Need-to-Know A-Z Index

  • Last updated: 1/27/22

    This page will continue to be updated in real time, in alignment with changing protocols from Cal/OSHA and Public Health. Please view the "Change Log" tab for a summary of most recent updates.

    LMU encourages community members to bookmark the link for easy reference during the spring 2022 semester.  


  • Below are all the most recent content updates made to this page, by section.

    • 1/12/2022 - Testing
      • On-campus testing requirements
    • 1/3/2022 - COVID Protocols
      • What should I do if a friend or family member notifies me that they are COVID positive after I have spent time with them?
      • What should I do if I receive a positive COVID test result?
      • What should I do if I have COVID symptoms or just don’t feel well?
    • 1/3/2022 - Isolation/Quarantine
      • What happens when an individual is identified as a close contact to a COVID-positive case?
      • Quarantine instructions for students and employees who are not fully vaccinated or are not boosted despite being eligible for the booster as documented in VaxLMU?
      • What happens if an individual has COVID?
      • Isolation instructions for those who have COVID.
    • 12/10/2021 - Travel
      • Do I need to get tested or quarantine when returning from domestic or international travel?

    • 12/08/2021 - Travel

    • 12/3/2021 - Travel
    • 09/24/21 - Athletics Events

    • 09/24/21 - Face Masks
      • What should faculty do if a student does not comply with a request to put on a mask or wear it properly?
      • Who should faculty contact if immediate assistance is needed regarding a mask compliance issue in their classroom?

    • 09/23/21 - Illness
      • What should I do if I'm feeling sick?

    • 09/21/21 - Illness
      • What should I do if I'm feeling sick?
    • 09/20/21 - Visitors
      • My department is hosting a ticketed event. How do we get our guests registered? 
    • 09/17/2021 - Faculty and Teaching
      • Will I be notified if a student of mine tests positive for COVID? 
      • Can I require a student to show a negative test, to return to my class after a suspected or confirmed COVID case?  
      • What should I do if a student tells me they're sick? 
    • 09/10/2021 - Visitors
      • Are visitors allowed on campus? 
      • Do visitors need to be vaccinated? 
      • Will campus be opened further in the near future? 

Administrative & Academic Building Access

Buildings are currently open during business hours, 7 days a week, 7 a.m. - 11 p.m.

LMU community members have 24/7 OneCard access to the Westchester campus.

Elevators
Elevator capacity is limited to minimize overcrowding; with some exceptions, elevators on campus have been set to a maximum of three (3) riders at a time. Please follow posted signs in elevators and/or in elevator lobbies.


Air Filtration

HVAC Regular Maintenance Standards
Facilities Management continuously ensures campus HVAC systems are performing optimally, per guidelines set by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

HVAC systems are maintained according to ASHRAE Operations and Scheduling Guidelines for Existing Air Handling Units (AHU) during the pandemic. LMU adheres to a national standard code 180 set forth by ANSI (Approved American National Standards Institute), ASHRAE and ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractors of America). This outlines standard practice for inspection and maintenance of commercial building HVAC systems.

Current COVID-19 Pandemic Enhancements
Since March 2020, HVAC filtration levels in all campus systems have been increased to maximum system capacity in all campus buildings. LMU has also increased the frequency of HVAC filter replacement by 100% as compared to pre-COVID levels. 

In preparation for campus reopening, FM has taken the following measures to ensure that campus HVAC systems were completely evaluated and operationally adjusted:

  • Reviewed air distribution conditions of existing spaces, resolving any issues including but not limited to covered diffusers, blocked return air grilles, reduced supply diffusers/registers, and return exhaust grilles that create short cycling.
  • Commissioned external professionals for assessment of airflow and review of overall system configuration.
  • Reviewed and addressed any existing air quality issues, complaints, or deficiencies.
  • Adjusted outside air dampers, to as high as 100% intake, to increase outside air exchange and return air ratios to enhance fresh air circulation.
  • Improved central air filtration optimum levels via:
    • sealing of edges in filter racks
    • frequent replacement of all filters
    • increased filter efficiency in all buildings by a minimum of 16% for large particles and 50% for small particles.
  • Expanded scheduled air flow beyond normal business hours to increase the time period for air exchange.
  • Performed general inspections of spaces to identify potential concerns for water leaks or mold growth that could negatively impact occupant health.
  • Reviewed control sequences to ensure systems are operating according to ASHRAE specifications, maintaining required ventilation, temperature, and humidity conditions in occupied areas. Leveraged service contract with Siemens to ensure front end controls are working and functioning properly at all times.
  • Performed modifications to increase the quantity of outside air and ventilation in offices and other spaces.
  • Replaced 3,000 HVAC filters across campus
  • Disinfected all individual air supply and return registers in every space on campus prior to occupancy.

Athletics Events

LMU TICKET SALES & SPECTATOR GUIDELINES

  • Tickets to all LMU Athletics events for the 2021-22 academic year will be available via digital tickets only. Spectators can purchase digital tickets at LMULions.com or via the AXS mobile app.
    • Individuals without tickets to an event will not be allowed on campus.
    • LMU students may use their valid OneCard for entry -- no ticket purchase is required.
  • No spectator is allowed to come to campus if they have any symptoms of COVID-19 or have tested positive in the last 10 days. If a spectator has been identified as a close contact with a positive individual in the last 10 days, they must follow the attendance restrictions for their respective vaccination and student status, as defined here. Arriving to campus is attestation that ticket holders meet these requirements.
  • Masks are encouraged for all, and required in indoor facilities.
  • Student-athletes and staff will have limited contact with spectators.

Gersten Pavilion Events: 

  • Masks must be worn 100% of the time, except when actively eating and/or drinking.
  • Staying physically distanced from others is encouraged as much as possible.

Parking Notice: 

  • Spectators must enter campus through Lincoln Blvd and use the right-side lane at the guard station.
  • Parking is best in Lot A (Hannon Parking). Payment in required at the meters 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday - Friday, and free on Saturdays and Sundays.

Building Lobbies & Waiting Areas

Furniture can be used by the public. Distancing requirements no longer apply.


Campus Access

Who can access campus?
Campus is open for LMU students, staff, faculty, and approved contractors.

Beginning Aug. 17, the following visitors are permitted to visit campus:

  • Those essential to facilities operations, cleaning, repair, or otherwise essential to university business;
  • Those who have tickets to a performance that is directly associated with an academic program;
  • Those who have tickets to an athletics competition on campus;
  • Guest lecturers and community partners;
  • Those who have registered in advance to attend a service at Sacred Heart Chapel.

On Sept. 10, this list will expand to include visitors attending various types of events on campus, with further details shared closer to the time. For more details, please visit the Visitors section of this A-Z Index.

All employees who have campus access and who are not registered in Vax LMU as fully vaccinated must get tested as required each week at the on-campus COVID Testing Center.

Hours of Operation
The Loyola Boulevard and LMU Drive gates are open to vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists who have been approved to access campus, 7 days a week, 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. Visitors and those who do not have a OneCard must enter through LMU Drive.

Those approved to access campus after 10 p.m. (i.e., campus residents and employees approved to work on campus after hours), may tap in at the LMU Drive entrance. Once classes start, OneCard holders will be able to tap in 24/7 (please note, the Loyola Boulevard gate is closed to all vehicles at 10 p.m.; pedestrians will be required to tap in.)


Campus Business Hours

Business hours are Monday – Saturday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Administrative and academic buildings are open to LMU’s pre-pandemic hours of seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. OneCard holders can access the LMU Westchester campus during those times using the LMU Drive or Loyola Boulevard entrances. Those approved to access campus after 10 p.m. (i.e., campus residents and employees approved to work on campus after hours), may tap in at the LMU Drive entrance. (The Loyola Boulevard gate is closed to all vehicles at 10 p.m.; pedestrians will be required to tap in.)


Campus Tours

Both in-person walking tours and self-guided driving tours are available for prospective students and their families. Click here to see all options and to RSVP. Contact Admissions for further details.


CARES Act

In June 2020, LMU received more than $2.3 million in CARES Act funding for direct student aid. 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 the CARES Act Report.


Classrooms

In accordance with L.A. County Public Health approval, classrooms and learning spaces have returned to their pre-COVID capacities. 

Every classroom is stocked with sanitizing wipes, and hand sanitizer is available in classroom hallways, as well as lobbies and building entrances. Face masks are currently required indoors at all times, regardless of vaccination status, pursuant to existing L.A. Public Health mandates. 


Cleaning

Facilities Management is working continuously to ensure that our campuses remain clean and sanitary, especially in high-touch areas like door handles, restrooms, handrails, seating areas, and more.

How do I get the trash can in my office emptied?
All individuals with private offices should place their trash and recycling bins outside their door at the close of business, so receptacles can be emptied.

How do I get my office cleaned?
Office services (including vacuuming, dusting, and general cleaning) are by request only. Please email quality@lmu.edu to request a cleaning, or to request supplies (sanitizing wipes and spray, hand sanitizer, and plexi shields). 

What office cleaning services are provided? What am I responsible for? 

  • Cleaning wipes are provided to offices.
  • Hand sanitizing stations are located at or near all building entrances, elevators, and copy/mail rooms.
  • Hand sanitizer: available at or in close proximity to all building entrances; elevator entrances; high traffic service counters; housing building entrances; locker rooms; large open areas (e.g. villages, lounges, atriums).
  • All bathrooms and pantries are stocked and replenished on a regular basis with soap and water. Pantries without sinks are equipped with hand sanitizer stations.
  • Employees are responsible for cleaning and maintaining their individual workspaces, including desks, chairs, and computer equipment. Commonly used surfaces should be wiped down before and after use with products that meet EPA criteria for use against COVID-19 and are appropriate for the surface. Before and after use of shared equipment, individuals should wash their hands and wipe down equipment or supplies. Cleaning supplies that meet the EPA’s criteria for use will be provided to employees for this purpose.

COVID Dashboard

For current figures on isolated, quarantined and confirmed cases of COVID-19 at LMU, please consult the COVID Dashboard.


COVID Protocols

Where can I get information about LMU isolation or quarantine instructions? 
Please refer to the isolation/quarantine instructions found here

What should I do if a friend or family member notifies me that they are COVID positive after I have spent time with them?
If you are a close contact to a positive case – you have been within 6 feet for a cumulative 15 minutes over a 24 hour period -- get tested, and contact COVIDSupportTeam@lmu.edu or 310.568.6868.

What should I do if I receive a positive COVID test result?
Individuals who receive a COVID positive test, regardless of vaccination status, should self-isolate and contact the COVID Support Team at COVIDSupportTeam@lmu.edu or 310.568.6868. The COVID Support Team will provide you with individualized instructions and support in addition to conducting a contact investigation.

What should I do if I have COVID symptoms or just don’t feel well?
If you do not feel well and you are confident you have not been exposed to a positive COVID case in the last two weeks, please follow these instructions.

When may I return to campus in-person after having COVID-19?
You may return to in-person instruction after completing L.A. Public Health's isolation guidelines and once cleared by the COVID Support Team.

May I attend class or go to work if I am COVID positive?
No. Anyone who tests positive must isolate and may not leave their home or come to campus until cleared by the COVID Support Team (unless they are obtaining essential medical care).

When can students return to class after they test positive?
The COVID Support Team will provide instructions about when they may return to campus.

Do I need to tell my professor and/or supervisor that I'm sick? 
You are responsible for communicating the reason for your absence to your instructors or supervisors, though you do not need to disclose the specifics of your health status. 

What happens if a student doesn't notify their professor that they're sick?
If a student does not directly communicate with their faculty, faculty should treat the absence as they would typically.

How does LMU clean affected areas, in the event of a positive case?
Additional cleaning and sanitation measures will be implemented for locations used by individuals who are confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19. Procedures include wiping 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. 

How does LMU conduct contact tracing?
The COVID Support Team handles contact investigation and communication with positive, symptomatic or exposed individuals. Contact tracing is conducted for every individual who is lab-confirmed COVID positive and has been on one of LMU's campuses during the period in which they were infectious.

What happens if there is a positive case?
In the event of a positive case, the COVID Support Team immediately initiates a contact investigation, provides instructions for home isolation, and issues exposure notifications (and quarantine instructions as applicable) for those exposed.

Will I be notified if I was in contact with a positive case?
All those who are identified by the positive case as a close contact (within 6 feet for a cumulative 15 minutes over a 24 hour period) will be notified by phone and by email, and provided with instructions for testing (and quarantine if applicable).

Will I be able to know who I was in close contact with, who tested positive?
In support of the individual's privacy and in alignment with contact tracing protocol and best practices, the name or other identifying information of the positive case will not be disclosed to the close contacts, their faculty, their supervisors or any other individual in accordance with FERPA requirements.

How does LMU tell the community about COVID positive cases and exposures?
Anyone may track the current isolation and quarantine count in addition to the number of cases on the LMU COVID-19 Dashboard, which is updated daily.

Will anything be posted in the actual location where a confirmed case was found?
Per Cal/OSHA requirements, a notice will be posted for 24 hours at the general location of the primary worksite of an employee who is lab-confirmed COVID-positive, while also maintaining that employee's confidentiality.

Will LMU notify the community in the case of a larger outbreak?
The university will be notified via LMU Alert if there is a cluster of lab-confirmed cases; a cluster is defined by L.A. County Public Health as at least 3 epidemiologically linked cases. Details about the individuals who are lab-confirmed COVID positive will not be disclosed. 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.

How does LMU coordinate contact tracing with L.A. County Department of Public Health?
The COVID Support Team Leader will report all lab-confirmed positive cases and exposures the L.A. County Department of Public Health, Acute Communicable Disease Unit daily in accordance with the County's Guidance for Exposure Management in Higher Education.

How is the COVID Support Team notified of a positive case?
The COVID Support Team is automatically notified of positive results from tests collected at the LMU or LLS Testing Centers. Individuals who are tested off campus are expected to contact the COVID Support Team as soon as they receive a positive result. The COVID Support Team is available 7 days a week and may be reached at COVIDSupportTeam@lmu.edu or 310.568.6868 from 8:30am – 8:30pm.


COVID Safe Return Initiative

LMU Environmental Health & Safety has developed the COVID - Safe Return Initiative, a program that facilitates ongoing communication of protocols and streamlined support to colleges, schools, and departments, to ensure that all employees have a safe and compliant workspace. Learn more here


Customer Service Windows/Counters

Service counters may reopen. Please work with your manager or unit leader on reopening plans. Plexiglass barriers are not required, but may be requested via a unit’s COVID Safety Liaison.


Deliveries

Mail Deliveries
Based on your location, the Distribution Center (DC) is able to make twice-weekly visits to all campus mail stops. Office spaces must be open for deliveries to be made. Staff may also visit the DC to pick up or drop off items (lines are shortest from 7:30am - 9:30am). Please contact the Distribution Center Help Desk (DCHD@lmu.edu) to request deliveries.

Food Deliveries

Please see Food Deliveries below.  


Domestic Travel

 

Effective July 1, 2021, the travel suspension has been lifted on university-sponsored or grant-funded travel within the United States for faculty and staff who are fully vaccinated with a World Health Organization approved vaccine. Domestic travel includes research trips, conferences, immersion trips, volunteer or work programs, service learning, fellowships, or professional development activities.

Domestic travel by non-vaccinated employees with a university-approved medical or religious exemption are being considered on a case-by-case basis. To request an exemption, please complete the Travel Exception Request Form.

Non-vaccinated faculty and staff must follow CDC protocol upon return from travel:

  • Receive a viral test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.
    • If the test result is negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
    • If the test result is positive, contact LMU’s COVID Support Team and isolate to protect others from getting infected.
  • If no test is taken, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
  • Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, regardless of testing status.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; contact LMU’s COVID Support Team, isolate, and get tested if symptoms develop.
  • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements.

LMU’s travel guidance is subject to change, based on guidance and requirements issued by the CDC, state of California, or Los Angeles County. This guidance is effective until further notice and will be reviewed on a regular basis.

See also: Travel Guidance


Face Masks

In alignment with the current L.A. County mandate, LMU community members must wear masks indoors on our campuses, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are optional outdoors for those who are fully vaccinated in Vax LMU. Masks are required outdoors for those not fully vaccinated, when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Any employee who would like an N95 mask may request one via this form. Per Cal/OSHA, N95 masks may be worn up to 5 times.

Do I need to wear a mask indoors while on campus?
LMU continues to align our policies with L.A. County Department of Public Health requirements and guidance from regional, state, and federal public health authorities. Regardless of your vaccination status, masks that follow Public Health guidelines are required while indoors.

What type of mask should I wear?
L.A. County Public Health recommends surgical masks, N95 and KN95 respirators. Bandanas and scarves are not recommended. You can view L.A. County Public Health's full face mask recommendations here

Should I wear a mask at indoor performances?
Yes. Masks are required indoors. For performances, masks must be worn indoors during rehearsals, but may be removed while performing.

Should I wear a mask at outdoor events?
Masks are strongly recommended at crowded outdoor events regardless of vaccination status and especially if you are not vaccinated.

May I wear a face shield instead?
Face shields with drapes are permitted as a reasonable accommodation only. To submit a request to use a face shield, students should contact DSS and faculty and staff should contact HR.

May I remove my mask in private?
You may remove your mask if you are alone in a private office with the door closed, or while eating or drinking in a specific location (ie. not while walking). Campus residents may remove their masks when in their apartment or residence hall room, as roommates are considered a single household. Residents should, however, wear a mask while in common areas.

How do I request an N95 mask?
Faculty or staff may request an N95 or clear mask by submitting this form. Starting Jan. 24, 2022 surgical masks will also be available to students, faculty, staff, and visitors throughout campus in Malone, VDA, University Hall, Campus Safety, Burns Rec Center, and WHH Library. 

What should I do if someone is willfully not complying with a request to put a mask on or has to be reminded repeatedly?

 


Faculty & Teaching

Classrooms

Are cleaning supplies available for my classroom?
Cleaning supplies will be provided either inside or just outside classrooms, for faculty and students who wish to use them. If your supply runs low, please notify your area's COVID Safety Liaison.

Will we physically distance in classrooms? Can I ask that students physically distance themselves?
Public health authorities are no longer requiring physical distancing in classrooms; therefore, they are set up for normal capacity. If you wish to physically distance in the classroom, at your discretion, you may ask your students to spread out. However, any furniture that is moved during a class must be returned to its prior location at the end of the class.

Can I eat or drink while teaching?
Drinking is permitted, although it is recommended that anyone who removes their mask around others does so with care. Individuals should refrain from eating during class, and instead eat during a break.

 

Modality Options and Technology Support

As a faculty member, if the need arises, how do I change the modality of a course from in-person to online?
Courses are to be taught in the modality listed in PROWL. Changing a course's modality (e.g. in-person to online) may only be requested in extraordinary, rare circumstances. If required, the instructor of record should request a modality change by contacting the department chair, who will then submit to the dean's office for consideration and approval. If the reason for a change arises from a medical condition, the instructor should contact Human Resources who will facilitate the reasonable accommodation process.

How should I prepare for a student needing to attend class remotely?
You can find resources at the Online Learning page. Should others in your class have been exposed to the positive case, they (and you, if included) will be contacted by the LMU COVID Support Team for contact tracing. Faculty are encouraged to maintain a seating chart to support possible contact tracing efforts.

Should I create a seating chart? 
Most learning spaces have flexible furniture, therefore there are no set layouts or each room. Based on your needs, seating charts can simply be made through Powerpoint templates, or other products. Please reach out to your Instructional Technologist for assistance.

Can faculty conduct office hours remotely?
Yes, faculty may choose to conduct their office hours remotely using Zoom or other technology available to all students in their classes.

What are my options for using a microphone during class?
All general purpose classrooms have microphones already installed, as well as a movable HD webcam with stereo mic, to enable Zoom or Classroom Capture (Echo360) recording. Additional equipment is available for specific needs. Please visit your classroom(s) and reach out to your Instructional Technologist to discuss needs. You can also read more here

What are my support options for producing class content?
Thanks to generous funding from the Fletcher Jones Foundation and the Bill Hannon Foundation, this fall saw the opening of the Creative Services Studio in University Hall 3218. Three all-in-one recording studios are fully supported by a live service staff, and help faculty record lectures, demonstrations, podcasts, and instructional material. All content is edited live, so faculty post-production work is minimized. For more information, visit LMU ITS Creative Services

Are outdoor spaces available to reserve for course instruction?
Instructors are welcome to use outdoor spaces for instruction. Please note: there are no reservations or support for outdoor space -- faculty may take their class outside and find an area suitable for instruction. Before moving outside, please consider if the space is accessible to all students, allows all students to participate in the pedagogy utilized, and whether the environment is conducive to teaching the class.

Are field trips and other off-campus trips permitted?
Field trips and off-campus engagements associated with courses are currently allowed pursuant to LACDPH health and safety guidelines.

 

Faculty Illness & COVID Protocols

What are my teaching options should I become ill?
Instructors who are unable to access campus because of illness should notify their department chair to discuss coverage for their classes. Short-term options (up to two weeks) include the use of Zoom or asynchronous modalities. Longer-term illness or serious impairments may require arrangements for substitute instructors. Any employee accommodations due to illness should be reported to Human Resources.

 

Student Illness & COVID Protocols

What should I do if a student reveals to me that they have COVID? 
Instruct your student to contact the COVID Support Team immediately if they have not already done so, for resources and support. It is mandatory that they report their positive case to LMU, for contact tracing purposes. Please do not share your student's positive case with anyone else, to protect their privacy per FERPA.

What should I do if a student tells me they're sick? 
If a student feels ill (but not necessarily COVID-related symptoms), remind them to stay home and not return to campus (or leave their on-campus residence) until their symptoms have subsided and they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication. Students are encouraged to contact Student Health Services or their medical provider for an evaluation of symptoms. If they have COVID symptoms, they should make an appointment to get tested at the on-campus COVID Testing Center (or off-campus with their medical provider or an L.A. County site, if they prefer).

Will I be notified if a student of mine tests positive for COVID?
Students are responsible for notifying their professors as they would for any absence, COVID or otherwise. LMU will not notify faculty on the student's behalf, as this is a violation of FERPA privacy laws. 

Am I allowed to request documentation of a COVID positive test or isolation/quarantine?
No, you cannot require specific proof of a COVID test or close contact. Your student may choose to provide it, but you cannot ask a student to waive their FERPA rights. If a student misses an exam or a number of class days, please submit the student's name to Community of Care to help LMU support you and your student. 

Can I require a student to show a negative test before returning to my class after a suspected or confirmed COVID case? 
No. Any individual who has recently had COVID, as confirmed by a lab-based PCR test, will likely test positive for the following 90 days. As such, any resulting test is most likely inaccurate during the proceeding 90 days and not reflective of an active infection. Requiring a negative test is not appropriate, and in violation of CDC and L.A. County Public Health guidelines. 

How might I address mask wearing with my students more broadly?
For faculty, the Center for Teaching Excellence provides a clear statement that faculty may include in their syllabi regarding mask requirements while indoors. It also provides protocols for noncompliance and provides resource links and contact information for reporting noncompliance. For everyone's safety, faculty should request that students who are noncompliant remove themselves from their classroom. 


Field Work

There are no specific COVID restrictions on field work.

While in transit on university-sponsored buses:

  • Masks are required at all times;
  • Individuals should avoid eating, and only remove their mask while actively drinking;
  • Air circulation should be maximized, including keeping windows open if practical;
  • Passengers should spread out if practical;
  • Seats should be assigned or passengers should be instructed to log who they are sitting next to/in front of/behind of, to facilitate contact tracing should it become necessary.

Filming on Campus

Students registered in approved film production courses can find relevant filming guidelines in the SFTV Student Handbook under Production Guidelines here.
Students should utilize the SFTV ON-TAP LINKS to submit their project for approval and campus permit requests. Please find more information and links here.  

Food Deliveries

Food deliveries by delivery services and restaurants are permitted. All food deliveries must enter campus through the visitor lane on LMU Drive.


General Info

Who can I contact if I have a question about COVID safety in the workplace?
If any employee has concerns about the COVID safety of their workspace, please contact your COVID safety liaison.

How do I find answers to questions related to instruction that are not answered here? 
As we navigate uncertainty together, please continue working with your deans’ offices to address your questions and concerns. You may also send requests for a question to be added to these FAQs by emailing CommunitySupport@lmu.edu.

Where can I find the most updated information regarding LMU’s return to campus?
The LMU.edu/Together site has been the university’s hub of information throughout the pandemic. As a reminder, this A-Z Index  is your comprehensive resource for up-to-date information on a number of topics related to campus life. You may also view current and cumulative COVID-19 data at the LMU COVID Dashboard.


Illness

What should I do if I’m feeling sick?
If you exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 do not come to campus (or leave your on-campus residence) or attend in-person classes/meetings until you obtain a negative COVID-19 test, are fever-free for 24 hours, and your symptoms have improved without the use of medication. Follow these 4 steps:

  • Seek medical attention. Students may schedule a telehealth appointment or message with a Student Health Services provider via myhealth.lmu.edu. Staff and faculty should contact their medical provider. 
  • Get tested. COVID-19 tests are available free of charge to members of the LMU community. Schedule your appointment at lmu.edu/covidappointments and email COVIDTesting@lmu.edu to notify them of your appointment time and that you are symptomatic so they can make special arrangements. You are also welcome to take a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test through your medical provider, an LA County community test site, or other testing location. Due to reduced accuracy of antigen, rapid antigen, or rapid PCR tests, we recommend that you still take a PCR test even if have already received a rapid test.
  • Stay home and isolate yourself. While you await your COVID test/results and even if you test negative - do not leave your residence or socialize with others until you are fever-free and symptoms have subsided for 24 hours. This includes going to class, work, and eating in the dining halls. Do your best to isolate away from your household members – avoid sharing a room and bathroom if at all possible. If you must enter common areas in your residence, wear a mask and stay at least 6 feet away from others.
  • After you seek medical care, if your doctor believes you have COVID-19 or you have received a positive COVID-19 test, please immediately isolate, and contact the LMU COVID Support Team for further instructions and resources.

If you know you have been exposed to a positive case, and you have developed symptoms, please contact COVID Support as soon as possible.


In-Person Meetings

Are indoor in-person meetings permitted on campus?
Yes, however, all in attendance, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask if the meeting is indoors.

What are the meeting options for official faculty department meetings?
For faculty meetings and voting procedures that are required to be in-person per the Faculty Handbook, the provost extends the exception to the handbook to conduct these meetings and votes remotely during the spring semester only. These include meetings and votes:

  • in final selection of full-time personnel in the department for hiring by the university;
  • regarding termination of full-time personnel;
  • on the application by a member of the department for advancement to tenure and on the application by a member of the department for promotion in rank; and,
  • casting ballots in the Committee on Rank and Tenure.

Can I book fixed space on campus?
Due to limited staff support, the Conference & Event Services department is only able to book fixed event spaces, as they cannot provide equipment delivery, setup or make adjustments to event space. To book your meeting or if you have questions, please email scheduling@lmu.edu.


Instruction

In alignment with public health guidance, spring 2022 instruction and learning spaces returned to pre-COVID capacities (with no distancing requirements). 


International Students

The Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) continues to serve as a dedicated resource for international students as they transition back to campus for the spring 2022 semester. Please visit the OISS FAQ page for the latest information, and feel free to contact oiss@lmu.edu with questions unique to your personal situation.


Isolation/Quarantine

LMU strictly adheres the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Guidance for Exposure Management for Institutes of Higher Education and the Health Officer Order.

What do I do if I'm exposed to COVID-19?
If you are not fully vaccinated, you are required to quarantine unless you have had COVID in the last 90 days and you are fully recovered. If you are fully vaccinated or boosted, please refer to the table below for instructions specific to the type of vaccine you received. Quarantine instructions can be found below the table.


MODERNA, PFIZER, AND WHO-APPROVED 2-DOSE VACCINES

 Quarantine RequirementsTesting Requirements
I received both vaccine doses at least 5 months ago BUT have not received the booster yet.

I must quarantine. I must remain in my residence through day 10 for clearance on day 11

- OR -

If I test negative with a PCR test on day 5 or later and I remain asymptomatic, I may be cleared from quarantine as early as day 6.*

Required to test once per week while on campus, effective 1/24
I am fully vaccinated and received my booster. Exempt from quarantine Exempt from testing requirement; strongly encouraged to test weekly
I received both doses of the vaccine within the last 5 months, so I am not yet eligible to receive my booster. Exempt from quarantine Exempt from testing requirement; strongly encouraged to test weekly

*Day 0 is considered your last date of exposure to the positive case.

JOHNSON & JOHNSON

 Quarantine RequirementsTesting Requirements
I received the vaccine at least 2 months ago BUT have not received the booster yet.

I must quarantine. I must remain in my residence through day 10 for clearance on day 11

- OR -

If I test negative with a PCR test on day 5 or later and I remain asymptomatic, I may be cleared from quarantine as early as day 6.*

Required to test once per week while on campus, effective 1/24
I am fully vaccinated and received my booster. Exempt from quarantine Exempt from testing requirement; strongly encouraged to test weekly
I received both doses of the vaccine within the last 2 months, so I am not yet eligible to receive my booster. Exempt from quarantine Exempt from testing requirement; strongly encouraged to test weekly

*Day 0 is considered your last date of exposure to the positive case.

Notes: 

  • Close contact is defined by L.A. Public Health as an individual who is within 6 feet of a positive case for at least 15 minutes over a 24 hour period, regardless of masking.
  • COVID positive is defined as an individual who has a positive diagnostic swab or saliva viral test for COVID-19 or whose healthcare provider thinks they have COVID-19. Note: an individual who has had COVID-19 in the past 90 days will continue to test positive even when they are no longer infectious. If an individual who had COVID-19 in the last 90 days has a new positive diagnostic test for COVID-19 and is asymptomatic, they are not presumed to have COVID-19 and are instructed to talk with their doctor to obtain a diagnosis. 

Quarantine instructions for those who are not exempt from quarantine:

  • Stay home and separate yourself from others in your household until your home quarantine ends.
  • Do not leave your residence except for essential medical care. When obtaining medical care, drive yourself, if possible. If you cannot drive yourself, keep as much distance as possible between you and the driver and others by sitting in the back seat, leaving the windows down, and wearing a mask. If you do not have a mask, wear a cloth face covering.
  • If someone from outside your household is shopping for you, ask them to leave the food and other supplies at your door and pick them up after the person has left.
  • On-campus residents are provided with a dedicated quarantine space and support coordinated by the Student Housing Office.
  • An individual is cleared from quarantine:
    • After day 10, provided you are asymptomatic - OR –
    • On day 6 or later after a negative PCR test is collected on day 5 or later, you remain asymptomatic, and you have received clearance from the COVID Support Team. If you are cleared prior to day 10, you are required to wear a medical grade mask indoors at all times and outdoors when around others through day 10.
    • Note: Day 0 is considered your last date of exposure to the positive case.

What happens if an individual has COVID?
If an individual has COVID-19 – meaning they have tested positive for COVID-19 using a lab-based saliva or swab PCR test, they are symptomatic and tested positive using a rapid antigen or PCR test, or their healthcare provider otherwise diagnoses them as infectious COVID-19, regardless of their vaccination status, they are required to isolate.

Note: If an individual has had COVID in the last 90 days, they are instructed by L.A. County Public Health and the CDC to avoid testing using for 90 days from symptom onset or the date their positive test was collected since they may continue to test positive even though they are not infectious. As such, those who have had COVID in the past 90 days and test positive during that 90-day period are exempt from isolation unless the individual is symptomatic or has been diagnosed with COVID by their physician. The COVID Support Team will work these individuals to provide individualized guidance. 

Isolation Instructions for those who have COVID-19:

  • Stay home and separate yourself from others in your household until your home isolation ends.
  • Do not leave your residence except for essential medical care. When obtaining medical care, drive yourself, if possible. If you cannot drive yourself, keep as much distance as possible between you and the driver and others by sitting in the back seat, leaving the windows down, and wearing a mask. If you do not have a mask, wear a cloth face covering.
  • If someone from outside your household is shopping for you, ask them to leave the food and other supplies at your door and pick them up after the person has left.
  • On-campus residents are provided with a dedicated isolation space and support, coordinated by Student Housing.
  • An individual is cleared from isolation:
    • After day 10, provided you remain asymptomatic or your symptoms have improved and you are fever-free without the use of medication for at least 24 hours - OR –
    • On day 6 or later, provided that you test negative via an antigen test on day 5 or later, you remain asymptomatic or your symptoms have improved and you are fever-free for at least 24 hours without medication, and you have received clearance from the COVID Support Team. If you are cleared prior to day 10, you are required to wear a medical grade mask indoors at all times and outdoors when around others through day 10. (Those who test positive on their antigen test on day 5 or later are automatically required to complete a 10 day isolation.)

Library

The Library is open for all those approved to access campus -- no reservations required. To learn more about in-person services, click here. Please note, study spaces should still be reserved in advance -- to do so, click here


Lion Health Check

As of June 28, 2021, the Lion Health Check is no longer required for LMU students, faculty, staff, on-campus residents, or others with OneCard access.

Visitors who are approved to access campus must continue to complete the Lion Health Check prior to entering LMU.

All employees and students should continue to monitor their health closely, and not come to campus (or if an on-campus resident, remain in their on-campus residence) if they feel sick or experience any symptoms, including those commonly associated with COVID. Those who have COVID symptoms should contact the COVID Support Team without delay.


Loyola Law School Community

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


Meals

Communal Meals
Providing food at meetings and/or in the office is permitted. Since all those who are eating together may not be vaccinated, it is encouraged that meals are eaten outdoors, that buffet-style is avoided or limited, and that those who are not vaccinated are able to maintain a 6-ft distance from others while eating as practical.

Break Rooms
Full use of breakrooms is permitted. Since all those who use the breakroom may not be vaccinated, individuals should be able to distance themselves from others. Congregating or crowding should be reduced to the extent feasible.  

Coffee Pots & Water Coolers
Water coolers and shared coffee pots are permitted.


Mental and Emotional Wellbeing

Students can contact Student Psychological Services at 310.338.2868 to schedule an appointment via telephone or Zoom. In-person appointments are dependent on current L.A. County Public Health guidelines. You may also connect with an on-call therapist, available 24/7, by calling 310.338.2868 and pressing #2. Additionally, Therapy Assist Online (TAO) provides psycho-educational material and is available to all students at tao@lmu.edu.

Employees can utilize the Employee Assistance Program, which offers a 24-hour emergency hotline as well as phone or video counseling sessions. To make an appointment, call 877.240.6863 for 24/7 support. For additional wellness information, please visit Human Resources/Wellness.


Office Services

Lobbies
Lobby furniture may be used by individuals who are seeking services or waiting for a meeting. Per L.A. Public Health protocol, there are no distancing or capacity requirements in lobbies at this time.

Coffee Service
Sparkletts restarted regular campus-wide coffee services on Tuesday, August 24.

Water Cooler Servicing and Repairs
As faculty and staff return to office spaces, please check if your Sparkletts equipment fell into disrepair over the past year. If repairs are necessary, please contact key@primowater.com or contact the number on your bill. Please also review the Sparkletts Covid Safety FAQ, including instructions for flushing out water coolers.  Full machine cleaning is available upon request at an additional cost.


On-Campus Dining

For full spring offerings and hours of operation, please visit LMU Dining


On-Campus Housing

On-campus housing is fully open for the 2021-22 academic year. Students must be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious exemption to live in on-campus housing. Please review the current housing policies or contact Student Housing for more information.


On-Campus Retail and Bookstore

The Bookstore is open – check the website for hours.


Outdoor Seating

Outdoor areas are open for use without restriction.


Parking

When will the university restart parking deductions from my paycheck?
In conjunction with the return to campus, parking deductions for the Westchester campus began with the Aug. 27 paycheck for staff, and Aug. 31 paycheck for faculty. 

When is parking enforced?
Paid parking is enforced Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Parking assignments are enforced Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
CVC regulations and time restricted stalls are enforced 24/7.
EV Charging Stations available in FEA-LSB and University Hall.

How will you determine my parking deduction from my paycheck?
If you wish to continue with your previously scheduled parking payroll deduction that was in place in March 2020, no action is required. 

What if I would like to change my parking deduction?
If you would like to cancel your previous payroll deduction, please follow the steps at the Parking Permit Cancellation Form. Read more here.

Do I have to renew my parking deduction each month? 
No. Once you register, the payroll deduction automatically renews each month. The deduction will show as valid through the last day of the current month, and auto-renew on the first day of the following month. 


Recreational Facilities

Is the Burns Recreation Center open again?
The Burns Recreation Center and pool are open. For more information please visit the Campus Recreation website.

What are the hours for the Burns Rec Center?
You can view hours of operation here, including campus holidays and spring break. Masks are required at all times inside the Burns Recreation Center and during all group fitness classes. Family memberships are not available at this time.


Resident Hall Access

Limited to residents only. Non-residents, non-residential staff and others are prohibited, except essential visitors such as personal care attendants for students with disabilities.


Ride-Sharing and Transportation

Multiple individuals sharing a cart or riding in a vehicle together is permitted. Vehicle windows should be opened whenever practical, and masks are required for individuals not considered “fully vaccinated” in Vax LMU.


Shuttle Service

The free LMU shuttle between the Westchester and Playa Vista campuses is operational, and available to all students, staff, and faculty. You must tap your OneCard to enter the shuttle. Face masks are required at all times while on the shuttle, per L.A. County Public Health mandate. 

For a list of stops and updated schedule, please visit the Playa Vista Shuttle website. You may also download the LMU Transit app, available on iOS and Android platforms. 


Student Activities

Will Student Affairs offer in-person events for students in the spring?
Student Affairs offers both in-person and online student events, activities, and programs during the spring semester. Upcoming activities can be found on Student EXP

All student events and activities, whether on or off campus, are subject to the most current L.A. County Public Health and university guidelines. 

How can students get involved?
Students interested in getting involved with registered student organizations and other student life programs are encouraged to log into LEO, LMU’s online student engagement platform and hub for all campus activities and involvement opportunities.

How can student organizations request event approval? 
The procedures for registered student organizations to request event approval and reserve space are available here.

Student leaders of departmental student programs (i.e., ASLMU, Mane Entertainment, Residence Hall Association, Intercultural Facilitators, etc.) should reserve on-campus event spaces through their staff advisor.


Study Abroad

December 20, 2021

Spring 2022 semester study abroad programs continue to run as scheduled, in strict accordance with local health and safety protocols, and with modifications as needed for impacted regions. 
Study abroad participants should carefully review applicable testing requirements and required travel documentation for their flight and program destination. Take precautions over winter break to avoid exposure, infection, and resulting travel delays.

 

Boosters: A COVID-19 booster is increasingly becoming a requirement in locations abroad and could be difficult or impossible to obtain later while overseas. It is highly advisable for all eligible students to obtain a booster in the U.S. prior to departure. Booster eligibility can be found here -- see California Dept of Health information regarding eligibility and vaccine locations, and consult your health care provider.

LMU continues to review ongoing travel advisories, particularly related to the Omicron variant and changing conditions. Study Abroad staff will monitor email daily and respond in case of emergency.  


Testing on Campus

LMU offers free on-campus COVID testing to students, faculty, staff, and contractors at the COVID Testing CenterThose who have an exemption or are not fully vaccinated are still required to get tested twice per week.

Starting Jan. 24, 2022, those who are fully vaccinated and eligible for the booster, but have not uploaded proof to VaxLMU, are required to test weekly. 

Voluntary testing for fully vaccinated individuals is also available by appointment. 

To register for an appointment, please visit lmu.edu/covidappointments. You may also sign up via the Rave Mobile App (select the Lion Health tab). To learn more, visit the On-campus COVID-19 Testing Center page.

Does testing take place prior to performances?
Any community partner (non-LMU student or employee) must test before the production and twice per week during the production.


Travel

Can I travel on university business this year if I am vaccinated? 
Domestic university-related travel, including research trips, conferences, immersion trips, volunteer or work programs, service learning, fellowships, or professional development activities, is permitted for fully vaccinated individuals.

Can I travel on university business this year if I have an approved exemption? 
Domestic travel by non-vaccinated individuals with approved medical or religious exemptions is approved on a case-by-case basis. These individuals will be required to follow all CDC protocols upon their return. You can learn more here

Can I travel internationally on university business?
If you hope to travel internationally on university business, please read about the travel exception request process here. Please always refer to the latest guidance by L.A. County Public Health before traveling. 

Do I need to get tested or quarantine when returning from domestic or international travel?
If you are fully vaccinated, you do not need to get tested or quarantine upon your return. If you are not fully vaccinated, whether you travel domestically or internationally, per L.A. County Public Health and the CDC, you should test and quarantine. For more information, visit the Travel Testing and Quarantine page under Resources, which you can find here.

Is study abroad operational?
At this time, spring semester study abroad programs are continuing to run as scheduled, in accordance with local health and safety protocols, and modifications will be made if needed. Consistent with CDC guidelines for international travel, all study abroad participants are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Study abroad students have been advised to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine booster when eligible, in consultation with a health care provider. LMU Study Abroad will communicate any program-related updates with participants directly when necessary.

See also: Travel Guidance


University Sponsored Events (conferences, receptions, ceremonies, performances, or meetings involving food)

To safeguard community health, and ensure safe and responsible in-person instruction and co-curricular activities, the university is limiting visitors on campus. As such, in order to host an on-campus event with external guests, you must obtain approval from your respective dean or vice president.

Guests attending the following events are permitted on campus with approval from your dean or vice president:

  • Those who have pre-purchased tickets or registered/RSVPed in advance to a performance directly associated with an academic program;
  • Those who have pre-purchased tickets to an athletics competition;
  • Those who have registered in advance to attend a service at Sacred Heart Chapel;
  • Meetings with prospective donors.

Prior to entering any of the following activities or events, as of Nov. 4, 2021 in accordance with SafePass LA and LA County Health Officer Order, all individuals are required to provide proof of full vaccination* (or negative test** if the individual has a medical condition or restriction, sincerely held religious belief, or is not yet eligible for vaccination):

  • Indoor events with external guests serving food or beverages
  • Indoor performances of any kind
  • Exhibition halls and indoor gallery exhibits
  • Indoor athletics competitions and events
  • Membership to Burns Recreation Center
  • Indoor fitness classes
  • Mega Event: indoor events with 500+ guests; outdoor events with 5,000+ guests

Children under age 2 are exempt.

*Per Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, you are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after:

  • You got a Johnson & Johnson (J&J)/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, or
  • You got a second dose of a Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, or
  • You finished the series of a COVID-19 vaccine that has been listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO).

**If providing a negative test result, it must be either: 

  • PCR test taken within three (3) days of the event or two (2) days if attending a mega event,
  • Antigen test taken within one (1) day of the event.

Those hosting any other type of activity (e.g. outdoor event with external guests serving food or beverages, outdoor performances, etc.) are not required to verify proof of vaccination or test result. Visitors will, however, be required to attest to their vaccination status or compliance with the testing requirement prior to coming to campus.

For additional information and a detailed checklist for hosting events with external guests, please click here

All event reservations must be made using the 25Live Scheduling Portal (more information here). 

Note: Food and beverages may be served. It is strongly recommended that you allow for outdoor dining. If dining must take place indoors, proof of vaccination or negative test is required. Ensure excellent ventilation by opening doors and windows if possible. Whether indoors or outdoors, be certain those who need to (e.g. those who are not fully vaccinated, those who are immunocompromised, those who feel more comfortable doing so), have the opportunity to space out while eating or drinking.


Vaccine Requirements

Vaccinations Required for LMU and LLS Faculty and Staff
With new variants becoming even more contagious, effective August 30, 2021 LMU started enforcing vaccination requirements for faculty and staff to ensure the safety and well-being of our community. This requirement is consistent with public health guidance, our values, our student protocols, and recommendations from the Faculty Senate.

LMU’s updated protocols require that all faculty and staff entering our campuses (1) be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and (2) upload confirmation to Vax LMU. We will consider exemptions on a case-by-case basis for qualifying medical or religious reasons. When exemptions are granted, the university requires additional COVID-19 testing or imposes other safety requirements or restrictions. 

Please note: faculty or staff who fail to comply with these updated protocols will be subject to sanctions and corrective action processes. Further information about the exemption request process and sanctions are forthcoming.

Do I need a booster shot? 
As of January 2022, LMU will require eligible community members to provide proof that they have received a COVID-19 booster within one month of eligibility, unless they have a medical or religious exemption. Upload your booster information as soon as possible in Vax LMU using your phone or tablet. Students requiring assistance navigating Vax LMU should contact the Dean of Students and staff/faculty may email Human Resources.

Am I up to date on my COVID vaccine? 
You are considered UP TO DATE on your vaccines per L.A. County Public Health if:

  • You are fully vaccinated and boosted, as reported in VaxLMU - OR -
  • You are fully vaccinated and not yet eligible for the booster, as reported in VaxLMU.

You are considered NOT UP TO DATE on your vaccines per L.A. County Public Health if:

  • You are eligible for the booster but you have not received it, as reported in VaxLMU - OR -
  • You have not been fully vaccinated as reported in VaxLMU.

Click here for a table outlining eligibility specific to each brand of vaccine/booster.

What are the consequences if I am not up to date on my COVID vaccine?

  • If you are exposed to a positive case, you are required to quarantine.
  • Effective January 24, you required to test weekly at the LMU Testing Center:
    • Fully vaccinated and eligible for a booster yet not boosted – 1x per week
    • Those who have an exemption or are not fully vaccinated – 2x per week

May I ask a community member about their vaccination status?
No, a community member’s vaccination status is a private matter and protected by HIPAA and FERPA. Asking an individual to disclose their vaccination status is not permitted.

How many students will be vaccinated by the start of classes?
As of Aug. 30, 2021 100% of our students who access campus in the fall semester have been fully vaccinated, have an approved medical or religious exemption, or are in the process of becoming fully vaccinated.

How many students are receiving exemptions?
A small portion of our students were approved for medical and religious exemptions, less than 2.2% of all students.

Are vaccinations and testing required for those who are on campus?
Evidence of vaccination (uploaded to Vax LMU) or an approved medical or religious exemption are required for studentsfaculty, and staff prior to entering our campuses. 

When are the university’s vaccination requirements in effect?
The university began enforcing vaccination requirements for faculty, staff and commuting students on Aug. 30, 2021. The university began enforcing vaccination requirements for resident students when they moved into university housing. Those with an approved medical or religious exemption must be tested twice per week at the on-campus Testing Center

How do I schedule an appointment at the on-campus Testing Center?
To schedule an appointment, visit lmu.edu/covidappointments or utilize LMU’s Rave Mobile App and select the Lion Health tab. 

What happens to faculty and staff who fail to comply with vaccination or testing protocols?
Faculty or staff who fail to comply with these vaccination and testing protocols are subject to sanctions and corrective action processes. 

Should vaccinated individuals be tested too?
Yes, we encourage fully vaccinated students, faculty, and staff to get tested weekly at the Testing Center. Appointments must be made in advance.

What will happen to students who receive exemptions?
Students who receive medical or religious vaccination exemptions are permitted to attend in-person classes, must wear masks at all times, and must be tested twice weekly.

What will happen to students who fail to comply with vaccination or testing protocols?
Students who fail to comply with vaccination or testing protocols are subject to sanctioning through the student judicial process. The university reserves the right to cancel their registration at any time for not adhering to these protocols.

How will I know if my students are noncompliant or are facing sanctions?
Similar to vaccination status, student judicial or conduct information is private and protected under FERPA.

If I have a vaccination exemption and I am away from campus for an approved reason (e.g. sick, vacation, jury duty, etc), what do I need to do to remain in compliance with the testing center?
If you are required to get tested and you are away from campus for at least three days of any given week (Sunday through Saturday), you must request to be temporarily excused from COVID testing to avoid being marked as non-compliant using this form.

Do I still need to submit a Lion Health Check each time I visit campus?
The Lion Health Check is only required for visitors; at this time, students, faculty, and staff with regular campus access are no longer required to submit daily Lion Health Checks. 


Vax LMU

Vax LMU is the university’s confidential vaccination documentation portal. All LMU staff, faculty, and students are asked to upload proof of vaccination in order to be exempt from campus testing. To upload, simply open lmu.edu/vaxlmu on your phone, snap a photo of your vaccination card once you’re in the app, and submit. If you need help uploading your card, you may visit the COVID Testing Center inside the Burns Rec Center and a staff member will assist you.


Visitors

Please view the most recent campus visitor policy, updated November 4, 2021.

Are visitors allowed on campus?
To safeguard community health, and ensure safe and responsible in-person instruction and co-curricular activities, the university is limiting gatherings and only permitting essential visitors or events on campus.

Pre-approved essential visitors are permitted on campus if they adhere to LMU protocols. Essential visitors include:

  • Those essential to instruction, instructional or co-curricular support, facilities operations, cleaning, repair, or otherwise essential to university business;
  • Guest lecturers and community partners, including:
    • individuals collaborating on research, creative work, or teaching; 
    • prospective donors meeting with a dean or UA team member; 
    • approved companies partnering with LMU to provide internships; 
    • third-party academic service providers;
  • Uber/Lyft and food delivery drivers arriving on campus for a rideshare pick up/drop off or food delivery. 

Guests attending the following events are permitted on campus with approval from your dean or vice president:

  • Those who have pre-purchased tickets or registered/RSVPed in advance to a performance directly associated with an academic program;
  • Those who have pre-purchased tickets to an athletics competition;
  • Those who have registered in advance to attend a service at Sacred Heart Chapel;
  • Meetings with prospective donors.

Risk factors for future events will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Do visitors and event guests need to be vaccinated?
Per L.A. City ordinance, any external visitor who is attending an indoor event must provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test collected in the 72 hours prior to the event. These may be submitted via the Lion Health Check or, if the event host chooses, shown at the door to the event. 

Do visitors need to be approved to come on campus?
Yes, all visitors must be pre-approved to access campus by a dean or vice president or designee. (Note: You do not need to request prior approval for rideshare or food delivery services.) 

What is the process for visitors to be approved?
Requests must be submitted by the dean or vice president through the online Visitor Access Request system with at least one day’s notice.

How will visitors be notified of COVID safety and campus access guidelines?
It is the requestor’s responsibility to provide COVID safety and campus access guidelines to approved visitors. Please use the most up-to-date instructions, which can be found here.

What is the process for event guests to be approved?
To coordinate access for guests attending an on-campus event, please click here.

Is there anything else I need to do if I am hosting an event with external guests?
Yes. Please click here for details.

What COVID safety measures are in place for visitors and event guests?
All visitors and event guests must be pre-approved to access campus. They also must complete the Lion Health Check for Visitors. Through the Lion Health Check, any individual over 12 must indicate that they are either fully vaccinated or that they have had a negative COVID test collected in the last 72 hours and complete a symptom screening. For children under 12, a parent or guardian must complete a symptom screening on their behalf. Anyone who does not complete or pass the Lion Health Check will not be permitted on campus; no exceptions. All visitors and event guests over the age of 2 are required to wear a mask indoors at all times unless eating or drinking. Depending on the nature of the visit or event, additional protocols may apply.

Will campus be opened further in the near future?
This visitor access policy will remain in place for the foreseeable future. Please continue to check back for further updates. 


Working on Campus

Employees may return to work on campus as approved by their manager.

COVID Testing
Testing twice per week is required for employees who have campus access and are not registered as fully vaccinated in Vax LMU.

Effective Jan. 24, 2022, testing once per week is required for employees who have campus access and are not up to date on their vaccinations. 

Testing is also available to fully vaccinated employees who are interested in getting tested. Appointments are required. For additional details, visit the COVID Testing Center website.

COVID Vaccine
After receiving your second COVID vaccine dose (or your first if Johnson & Johnson), upload your vaccination record in Vax LMU. (Tip: Use your phone or tablet, so you can take a picture of your record from within the Vax LMU website!)


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