Updated: April 01, 2020 at 10:18AM

Academics

Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., made the difficult but necessary decision to continue the suspension of in-person classes through the end of the semester, to be replaced with virtual instruction and other alternative options. Fr. Jenkins had previously suspended all University-sponsored study abroad programs.

Though no classes were conducted the week after spring break, the built-in flexibility of our academic calendar will allow for the completion of the semester’s class work on schedule on May 8. The University’s Commencement Ceremony on May 17 will be held online rather than in Notre Dame Stadium, and an on-campus celebration for the class of 2020 is being planned for the spring of 2021.

This semester undergraduate students will have the opportunity to view their final course grades at the end of the semester, and then choose whether to accept their letter grades or elect a pass/no credit option. Those receiving a letter grade of A through D can choose to receive a pass (P); those receiving an F grade can choose to receive a no credit (NC). Pass and no-credit grades will have no effect on a student’s grade point average. Undergraduates may make this choice for any or all of their courses. The Registrar will provide in the near future administrative instructions for choosing the pass/no credit option. This grading option does not apply to courses completed prior to spring break. More guidance on changes to academic policies can be found in Provost Burish's letter to students.

The last day to drop a class is now April 3. However, each student should work with his/her academic advisor when considering dropping a course from their schedule. Among the considerations that should be discussed are the impact of dropping a course on the student's progress to a degree as well as the possibility that dropping a course could change the student's status as a full-time student (with possible implications for some forms of financial aid and loan repayment schedules). More information can be found at registrar.nd.edu.

Academic Services

Notre Dame and the Office of Information Technologies (OIT) have long provided services that enable Notre Dame students, faculty, and employees to learn, teach, and work anywhere in the world. There are many technology options that can facilitate conducting a class and/or University business. Please review the following articles: Teaching, Learning, and Working While Away From Campus and How to Keep Teaching Online with Zoom.

In-person access to all Hesburgh Libraries locations is suspended. More information can be found at https://library.nd.edu/covid-19-response.

If you are a student returning home but you do not have a laptop or available internet to participate in online classes, please contact the Office of Student Enrichment at 574-631-8162 or enrich@nd.edu.

Notre Dame has suspended laboratory research operations across campus. The labs have been placed in a "hibernation" state, during which time only a small number of formally approved essential personnel will be provided access to maintain equipment and specimens. For additional questions, please contact research@nd.edu.  

Faculty members and others involved with instructional activities are encouraged to teach classes from home if they are able to do so. Faculty members, graduate students, teaching assistants, and others providing instructional support who plan to use campus facilities for teaching will be classified as essential on-campus personnel and provided authorization for local travel.  No one should feel any pressure to come to campus if doing so poses a health or safety risk or if they can teach just as effectively from home. If your teaching responsibilities do require you to come to campus, but you are uncomfortable or feel unsafe or your personal circumstances prevent you from doing so, please inform your instructor so that they can make alternative arrangements.

Defenses of dissertations will likely be accommodated in small group settings or using online technologies. Graduate students with questions should speak with their faculty advisors.