To keep the Lion community informed of the frequent changes and impacts the COVID-19 pandemic is having on our University, below is a timeline of updated campus information. 

August 26: Within the last two weeks, LMU has recorded "three or more" cases of COVID-19, according to a community update. 

August 13: West Coast Conference Council announced they will postpone all conference competition in Fall 2020 due to health and safety concerns amid the pandemic.

According to the statement released by LMU Athletics, the decision will apply to men and women’s soccer, cross country and women’s volleyball. Additionally, the department decided to cancel men’s water polo competitions for the fall season, which is normally part of Western Water Polo Association. 

Regardless of the decision, the scholarships of impacted student-athletes won’t be affected.

July 29: Executive Vice President and Provost Poon hosted a virtual town hall on Wednesday evening for students and parents to answer questions regarding the fall semester. Some of the topics covered were emergency insurance and other fees, concerns about instruction being held online, health and safety policies that will be enforced, and much more.

The next town hall will be held on August 5, during which the Provost will share "new information, plans, and considerations about the coming academic year," according to the LMU website

July 22: Student Employment Services released new information for students looking to work during the fall semester. According to the update, students are eligible to work remotely whether or not they will be working out of California, but only students with classes on-campus or living in the residence halls will be approved to work on the grounds. 

July 16: LMU Athletics announced that in alignment with the the West Coast Conference that the start of fall sports will be delayed to September 24. Athletics Director Craig Pintens stated in the message, "Although today's decision is difficult, it is necessary to provide the best opportunity for the Lions to compete this fall."

July 15: Following up the previous announcement on online courses, the Office of the Registrar sent students a message regarding their fall semester classes and schedule. According to the email, any and all changes to class locations and mode (online or in-person) will be entirely updated and accessible through PROWL by Friday, July 17. 

July 14: The University confirmed that the majority of students' classes will be exclusively online for the fall semester. Other major updates include that the University will only be able to house 30% of the normal capacity for on-campus residents and in-person classes will be reserved for “studios and performance-based courses; seminars; research and labs; graduate film production courses; and selected independent studies courses.”

July 10: As the number of cases of coronavirus continue to spike in the U.S., LMU released a Community Advisory Email warning that the plan for the fall semester will likely see changes. 

“Due to events of the past week, and rapidly changing conditions in Southern California and across the country, we anticipate revised guidance from the Los Angeles Department of Public Health (LACDPH) shortly,” read the advisory. “Our next update will clarify our revised approach for instruction, student housing, international students, and provide FAQs and protocols for health and safety.”

It is still unclear whether the current plan for fall semester classes to take place in-person, online and in a hybrid format will change. According to the update, campus remains closed with limited exceptions at the moment.

The University also announced the immediate implementation of an online health check required for those permitted to enter or leave campus. The questions on the survey revolve around the person’s recent health history and contact, or lack thereof, with COVID-19. Lions can access the survey online or through the Rave Guardian app.  

June 29: The University released major changes to be made to housing plans for the Fall 2020 semester. Important highlights, according to Student Housing include: 

  • All previous on-campus housing plans will be revised. 

  • Returning students who previously have been assigned an on-campus living space are no longer guaranteed housing on campus. 

  • Returning students wishing to be considered for on-campus housing must log into the Housing portal before 5 p.m. PST on July 6 to acknowledge an updated license agreement.

  • New students, who are being provided priority for on-campus housing, also must log into the Housing portal before the end of the day on July 6 to acknowledge an updated license agreement.

  • In the seven traditional residence halls (Desmond, Del Rey North, Del Rey South, Doheny, Palm North, Rosecrans and Whelan) each room will only house one person. 

  • In suite and apartment-style on campus housing, maximum occupancy per unit will be two students.  

  • Students who do not receive on-campus housing, even if previously expecting it, will be placed in “university-owned, off-campus housing.”

  • McKay Hall will not be occupied by students but instead be used as a COVID isolation quarantine.

June 22: Preliminary information for Fall 2020 on-campus housing move-in was published on the LMU website and includes the expected opening of  “residence halls, apartments and off-campus apartments for occupancy.” 

The University is working closely with the Department of Public Health to set guidelines that comply with safety measures for both move-in dates and occupancy. According to the FAQs posted on the LMU website, First Year students will be assigned time slots for move in mid-July. 

It is unknown if housing costs will be adjusted for the Fall 2020 semester.

June 9: The University is set to receive $2.3 million from the U.S Department of Education for student relief. “Students who completed the 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid as of 5/8/20 and meet the eligibility requirements above will automatically receive a one-time, lump-sum grant of $300. No separate application is needed,” according to the LMU website.

International students and students that are undocumented are not eligible for the CARES Act Emergency Relief Fund. 

June 5: Administration sent out another announcement to elaborate on the University’s plans for the fall semester. In addition to a shifted class schedule to allow for social distancing, classes will be conducted in one of three ways: in-person, hybrid or entirely online. 

June 2: LMU released a message in anticipation that some faculty and staff will need/want to work remotely during the fall semester and briefly outlined their plans to accommodate requests as feasibly as possible. 

May 27: Students received the outline for the fall 2020 semester in a message from the Provost. The message included a calendar with hybrid learning styles and enforced social distancing policies everywhere from the classroom to sporting events.

May 27: Faculty and staff were told in a community update to remain working from home through June 30 as campus continues to be closed to everyone except students living on campus, permanent residents and other faculty that received permission. 

May 26: Effective May 31, 230 staff members will be furloughed with no clear return date. Furloughed staff are able to retain health care through the University and are eligible to file for Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation.

May 22: Faculty and staff were made aware of potential changes to the fall semester calendar, including starting the year on August 31 and maintaining a subsequent 16 week-semester. 

April 27: With the Safer at Home order in Los Angeles extended to May 15, sessions I and II for students expecting to take classes over the summer will be held entirely online. 

April 28: Provost Poon released a message to the LMU community stating that hope to return to campus is high and that the administration is considering a wide variety of changes to be made to the academic calendar and campus spaces.

April 20: President Timothy Law Snyder, Ph.D., released an announcement outlining the ways in which administration will be working to combat the effects of the pandemic, including pauses in hiring, capital projects, discretionary spending and more. 

Molly Jean Box is a junior journalism major from Boulder, Colorado. Her favorite part of working for the Loyolan the free pizza. In her free time, she likes to think about the Loyolan.

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