Masks Policy

The University continues to monitor closely the evolving understanding of COVID-19 by health and medical experts and will adapt its policies and procedures as appropriate as new information becomes available.

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The bottom line on masks is...

Carry a mask, look for the signs.

Each member of the Notre Dame community, and visitors to campus, should abide by the following protocol:

Masks are not required outdoors.

For fully vaccinated Notre Dame faculty, staff, and students, masking is optional indoors on campus, including in residence halls. There are some exceptions to this, primarily involving spaces and times where visitors are commonly present. Due to our inability to verify the vaccination status of those outside our highly vaccinated campus community and our inability to easily differentiate between those who are immediate members of the Notre Dame community versus visitors, masks will be required (except when eating and drinking) of both vaccinated and unvaccinated faculty, staff, and students in some campus spaces during times when those spaces are generally open to the public.

Those students who are not fully vaccinated must wear masks inside campus buildings, except when alone in a private office, in a personal residence hall room, or when eating or drinking.

Those faculty and staff who are not fully vaccinated or who have not uploaded proof of vaccination must wear masks inside campus buildings, except when alone in a private office or when eating or drinking.

All visitors to campus, regardless of vaccination status, are expected to wear masks inside campus buildings (except when eating and drinking), again in an effort to help us protect our community.

Every member of the Notre Dame community is expected to carry a mask at all times.

Faculty may require students to wear masks in their classes, studios, or laboratories. We expect students to be respectful of these arrangements.

Anyone who would prefer to wear a mask in any setting is welcome to do so. We should be kind and respectful of everyone in our community and of their choices at all times.


Due to the spread of highly contagious variants of COVID-19 and the University’s inability to verify the vaccination status of those outside the highly vaccinated campus community, masks are required (except when eating and drinking) in the public areas of the following campus buildings during times when these spaces are generally open to the public.

Check back often as this list is subject to change. 

Public spaces of...

  • DeBartolo Performing Arts Center
  • Duncan Student Center
    • Daily: First floor between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
    • Home football weekends:
      • Fridays: Masks required throughout the building from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 a.m.
      • Saturdays:
        •  Sept. 11, Sept. 18, Oct. 2, and Nov. 6: Masks required from 8:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
        • Nov. 20: Masks required from 9:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
        • Oct. 23 and Oct. 30: Duncan is closed.
  • Eck Visitors Center
  • Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore - on-campus and Eddy Street Commons location
  • Hesburgh Library - first and second floors
  • LaFortune Student Center
    • Daily: Lower level and first floor between 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    • Home football weekends:
      • Fridays: Masks required throughout the building from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 a.m.
      • Saturdays: Masks required throughout the building from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
  • Main Building
  • McKenna Hall - some areas
  • Morris Inn
  • O'Neill Hall of Music
  • Snite Museum of Art
  • Warren Golf Course clubhouse
  • Washington Hall

On home football game weekends, masks are required in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart starting at 1 p.m. Friday through the conclusion of the 12 p.m. Mass on Sunday. When Masses are celebrated in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, masks are required for all attendees.


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The bottom line on going off campus is...

When in doubt, mask up.

Given that vaccination rates in St. Joseph County are considerably lower than the 90%+ rate on campus, everyone should consider masking when shopping, dining, or otherwise interacting in the local community, for your own protection and that of our neighbors in the greater Michiana area.