Phases to Reopening

Loyola Marymount University has developed multiple phases of our COVID-19 recovery plan, which are governed by the California Blueprint for a Safer Economy, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Protocol for Institutions of Higher Education, and the guidance issued by City of Los Angeles Office of the Mayor

Our four phases to reopening are:

  • Phase I: First Steps – Essential Operations Only, Online Instruction, and Limited Housing
  • Phase II: Slow the Spread – Minimal Campus Operations, Mostly Online with Limited In-Person Instruction, and Minimal Housing Capacity
  • Phase III: Stay Vigilant – Expanded Campus Operations, Mixed Online and In-Person Instruction, and Expanded Housing Capacity 
  • Phase IV: Back at the Bluff – Full Campus Operations, In-Person Instruction, and Housing Capacity

LMU’s progress towards Phase IV and resuming normal activities will be driven by Los Angeles County’s tier assignment by the State of California and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Institutions of Higher Education Protocol. Note that LMU may pause progress within a Phase or revert back to a prior Phase given the county’s tier assignment or implications specific to LMU’s campuses. 

In the event of a safer at home order issued by the Los Angeles County Public Health Officer, only essential employees will be permitted on campus; residents will be permitted to remain on campus provided that they do not have a safe alternative; in-person instruction will be suspended; events will be rescheduled as applicable; and building access will be restricted to essential employees as defined by the state of California.

Home

Phase I: First Steps

Always:

  • Remain 6 feet apart
  • Wear a face covering
  • Wash hands frequently
  • No spectator sports or performances
  • No in-person meetings or gatherings
  • Enhanced cleaning protocol
  • Reduced capacity or closure of indoor spaces
  • Complete the Lion Health Check prior to coming on campus or leaving their on-campus residence
  • Isolate and quarantine if believed to be sick or exposed, and contact the COVID Support Team for instructions.

Access, Operations, and Activity at LMU

  • Employees should only come to campus if absolutely necessary to perform their job duties. These individuals must be approved by their Dean or Vice President to come to campus on a pre-determined schedule. 
  • Those who are approved to return to work may come to campus during business hours, Monday through Saturday, 7:00am to 7:00pm or if instructing students synchronously online according to their class schedule until 10:00pm to allow for enhanced nightly cleaning and to reduce congestion in buildings.
  • Counters that offer service to individuals should be closed unless absolutely necessary to provide in-person service (e.g. distribution center, Public Safety, OneCard Office).
  • All instruction is moved online. Limited exceptions may apply if permitted by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
  • Housing capacity is limited to individuals who have extraordinary circumstances or meet certain criteria, including students who are housing insecure, international students who cannot return home, those who have other extenuating circumstances, and athletes approved to practice on campus. All housing is limited to one student per apartment or suite and congregate living is closed.
  • On campus dining is closed; Grab and go and grocery options are available.
  • Face to face meetings, events, gatherings, and office hours are strictly prohibited.
  • Students who live on campus or are approved by the Dean of Students for a defined visit to campus (e.g. to borrow a laptop, visit the distribution center, etc.) are permitted on campus.
  • University travel outside of the local area is prohibited.
  • Library is closed.
  • On campus and off campus research may continue.
  • Bookstore may be open with limited capacity for those approved to be on campus.
  • Outdoor seating is available across campus.
  • Campus Ministry may host mass and other religious services outside for on-campus residents only as approved and aligned with County Public Health Officer Order.
  • Implement a testing plan, including mandatory surveillance testing for student athletes and specific staff, reentry testing for students who live on campus, targeted testing for students who are symptomatic or exposed to a COVID positive case, and voluntary testing for employees.

Trigger to move to Phase II

  • We can expect to move to Phase II when Los Angeles County moves into Tier 2, indicating that there is no longer widespread risk, but substantial risk remains. 
Slow the Spread

Phase II: Slow the Spread

Always

  • Remain 6 feet apart 
  • Wear a face covering
  • Wash hands frequently
  • No spectator sports or performances
  • No in-person meetings or gatherings
  • Enhanced cleaning protocol
  • Reduced capacity or closure of indoor spaces
  • Complete the Lion Health Check prior to coming on campus or leaving their on-campus residence
  • Isolate and quarantine if believed to be sick or exposed, and contact the COVID Support Team for instructions.

Access, Operations, and Activity at LMU

  • Employees should only come to campus if absolutely necessary to perform their job duties. These individuals must be approved by their Dean or Vice President to come to campus on a pre-determined schedule. 
  • Counters that offer service to individuals should be closed unless absolutely necessary to provide in-person service.
  • Those who are approved to return to work may come to campus during business hours, Monday through Saturday, 7:00am to 7:00pm or if instructing students synchronously online according to their class schedule until 10:00pm to allow for enhanced nightly cleaning and to reduce congestion in buildings.
  • Continue online instruction as much as possible; offer some in-person instruction in unique circumstances (e.g. classes that provide essential workforce training, must be conducted in person, and are required to graduate), utilizing outdoor space as much as possible, and adjust the capacity of indoor learning spaces to 25-50%.
  • Housing capacity may be expanded beyond the housing capacity defined for Phase I. All housing is limited to one student per room with a maximum of 2-3 individuals to an apartment or suite, and congregate living is closed.
  • Dining facilities may reopen, but seating is limited to outdoors only; Grab and go and grocery options are available.
  • Face to face meetings, events, and office hours are strictly prohibited.
  • Gatherings permissible with established COVID pods only.
  • Students who live on campus or are approved by the Dean of Students for a defined visit to campus (e.g. to borrow a laptop, visit the distribution center, etc.) are permitted on campus.
  • On campus and off campus research may continue.
  • Library may reopen with reduced capacity to individuals already approved to access campus.
  • Bookstore may be open with limited capacity to individuals already approved to access campus.
  • Outdoor seating is available across campus.
  • Athletics may return students for training, conditioning and competition as approved by the State of California and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
  • Campus Ministry may host mass and other religious services outside for on-campus residents only as approved and aligned with County Public Health Officer Order.
  • Maintain targeted testing plans, and expand campus-wide surveillance testing strategies to include mandatory testing for additional, specific student and employee populations.

Trigger to move to Phase III 

  • We can expect to move to Phase III when Los Angeles County moves into Tier 3, indicating that there is no longer substantial risk, but moderate risk remains. 
Six Feet Apart

Phase III - Stay Vigilant

Always: 

  • Remain 6 feet apart at all times
  • Wear a face covering at all times
  • Wash hands frequently
  • Complete the Lion Health Check prior to coming on campus or leaving their on-campus residence
  • Isolate and quarantine if believed to be sick or exposed, and contact the COVID Support Team for instructions.

What this means for access at LMU

  • Employees may work on campus, though density of offices and buildings should still be maintained to allow for a minimum of 6 foot distancing at all times.
  • Additional counters that offer service to individuals may reopen.
  • Those who are approved to return to work may come to campus during business hours, which may be expanded.
  • Continue online instruction, but expand in-person instruction for courses that are harder to effectively transfer into an online environment, utilizing outdoor space as much as possible, and adjust the capacity of indoor learning spaces to 50%
  • Office hours, limited face to face meetings or small gatherings (maximum of ten individuals or as defined by Public Health Protocols) are permitted provided that masks are worn at all times and individuals remain at least 6 feet apart.
  • Select events are permitted as approved by Conferences and Events Services provided the physical distancing requirements, capacity requirements, and total number of participants are in alignment with Public Health Protocols.
  • Housing capacity may be expanded beyond the housing capacity defined for Phase II. Housing may allow for roommates, and may open limited congregate housing with reduced capacity.&nbsp
  • Dining facilities may reopen, and seating may be available indoors depending on Public Health guidance; Grab and go and grocery options are available.
  • Travel outside of the local area is permitted with approval and reentry testing or quarantine as required.
  • On campus and off campus research may continue.
  • Library may reopen with additional capacity to individuals already approved to access campus.
  • Bookstore may be open with additional capacity to individuals already approved to access campus.
  • Outdoor seating is available across campus.
  • Athletics may continue training, conditioning and competition as approved by the State of California and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
  • Campus Ministry may host mass and other religious services outside for on-campus residents only as approved and aligned with County Public Health Officer Order.
  • Maintain targeted testing and campus-wide surveillance testing strategies and adjust as recommended or directed by state or county public health authorities.

Trigger to move to Phase IV

We can expect to move to Phase IV when Los Angeles County moves into Tier 4, when a vaccine is widely available, and a significant percentage of the population has the vaccine.

Maximum Occupancy

Phase IV: Back at the Bluff

Normal campus operations resume; in-person instruction, co-curricular programs, support services fully restored; housing at full capacity.