Provost to faculty: Temporary transition to online instruction

Author: John Slott

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Dear Colleagues, 

By now, you have seen or heard about Fr. Jenkins decision to temporarily transition to online instruction based on the recent increase of positive COVID-19 cases reported on campus. Here is what you need to know:

  • Starting tomorrow at 8 a.m. and lasting until at least Wednesday, Sept. 2, all undergraduate courses will be delivered via remote means.
  • Starting tomorrow at 8 a.m. and lasting until at least Monday, Aug. 24, all graduate and professional courses will be offered remotely. Additional information will be forthcoming.
  • Universal mask wearing will be required on campus (indoors and outdoors).
  • Until further notice, all undergraduate students who live off campus are restricted from visiting campus – and their access to campus buildings will be limited.
  • Core research facilities and libraries will remain open to graduate students, faculty, and staff members. On-campus undergrads may use the libraries.
  • Research remains at Phase 3, operating as it has been, with labs accessible to faculty, graduate students and research staff.
  • Arrangements will be by the colleges and schools for students who need to retrieve course materials from campus locations.  
  • Faculty members and graduate students may teach remotely during the temporary transition to remote instruction – or they are welcome to continue teaching remotely from their assigned classrooms with available OIT support.
  • The University’s stadium testing facility will remain open and operating.
  • Testing, both symptomatic and surveillance, will be expanded.
  • Academic staff members should seek guidance from their supervisors about remote work arrangements.

We regret the need for this sudden change in plans, but I think we can all agree we needed a substantial pivot. I plan to meet with department chairs tomorrow at midday in an effort to identify key issues and concerns.

Thank you for your continued support of Notre Dame and its students.

Marie Lynn Miranda, Ph.D.
Charles and Jill Fischer Provost