Updated: September 02, 2020 at 5:19PM

The University's plan is subject to change. Check this website often for the latest information.

August 28: Phased Return to Campus Activity

With the recent announcement that the University has suspended in-person instruction and called for a pause in campus activity the following mandates are in effect:

Course Instruction

  • Phased resumption of in-person undergraduate courses started Wednesday, September 2.
  • Graduate and professional school classes resumed in-person instruction starting August 24, subject to the discretion of their individual instructors and programs. 

Health and Safety Modifications

  • Masks must be worn on campus at all times and in all places (both outside and inside), except by students in their assigned residence hall rooms and by faculty and staff when alone in a private office.
  • Any gathering must observe mask wearing, ensure physical distancing, and is limited to 10 people or less unless indicated below.

Residence Halls

  • No individuals will be allowed in residence halls unless they are assigned a bed or are working in the hall.
  • As campus resumes in-person undergraduate instruction, up to two additional residents from the same section may gather in another student’s room if all occupants wear masks, distance appropriately, and leave doors open.
  • Students should continue to wash or sanitize their hands frequently, especially when they are not in their assigned rooms.
  • Rectors, in consultation with their supervisors, have the latitude to recommend further restrictions based on trends within their own communities.
  • Mass will continue to be offered as scheduled for residence hall communities and in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart with all health and safety protocols in place.

Facilities & Dining

  • Duncan Student Center and LaFortune Student Center returned to regular hours on Wednesday, September 2.
  • The Smith Center for Recreational Sports, the Rockne Memorial, and hall fitness rooms will reopen beginning Monday, September 14.
  • Retail dining outlets in Duncan Student Center opened on Wednesday, September 2. ABP and Garbanzo open Thursday, September 3. Food ordered from these locations as well as Legends, Rohr’s, and retail outlets in LaFortune must be ordered through GrubHub and carried out.
  • Students should eat exclusively either outside at a strict physical distance or in their residence hall rooms.
  • Notre Dame students with meal plans can utilize dining halls at Saint Mary’s College. 

Student Activities

  • Programs planned by University departments may be offered in-person.
  • Registered student club, organization, and residence hall events should continue virtual engagement and may resume in-person programs beginning Monday, September 7. Programs must follow all guidelines for student activities.
  • The Student Activities Fair will be held from Thursday, September 10 through Sunday, September 13, though new students are welcome to reach out to clubs of interest anytime.

Addressing Violations

It is imperative that students, faculty, and staff call one another to accountability for lapses in mask wearing, physical distancing, or gathering together outside of the guidelines above.

  • Community members, whether students, faculty, or staff, should report unsafe behavior with specific addresses, names, and details.
  • The University will increase monitoring of campus activity, particularly near tents and at night.
  • Students found responsible, especially for hosting unsafe gatherings, will face severe disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from the University.