Updated: November 01, 2020 at 8:50PM

Facilities & Environment

What to expect on campus

As a condition of returning to campus, community members are required to follow the COVID-19 related policies and requirements established by the University of Notre Dame.

Outdoor Campus Spaces

When walking on campus sidewalks, please always stay to the right side of the walkway to provide at least six feet of distance from pedestrians walking in the opposite direction.

Signage Program

The University has developed a portfolio of signage and decals to guide building occupants and visitors as they enter, travel through, occupy, and exit buildings. Common areas in buildings such as main entry doors, corridors, lobbies, waiting areas, will be populated with signage with reminders of safe hygiene practices and other important information.

Access to Buildings

In Phase 5 of the University's reopening plan, additional campus buildings will be reopened, and entry into most campus buildings will continue to be limited to assigned faculty and staff using their ID card.

Information about the status of specific buildings or services.

Entering and Exiting Buildings

Among other measures, larger buildings may have doors designated to be “Enter” or “Exit” only in order to avoid congestion.

Circulating Through Buildings

Building occupants navigating through building corridors and hallways should follow the right side of these passageways and should avoid congregating.

Elevators and Stairs

Occupants are encouraged to use stairs for vertical circulation through buildings and should follow the right side of stairways.

Most elevators should be limited to two occupants per cab. Some elevators may have varying capacity; signage on each elevator will indicate maximum occupancy. Floor decals will be placed to suggest where occupants should stand. Those waiting for elevators in lobbies should practice appropriate physical distancing.


Individuals are expected to keep at least six feet of distance in restrooms across campus. Please be mindful of the number of individuals inside a building restroom, and limit occupancy to ensure appropriate physical distancing. Wash your hands thoroughly after each use. 

  • Use alternating sinks when washing hands in a restroom.
  • Use alternating urinals in men's restrooms.

Disposing of Wipes

It is important to remember that wipes of any kind should never be flushed down toilets on campus. This is especially important due to the increased use of cleaning and sanitizing wipes.

Disposing of wipes in the toilet creates an increased risk for plumbing issues, flooding, and damage.


In Phase 5 of the University's reopening plan, faculty and staff will continue to re-populate campus. Still, departments are expected to continue the use of Zoom or other remote-meeting technologies whenever possible. 

If it is necessary to hold meetings in-person, faculty and staff are asked to limit the number of attendees present, wear masks, and ensure that all individuals are able to appropriately physical distance (i.e., six feet apart), per the University's Meeting and Event Guidelines.

Reception Desks and Transaction Counters

Reception areas inside office suites should be equipped with signage requesting visitors to remain six feet away. In places where this distance cannot be achieved, the addition of a temporary plastic shield is recommended. Unit leaders can request an assessment in these situations by emailing facilityreopening@nd.edu.

Transaction counters, especially at campus retail locations, will be fitted with temporary plastic shields or other furniture placed in such a way as to ensure at least six feet is between employees and guests. 

Campus Dining

In Phase 5 of the University’s reopening, those campus dining outlets that have reopened have adjusted menus to reflect grab-n-go or individually plated carryout food only. Food orders may be placed in advance through the Grub Hub app (available in the App Store) and are available for pick up. For specific hours of operation, please consult the Campus Dining website. Faculty and staff are encouraged to take food back to their respective workstations or eat outdoors.

More information about dining on campus.

Communal Spaces

In Phase 5 of the University’s reopening with more staff and faculty returning campus, departments are expected to take steps to ensure compliance with University protocols, e.g., remove or rearrange chairs and tables and add visual markers in meeting rooms, employee break rooms, and other common spaces to ensure physical distancing. 

In addition to enhanced cleaning protocols implemented by Building Services, departments are also expected to wipe all high-touch surfaces, including tables, refrigerator handles, coffee machines, etc. on a daily basis.

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart has adjusted liturgical practices in accordance with the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend and the University. Read more about attending Mass at the Basilica.

Read about the University's plan for instructional spaces.

Doors and Door Handles

In an effort to minimize frequently touched surfaces, building managers should review the interior doors within their department’s work areas to determine if any can be left open when the area is occupied. Fire-rated doors, typically those that are equipped with closers and open to a building’s corridor, should always be kept closed.