Spring 2022 FAQ
Last Updated: 1.19.2022 8:05 a.m. PST
When will the spring 2022 semester begin?
The spring semester began on Jan. 10, 2021 as originally scheduled; however, for the first two weeks, academic instruction and many campus events with external guests will be conducted remotely. In-person instruction resumes Monday, Jan. 24.
Why is LMU conducting remote instruction for the first two weeks of the spring 2022 semester?
The recent surge in COVID-19 cases in L.A. County and at university campuses nationwide have prompted LMU to preemptively provide time for our campus community to obtain boosters, confirm negative test results, and address potential health concerns related to holiday gatherings and travel. Our approach attempts to increase flexibility while minimizing overall disruption to curricular and co-curricular activities amid uncertainty stemming from the COVID-19 Omicron variant.
Will campus access change?
No. Buildings have normal operational hours.
Do I need to get a booster shot?
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.
When do I need to get my booster shot? Is there a deadline?
COVID-19 boosters are required by 11:59 p.m. on January 23, 2022 — or within one month of your eligibility to receive the booster shot, whichever is later.
I became eligible for my booster shot weeks or months ago, so what is my deadline?
You must obtain your booster and upload your booster documentation by January 23, 2022.
Where can I get a COVID test?
L.A. County Public Health encourages individuals to get tested before and after gathering with large groups outside of their household. Testing centers can be found on the L.A. County website. Individuals may also contact a local urgent care center or coordinate with their primary care physician.
Where can I get my questions answered?
Please utilize the resources below for more specific answers to your questions:
- For inquiries about a particular class or coursework, please contact your faculty member or academic advisor directly.
- For immigration/I-20 questions, international students may contact the Office for International Students and Scholars.
- Our COVID Support Team or Human Resources have posted online resources. If you do not see your question answered above, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, and a representative will assist you.
Do students need to change their return travel plans?
No. Residence halls, dining facilities, and other campus services will be operational. Students are welcome to return to LMU as previously planned. Students who prefer to delay their travel may begin their spring 2022 semester remotely and return in time for in-person classes on Monday, Jan. 24.
What is open on campus during the two week period of online instruction?
Residence halls, dining facilities, libraries, and offices will reopen as previously scheduled. Other services and operations will also be open. The Burns Rec Center will be closed January 5 - 23 (for more information please visit the Campus Recreation website).
Where can I attend my virtual classes?
Students are encouraged to attend their classes in their residence halls or from outdoor spaces. Faculty have first right to use a classroom at their assigned time, however, if an open classroom is available, then students are free to use that space to attend their class virtually. Please note that masks are required in all learning spaces, as they are public spaces, even if someone is alone.
May I use the library as a quiet place to attent my virtual classes?
Group study rooms in the library may be used for virtual classes -- appointments must be made in advance here.
Please be advised, if you are attending a virtual class from a public study space (even with headphones), you may be asked to leave if it is disruptive to others sharing that space.
As a reminder, masks are required at all times in the library, even if you are in a group study room alone.
Do academic calendar changes affect staff?
Effective Jan. 4, only faculty and staff who must be on campus to do their jobs prior to Jan. 23 should continue in-person work. Those who believe they can work remotely should do so with manager approval. However, staff will be required to observe other required protocols, such as uploading booster documentation when eligible and other revised guidelines, such as testing.
Do these changes affect my equipment allowance?
The equipment allowance will continue through January 2022. However, if you are not working remotely you should stop the allowance using Workday.
Where can faculty get support for teaching online?
Can I teach from my office to my class online? Or from an empty classroom? Do I have to wear a mask in an empty classroom?
Campus will be open, and faculty are encouraged to use their offices to teach their courses while online. Classrooms can be used, but they should be the same classroom assigned to the class and be used in the correct class schedule. Masks are required in all learning spaces, since they are public spaces, even if you are alone.
Can I just teach online for the whole semester?
No. The Spring semester will take place in-person, with the exception of the first two weeks online. Any accommodations for teaching online should be done through HR.