Updated: July 10, 2020 at 12:44AM
Facilities & Programming
All of the facilities designed for student programs and activities will be open this fall, including the Duncan Student Center, the LaFortune Student Center, Washington Hall, Stepan Center, Rockne Memorial, the basketball courts in the North Dome, the Smith Center for Recreational Sports, and the Ricci Band Building. These facilities will implement enhanced sanitization and disinfection protocols, will modify furniture and adjust capacities to University physical distancing requirements and may reduce operating hours to ensure deeper daily cleaning or accommodate academic classes.
All outdoor grounds, including Ricci Fields and the West Quad Fields, can be reserved by student groups and may also be used informally by students when there is no prior reservation. In collaboration with Campus Dining, tents will be installed on North and South quads as space that can be reserved for additional outdoor student programs or informal gathering.
All student clubs and organizations will have the opportunity to meet in person in accordance with appropriate University public health practices and amended student club and organization guidelines and protocols. Student groups may also choose to meet virtually. Attendance must be taken at all in-person meetings and events to allow for contact tracing if needed.
Given the University’s travel policy, student group travel as well as off-campus events will not be permitted this fall. Similarly, due to limited University visitors, speakers/performers will not be permitted for in-person engagements, though they can be contracted for virtual events. These limitations on travel and visitors will likely limit students who volunteer regularly in our local community and interact with children. We will share more details as plans are finalized.
The University is still developing plans for student activities that scientists believe hold significant risk for transmission, whether due to the nature of the activity, the proximity of individuals at those events, or the inevitable contact between individuals. Through consultation with University’s medical experts, relevant CDC guidelines, and relevant professional association guidelines, a full set of student club and organization guidelines and protocols will be published on this page throughout the summer and upon your return. Current student programming updates include:
- The University does not anticipate permitting group vocal activities indoors, student dances, or many contact club or intramural sports.
- Safe ways to enable outdoor choir rehearsals or performances, musical instrument rehearsals and performances, and dance and theater performances are being researched, though they will likely require significant restrictions.
- Fitness classes and instructional programs will require adjusted attendance based on physical distancing.
- For those interhall sports we are able to offer, rosters will be open to both current and former hall residents this year given that some study abroad students may be unable to return to their home residence halls.
Following appropriate health practices, the division offices of Student Affairs and the Graduate School will be open and available to students in person at Campus Ministry, the Center for Student Support and Care, the Family Resource Center, the Gender Relations Center, the Meruelo Family Center for Career Development, Multicultural Student Programs and Services, the McDonald Center for Student Well-Being, the Office of Community Standards, the Office of Student Enrichment, RecSports, Residential Life, Student Activities, Student Media, and the University Bands. Virtual engagement opportunities with staff are also available based on the preferences of students.