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Students | Student Life & Ministry/DSC

What programs/events will be occurring?

The Department of Student Life and Ministry has been working very hard to create innovative and safe engagement opportunities on campus. We have virtual events as well as in-person programming following university and city safety guidelines. We are being very creative in how we continue to support important student engagement opportunities such as Fraternity and Sorority life, student organizations, and leadership formation opportunities. Check out our calendar of virtual and in-person programming on HowlConnect and search our directory of student organizations. For questions, please contact Student Life and Ministry at 504.865.3622 or getinvolved@loyno.edu.

Will the Danna Student Center be open?

The Danna Student Center will be open daily 7 a.m. – 2 a.m. 

Will Iggy’s Cupboard remain open?

Iggy’s Cupboard will remain open by appointment (Monday – Friday noon to 7 p.m., weekends noon to 5 p.m.) to any member of Loyola's community that may need a little extra help. Schedule a time to visit online. Please book an appointment at least two hours in advance.

Students | International Students & Study Abroad

What is the latest update from the Center for International Education?

On April 26, 2021, SEVP and the U.S. Department of State released updated information and it will affect the F-1 or J-1 student status of our international students as follows:

  • For CONTINUING F-1 STUDENTS, you will be permitted to take more than one course online as long as you are enrolled in a full-time course load for the semester as usual.
  • If you are a NEWLY ADMITTED F-1 or J-1 STUDENT and are starting your first semester at Loyola, you are allowed to apply for an F-1 visa and enter the U.S., as long as you are taking at least one class which you are attending in person on campus. If you prefer to enroll in online education only, on the other hand, you would not be allowed to enter the U.S. and you would have to take your classes online from abroad.

These accommodations will remain available until Loyola will have completed its return to normal operations entirely.

As Loyola plans to offer the vast majority of courses on campus, given the substantial success of vaccination efforts in the U.S. and in New Orleans, please, note that, in general, international students will be expected to take their classes in person.

Loyola is aware that some international students might still be faced with ongoing complications due to the pandemic, such as rapidly changing travel restrictions, limited travel options, unforeseen COVID-19 outbreaks abroad, and reduced U.S. consular services.

In case you come to the conclusion that it will be increasingly difficult for you as an international student to attend your classes in person, please, reach out to the Associate Dean's office of your college and to our Center for International Education as early as possible. That will allow us to assist you efficiently and to find the class schedule and format that will work best for you.

If you have questions about your specific situation, please contact cie@loyno.edu. For general questions, please refer to the following FAQs.

Do I need a travel endorsement signature from the Center for International Education (CIE) to return to Loyola for the fall or summer term?

Before your trip to return to New Orleans, please, check the Travel Endorsement signature from CIE on page 2 of your form I-20. It needs to be less than 12 months old by the time you will re-enter the U.S. If you need a new signature, please, email CIE (cie@loyno.edu) to receive an updated form I-20. During the pandemic, CIE is sending electronically signed forms I-20 by email which are valid documents.

  • J-1 students would have to contact CIE by email (cie@loyno.edu) regarding a new Travel Validation signature on their form DS-2019.
  • J-1 Scholars/Professors should check their form DS-2019 to see if they need a new travel validation signature. It needs to be less than 12 months old by the time you will re-enter the U.S.

Do I need to report my new address?

In case you move to a different address in the U.S., please, update your U.S. address in your LORA account as soon as possible and at the latest within 10 days of your move. (Go to "Personal Info -> Addresses".) Also, please, email your new address to cie@loyno.edu as well.

Where can I find information about res life and dining services? 

Please carefully review the different sections of this FAQ:

Will I have to quarantine when I travel to Loyola from outside the United States?

There is no mandatory self-quarantine for new arrivals in Louisiana, and Loyola does not have a mandatory quarantine policy. Get more information about Loyola's COVID-19 prevention plan

Does my LewerMark Health Plan cover COVID-19 related cases?

If you are enrolled in the Loyola health insurance plan provided by the LewerMark Health Insurance, you can find essential information on the coverage for COVID-19 related cases on our CIE website.

COVID-19 testing without symptoms or exposure is covered under the 'Wellness Benefit' of the LewerMark plan.

COVID-19 testing with symptoms, as well as treatment of COVID-19 illnesses, are included in the general coverage for illnesses.

How can I reach CIE?

CIE remains open and you will primarily be able to communicate with us by email: 

  • You can reach Dittmar Dittrich, the Assistant Director for International Student & Scholar Services, by:

I want to make an appointment to talk with an advisor about Study Abroad. How does that work now?

We will continue to accept appointment requests via our Study Abroad portal. Whether with Peer Advisors or CIE staff, appointments can be in person or conducted remotely via Zoom or phone or in person. Click here to make an appointment.

How do I find the most up-to-date information regarding my program’s status?

Check your Loyola email regularly for communications from CIE. You are also more than welcome to reach out to Parjest Thevenard (Study Abroad Advisor) or Mariette Thomas (CIE Director) with any questions or concerns.

Unless you have heard otherwise from your host institution and/or CIE, your program is scheduled to run and you should continue preparing accordingly. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely and we are looking forward to continuing to run study abroad programs as planned. Please note: Program start dates are subject to change based on Loyola's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and any restrictions or safety measures imposed by host country governments. Loyola reserves the right to change the itinerary of activities for a program or cancel a program entirely at any time. Participants will be notified of any such changes.

How do I find the most up-to-date information regarding my host country’s travel advisory status?

Please pay close attention to your host country’s travel advisory status through the WHO, the CDC, and the U.S. Department of State.

What does my Study Abroad insurance cover?

If you receive insurance coverage through Loyola (LewerMark), you can get policy details and directions on how to access your benefits here. If you receive insurance coverage through ISEP, you can get policy details here. If you receive insurance coverage through your host country or host program, you must check with your policy provider.

How has the study abroad application process changed?

CIE will continue to conduct the application procedures as normal, with the following exceptions:

  • Completed Course Approval Forms can now be accepted via email, and we will now accept approval emails in place of signatures. These approval emails should be addressed to Parjest and must come directly from the person granting approval.
  • Study Abroad interviews will be conducted via Zoom.
  • Students are required to upload proof of COVID-19 vaccination or submit a request for vaccination exemption for study abroad. 

What is Loyola's essential travel policy and how does it apply to students that wish to study abroad?

Vaccinated faculty, staff, and students may travel on University business if the travel is essential. Essential travel includes student travel that is for an academic purpose that is necessary and cannot be postponed or handled remotely (i.e., for graduation, academic progress, research experience, etc.).

Can unvaccinated students participate in essential travel?

If an unvaccinated individual seeks to travel on University business or for University purposes, such a request must be submitted to the Provost for consideration and approval. Such individuals may be subject to additional travel restrictions and testing requirements prior to returning to campus consistent with the Centers for Disease Control guidelines. Contact cie@loyno.edu for more information. 

What virtual program options are available?

Students interested in an international experience during the COVID-19 pandemic may wish to consider a virtual study abroad and/or virtual international internship program. The following exciting opportunities are available. 

Virtual programs have lower costs than traditional study abroad and are accessible to a wide range of students. Choosing a virtual study abroad or international internship program shows initiative and a vital interest in global perspectives. You will still benefit from an international experience through online courses and/or your internship placement. You'll add important professional skills to your resume like cross-cultural communication and flexibility. 

I have a question that is not answered here. Who do I contact?

Please contact either Parjest Thevenard or Mariette Thomas with any questions that are not explicitly addressed on this page. 

Students | Office of Accessible Education

How will I receive accommodations for the academic year?

The Office for Accessible Education will work with students who have diagnoses that require reasonable accommodations. Please contact the Office for Accessible Education if you have any concerns about returning to campus for classes or anxiety around online courses. The OAE works with all colleges to provide all-online schedules where they are needed.

How do I contact my accessibility counselor?

Continue to make appointments through the OAE webpage. Your counselor can visit with you via phone, Google Meet, or Zoom. The method for your meeting will be emailed to you via YouCanBookMe.

What if I don’t have a laptop or access to wifi?

WiFi is available to all local students in common campus spaces. A limited number of WiFi hotspots and laptops have been purchased through the Father James Carter Digital Equity fund. If you are in need of a device, please contact Ms. Laurie Phillips at phillips@loyno.edu or submit a request through the BIT report form.

Can I get an accommodation for a food allergy?

Yes, please email oae@loyno.edu for food accommodations.

Students | Student Health

What services are available to students?

Student Health Services (SHS) is open by appointment only. Students can call SHS at 504.865.3326, available Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. See a list of services offered at the clinic.

For after-hours consultations, students can call the Ochsner COVID info hotline 24/7 at 844.888.2772. Loyola's Virtual Wellness Center is located in the Danna Center for students to speak virtually with a health care provider using the Ochsner Anywhere Care app. Access the Ochsner Anywhere app from your phone or laptop 24/7. Virtual visits are free using the Ochsner Anywhere Care App and the Loyola coupon codes LUSTUDENT, LUFACULTY, or LUSTAFF.

Is COVID testing available at Student Health Services?

Testing is available at Student Health Services for Loyola students who are symptomatic or have a confirmed exposure to COVID-19. Call SHS at 504.865.3326 to schedule an appointment for COVID testing. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m to 4:45 p.m., closed for university holidays.

  • Students are given a full medical assessment in their appointment, including but not limited to, rapid antigen COVID testing, as indicated. 
  • As the schedule permits, faculty and staff experiencing symptoms of COVID can receive rapid antigen COVID testing and recommendations for further assessment and care.

After Hours/Weekend Care:

What protocols will the health clinic follow in relation to COVID-19?

Loyola University partners with Ochsner Health System to operate our health clinic. Our student health team follows protocols established by Ochsner, Louisiana Department of Health, and the CDC. Our model has changed to appointment only instead of walk-in/first come first serve. Students will be required to complete virtual paperwork prior to arrival and follow these guidelines for the appointments: 

  1. No visitors or friends will be allowed in the clinic with you.
  2. You must wear a face mask to enter the clinic and keep the mask on unless advised otherwise.

Should I contact SHS if I experience COVID-19 symptoms?

Yes, students experiencing COVID symptoms should call SHS at 504.865.3326 for a telephone screening, available M–F from 8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. SHS will determine whether COVID testing is indicated and schedule a time for the student to get tested at the clinic. After hours or on weekends, students who are symptomatic should contact the Ochsner COVID info hotline at 844.888.2772.

What if I test positive for COVID-19?

If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they should report their positive test to covid@loyno.edu. If they are on-campus, they should call the Res Life Coordinator immediately at 504.732-1602. If a student tests positive or receives the notification of exposure to coronavirus after hours or on weekends when Student Health is closed, LUPD will be on call to help connect the student if necessary. Call LUPD at 504.865.3434, available 4:45 p.m. – 8 p.m. during the week and 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. on weekends.

If a student falls ill due to COVID-19, will SHS be able to transfer them to a hospital?

Students in self-isolation should follow all recommendations of their health care provider, which may include hospitalization if a higher level of care is required. Examples of symptoms that require a higher level of care include hypoxia (low oxygen levels), shortness of breath, uncontrolled fever, and/or dehydration.

How is Loyola planning to handle seasonal flu cases or typical illnesses?

Student Health Services is strongly encouraging students to receive their annual flu shot vaccination. Flu shots are available in Student Health Services. Students can also receive their flu shot at any nearby pharmacy.

In addition, we will be swabbing students for the flu and treating them the same as we have in the past. We will write prescriptions for Tamiflu if indicated and give them school notes to miss classes if needed. We will continue to offer our regular health services by appointment only.

Students | University Counseling Center

How will I meet with my counselor?

The University Counseling Center (UCC) offers remote counseling for Loyola students in the state of Louisiana. In-person appointments are available as safety permits. All visitors to the UCC must follow appropriate public health protocols. 

How do I make an appointment?

Appointments can be scheduled by calling 504.865.3835, Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

What if I am experiencing a mental health crisis?

Students can call our counselor on-call 24/7 at 504.865.3835. If you are on-campus and require immediate assistance, please call LUPD at 504.865.3434.

What other resources is the UCC providing?

View a full list of services offered by the UCC and review the virtual self care guide. Follow @loynohealthadvocates on Instagram for self-care and mental health tips and support!

Are there any spiritual-based counseling services available?

Yes. Please contact Student Life and Ministry at 504.865.3622 or getinvolved@loyno.edu to request an appointment.

Students | Dining

What safety measures will you take for dining services?

In partnership with our food provider, Sodexo, Loyola will continue to enact proven precautions and safety practices, combined with transparent and ongoing communication, to offer healthy, safe, and delicious dining options on campus. The campus dining team is taking every precaution to deliver safe, high-quality food in a carefully controlled environment, including requiring personal protective equipment, frequent hand washing, and illness protocol. We will have expanded options for carryout orders and use touchless technology for transactions. We will continue to follow all state and local government guidelines.

Is dining open to the general public?

Dining on campus will be open to the public. We will follow state and local guidelines.

Students | Academics and Tuition

I have a health condition that makes me more vulnerable to COVID-19. What options will I have for taking courses?

The Office of Accessible Education (OAE) can work with students who have health conditions that require official accommodation. Please contact the OAE if you have any concerns about returning to campus for classes. The OAE works with all colleges to provide all-online schedules where they are needed.

What if I get sick and fall behind on my coursework?

First and foremost, we want all Loyola students and community members to remain safe, healthy, and well. In the event that you fall sick, your first priority should be to get better. Faculty will be flexible about attendance rules and work with students who are ill.

Students | Athletics & USC

Who can I contact with general questions about the University Sports Complex?

Facility questions can be addressed to Damali Thomas at dtthomas@loyno.edu or 504.864.7106. Also, you can call the front desk of the facility at 504.864.7539 and the building manager on duty at 504.864.7367 while the facility is open.

Students | Residential Life

Will I be able to safely isolate in the residence halls if I test positive for COVID-19?

Yes, we have a designated COVID isolation ward for students living on campus to safely complete a mandated isolation period if they test positive for COVID-19. If you choose this option for isolation, you will be required to stay in your assigned isolation room, except to use the restroom, for the duration of your isolation. Check our what to expect in quarantine/isolation page for more information.

What will students need to bring if they need to move to the COVID isolation ward?

They should pack a bag with essentials. They will need to bring a pillow, towel, items they need for class, personal items, preferred snacks, and any medications they need. Bed linens will be provided. 

How can I contact Residential Life?

Email reslife@loyno.edu or call 504.865.2445 if you have any questions about your housing plan.