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No Loy­ola Univer­sity Chicago stu­dents will live in on-cam­pus hous­ing this fall, the univer­sity an­nounced Thurs­day.

Cit­ing COVID-19 health con­di­tions and fu­ture un­cer­tainty, the univer­sity an­nounced the de­ci­sion to close all res­i­dence halls for the up­com­ing se­mes­ter, ac­cord­ing to an email sent to the school com­mu­nity. The school had pre­vi­ously planned to put all on-cam­pus stu­dents in sin­gle dorm rooms, with some liv­ing in the nearby Hampton Inn to al­low for so­cial dis­tanc­ing.

“We sim­ply can­not put our on-cam­pus res­i­den­tial stu­dents in harm’s way and risk fur­ther dis­rup­tion to them and their fam­i­lies if they needed to move home mid-se­mes­ter be­cause of an out­break in one of our res­i­dence halls or as a re­sult of the state and city rev­ert­ing back to Phase 3,” Thurs­day’s email read.

Stu­dents who al­ready paid for room and board will re­ceive a re­fund be­fore the first week of class, which be­gins Aug. 24. In hopes that stu­dents will be able to be on cam­pus in the spring, the univer­sity is hold­ing peo­ple’s spots in the dorms for the up­com­ing se­mes­ter, with ten­ta­tive plans to move in in Jan­uary.

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