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Academics

Loyola will offer on-ground learning for the 2020-2021 academic year 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 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:

As we set the spring academic schedule, we realize that it remains dangerous for us to disperse for a spring break and then return to campus with new exposures. We have added those days off instead to the very beginning of the spring semester (which we will start after Martin Luther King Day) and to the reading period before exams. We will also scatter two days to the middle of regular weeks, so that we can all take a breath once in a while.   

We will still close on Mardi Gras day, but have left Lundi Gras as “to be determined” for now, as we take cues from the city about the nature of carnival celebrations and its attempts to prevent super-spreader events. We also will close on Good Friday, and focus on celebrating Easter week here with each other. 

View Academic Calendars

Personal Travel

All students living in on-campus or off-campus housing during the academic year  will be expected to remain in the New Orleans area while classes are in session, and refraining from unnecessary travel. 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 have been 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. 
  • We have many classrooms with HyFlex technology to stream lectures and classroom activities live online so students can engage in discussions and participate in class from any location. Please work with your instructor on specific arrangements as noted in the class syllabus.

Review our requirements for Face Coverings and Social Distancing, which will be enforced in all public spaces including classrooms, labs, and lecture halls. 

Course Delivery: 

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. See our updated pandemic attendance policy (for non-law students) for information about those requirements.

Online (Asynchronous) 

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. Asynchronous courses are the standard model in our fully-online degree programs.

Online (Synchronous)

These courses meet at a 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. 

HyFlex

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. 

On-ground Classes

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: 

Student support services for academic year 2020-2021 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. 
  • 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.

Monroe Library

The Monroe Library is open online at library.loyno.edu 24/7. 

View the library hours online.

Entry requirements: 

  • A valid Loyola ID card is required to enter the building. Entry into the building is through the side entrance between Bobet Hall and Miller Hall. The doors have been modified for wheelchair access. 

  • In accordance with University and state and local policies, masks must be worn on campus and in the library. 

  • Safe Environment: Study Spaces & Classrooms. Study spaces are spread throughout the building to ensure the 6 ft rule to ensure a safe and comfortable environment. 

  • Students taking classes in Multimedia Classrooms 1 & 2 and the Mac Lab, room 113, will see the directional signs and floor stickers to guide you on your path to and from class and other parts of the library safely.

  • Hand sanitizer is located throughout the building as you enter and outside each classroom.

Checkouts: We have a new system that allows you to request contactless pickup of print books or scores or CDs and some equipment. There will be no hourly checkouts of reserves, rooms, or equipment. For reserves or single songs or arias, you may request electronic delivery. Our front desk and the stacks will be closed for services, but we are offering all of our services through online request here: https://researchguides.loyno.edu/requestmaterialsequipment

Please use Interlibrary loan to request materials that we do not own.  This semester, area libraries have restricted access to members of their own community only. 

Semester equipment loans: All requests for laptops, iPads, and hotspots will go through BIT reports. We will provide equipment for the semester, based on assessment of need. 

Printing on Campus: We have four new printers on campus this Fall.  Two of these printers  are located on the first floor of the library, one near the computer stations in the Learning Commons, the other in the IT Computer Lab on your right as you enter the building, one in Monroe Hall, and one in the Danna Center (in Satchmo’s). It’s a new system with the ability to send print jobs from your phone or laptop, then release the job at a print station in the library, the Danna Center, or Monroe Hall.  The new printers give you more flexibility and help to reduce printing errors, forgotten printouts, and waste. Here is a guide to how to print using the new system. 

Computing: Computer workstations are available on the first floor of the library and in the first floor IT computer lab.  Laptops will be checked out for the semester. See below. 

Photocopy: The library has two copy machines on the first floor. The room has a capacity of 2 and use the PaperCut system. More information about how to add value to your Papercut account will be forthcoming.

Research and Reference: Your librarian is here! The library’s liaison program links a library faculty member with your academic department and areas of study. Get assistance with research projects and information resources. Find your liaisons.

Ready to explore the databases, ebooks, and other resources the library offers? To search for articles and books and everything in one place, go to https://library.loyno.edu and use the QuickSearch box. To find books, ebooks, scores, CDs and DVDs that the library owns and to place holds, go to the library’s catalog. Liaisons have created a multitude of research guides by subject area.

For more information about the library:

 

Academics FAQ     

Office of Accessible Education FAQ

Wifi Access FAQ