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Sunday, May 3
Baltimore City ended its curfew Sunday morning. The curfew was originally scheduled to extend into this week, but the mayor chose to lift it early. Travel and movement in the city is no longer restricted between the hours of 10 p.m. - 5 a.m.
If you have any questions about the curfew or other safety issues, contact campus police at 410-617-5010.
Friday, May 1
9:30 a.m. update
A message from Loyola’s president, Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., to the Loyola community:
Reflecting on the events of the week
Dear Members of the Loyola Community,
This historic week for our city has given us much to consider as a university community that is located and deeply invested in Baltimore. As the news has unfolded, and we have witnessed reports of both demonstrations and violence in Baltimore, as well as protests occurring in cities around the country, we come face to face with issues that are often easier to overlook or set aside.
As members of the Loyola family, however, we recognize that we are not merely spectators to these issues. Our Jesuit, Catholic mission challenges our students—and, indeed, each of us—with determining our role in addressing the issues of social justice that are at the root of many of the issues this dynamic city is facing. A Loyola education does not merely prepare students to thrive in their future personal and professional lives. A Loyola education impels and inspires, perhaps even requires, our students and graduates to seek out injustice, to give voice to the voiceless, to work toward peace, and to create a brighter tomorrow.
In recent days I have been gratified to see our students in action, helping clean up York Road, volunteering with local youth, participating in peaceful demonstrations and marches, sharing their pride in and support for Baltimore, and as always, supporting one another.
A group of students has even planned a campus gathering for this evening, “Thinking About Baltimore: We Are All Affected,” which will now be held from 6:30-8 p.m. on the Quad. I encourage you to continue to find ways to connect with others as we work toward a deeper understanding of the challenges we face in our city, nation, and world.
Our place in the world reminds me that even with our own city’s and nation’s concerns, today we must also remember the people of Nepal, who are victims of an incomprehensible tragedy. And, in the days and weeks ahead, I hope you will continue to keep our Baltimore community, all of its citizens, and those who are protecting our city and their families, in your prayers—and consider how we can work as a university—and as individuals—to make a genuine and lasting difference.
As the Catholic writer and activist Dorothy Day once said, “We can throw our pebble in the pond and be confident that its ever-widening circle will reach around the world.”
Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J.
Thursday, April 30
8:30 p.m. update
Curfew reminder and traffic information for this weekend
The city’s curfew remains in effect through May 4. A PM_Evergreen email outlining details of the curfew was sent to the Loyola community earlier this week. Highlights include:
- The curfew is in effect from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
- The curfew is city-wide
- There are exceptions for travel to and from work, to and from classes/exams, and travel related to emergencies
- It does not interfere with normal campus events and services
- It does not prevent students from walking on campus, including to the library or FAC
- The city recommends everyone carry a valid photo ID at all times
A comprehensive explanation of the curfew is available at baltimorecity.gov. If you have any questions about the curfew, contact campus police at 410-617-5010.
Demonstrations are planned in Baltimore City beginning Friday and will continue through the weekend, some coinciding with other protests across the country. These demonstrations are likely to cause significant traffic congestion, particularly in downtown Baltimore. Scheduled times for gatherings are subject to change. As of Thursday evening, the next three days of demonstrations could impact traffic at and around the following times:
Friday, May 1
5 p.m., large demonstration at McKeldin Square (between Harbor Place plazas)
7:30 p.m., demonstration at Park Heights Ave. and Cold Spring Lane
Saturday, May 2
Noon-6 p.m., large rally at City Hall followed by march through downtown Baltimore
1 p.m., demonstration at 3400 N. Charles St.
Sunday, May 3
3 p.m., rally at City Hall
All Loyola University Maryland campuses are open today (Thursday, April 30). All campus services and activities will operate as scheduled. Exams will be held according to the revised schedule communicated this week and currently available on Inside Loyola. All faculty, staff, and administrators should report on time.
Loyola will continue to monitor the situation in Baltimore throughout the day and provide the campus community with updates when necessary.
Wednesday, April 29
8 p.m. update
Message from Sheilah Shaw Horton, Ph.D., vice president for student development and dean of students, to all Loyola undergraduate students:
On this beautiful—and relatively quiet—day in Baltimore, I hope your first day of final exams went well. I know that the events currently occurring in our city can create extra stress, and I have been so proud of our students for how you continue to support one another.
A highlight of the day for me—and I hope for many of you—was pausing on the Quad to celebrate the many reasons we at Loyola University Maryland love being members of the Baltimore community. So many of you stopped by, and I hope those who weren’t able will visit the Quad Thursday and Friday between noon and 2 p.m. to share our Loyola and Baltimore pride and collect a “Loyola hearts Baltimore” T-shirt. You can see photos from today’s event here and a video here.
Your safety and your academic success continue to be our top priority. We also want to remind you that if you are feeling unsafe, anxious, or concerned at all, please seek the assistance of the Counseling Center, Campus Ministry, or the student life professional staff. We are here to support you! We also have resources available online.
Also, I encourage you to attend a Loyola community gathering planned for 6 - 7:30 p.m. Friday on the Quad, “Thinking about Baltimore: We Are All Affected.” This student-led and organized event is being planned in collaboration with ALANA Services, academic affairs, Center for Community Service and Justice, Campus Ministry, Counseling Center, and the office of student life.
As a reminder, please be mindful of the city’s curfew, which is still in effect from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Information about the curfew was emailed to you yesterday and is available on Loyola’s emergency information page.
I wish you continued success on your exams as we move toward the conclusion of the spring semester.
Sheilah Shaw Horton, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students
Untimed update: Loyola women’s lacrosse team’s season finale vs. Syracuse moved to upstate New York. Decision was made by coaches from both teams out of an abundance of caution. More information is available at loyolagreyhounds.com.
4:30 a.m. update
All Loyola University Maryland campuses are open today (Wednesday, April 29). All campus services and activities will operate as scheduled. Exams will be held according to the revised schedule communicated yesterday and currently available on Inside Loyola. All faculty, staff, and administrators should report on time.
Much like yesterday, there was no significant unrest in Baltimore overnight. Loyola will, however, continue to monitor the situation throughout the day and provide the campus community with updates when necessary.
Tuesday, April 28
7 p.m. update
Revised exam schedule
Amy Wolfson, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs, emailed all Loyola faculty and students (both undergraduate and graduate) a revised exam schedule. That schedule is also available in the announcements box on your Inside Loyola home screen once you are logged in.
6:30 p.m. update
Yesterday, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake implemented a citywide curfew that will go into effect tonight, April 28, 2015, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. The curfew will last one week beginning tonight and affects all city residents. Information about the curfew was provided by Deputy Mayor Colin Tarbert:
- The nighttime curfew applies for all citizens (with exceptions of emergency personnel and those commuting to and from work for essential functions, including students traveling to/from classes).
- Non-essential business operations should be suspended from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. This includes restaurants, entertainment venues and bars, which should be closed during these times. Please ensure visitors and patrons have enough time to travel before the curfew begins.
- For essential business operations, employees traveling to and from work during the curfew should have a valid picture ID (presumably a driver’s license) and a document from their employer stating their need to work during curfew hours with dates and employee hours. Please print and fill out the attached verification form as needed.*
- Drivers or individuals may be stopped by law enforcement and should be prepared with the information above to avoid arrest.
It is recommended you make the necessary adjustments to your plans and schedules. Movement between the buildings on main campus will not violate the curfew. Should you have any questions about the curfew please contact Base by calling 410-617-5010.
*This form was attached to the PM_Evergreen email all employees and students received.
4 p.m. update
"Prayers for Baltimore" -- a message from Loyola University Maryland President Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J.
2 p.m. update (**closing message**)
All Loyola University Maryland campuses are closed and classes are canceled effective 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 28.
The University has been informed that there could be additional demonstrations throughout the city later today so we have decided to close the University as a proactive and precautionary measure. At this point, we have no information that indicates demonstrations will occur near the Evergreen campus.
The FAC, the Loyola/Notre Dame Library, and The Study will remain open. At this time final examinations are scheduled to begin tomorrow as planned. Dining services will operate on a normal schedule. Shuttles will continue to operate.
The Loyola Clinical Centers at Belvedere Square closed at noon today, along with all the merchants there.
For payroll purposes, the closing is effective from 2 p.m. today to midnight tonight. Essential personnel should still report as scheduled.
12:30 p.m. update
Message from Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., Loyola University Maryland's president, to the Loyola community:
Dear Members of the Loyola Community:
As we all continue to watch and react to the news related to the current situation in Baltimore, I write to assure you that the University and the surrounding neighborhood are currently safe and secure. Due to the volatility of the situation, we continue to closely monitor activities in collaboration with city and state officials. However, if we receive updated, credible reports of disturbances near campus, we have been assured that city and state police officials will quickly mobilize to secure the area. At this point, Loyola is open and services are operating as scheduled. As a reminder, today is a study day and there are no classes scheduled.
Based on the most current information available, I have a few updates to share with you:
- Final exams will be held as scheduled.
- We will provide detailed information about how the city-wide curfew, which begins this evening at 10 p.m., applies to you once the city makes that information available to us. Regardless, the curfew will not interfere with normal campus events and services. At this point we understand that going to and from work as well as dealing with medical emergencies or campus emergencies will proceed as normal. We assume that normal campus operations will continue. The curfew will also allow for students to go to and from school, so this will not affect travel around exams.
- Management of the Belvedere Square complex has decided to close at noon. As a result, the Loyola Clinical Centers offices in Belvedere Square also closed at noon.
- The Counseling Center will hold a special session for students who are concerned about issues surrounding these events at 5 p.m. today in College Center 114. (UPDATE: this event has been cancelled.)
- The SGA forum to discuss the ongoing events in Baltimore was postponed last night as a precaution because of the events on York Road. Efforts are underway to reschedule the event.
- The FAC, Loyola/Notre Dame Library, dining services, and The Study will be open as scheduled. Any changes to their schedules will be posted to Loyola’s emergency info page.
- All undergraduate, academic internships should have been completed and students should not go to any internship sites today. Students are advised to see their professor, department chair, or dean if they have any questions regarding their internships. Students engaged in student teaching should report to their respective schools if the school is open.
The President’s Cabinet is meeting continuously to assess the situation. All available members of the Department of Public Safety and Campus Police are on campus. We will continue to monitor the situation in the city and provide you with any necessary updates as soon as possible. Updates will be sent via PM_Evergreen email and posted on the emergency info page throughout the day, night, and week.
Each of us responds to news differently, and it is important for us to take the time to process and consider how we are reacting—especially for those of you who are preparing for final exams and, for our seniors, the beginning of a new and exciting chapter in your lives. I encourage you to reach out to friends, family, resident assistants, or the professionals in our Counseling Center (410-617-2273) and Campus Ministry (417-617-2222).
Baltimore is our home. I know you share my deep concern for and profound commitment to our city, particularly in this trying moment. I hope you are able to enjoy these final weeks of the spring semester and marvel, as I do, at the strength of our campus community in always supporting one another.
Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J.
Monday, April 27
11 p.m. update
- All undergraduate, academic internships should be completed by today (4/27).
- With that in mind and in light of the current circumstances in Baltimore City, please do not go to any internship sites tomorrow (4/28).
- See your professor, department chair, or dean if you have any questions regarding the end of the semester and internships.
Out of an abundance of caution due to ongoing unrest in Baltimore City, Loyola University Maryland is adding the following security measures in addition to normal public safety operations:
- All of Loyola’s available campus police officers have been called into work.
- Loyola is working with Baltimore City police in the Northern District and keeping police informed of any emergencies should they occur.
- In the event of any escalation in activity in the area, the city will allocate more resources to the Northern District.
- Students are asked to be mindful of the Mayor’s curfew, which goes into effect Tuesday night from 10 p.m. - 5 a.m.
Loyola’s campus remains safe, and the health and safety of our community continues to be our top priority.
Loyola will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates when appropriate. To report an emergency, please call campus police at 410-617-5911.
9:45 update ALL CLEAR: CVS is all clear, as well as the rest of campus. As a precaution avoid York Road area. Updates to follow.
9 p.m. update Public disturbance at CVS on York Road creating unsafe conditions. Stay indoors. Stay away from the area.
5 p.m. update
Due to the unpredictable nature of the events that are occurring in downtown Baltimore, students are advised to stay on or near campus this evening. While the current events are not near campus, students should exercise caution during this time, as city officials are expecting heavy traffic congestion in downtown Baltimore and in the area of Mondawmin Mall throughout the evening. All members of the Loyola community are encouraged to avoid these areas if possible, and if not, allow additional travel time and watch for heavy vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
Loyola will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as appropriate.
If you have any questions or concerns please call campus police at 410-617-5911.
This page will be updated with alerts and emergency information during incidents that affect the Loyola University Maryland community. Students, parents, faculty, staff, and administrators are encouraged to sign up for text alerts through e2Campus, connect with Loyola on Facebook, and follow Loyola on Twitter for immediate information during an emergency.
For information about security and fire safety at Loyola please read the Annual Security and Fire Report (Clery Act).