Adjustments to Mask Protocols

Author: John Slott

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Dear Notre Dame Community,

We are writing to update you on adjustments to campus COVID-19 protocols, particularly in the area of masking. These updates come after consultation with public health experts and in light of continued positive trends in cases both on campus and in the community. 

Effective Monday, March 14, masks will be optional throughout campus, including at events, for fully vaccinated students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Masks will continue to be required indoors on campus for unvaccinated students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The following exceptions apply:

  • Masks are required in any instructional or research space—classrooms, offices, labs, or studios—where the faculty member or instructor requires masking.
  • Regardless of vaccination status, masks continue to be required for all who visit the University Testing Center, University Health Services, and the Notre Dame Wellness Center. 
  • All individuals who test positive for COVID will be required to mask for five days following their isolation period.

The testing center will remain open and weekly surveillance testing is still required for unvaccinated students, faculty, and staff.

All members of the Notre Dame community are encouraged to carry a mask with them at all times and should be respectful of those who request that masks be worn in their presence. For the full masking policy, visit the covid.nd.edu website. The University’s policy on gatherings now reflects the updated masking rules. The University’s travel policy remains unchanged since Feb. 4. 

We will continue to closely monitor the situation. As always, we thank you for your ongoing flexibility as we continue to adapt to changing circumstances. 

In Notre Dame,

Chris Maziar, Interim Provost
Shannon Cullinan, Executive Vice President
Fr. Gerry Olinger, C.S.C., Vice President for Student Affairs