1. New Friday Week: June 5

    For months the impenetrable reality was the coronavirus.  It dominated the news, the way people lived and died, and expectations for the future.  Then George Floyd was killed and attention turned to a tragedy far older than COVID-19. 

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  2. Fr. Jenkins, EVP Cullinan: Letter to staff on reopening plans

    Dear Notre Dame Staff Colleagues:

    We hope that you and your loved ones are well. In these challenging times, you inspire us daily with your dedication, generosity, and creativity.

    As you know, we are committed to keeping you informed. For your information, we are forwarding a letter that was sent to faculty earlier today by Provost Tom Burish and Provost-Elect Marie Lynn Miranda regarding the fall semester. While the letter addresses some concerns that may be specific to faculty, it also covers topics that are of importance to everyone, especially the health and safety protocols the University is establishing related to personal protective equipment, health checks, testing, contact tracing, vaccination and behavior change. Additional information about each of these critically important topics will, of course, be provided in the weeks ahead.…

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  3. Friday Week: May 29

    As the coronavirus struck internationally, foreign students planning to enroll at Notre Dame this coming fall were stymied. 

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  4. Friday Week: May 22

    This has been a momentous week for Notre Dame beginning with an online degree conferral ceremony at which Father Jenkins, Dr. Burish, the deans of our schools and colleges, and John J. Brennan, chair of the Notre Dame Board of Trustees, presided. 

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  5. Guidelines for returning to work

    Dear Faculty and Staff Colleagues, 

    As Indiana embarks on the reopening plan outlined by Governor Holcomb, the University begins its own gradual phase-in of a limited number of activities. It is extremely important in the weeks and months ahead that we each take steps to protect our own health and the health and well-being of those around us in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  6. VP of Research Bernhard letter on phased reopening of labs and studios

    Dear Colleagues,

    As Fr. Jenkins wrote in his letter earlier this afternoon to the faculty, the Research Task Force is working on the procedures to gradually reopen research laboratories, creative arts studios, and libraries. We look forward to the reopening of these very important facilities while being very mindful of the safety of the faculty, students, and staff as our very first priority. I write to provide details about both the labs/studios reopening plan and the library reopening plan. This letter will provide high-level details with reference to more detailed information for those that are utilizing laboratories, studios and libraries.…

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  7. Fr. Jenkins letter to faculty on reopening campus

    Bringing our students back is in effect assembling a small city of people from many parts of the nation and the world, who may bring with them pathogens to which they have been exposed. We recognize the challenge, but we believe it is one we can meet.

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  8. Fr. Jenkins, EVP Cullinan letter to staff on reopening campus

    Dear Notre Dame Staff Colleagues:

    We hope you and your loved ones are safe and well. On Sunday, we celebrated the University’s first virtual degree conferral ceremony, honoring the 3,234 graduates who comprise the Class of 2020. Please know of our gratitude for your great work this year, especially in light of the many new and unforeseen challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is thanks to your efforts that we were able to bring the semester to a good conclusion. To keep you informed, we are forwarding a letter that was sent to faculty earlier today outlining our plans for the fall. As stated in the letter, these plans could be subject to change. As we work toward reopening campus, your flexibility and cooperation will be essential in ensuring the health and well-being of every member of this community.…

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  9. Fr. Jenkins letter to returning students on reopening campus

    Dear Notre Dame Student:

    Congratulations on bringing the work of the spring semester to a good conclusion despite challenging circumstances. I hope this letter finds you safe and well, and settling into what will be for most of us an unusual summer.

    I write to share with you our current plans for the fall semester, as I know this is very much on your minds. As we think about the fall, we are committed to taking all reasonable steps to protect the health and safety of the campus community, yet, within the bounds of health considerations, we want to welcome you back to campus and resume in-person instruction as we adapt to the new normal brought on by the novel coronavirus.…

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  10. Fr. Jenkins letter to new students on reopening campus

    Dear Notre Dame Student:

    A highlight in the life of any university is welcoming its newest members. I am delighted to welcome you to the Notre Dame community and I look forward to meeting you in person.

    I write to share with you our current plans for the fall, as I know this is very much on your minds. As we think about the fall, we are committed to taking all reasonable steps to protect the health and safety of the campus community in the new normal brought on by the novel coronavirus. Within the bounds of health considerations, we want to welcome you to campus for in-person instruction and offer you the opportunity to enjoy as many aspects of undergraduate and graduate student life at Notre Dame as possible.…

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  11. Fr. Jenkins letter to parents on reopening campus

    Dear Parents of Rising Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors:

    I hope this finds you and your loved ones safe and well. To keep you informed, we are forwarding a letter that was sent a short time ago to returning students outlining our plans for the fall. We will continue to monitor developments, and more information will, of course, follow in the weeks ahead.…

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  12. Friday Week: Conferral: Sunday, May 17

    The Notre Dame community was, in many respects, focused this week on this coming Sunday when the Class of 2020 will participate in a diploma conferral ceremony conducted virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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  13. Fr. Jenkins: Guidance on continued remote work, future steps

    Dear Faculty and Staff Colleagues,

    I hope that you and your loved ones are healthy and doing well in this unsettled time. I once again thank each of you—both those working remotely and those filling important roles on campus—for your creativity and flexibility as Notre Dame has adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic. I am truly grateful for all that you are doing.

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  14. Letter to students regarding move-out procedures

    Dear Students,

    I hope this email finds you well during this most unusual finals week. As other University leaders have mentioned in previous letters, we continue to balance your safety, the well-being of our staff and local community, and your understandable eagerness to retrieve your personal belongings in our planning of move-out. With a staged reopening in the state now beginning, we can share logistics for moving out of your on-campus housing and encourage you to share this information with your parents and loved ones.…

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  15. Letter to faculty and staff regarding voluntary salary reductions

    Dear Members of the Notre Dame Community,

    It has been nearly two months since we announced the move to online instruction and remote work. Throughout our 178-year history there has been one other time when students were sent home for an extended period of time. This first closure occurred on April 23, 1879, when the six-story Main Building—which housed classrooms, dorm rooms, the dining hall, the library, the laboratory, a museum and administrative offices—burned to the ground. Hundreds worked tirelessly to ensure the core of the Main Building was rebuilt and ready for the return of students in the fall.…

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  16. Friday Week: A Letter to the Faculty

    Father John Jenkins, Provost Tom Burish, and Provost-Elect Marie Lynn Miranda wrote to the faculty this week to describe the underlying principles that govern the University’s thinking toward the return of in-person classes, the opening of laboratories, and other measures. 

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