Loyola will offer on-ground learning for the Fall 2020 semester with flexible options to keep everyone safe and allow for a quick and agile transition to online learning if necessary. The academic plans outlined below for the Fall 2020 semester primarily focus on undergraduate and graduate studies.
The College of Law has developed a separate plan to address the particular needs of law students attending class on the Broadway Campus.
Changes to the Academic Calendar:
We will end on-ground campus instruction and events before Thanksgiving break, which will take place from November 23-27. Classes will resume remotely on November 30 for the remainder of the semester and final exams. For students, that saves many of you the expense of two trips home and it protects our community from the exposures of travel.
We will move Labor Day and fall break holidays to the week of Thanksgiving, giving you off November 23-27 to allow for a proper break if those days are not needed earlier. If Loyola must move to fully online teaching prior to Thanksgiving, these three additional days will be used as transition time.
All students living in on-campus or off-campus housing during the Fall 2020 semester will be expected to remain in the New Orleans area during the semester, refraining from unnecessary travel until we go home at Thanksgiving. Hurricane evacuations are an exception to this rule and students should follow personal evacuation plans if the university or city calls for an evacuation.
If you must travel for other reasons, please call Student Health Services at 504.865.3326 and inform them of your travel plans; you may be asked to self isolate for 14 days upon your return. The university (e.g. SGA) will not approve or provide funding for any travel for individuals or student organizations (e.g. to attend conferences).
Changes to the Learning Environment:
As much as possible, we will create a paperless classroom experience that allows for greater safety and sustainability on campus. You’ll be asked to turn in assignments electronically and receive grades online to help limit the spread of germs.
- All classrooms will be marked with capacity requirements outside the door and furniture will be removed or decommissioned to allow for proper social distancing in the space at all times.
- Students may be released from on-ground courses one row at a time to reduce crowding in the doorways and hallways. Schedules will allow more time between courses.
- We will outfit many classrooms with technology to stream lectures and classroom activities live online so students can engage in discussions and participate in class from any location.
Courses will fall under four categories to allow for a smoother transition in case we need to pivot to fully online and to allow for higher risk students to comfortably complete courses from off-campus.
These are courses that were originally scheduled to be online prior to the pandemic or now need to be fully online because the instructor is at a higher risk if exposed to coronavirus. An asynchronous course does not have a set meeting time, but you will engage with your instructor and your peers through discussion boards and other interactive assignments.
These courses meet at the originally scheduled time but via Zoom instead of in a classroom. In some cases, this is to protect the health of the instructor, and in other cases, it may be necessary to have some classes in this format to reduce overall density in buildings during the most popular class times.
As the name implies, this option gives our students the most flexibility to choose how to complete the course. All course content will be available fully online for students, either synchronously through live-streamed sessions or asynchronously through recorded content. Assuming on ground meeting remains available, these courses will supplement the online component with group meetings that abide by rules of social distancing, either in larger spaces or in smaller groups. For example, a class scheduled Monday, Wednesday, Friday might split into three groups where in-person attendance is rotated. The HyFlex model allows us to offer majors courses in a flexible format for students to work remotely even in programs that do not traditionally offer online courses, but they also allow an on-ground experience that takes into consideration safety guidelines.
These courses will meet in spaces large enough to allow for proper social distancing and/or utilize live-streaming technology to allow all students to participate in real time if they can’t attend in-person. If disrupted, courses can move fully online.
You will find details about the delivery format of your course on LORA. LORA is subject to change based on faculty availability and room assignment changes that are required by changing enrollments. If you have questions about your schedule, please contact your academic advisor or success coach.
Student support services for Fall 2020 will include the following:
- The Office of Accessible Education (OAE) will 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.
- If you are not comfortable returning to classes on campus for reasons other than your own health, please reach out to the associate dean of your college and your academic advisor who can support you in finding an optimal schedule for remote learning within your current program.
- Digital equity is a key concern. Please be on the lookout for a survey in the next few weeks that asks about your access to technology. The Monroe Library supports students by loaning laptops and hotspots, but demand sometimes exceeds supply. By completing this survey, you will help us understand what the true need is and allow us to fundraise to better support you.
- Consistent with policies in Spring 2020, we will maintain flexible attendance and deadline policies in recognition of the fact that students may become ill or have loved ones who become ill.
- The Pan-American Life Student Success Center will continue to provide tutoring and learning support, success coaching and advising, and career development guidance. If you are off campus or prefer an online meeting, they are fully accessible by Zoom. Please consult their website or follow them on Instagram for information about services and about on-ground operations as those details become available.