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Loyola looks to alternative housing options for displaced students

Alexandria Whitten
A ‘Welcome to Loyola’ sign waves outside Thomas Hall on May 17, 2020. Loyola is co-hosting an off-campus housing fair with Tulane University.

Loyola is working to provide alternative housing options to the students that were displaced by a May 21 decision to remove upperclassmen from on-campus housing in order to follow social distancing guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Loyola is securing additional – and very appealing—housing for upperclass students at Loyola on-campus rates. We will be sharing news about this next week,” Patricia Murret, associate director of public affairs, said.

When the housing decision was announced on May 21, the university surveyed affected students about interest in potentially living in local hotels.

Upperclassmen who typically have on-campus housing paid for through Ignatian Scholarships were told that, in addition to the options to either apply for a petition or receive a check from the university equivalent to the cost of on-campus living to go toward off-campus expenses, they have the option to live in off-campus university housing, with hotels listed as an example.

Students who were asked to move off-campus have the chance to petition to stay on campus by June 1, 2020, with 143 students having already filed petitions as of midday May 22.

“Each student’s situation is very different and so the petition committee will take an individualized approach to review requests. We will do our very best to assess needs based on the information provided and on file for the student,” Murret said.

The situation is still evolving, and Murret said Loyola working to provide more information as soon as they can.

“The university is assessing various ways it can support students during this housing transition and will continue to do so. At the same time, we must ask for cooperation, courage, and patience,” Murret said.

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Zia Sampson
Zia Sampson, Life & Times Editor
Zia Sampson is the Life and Times Editor. She is a sophomore public relations major with a double minor in sociology and psychology. Besides the Maroon, she is in Gamma Phi Beta, the Education Chair for the Residence Hall Association, and is a member of the Christian Life Community. Off campus, she writes articles for as a student writer.
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Alexandria is a sophomore mass communication/journalism major with a New Orleans Studies minor from Baton Rouge, LA. She is currently the Twitter Producer for The Maroon’s social media team as well as a contributing writer. She hopes to aid in building a larger presence of The Maroon on social media as well as develop her own writing skills. Outside of the Maroon, she is the Public Relations/Marketing intern at New Orleans Museum of Art and hopes to bring back new social media and PR skills and strategies to The Maroon. She loves to explore New Orleans in her free time and all of the incredible cuisine, live music, and history found in the city.

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    AliahMay 22, 2020 at 8:16 pm

    Please find a way to create a student-renter database. This will help us match up with other students that are looking for roommates to split rental costs. This way we won’t have to stay with total and complete strangers. Thanx