Dear Members of the Notre Dame Community:
In our continuing efforts to keep you informed, and with the safety of our students, faculty and staff our top priority, I write to provide recent updates on Notre Dame’s response to the coronavirus outbreak, knowing that many of you find yourselves away from campus during this week’s spring break.
Notre Dame’s coronavirus website coronavirus.nd.edu contains additional information on the University’s actions to protect the health of the community — on campus and at other Notre Dame properties in the U.S. and worldwide — as well as on University-sponsored travel restrictions, emergency leadership structure, travel tips, self-care advice, the nature of the virus itself and other important facts.
Study Abroad Programs
The University has suspended programs at the Jerusalem Global Gateway at Tantur and the Tantur Ecumenical Institute there after Israeli authorities closed the crossing between Jerusalem and Bethlehem because of confirmed cases of coronavirus there. As a result, most Tantur staff can no longer get to work.
The University Emergency Operations Center is making arrangements to fly students home as soon as possible.
The Notre Dame students are asymptomatic and will not require self-quarantine upon their return.
Notre Dame has returned home those students who were studying in countries that the CDC elevated to its highest warning measure of Level 3, in our case, Italy. Those students are currently self-quarantined, and may return to campus with a doctor’s clearance. However, students who are not required to return to campus in person for their coursework may opt to remain home and work remotely for the balance of the semester.
Notre Dame students studying in Japan were also returned home safely. While Japan was at CDC Level 2, the institutions at which they were studying elected to close.
Other European Countries
Conditions in Spain, France, Germany, Ireland and the U.K or anywhere Notre Dame students are studying are being monitored closely by the University. Students studying there will be repatriated quickly if the CDC elevates the countries to Level 3 or other circumstances warrant.
Notre Dame’s Emergency Policy Committee is reviewing large gatherings scheduled to take place on campus and elsewhere. It is weighing contingencies should coronavirus conditions worsen and require cancellation or postponement of such gatherings.
A fourth case of coronavirus in Indiana was reported Monday near Fort Wayne, the first in the northeast part of the state. There are no reported cases on the Notre Dame campus.
Students with medical questions or concerns should contact University Health Services or their personal physicians if they are at home for spring break. Faculty and staff should contact their personal physicians or the Notre Dame Wellness Center. Students who are experiencing anxiety can contact the University Counseling Center
We will, of course, keep you apprised of any developments.
In Notre Dame,
Paul J. Browne
Office of Public Affairs and Communications