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Loyola to offer online-only instruction for Fall 2020

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Posted at 1:59 PM, Aug 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-06 13:59:25-04

BALTIMORE — Loyola University will now only offer online-only instruction to its undergraduate students for the fall semester.

After reviewing the national and statewide effects of COVID-19, Loyola University Maryland’s Board of Trustees and leadership have decided the University will offer online-only instruction to its undergraduate students for the fall semester.

Graduate programs, which are mainly part-time programs for adult learners, will also be offered primarily online.

“Our carefully researched and well-formulated plans to welcome students in person were predicated on a model that expected COVID-19 to die down over the summer,” Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president, wrote in a message to the Loyola community. “That transition would have given us the opportunity to open the University as scheduled. Unfortunately, the data have proven that did not happen.”

In his letter, Fr. Linnane cited the availability of testing and turnaround times on tests, as well as the rise in COVID-19 cases in Maryland.

While acknowledging the students’ grief over the loss of this time in person, he encouraged them to make the most of this time and look forward to being together.

Loyola intends to welcome undergraduate students back for a full residential and academic experience for the Spring 2021 semester.