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Dear Notre Dame Community:
We write today with some encouraging news: Our campus community has achieved our goal of over 90 percent compliance with the University’s COVID-19 booster requirement. We are deeply grateful to each of you for your cooperation and ongoing commitment to the health of our community. We are obviously not out of the woods, yet – many of us are still dealing with the daily impact of COVID on our lives. But, this is an important milestone that brings us closer to being able to reinstitute the standards which governed life on campus during the fall semester.
We hope to be able to lift the indoor masking requirement, as well as some of the limits on University-sponsored travel and gatherings, on Friday, Feb. 4, the date our community will reach full protection from the boosters. However, we will continue to monitor case rates closely, in partnership with public health officials, to be sure we can safely take these steps at that time. We will continue to keep you fully informed.
In the meantime, it is essential that we continue to follow all of our current health and safety protocols, including wearing our masks indoors on campus, except when alone in a private office or, for students, in residence halls. We are currently seeing a high number of cases on campus, though we hope, based on what public health experts predict, that those campus numbers will peak very soon. In the local community, where vaccination and booster rates remain much lower than our campus, we continue to see a high number of cases. Please keep this in mind when you are off-campus and be sure to wear your mask, maintain physical distancing, and avoid large gatherings.
UHS and the Wellness Center, in partnership with the COVID-19 Response Unit, continue to coordinate testing and care for students, faculty and staff. We urge everyone who has not yet uploaded their booster documentation to do so as soon as possible.
Congratulations on reaching this important goal for our community, and thank you for your continued patience and fortitude. Let’s continue to be generous with ourselves and one another, and do our best to embody the compassion and kindness that have always characterized this community.
Chris Maziar, Interim Provost
Shannon Cullinan, Executive Vice President
Fr. Gerry Olinger, C.S.C., Vice President for Student Affairs