Updated: July 13, 2020 at 7:01AM

Student Return

Summer 2020

A limited number of student-athletes are on campus beginning in mid-June, and are subject to special testing and quarantining protocols.

In mid-July, a limited number of educational cohorts of graduate students will return for pilot non-residential programs. 

Pre-matriculation Testing

Prior to students' return to campus, University Health Services (UHS) physicians will order a COVID-19 PCR home collection test kit for each student. The home collection kit will be sent to a student's home address from our testing partner, LabCorp, which will provide the kits and process the results.

All students should have received an email on July 8 indicating the address the University has on file. If you will NOT be at the address included in that email ten days before you plan to return to campus, update your address to ensure the delivery of the testing kit.

Additional information on pre-matriculation testing

Fall 2020 Staged Return to Campus

In partnership with local public health officials, students and families will arrive in the South Bend area in stages.

  • Residence hall staff will arrive on campus beginning Sunday, July 26 for training.
  • International students should plan to arrive Saturday, August 1 to participate in orientation with Notre Dame International.
  • New graduate students' Welcome program will be Monday, August 3 and Tuesday, August 4.
  • New students in the professional programs will receive guidance about orientation programs from their schools.
  • First-year or transfer undergraduate students living on campus will move in either Monday, August 3 or Wednesday, August 5 based on their assigned residence hall.
  • Most returning undergraduate students living on campus will move in August 6, 7, 8, or 9.

New First-Year or Transfer Undergraduate Student Move-In

Based on public health considerations related to move-in staging and gathering size, the University currently anticipates offering two Welcome programs for new first-year or transfer undergraduate students and families. Those students living on campus will move in either Monday, August 3 or Wednesday, August 5 based on their assigned residence hall. Each student can be accompanied by no more than two family members or guests. Appointment times will be staggered to facilitate physical distancing.

Students and their families can expect the same Welcome Week experience regardless of their move-in date. Following the conclusion of each Welcome program on Tuesday, August 4 or Thursday, August 6, student-only programming will continue through the start of classes. First-year assignments are currently planned for release on Friday, July 10.

New students living on campus will attend a program based on their assigned move-in date. Further details about the timing of housing assignments, assigned student move-in dates, and a detailed Welcome program will be available in early July. Additional virtual welcome content for new students will be shared as it is released.

Returning Undergraduate Student Move-In

Most returning undergraduate students living on campus will move in August 6, 7, 8, or 9. Returning students will have the option to select a move-in day and time using the same appointment system used for move-out during a selection period from July 6 to 13. Any students who do not select a move-in appointment during that period will have a move-in day and time assigned automatically.

A very limited number of returning student leaders, international students, and student-athletes will be contacted by relevant University departments for permission to move in August 1 or 2. Because the University must restrict the number of students moving in each day for public health reasons, we will be unable to accommodate individual requests for arrival on August 1 or 2.

Each student can be accompanied by no more than two family members or guests. Like move-out, appointment times will be staggered to facilitate physical distancing.

Students with Difficulty Returning to Campus

The University’s Academic Council determines the general academic policies and regulations of the University. Students who may have difficulty returning to South Bend by the start of classes on Monday, August 10 should consult the relevant academic code for their course of study for information about course attendance, enrollment, leave of absence, and other separations. Additions and modifications to existing academic codes must be approved by the Academic Council. The Academic Council is continuing to consider academic code changes that may be necessary for Fall 2020 to respond to COVID-19.

Undergraduate and graduate students, including those in professional schools, with a documented health condition that places them at high risk or who have other special circumstances, may seek reasonable accommodations or other modifications by engaging with Sara Bea Accessibility Services. Sara Bea utilizes a streamlined intake form for student accommodation requests. The existing intake form has been broadened to include information about COVID-19 concerns that may extend beyond an individual’s disability (e.g., concern about attending classes on campus or increasing exposure for a high-risk family member). In addition, the process allows for accommodation requests that reflect the multiple roles on campus fulfilled by graduate students (e.g., instructor of record, research assistant, teaching assistant). Learn more here.

Initiate a Request for COVID-related Accommodations