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Letters from Leaders

  1. EVP Cullinan: letter to faculty and staff

    Dear Members of the Notre Dame Community,

     

    This past month has been as unsettling and challenging as any time in our lives.  Thankfully, I have also witnessed many moments of grace and generosity, affording me numerous opportunities to reflect on what it means to be part of the Notre Dame community.  I am inspired by the selfless service and compassion I have seen in action at every level, confirming that we can accomplish more than we thought possible when we come together.  Thank you for your efforts and for so beautifully embodying the spirit of Notre Dame.…

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  2. Fr. Jenkins: More details on Memorial Day Weekend 2021

    Dear Members of the Class of 2020,

     

    I write to let you know that we will soon convene a student committee that will help us plan the events of Memorial Day weekend 2021.  The details of those days will be determined by discussions with that committee, but we expect them to include the traditional elements of a Notre Dame Commencement—a Mass, a Convocation in Notre Dame Stadium with traditional cap and gown, college and departmental ceremonies, the Last Visit to the Grotto, and a Commencement Ball.…

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  3. VP of Student Affairs Hoffmann Harding: letter to students on move-out procedures

    Dear Notre Dame undergraduates,

    As you may know, yesterday, Father John shared with the senior class that the University would not hold in-person Commencement ceremonies on May 16-17 as originally planned; instead, Commencement will be held in stages, with an online ceremony on May 17 and in-person celebrations on Memorial Day weekend of 2021. As Father John said in his letter to seniors, public health experts have made it clear it would not be prudent in the coming weeks to bring together on campus large gatherings of families from across the country and around the world.   …

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  4. Fr. Jenkins: letter to graduate and professional students of the Class of 2020

    Dear Graduate and Professional Students of the Class of 2020:

    I write now to you a letter I had hoped I would not need to send. We have all been following the news about the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and I have consulted with several experts on infectious diseases. Although there remains a good deal of uncertainty about the trajectory and duration of the pandemic, it is becoming clear that it would not be prudent to host on May 16-17 the Notre Dame Commencement on our campus—a large gathering bringing together families from across the country and around the world, many with older and at-risk members. The Notre Dame Commencement weekend means so much to our graduates, their families, our faculty and to me personally, and so it is with greatest regret that I tell you we will not be able to gather you on campus for Commencement this May.…

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  5. Fr. Jenkins: letter to undergraduate members of the Class of 2020

    Dear Members of the Class of 2020:

    I write now to you a letter I had hoped I would not need to send. We have all been following the news about the spread of the novel coronavirus, and I have consulted with several experts on infectious diseases. Although there remains a good deal of uncertainty about the trajectory and duration of the pandemic, it is becoming clear that it would not be prudent to host on May 16-17 the Notre Dame Commencement on our campus—a large gathering bringing together families from across the country and around the world, many with older and at-risk members. The Notre Dame Commencement and the events leading up to it mean so much to our graduates, their families, our faculty and to me personally, and so it is with greatest regret that I tell you we will not be able to gather you on campus for Commencement this May.…

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  6. Provost Burish: faculty update on COVID-19 issues

    Dear Colleagues,

    I have never seen our beautiful campus so quiet, eerily quiet.  Yet I know that you—whether working in your offices or labs on campus or remotely from home—have been putting enormous effort into teaching online classes, continuing your research and scholarship, advising students, and conducting the business of your departments, institutes, schools, and colleges.  By all reports, our students also have adapted to this new environment and continue to progress toward their degrees. …

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  7. Provost Burish: letter to students on COVID-19 issues

    Dear Notre Dame Students,

    I hope this letter finds you, your families, and your friends safe and doing well in the midst of these challenging times.  Numerous faculty members have relayed to me stories of your patience, resilience, and good humor as you resumed your classes online this week.  I am grateful to you for that as well as for your efforts in many distant locations to maintain the strong sense of community we work so hard to build at Notre Dame. …

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  8. Friday Week: grades, tenure, “smooth week”

    The transition from in-classroom instruction to distant teaching and learning went smoothly this week. There was also more clarity about policies as they pertain to grades, employment, tenure track and other issues of importance to students, faculty and staff.

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  9. Executive VP Cullinan: update to faculty and staff

    Dear Members of the Notre Dame Community,

    My deepest thanks for the teamwork, dedication and compassion you have demonstrated in this unprecedented time. The coronavirus pandemic has presented truly extraordinary challenges for the world and our nation, as well as for the University of Notre Dame. I am humbled and inspired by the way you have responded with care and concern for one another.…

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  10. Update on remote teaching for Notre Dame instructors

    Dear Friends and Colleagues,

    Your generosity, creativity, and commitment to our students has never been more visible than it is now in this moment of profound disruption and anxiety. Thank you. In all things, we counsel compassion, flexibility, and patience as guiding principles — towards our students, our broader community, and ourselves. Many students (and their instructors) may be in unstable circumstances; they may be burdened by this crisis in ways that are not readily visible or communicated easily. The impact of COVID-19 on our communities, the responses of local authorities to it, and access to public spaces and resources will vary. These factors will continue to impact everyone in our dispersed community. Resumption of instruction in an online environment will, no doubt, present some new opportunities and a few surprises. As we look forward to the week ahead, we write with some additional touchstones to consider as we begin remote learning and teaching as a community.…

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  11. University Librarian Walker: letter to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars

    Dear Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars,

    As you may have learned, the University is taking additional steps in response to COVID-19 to address the health and safety of all of you as well as our faculty and staff members who support online teaching and research. A recent communication states that “these steps will also position us for additional anticipated measures that state and local governments are likely to take to control the spread of the coronavirus.”…

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  12. 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.…

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  13. VP of Research Bernhard: details of research lab operation suspension

    Dear Colleagues,

    With the announcement that the University plans to suspend laboratory research operations and limit access only to essential personnel on Friday March, 27, I write to inform you about how we will manage the ramp down process. I want to emphasize that although lab operations are suspended, we hope faculty, post docs, graduate and undergraduate students can still find ways to be productive remotely by engaging in computational and simulation work, data analysis, paper and proposal writing, and other similar activities. The Deans and I stand ready to assist in any way that we can.…

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  14. Provost Burish: faculty update on COVID-19

    Dear Colleagues,

    Thank you for your committed and diligent efforts to take all necessary precautions to safeguard, as much as possible, you, your family, and your colleagues from exposure to the COVID-19 virus while also doing all you can to ensure the best possible distance education for our students.  I know that I start each note to you with thanks.  Please know that this is not formulaic; it is heartfelt.  The selfless efforts so many people have made are extraordinary.…

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  15. VP of Student Affairs Hoffmann Harding: letter to students regarding residence halls closure

    Dear Notre Dame undergraduates,

    Since writing to you only a week ago, the pace with which our world has changed due to COVID-19 is astounding and, at times, disconcerting. I am so proud of how you have responded to this challenge. Although your lives have changed dramatically, you have expressed understanding that Notre Dame prioritized the health and safety of our community, our nation, and our world. …

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  16. Graduate School dean Carlson: letter to graduate and professional students

    Dear Graduate and Professional Students,

     

    It has been a sad and stressful week. On behalf of myself and the deans of the graduate professional schools, I write to say how sorry we are that the spring semester has unfolded in this manner, and to thank you for your understanding, patience, flexibility, and creativity as the rhythm of just about every facet of our lives has been up-ended, and as we all try to adjust to a new set of routines. We understand how you may be feeling. The need to stay physically distant may bring on feelings of isolation. The pressures to move instruction online may be compounded for those of you who are not only students, but also teaching assistants or instructors of record. The contingency planning that is taking place with respect to research is important because we are trying our best to support you in your pursuit of meaningful work and progress on your degree. But understandably, this planning may bring too anxiety and countless questions related to deadlines, progress on research, funding, access to on-campus resources and so on.…

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  17. OPAC VP Browne: ND student tests positive for virus

    Dear Members of the Notre Dame Community:

    A Notre Dame student who returned last week from studying abroad in London has notified the University that the student has tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). The student had traveled from London to home in the United States, and not to Notre Dame’s main campus in South Bend. The student was already self-quarantined when tested for the virus. The student’s local health department is currently overseeing medical care in conjunction with local providers. These local health officials are authorized to notify additional individuals who may have been in recent, close contact with the student. …

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Latest

  1. Update on remote teaching for Notre Dame instructors

    Dear Friends and Colleagues,

    Your generosity, creativity, and commitment to our students has never been more visible than it is now in this moment of profound disruption and anxiety. Thank you. In all things, we counsel compassion, flexibility, and patience as guiding principles — towards our students, our broader community, and ourselves. Many students (and their instructors) may be in unstable circumstances; they may be burdened by this crisis in ways that are not readily visible or communicated easily. The impact of COVID-19 on our communities, the responses of local authorities to it, and access to public spaces and resources will vary. These factors will continue to impact everyone in our dispersed community. Resumption of instruction in an online environment will, no doubt, present some new opportunities and a few surprises. As we look forward to the week ahead, we write with some additional touchstones to consider as we begin remote learning and teaching as a community.…

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  2. Travel arranged for all University students studying abroad

    In response to the new European travel restrictions that go into effect at midnight on Friday, March 13, Notre Dame has arranged travel for all affected undergraduate students to arrive in the U.S. prior to the deadline.

    In addition, all undergraduates on study abroad have been provided rebooked flights and are scheduled to come back to the U.S. or their home country by Monday, March 16.  …

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  3. Jerusalem Global Gateway closed

    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.

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