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 Spring 2021:

The LLS Registrar has posted information about Spring 2021 law school classes.

Key Spring 2021 Semester Dates

Westchester & Playa Vista Campus

  • Jan. 11, 2021: First Day of Instruction
  • Jan. 19, 2021: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (no classes)
  • Mar. 30 – Apr. 5, 2021: Spring Break and Easter Holidays
  • Apr. 30, 2021: Last Day of Classes
  • May 3 – 7, 2021: Final Examinations

Law School

  • Jan. 11, 2021: First Day of Instruction
  • Jan. 18, 2021: Martin Luther King Jr. Day (no classes)
  • Mar. 3-5, 2021: Spring Break (no classes)
  • Apr. 1, 2021: Cesar Chavez Holiday (no classes)
  • Apr. 2, 2021: Good Friday (no classes)
  • Apr. 28 - May 13, 2021: Final 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 postponed fall competition in all conference sports, 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. The WCC statement on fall sports may be found here.

The NCAA Division I Council has approved a start date of Nov. 25, 2020 for the men’s and women’s basketball’s seasons to begin playing games. That announcement is available from the NCAA. LMU Athletics will continue to follow guidelines for health and safety.

 

 

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 call the LMU COVID Support Team at 310.568.6868.. 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. 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

LMU is planning to provide limited, low-density, in-person classes and campus experiences in the spring as soon as public health authorities allow. For now, we are scheduling courses online until we receive appropriate clearances.

  • We will work with seniors to ensure they graduate on time by offering a selection of hybrid (combo of remote and in-person modalities) and in-person courses in programs with special requirements.
  • Students can view their schedules via PROWL starting October 30, 2020, with registration on November 13.
  • 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.

We will continue to update the community with Commencement plans for the Class of 2021 as we receive further guidance on permitted activities from public health authorities.

 

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.

  • All individuals who are living on campus have been assigned their own single-occupancy apartment with private bathroom, which will allow them to properly isolate and/or quarantine should they fall ill. LMU Housing and the COVID Support Team will assist in getting a student settled during their self-quarantine period.
  • 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

We are delaying on-campus housing decisions and assignments until further guidance is received and finalized from public health authorities. We have created a process and plan to assign approximately 1,100 bed spaces on campus for the spring, and we are working to identify additional off-campus housing options. Student Housing will share more detailed information regarding these options soon.

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 the LMU COVID Support Team (310.568.6868) 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

We acknowledge that some international students face challenges accessing required course resources for a variety of reasons outside of their control, and the university is working to support their needs. We will ensure new international students can enroll in the required amount of instruction in a hybrid format for spring 2021 (and beyond) to remain eligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT) and F-1 visa status as needed. Resources that support at-risk and international students will be modified to ensure that appropriate communication and support structures are available. 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

In alignment with guidance from public health authorities, all university-sponsored international travel is suspended through May 2021 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. 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 spring?

Instruction will be primarily delivered remotely until we receive clearance from Public Health to resume in-person instruction, at which point we will transition courses to a hybrid or in-person format. Please note: we will offer all required in-person classes in a flexible format or offer options for students to participate remotely. We will focus our in-person and hybrid experiences on senior-level courses, as well as programs with special requirements. 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 May 2021 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

We will continue suspending study abroad in the spring and redirect our efforts to support remote global-local programming and plan for next year’s programs. Study Abroad will soon reach out to students who applied for study abroad programs in the spring to discuss alternative options.

 

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.