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. 

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 sophomore 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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