VP of OPAC Browne: weekly update to faculty and staff

Staff pack up students belongings to ship to them for the beginning of distance instruction
Essential belongings of students who were unable to return to campus to retrieve them were packed and shipped by staff, including volunteers.

Dear Members of the Notre Dame Community,

We hope this finds you and your loved ones well. Given the importance of ensuring that all members of the Notre Dame community are well-informed while the coronavirus pandemic continues, we plan to summarize on Fridays the developments of that week. Much of the information may have been communicated previously through other channels. Nonetheless, it’s important that we highlight it, or in some instances, provide additional details.

Some key points:

  • As noted on the coronavirus.nd.edu website, members of the Notre Dame community are among those who have tested positive for the
    coronavirus in St. Joseph County. These individuals had already self-quarantined and are now under medical care.
  • Fr. Jenkins announced on Wednesday that the University would move to remote instruction for the remainder of the spring semester, and that those students who remained on campus would return to their homes. Students and faculty are poised to begin remote instruction on Monday.
  • Most employees have moved to remote work this week, with the exception of those with essential duties that must be performed on campus.
  • Provost Tom Burish, in a letter to faculty members today (Friday), urged them to teach from home. He also informed them that the University is preparing to suspend laboratory research operations, with the exception of coronavirus-related research. 
  • Beginning March 21, all entrances into campus buildings will be secured around-the-clock. Academic buildings will be accessible to all faculty and staff at any time using their Irish1 card; these buildings will also be accessible to graduate students, post-docs, and undergraduate students who currently have access to them. Graduate students and post-docs who require access to classrooms for online teaching in buildings for which they do not currently have Irish1card access are asked to call the Notre Dame Police dispatch center at 631-5555, as are others who need assistance with access.
  • Public Masses at the Basilica have been suspended by the Diocese, but those wishing to participate in on-line Masses can do so here.
  • For those working on campus, North Dining Hall – which had offered various carry-out options – will close tomorrow, Saturday. The Morris Inn is now also closed to guests, though it will house those students currently living in residence halls who are unable to travel home. Carry-out meals will continue to be available at Rohr’s Test Kitchen in the Morris Inn.

We join with local health officials and experts around the world to implore the greatest possible adoption of social distancing and good hygiene to curtail the spread of COVID-19. As has been previously encouraged, wash your hands often, avoid touching your face, stay home if you are sick and practice social distancing. If you think you may have contracted the virus, contact your physician or health-care provider, University Health Services (for students), or the Wellness Center (for faculty and staff).

In Notre Dame,

Paul J. Browne
Vice President
Public Affairs and Communication