Student Affairs Updates
The Division of Student Affairs realizes that this is a very challenging time for all students. Please know that we will do our best to support you during this time. We encourage everyone in our community to support one another, practice patience and grace, and find it within yourself to be flexible and understanding. Please read the following important information.
Quicklinks to Resources Below:
- Student Housing
- Student Employment
- Student Psychological Services
- Office for International Students and Scholars
- Campus Recreation and Student Facilities
- Student Code of Conduct
Our options for fall on-campus housing are limited because of public health restrictions that require that we reduce on-campus housing capacity from what we anticipated. Traditional residence halls will be closed, and we will only assign one student per bedroom in our remaining suite-style and apartment residences. We strongly recommend students to reconsider housing plans and to remain home this fall.
For our newly entering first-year and transfer students, we regret that we cannot provide you with the residential experience that we normally offer. We recommend that you attend your fall courses remotely so that you are on track in your degree programs. While studying remotely this fall, you will have the opportunity to participate in the rich online co-curricular activities we are planning for you and your first-year classmates. We are optimistic that circumstances will improve so that we can resume in-person instruction and on-campus housing in the spring semester—with delight!
Our new reduced, low-density occupancy plan will prioritize the following students who acknowledged the updated license agreement by July 6, 2020:
- Undergraduate students who are unable to effectively study from an off-campus location;
- Undergraduate students requiring on-campus disability accommodations;
- Students who are housing-insecure;
- International students who are currently in the U.S. without off-campus housing options;
- Undergraduate students enrolled in in-person and hybrid experiences without off-campus options.
If you believe you meet one or more of the aforementioned criteria or are experiencing extenuating circumstances that warrant special consideration for limited on-campus housing, you must log into the Student Housing portal and complete a supplemental application by 5 p.m. on July 22. The supplemental application will open tomorrow, July 15 at 9 a.m. We will review and approve these requests on a case-by-case basis. More information about student housing for fall 2020 can be found on the Student Housing website; you can expect an update from Student Housing soon.
In the meantime, all housing and meal plan charges that were applied to your account for fall 2020 will be reversed. Only those students who receive an assignment through the supplemental application process will be billed for student housing and meal plans once fall assignments are finalized. If you do not receive an assignment through the supplemental application process, you will be placed on a waitlist for student housing and assigned when space becomes available. This waitlist will carry over through spring 2021.
If you do not wish to remain on the waitlist, please log into the Student Housing portal to cancel your housing application and License Agreement by 5 p.m. on August 7, 2020, to receive a refund of your deposit. Off Campus Student Life is available to provide recommendations and resources for students seeking to live off-campus.
All currently enrolled students are eligible to work on-campus, remotely or a combination of the two for the 2020-21 academic year. Due to restrictions and guidelines related to COVID-19, several new student employment policies have been established. Supervisors may create Student Employment Authorizations (SEAs) beginning Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. The fall work term will begin Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020. Only students with approved access to campus are permitted to work on-campus while all other enrolled students are eligible for remote work. Supervisors can now post jobs on LionJobs, LMU’s online student job board. FAQs are available on the Student Employment Services website.
Student Health Services (SHS) remains committed to the health and safety of all our students. To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, SHS will screen all students who are experiencing symptoms of an illness or injury by phone or email to determine the best course of treatment. You may contact SHS by phone at 310.338.2881 or by secure email messaging through our patient portal. Student Psychological Services (SPS) will be offering therapy sessions to students via phone and/or video communication until further notice. SPS will not conduct sessions in-person at this time, as your safety and well-being remains our highest priority. SPS therapists are licensed in California and can only provide teletherapy for students who are physically in California. If you have returned to a permanent residence that is out of state, please call your SPS therapist at 310.338.2868 to notify them of your status and ask for referral information if needed.
For more information, please visit the SHS webpage.
The Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) shares the following information below for international students during the period of online instruction.
Student Visa Status
Our international students are essential members of our LMU family. We are thrilled to report that, earlier this afternoon, the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced that they would rescind their divisive policy. We benefit from the diversity of perspectives that drive our creativity and ambitions, and our international students are a rich source of the LMU experience. The Office for International Students and Scholars will share further information as appropriate. We will continue working with our Congressional delegation, colleague institutions, and our advocacy organizations, including AJCU and ACE, to ensure that our international students’ education is not interrupted.
The Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) continues to serve as a dedicated resource for international students. You may contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions unique to your personal situation. For all visa related questions, email email@example.com.
LMU’s undergraduate courses will be principally and primarily conducted remotely; for many students, courses will be offered exclusively online. The Registrar’s Office has created comprehensive plans that provide further details into fall instruction arrangements (including the ability to study full online, if one chooses to do so).
Faculty are preparing over the summer to create enriching and engaging classes that allow students to interact, build community, and experience academic excellence in all instructional formats.
You will continue to benefit by LMU’s phenomenal curricular and co-curricular support and development offerings, including the William H. Hannon Library, the Academic Resource Center, Student Affairs, and Career and Professional Development, among many others.
Visit the Registrar's FAQ page for more information.
The safety and security of our students, faculty, and staff is a top priority. Therefore, the Student Conduct Code remains in effect for all students. LMU will continue to investigate and adjudicate any behavior in violation of the Student Conduct Code, including on-line behavior. Those found responsible for violations of the Student Conduct Code may be immediately removed from student housing and subject to additional sanctions. All conduct matters will be addressed promptly.
If you receive communication from the Department of Public Safety or the Office of Student Conduct & Community Responsibility, you must respond and make yourself available for a telephonic investigative interview and, if appropriate, a telephonic or on-line conduct hearing.