Updated: August 03, 2020 at 11:54AM
The University’s commitment to minimize COVID-19 infections and safeguard the health of the entire Notre Dame community requires both significant limitations on the number of visitors to campus during the Fall 2020 semester, and heightened expectations of visitors who do come to campus.
The intent is to limit visits, especially inside campus buildings, to those with a direct connection to Notre Dame’s education and research mission. While the University prides itself on being a place of hospitality, these measures are necessary in order to limit the introduction of pathogens to the University community. Therefore, the following policies and procedures will be in effect for the Fall semester, July 27 through November 24; further guidance for the Spring semester will be forthcoming:
- University-related visitors (those invited to visit campus, regardless whether the University is paying for the visit) will be significantly limited to essential visitors only. Requests to sponsor or host such visitors must be approved by your Dean or Vice President. These requests should include a justification for why the visit is essential (including why the goals of the visit cannot be attained virtually or at another time), as well as the proposed itinerary for the visit, including any anticipated gatherings of more than five people during the visit. Deans and Vice Presidents will approve the requested visit as essential based upon: (1) an assessment of the need for the requested visit during the semester instead of at some later time; (2) the immediate importance of the requested visit to the University’s core mission of teaching and research; and (3) the potential long-term consequences to the University of not hosting the requested visit during the semester. The University will not pay for, or reimburse expenses for, visits that are not approved in advance by your Dean or Vice President. University-related essential visitors must comply with the University’s expectations regarding face coverings, hand hygiene, physical distancing protocols, and any other measures required as a condition of approving the visit. Those who are sponsoring visitors should discuss with the Travel Office in the Wellness Center any additional safety precautions beyond standard campus policies that should be undertaken.
- Long-Term Contractors are those whose visits to campus are related to significant on-going work for the University, such as discrete construction projects. The unit responsible for overseeing Long-Term Contractors is responsible for communicating and ensuring compliance with the University’s basic health and safety protocols regarding masks, hand hygiene, physical distancing and any other specific measures the University may adopt during the semester. Long-Term Contractors are also responsible for implementing and enforcing these and any other safety protocols as may be adopted from time to time by public authorities.
- Vendors are those who come to campus to provide a limited service (such as delivery) with little physical contact, especially indoors, with members of the campus community. The University will clearly communicate its expectations that these vendors will comply with recommended health protocols relating to face coverings, hand hygiene, and physical distancing, and may ask vendors to adopt new practices in the interest of health and safety, e.g., drop-off of deliveries at a new location.
- Those attending what are anticipated to be a limited number of events on campus during the semester will be expected to comply with the protocols outlined in the University's Gathering Policy and Meeting and Event Guidelines.
- Only those with a valid Notre Dame meal plan will be permitted in North and South Dining Halls. No overnight visitors will be permitted in the residence halls.
- While most campus facilities will be limited to members of the campus community and approved invited guests, there will be some exceptions for those facilities whose purpose is to serve the broader public:
- The Morris Inn and Legends will continue to welcome the general public, as well as the campus community, subject to the mandatory health protocols prominently displayed in each building. External visitors are discouraged from eating at other retail dining outlets on campus.
- The Basilica of the Sacred Heart and the Hammes Bookstore will continue to welcome the general public, as well as the campus community, subject to the mandatory health protocols prominently displayed in each building.
- Certain University buildings (e.g., Innovation Park, Robinson Community Learning Center, the Shaw Family Center, etc.) have a hybrid purpose, serving both the campus community and some members of the broader South Bend community. Mandatory health protocols will be prominently displayed at each of these buildings.
Note: Faculty and staff who regularly travel to campus to perform their University duties are not considered “visitors” to campus, nor is their commute to campus considered “travel,” whether or not they live in St. Joseph County.