Fr. Jenkins' message to students on off-campus gatherings and exit testing

Author: Andy Fuller

Note: Dated communications are archived here for reference, but may not reflect the most up-to-date information available.


Dear Students,

As exciting as last night’s victory against Clemson was, it was very disappointing to see evidence of widespread disregard of our health protocols at many gatherings over the weekend.  After consulting with Dr. Mark Fox, St. Joseph County’s Deputy Health Officer, we have determined that we must take the following steps:

  1. Because we are now even more concerned about the potential for contagion in your home communities as you prepare to travel home at the end of the semester, the University will place a registration hold on the record of any student who fails to appear for testing when asked to do so. A registration hold would mean that you are unable to matriculate or register for classes next semester or receive a transcript. This is a change from an earlier communication from Erin Hoffmann Harding and Mike Seamon which stated that those who failed to appear would lose priority status for registration.
  2. Furthermore, you may not leave the South Bend area until you receive the results of your exit test. Again, should we discover that you have left the area, we will place a registration hold on your record.
  3. There will be zero tolerance for any gatherings that do not comport with our health and safety guidelines, on or off campus. Those found responsible for hosting such gatherings will face severe sanctions.

We recognize that such steps may require some to adjust plans and schedules, but these obligations are critical for your health, as well as the health of our campus, our local community, and the communities to which you will travel for break. The grave circumstances of this pandemic compel us to take these exceptional measures.

You will receive additional information about points 1 and 2 above in a separate communication tomorrow morning.

Our football team showed us how to finish strong on Saturday night.  Please finish this semester strong by wearing a mask, maintaining physical distance, washing your hands and completing your daily health check. Furthermore, as outlined above, you must, if you wish to return as a student in the spring semester, come for testing when you are called and not depart until you receive the test result. 


Rev. John I.  Jenkins, C.S.C.