Updated: May 18, 2020 at 4:46PM

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the update on summer programs hosted at Notre Dame?
In a typical summer, the University of Notre Dame hosts approximately 140 education programs, conferences, and camps that involve more than 13,000 participants. This summer, due to health and safety concerns surrounding the COVID-19 coronavirus, many of these on-campus activities will not take place as usual.
Summer Courses for Notre Dame Students
Given our focus on fully reopening for the fall semester, we cannot host many, if any, programs even during the second half of the summer session. We are considering options that will allow the return of a very small number of students in July, mainly those whose summer work is preparatory for the fall semester. Limiting the numbers of this group will allow us to devote time, energy and resources to reopen in the fall. The Provost’s Office will communicate with relevant programs about their status for the summer.
On-campus Summer Conferences, Programs, and Camps
The University will not be able to offer housing to participants in summer conferences or programs (including non-credit courses) involving non-Notre Dame students or other adults – and campus dining halls will not be available to provide meals for these programs.
If in-person courses and programs for Notre Dame students are permitted after July 6, some of these other programs and conferences may be granted access to non-residential on-campus facilities (i.e., classrooms and sports facilities) for day sessions only.
We will decide whether and how we will allow on-campus sports activities for Notre Dame enrolled students in consultation with public health officials. We will not offer any on-campus programs for K-12 students this summer, with the possible exception of limited day sports camps in July. 
Off-campus Summer Programs and Courses
Due to concern for the health and safety of our students, we have cancelled all international summer programs for our students and faculty members. We will notify off-campus summer programs that require domestic travel whether their programs will be allowed to proceed this year. To ensure the safety of participants, faculty, and staff members, off-campus programs and courses will require approval from the appropriate dean in collaboration with the University’s Office of General Counsel and Risk Management and Safety.
Should I work from campus or home?
Employees are expected to work from home until further notice unless their responsibilities require them to be on campus. Managers and employees should have clear communication regarding the expectations for their work during this health crisis. If employees have specific concerns that prevent them from performing their work on campus, they may contact their Human Resources Consultant for further direction.
Will pay and benefits continue for all full-time and benefits-eligible part-time regular employees?
Yes, at this time. This includes those who:
Experience a temporary lack of work for their position;
Work from home to fulfill caregiving obligations resulting from this health crisis (e.g. widespread school closings);
Are mandated by a healthcare provider to be quarantined (separated and restricted due to POSSIBLE EXPOSURE) or isolated (separated and restricted due to TESTING POSITIVE). The University will pay employees for days quarantined and/or isolated, and this time off will not be deducted from paid time off already accrued.
How many hours will regular part-time staff be paid for?
At this time, regular part-time staff will be paid based on the average number of hours they have worked in all active, part-time jobs averaged over the previous 12 months. Any pay periods in which they did not work hours will not be used in the calculation. If the part-time staff member works on campus, or at home, during this time, but does not meet their averaged number of hours, they will have additional hours added to meet the calculated value.
Will I receive pay and benefits if I choose not to perform my work responsibilities?
Employees who choose not to perform their work responsibilities, outside of the alternative work arrangements the University has identified, will be able to utilize any available incidental, personal or vacation days to cover such absences. If no leave is available, employees will go into an unpaid status. If employees have specific concerns that prevent them from performing their work on campus, they may contact their Human Resources Consultant for further direction.
What steps should I take if I am tested for COVID-19?
If a healthcare provider determines that a test for COVID-19 is necessary, the employee must stay home and self-quarantine until results are received. Employees must report the quarantine to their manager and discuss if any work can be performed remotely during this period.
What will happen if an employee tests positive for COVID-19?
If a test is positive, the employee must report the results to their manager and isolate at home until approved by a health official. They will receive guidance and be subject to monitoring by the local health department. The local health department may also reach out to other co-workers who fall within the medical criteria for potential exposure. The health department will provide guidance about self-quarantine and monitoring requirements to co-workers.
What steps should I take if a colleague informs me they are being tested for COVID-19?
Please notify your supervisor or contact the Notre Dame Wellness Center (574-634-9355), letting them know that your colleague informed you that s/he is being tested for COVID-19. Please remember to respect the privacy of your co-worker by not sharing this information with anyone else. The Wellness Center will determine if other steps are necessary to monitor your own health or support others in your department who may fall within the medical criteria for potential exposure. The local health department may also reach out to other co-workers who fall within the medical criteria for potential exposure. The health department will provide guidance about quarantine and monitoring requirements to co-workers.
What steps has Notre Dame taken to help protect the safety and well-being of students, faculty, staff and visitors?
  • Distance learning is in effect through the first part of the summer session. 
  • Remote working is in effect.
  • Building Services is providing essential cleaning to occupied areas of campus. Frequency of routine disinfection of high-touch surfaces, including handrails, door handles, and light switches, has been increased.
  • Please continue to exercise good personal hygiene, including frequent hand washing and maintaining social distance of 6 feet to minimize the spread of any contagion. No handshakes, please.
  • All events with 50+ attendees are canceled. 
  • University athletic events and practices have been suspended and/or canceled. 
  • University health-care professionals are working closely with St. Joseph County and Indiana health departments to prevent the spread of the virus, care for members of our community who might test positive for coronavirus, and do everything possible to ensure the health of the campus and greater community.
  • Notre Dame has suspended all study abroad programs, and international out-bound summer programs.
  • All University-reimbursed international travel is prohibited. Personal international travel is strongly discouraged. University-reimbursed domestic travel must be postponed or canceled unless an exception is granted by a dean or supervisor.
Who is leading the University’s response to the pandemic?
The University’s response to the coronavirus is being coordinated by the Emergency Policy Committee and the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) management team.
Will the dining halls on campus be open during this time?
No dining halls are in operation. Carryout meals will be available at Rohr's Test Kitchen in the Morris Inn.
Will there be a proration of tuition?
Since the students are continuing to earn academic credits toward their Notre Dame degree, tuition will not be prorated. The University has already prorated room and board and made appropriate refunds.
What University Health Services, including mental health and pastoral support, will remain open while the University moves to online learning?
University Health Services (UHS) will maintain regular operating hours for on-campus or local students during this time period. All students, whether on campus or at home, can call UHS for consultation 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 574-631-7497.
The University Counseling Center (UCC) will remain open for on-campus or local students for walk-in crisis care during regular business hours. Students who are exhibiting medical symptoms of COVID-19 should call UHS before coming to St. Liam Hall. All students, whether on campus or at home, can call the UCC helpline 24 hours a day, seven days a week to reach a counselor at 574-631-TALK (8255).
Care and Wellness consultants in the Center for Student Support and Care remain available to support students in need. Students who do not already work with a Care and Wellness consultant and would like assistance getting connected with resources should contact 574-631-7833.
Campus Ministry’s Need to Talk program will continue with extended hours, with pastoral staff available both in-person and remotely.
Should I report to work if I am involved in instructional activities?
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. However, 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.

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