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 Post subject: Loyola Fall Plans
PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2020 7:58 am 
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The two proposed scenarios are (1) a hybrid of both in-person/on-campus and online instruction or (2) online only.

If permissible by state and municipal officials and L.A.M.A., the hybrid approach that includes an on-campus experience with online options appears to be the preferred scenario.

To implement the hybrid model, many aspects of our “usual” campus operations will be modified to include the de-densification of classrooms and the repurposing of rooms, theaters, and conference spaces so that students and faculty can practice required social distancing measures by sitting six feet apart from one another. For example, a classroom that normally would seat 30 students will now seat a maximum of 10. Similarly, we are beginning to plan for de-densifying the residence halls, which will include limiting occupancy and setting aside one of the halls for students who might test positive for COVID-19 and need to be quarantined.

However, because there remain so many unknown variables and factors at this time, including the availability of testing and contact tracing, we must show prudence by concurrently planning for the second option, which is to be fully online for the fall. In the event that regulators and evolving public health conditions do not allow students to return to campus for in-person classes in the fall, we must be ready for all courses to be taught online.

Further supporting this preparedness, the provost has already asked faculty and staff to prepare to offer solely online instruction if L.A.M.A. and the health and safety of our community determine that as the most appropriate course of action.

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We know that many of us are eager to make firm plans for the fall that would include an on-campus experience. And yet, sitting here at the end of May, there is still much that we need to learn before we can make a definitive determination about the fall semester. I know that at some level this is very unsettling and challenges our ability to tolerate more ambiguity. However, this measured approach also gives us the opportunity to consider evolving information and thoughtfully plan and prepare for two workable scenarios.

In the meantime, we ask you to remain understanding, flexible, and to think about your individual plans under the assumption of hybrid instruction and utilization of on-campus housing beginning in August.

Consistent with our communication strategy, we will continue to reach out and share what we know, as soon as possible. We anticipate announcing a final determination of fall plans within the next 30-45 days.

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 Post subject: Re: Loyola Fall Plans
PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2020 9:02 am 
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A simple but effective method of "de-densifying" the student body would be to ban all the English and Political Science majors from campus.

Get it?


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 Post subject: Re: Loyola Fall Plans
PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2020 9:03 am 
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If Loyola dedicates a dorm exclusively for quarantined Covid-positive students, they should rename it "Damien Hall" after Father Damien of Leper Colony fame.


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 Post subject: Re: Loyola Fall Plans
PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2020 9:05 am 
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I wonder how many incoming students will defer until next year? I thought ND plan was innovated about starting earlier and ending at Thanksgiving but have no idea if it can be implemented successfully.


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