On Tuesday, July 14, you received an email from President Paul Fitzgerald, S.J. This message details the university’s plan to move nearly all university classes on to a remote format this fall. This decision comes in light of a resurgence of the transmission of COVID-19 and state and local health orders that have rolled back reopening plans that include when institutions of higher education can open for on-site classes. We write to provide initial information on plans related to your student housing.
For fall 2020, this will involve shifting campus housing to those who need Essential Housing Support (EHS). Your current 2020-2021 housing assignment or application will be cancelled and you will not be charged a contract cancellation fee. We will work to process these cancellations in a timely fashion. Once a housing assignment has been cancelled, that will generate a credit to your student account for any housing and/or dining fee you have been assessed.
Essential Housing Support Plan
We recognize that some students may still need housing on the Hilltop campus even if classes have been moved to a remote environment. We will do all that we can for those who need support. The application for fall 2020 EHS will be shared later this week. EHS applications will be due by 5 p.m. PDT on July 24. Students will be notified of their EHS status by July 29, or sooner if possible.
To ensure we can promote health and safety in our residential facilities, we will be significantly decreasing the number of bed spaces available and limiting spaces to those with the most significant needs. Your EHS application will ask that you provide information about your housing need and will be evaluated on the following criteria:
- A student who faces housing insecurity (homelessness or a precarious living situation);
- A student who faces financial insecurity;
- A student with existing health conditions that would be impacted by travel;
- A student whose home is in an area with extremely limited internet connectivity;
- An international student who has immigration, travel, and/or visa restrictions;
- A student who is in an approved, on-the-ground, clinical program of study;
- A student with any other extenuating circumstance that warrants review.
All housing will be single rooms (one per bedroom if in a Loyola Village apartment) and will be billed at the double rate. Those approved for fall 2020 EHS will be billed for the full fall term through Dec. 12.
While we transition to EHS for fall 2020 we know questions will arise about accessing housing for spring 2021. Our plan is to provide more housing for spring 2021 and information will be sent to all students in September regarding the process for applying. Our ability to provide housing will be contingent upon the trajectory of public health and any state or local health orders that would govern campus and housing operations. This keeps us from guaranteeing housing access for spring 2021 but we will continue to provide updates on our plans throughout fall 2020.
We know this adjustment is disappointing. So many of you were looking forward to living on-campus and we were looking forward to you calling our halls your home. Should you have any additional questions please do not hesitate to reach out to Student Housing and Residential Education (SHaRE) at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 422-6824.