributed as of July 6, 2020. 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. For information on CARES Act eligibility, view our Frequently Asked Questions and the CARES Act Report.”

 

Classes

In alignment with emerging regional public health mandates, we must now transition nearly all of our curricular and co-curricular activites online. Undergraduate courses will be primarily conducted remotely and virtually, with nearly all of our courses being offered exclusively online. 

Please note, the university will continue to align with changing public health guidelines, in response to evolving local and global circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Instruction will be primarily, and for most students exclusively delivered remotely. 
  • We will focus our in-person and hybrid experiences in the following types of courses: studios and performance-based courses; seminars; research and labs; and selected independent studies courses.  
  • Students can view their schedules via PROWL. Registration reopened for students with course schedule conflicts on July 20 and all students on July 21. Students should work with advisors in their school or college. We will continue to support students who experience technology challenges with accessing remote instruction
  • Students with in-person and hybrid courses who prefer to study fully online should email registrar@lmu.edu, notifying the Registrar’s Office of your intent.

 

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

Lion Health Check

The university is pleased to introduce Lion Health Check, LMU’s symptom check app. Effective immediately, all students, faculty, staff, contractors, and visitors, who have approved campus access, are required to take their temperature and submit their Lion Health Check daily before arriving to campus or departing their on-campus residence.

To access Lion Health Check:

  • Open Rave Guardian, LMU’s safety app. Follow these steps to download and install; Select Lion Health on the Rave Guardian homepage;
  • Tap the top bar, Lion Health Check (COVID-19 Prescreening Tool);
  • Enter your LMU authentication information and follow the prompts to complete the symptom check;
  • Lion Health Check may also be accessed here.

Once submitted, you will receive a response either confirming campus access (Green Check), or denying campus access (Red X, with additional information). You must receive a confirmation in order to enter campus that day.

Per L.A. County Public Health orders, a Lion Health Check submission, which expires at 6 a.m. daily, is required once per day prior to entering campus. Lion Health Check questions are determined by the L.A. County Department of Public Health, but are not a diagnostic tool and should not be used in place of consultation with your healthcare provider. Your privacy is important to LMU. The information collected will not be retained or used except for campus admittance authorization. See LMU’s privacy policy here.

Positive COVID-19 Cases on Campus

We expect and are prepared for positive cases to occur on campus this fall. With proper protocols in place and the guaranteed assistance of local medical professionals and public health authorities, we trust that we will be able to respond quickly and fully to any instance of COVID-19 at LMU.

  • McKay Hall will be closed and reserved for COVID-19 isolation and quarantine purposes for students living on campus.
  • For singular, unrelated cases of COVID-19, Public Safety will notify all individuals who have had close contact with the positive case, and provide further instructions for proper self-isolation.
  • In the event of a concentration of positive COVID-19 cases on campus, Public Safety will send an LMU Alert to the larger LMU community, notifying them of the outbreak. This measure is in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act. As of July 8, 2020, a set of three (3) or more related positive cases within 14 days is the legal requirement for an LMU Alert.
  • Additional sanitation measures will be enacted for an area where an individual with COVID-19 has frequented. Some procedures include: wiping of all surfaces with a sanitizing disinfectant approved by the EPA to kill COVID-19 and/or use of electrostatic disinfection machines to sanitize all surfaces.

Will masks be required on campus?

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. 

 

Housing

Options for fall on-campus housing are limited due to current and developing pandemic conditions in L.A. county. In compliance with public health restrictions, we can only accommodate students with the most urgent housing needs in our reduced housing plan.

  • Traditional residence halls will be closed. 
  • One student is assigned per apartment or suite to reduce the sharing of facilities and contact with other building residents.
  • Guests will not be permitted on campus or in residential facilities or rooms.
  • All common spaces within residential facilities, including community kitchens, will be closed.
  • The university strongly recommends students reconsider housing plans, remain home this fall, or explore off-campus housing options.
  • Housing applications will remain active and under consideration, should public health guidance and circumstances change. Should LMU later be able to accommodate students for the fall or spring semesters, the university will contact them as soon as possible.
  • LMU Housing remains optimistic for spring, and will share more details closer to that application timeframe.

More information and further instructions have been shared with those students whose supplemental housing application was approved for fall. For further questions, please contact Student Housing at housing@lmu.edu or 310.338.2863.

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 provisions do you have for international students, in light of the recent ICE announcement?

Our international students are essential members of our LMU family. We are thrilled to report that on July 14, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced that they would rescind their divisive policy. We benefit from the diversity of perspectives that drive our creativity and ambitions, and our international students are a rich source of the LMU experience. The Office for International Students and Scholars will share further information as appropriate. We will continue working with our Congressional delegation, colleague institutions, and our advocacy organizations, including AJCU and ACE, to ensure that our international students’ education is not interrupted. 

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.

Library Resources

The William H. Hannon Library building is currently closed in accordance with the Safer At Home order, but will reopen with additional sanitation protocols ahead of the fall semester. Many of its collections and services are accessible online, using your MyLMU login credentials. Please visit the Library Resources in the Time of COVID-19 page for the most current information.

 

Loyola Law School Community

Members of the LMU Loyola Law School community should review the LLS Student FAQs and LLS Faculty & Staff FAQs. For questions specific to LLS, please contact LMU Loyola Law School Student Affairs at 213.736.8151, or  studentaffairs@lls.edu.

 

Online Options

LMU will have online-only options for students who prefer them. All classes will feature a hybrid format, whereby even if they are offered in-person, they can also be accessed remotely for students with health or travel concerns. The Registrar’s Office has created comprehensive FAQs that provide further details into fall instruction arrangements (including the ability to study fully online, if a student chooses). If you are registered for in-person/hybrid courses but choose to study fully remotely, please notify the Registrar's Office at registrar@lmu.edu.

 

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 who are able to work from home should continue to do so. 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?

  • Most faculty members have already opted for remote instruction. As we prepare to further reduce in-person classes, we are investing additional new resources into the remote instruction experience to assist faculty with the transition, including two new instructional designers.
  • Your health and safety are paramount: we strongly recommend faculty to move as many courses as possible to remote formats, except in  instances in which in-person instruction is the only option. I have asked our academic leaders and deans to work closely with you. 
  • The Educational Technology team will consult individually with faculty to ensure that their teaching environments are enabled with adequate technology.

Can I still access library resources for my research?

The William H. Hannon Library building is currently closed in accordance with the Safer At Home order, but will reopen with additional sanitation protocols ahead of the fall semester. Many of its collections and services are accessible online, using your MyLMU login credentials. Please visit the Library Resources in the Time of COVID-19 page for the most current information. 

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. Please visit Campus Ministry for alternative mass options.

 

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

Recognizing the increased financial pressures on our students and their families during this COVID-19 pandemic, we are taking new and unprecedented steps to respond to your requests and lower your overall cost of attendance. This year, no undergraduate student will pay the university’s standard rates for tuition and fees.

  • 85 percent of our undergraduate students are receiving financial aid this year. LMU is providing $133 million in total student grants and scholarships this year, $90.6 million of which goes to undergraduates to lower out-of-pocket costs. This does not include funding from government or external sources.
  • In April, the university approved an additional $10 million in need-based financial aid to support our students and families for 2020-21 (summer, fall, and spring) tuition, providing supplementary relief in recognition of the challenges some students are facing during the pandemic.
  • As of July 15, we are providing an additional $6 million in COVID Relief Grants to all undergraduate students enrolled full-time in the fall. With the support of our trustees, the university approved this aid to further lower costs of an LMU education. Within the next week, Financial Aid will automatically apply these grants to the aid packages for Fall 2020.
  • LMU will continue to credit/refund/adjust for fees (including housing, meal plans, recreation, parking, etc.) for students who are unable to use these on-campus services.

The $16 million of additional undergraduate financial assistance outlined above represents a nearly 20 percent increase in aid to undergraduates this fall, over and above the $90.6 million we provide in LMU-funded undergraduate scholarships and grants. Also, the increased assistance we are providing are only possible because of the extraordinary measures we are taking to remain cost effective: The funding comes from budget reductions, employee furloughs, executive pay cuts, and other sacrifices made by faculty, staff, and administrators working around-the-clock to support our students through this pandemic.