Year End COVID-19 Updates

Author: John Slott

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Dear Campus Community,

We write today to share our plans for the next phase of our COVID-19 response. The trends on our campus and locally continue to be encouraging and, while we fully expect to continue to see variations of the virus, we believe the high vaccination rates within our campus community and the growing availability of at-home testing kits will allow us to modify our existing COVID mitigation practices. 

The University Testing Center will remain open through the end of the academic year and through the 2022 Commencement. On Friday, May 20, at 2 p.m., the University will take the following steps:

  • The COVID Response Unit (CRU) will suspend operations.
  • The University Testing Center at the Joyce Center will be suspended. Symptomatic testing will transition to University Health Services (UHS) for students and the Wellness Center for faculty and staff beginning Monday, May 23. At-home testing kits are readily available through local pharmacies, healthcare providers, health departments and the U.S. government.
  • Surveillance testing will be suspended.
  • Additional facets of our existing COVID response, including contact tracing, the COVID Hotline and updates to the University dashboard on, will also be suspended.
  • Quarantine and isolation accommodations for on-campus students will transition to Residential Life.
  • The latest updates will be available on

We recognize that the virus is likely with us for the foreseeable future. We will continue to monitor trends as we plan for the fall semester, and share information for the fall at a later date. Our base strategy, however, will be one of vigilance that takes advantage of available vaccinations and relies on good health practices. 

We remain grateful to each of you for your dedication to Our Lady’s University and your unwavering commitment to the health and well-being of every member of the University community. 

In Notre Dame,

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