Updated: January 11, 2021 at 11:28AM

Instructional Spaces

Our campus wide health and safety protocols extend to classrooms. We encourage faculty to include expectations regarding health and safety protocols in their syllabi and to discuss these protocols explicitly with students.

All students and faculty will wear masks at all times in the classroom and in buildings that contain classrooms.


Over 300 classrooms have been reviewed, and we are now implementing changes, developed in conjunction with and reviewed by local health authorities and national medical experts, in the classrooms that will be utilized in the fall 2020 semester. 27 spaces across campus (including the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, JACC, Dahnke Ballroom, the Morris Inn, and Washington Hall) will be utilized as classrooms this fall to facilitate high-enrollment classes.

More about Classroom & Instructional Spaces Reconfiguration

Seating and Dismissal

We are implementing physical distancing in all Registrar and departmental classrooms as well as 27 additional spaces that will be utilized as classrooms this fall. Faculty will be at least 6’ from students in all classrooms.

More on Seating and Dismissal

Reporting Seat Locations

Permanent seat assignments in classrooms are critical to the contact tracing process and will be reported to the Coronavirus Response Unit  (CRU) through a university-wide survey at here.nd.edu/seat.

More on Reporting Seat Location

Laboratories and Close-Contact Courses

Protocols are being developed regarding classes that require closer contact such as science and engineering labs, music courses, and art and design classes.

Cleaning and Sanitizing

  • Classrooms will be deep cleaned and sanitized by Building Services each night. 
  • Classrooms will be disinfected, at a minimum, an additional 2 times each day by Building Services. 
  • Disinfecting spray for surfaces and hand sanitizer will be available in each classroom for use by faculty and students.
  • It is recommended that faculty disinfect the lectern and their working space(s) at the beginning and end of each class.


Prior to occupancy, each building that was hibernated had the air systems operated continuously for at least 48 hours. Additionally, air filters were inspected and fit tested throughout all campus buildings nearly all of which are equipped with MERV 13 or MERV 14 final filters, which is consistent with guidance from leading health and professional organizations regarding reducing virus transmission. These filters are capable of trapping contaminants in the 0.3 - 1.0 μm (micron), including all bacteria, droplet nuclei, and most smoke. The HVAC systems on campus provide the maximum amount of fresh air that the equipment is capable of providing at all outside temperatures, and operate daily pre and post-occupancy. The air exchange rate of individual rooms varies slightly. For the vast majority of classrooms, the ACH (air changes per hour) ranges from 3-15 ACH depending on the conditions within the room. As the demand increases in a space, so does the ACH within the range.

Opening windows in classrooms and offices can negatively influence the operation of the HVAC systems throughout the building, especially in their ability to control humidity. Please keep windows closed.


Classrooms are being outfitted with enhanced technology including ambient audio to enable remote students to participate in live instruction and an additional video display to help instructors stay connected to the remote students.

Instructors with specific questions or feedback about their classrooms are encouraged to write facilityreopening@nd.edu.

Dual Mode

All classrooms will have at least basic dual-mode technology available in the form of installed technology or Zoom kits on August 10. A regularly updated list of classroom technology information (in Registrar, temporary, and departmental classrooms) is available here. Detailed operating instructions will be posted on Resilient Teaching and distributed to all instructors. Physical copies of operating instructions will be in each classroom.

A limited number of classroom assistants (trained student workers) will be available to support instructors and facilitate engagement of remote students using dual-mode technology in discussion-intensive courses. This program is administered by OIT with the feedback and collaboration of ND Learning. Find out more about eligibility criteria (including room capacity limitations) and request support here.