Notre Dame to modify student life in light of COVID-19 fears
Observer Staff Report | Wednesday, March 11, 2020
In light of the University suspending in-person classes until April 13, Notre Dame will remain open and adjustments to student life and offices will be made, Erin Hoffmann Harding, vice president for student affairs, said in a follow-up email.
All student extracurricular activities will be suspended through April 13, and student-athletes will be contacted regarding decisions related to varsity athletics, the email said.
The small population of students who cannot return home must be approved to remain in the residence halls by March 13, and the Office of Residential Life will contact these students.
According to the email, North Dining Hall will open twice a day for brunch and dinner between March 15 and April 13. The dining hall will undergo a full sanitation between each meal.
Faculty members will contact students regarding books and course materials, and essential materials may be shipped to students by filling out a form.
“Any students who are still local or on campus should only take what they need from their rooms at this point, including passports, identification, keys, course materials, and laptops,” the email said.
University Health Services (UHS) will continue operation, and students experiencing COVID-19 symptoms are advised to call UHS or their local health care providers.
“If a health care provider determines that a test for COVID-19 is necessary for a student still residing on campus, the student will relocate to housing near campus and follow self-quarantine guidelines while results are in process,” the email said. “Any student who tests positive for COVID-19 will shift to self-isolation guidelines and be subject to monitoring by the local health department.”
Students are encouraged to continue engaging in student services offices with most offices continuing to have normal business hours.
“ If you are away from campus, please use technology (e.g., phone, email) as a first point of contact with student services offices to ensure that you reach them quickly,” the email said.
The University Counseling Center will remain open for students remaining on campus and will maintain their regular business hours, and students residing in the Fischer Graduate Residences may remain until the end of their leases.