Guidelines for On-Campus Operation

Ask anyone familiar with Notre Dame about what makes the place special and you are likely to hear, “the people.”

The Notre Dame community has a reputation for caring and going out of its way to welcome all who step foot on the campus. NDR encourages employees to lean into what makes Notre Dame special and practice the University’s safety guidelines so that everyone working on and off campus can thrive.

It is important to keep in the forefront of our minds that all of us are assessing the risk of reopening campus through the lens of our own experience: our concerns, worries, and histories. Without a doubt, the Notre Dame community will not all see eye-to-eye on what feels safe. Abiding by the guidelines as they are written allows the University to manage the wide-ranging risk tolerances of its faculty, staff, and students and accommodate everyone regardless of their personal feelings of risk and safety. Remember that it’s impossible to tell just by looking at individuals who may or may not be in a “high risk” category.

The following guidelines are in effect for all of campus:

  • Return to campus only when instructed by your manager.
  • Mask-wearing is required at all times indoors, when in the presence of others, and outdoors when physical distance cannot be maintained. Only when in an office alone with a closed door may a mask be removed.
  • Physical distancing of at least 6 feet between individuals should be maintained.
  • Gathering in groups should be avoided. Breakrooms and kitchenettes will have posted occupancy limits. Users should wash hands before and after entering shared spaces and should wipe down any surfaces that were touched. Coffee makers and other appliances will be removed.
  • Meeting rooms will have a posted maximum occupancy. Meetings should continue to be held virtually.
  • Common areas, including elevators, will be marked for occupancy; seating has been rearranged and marked to encourage physical distancing. Units should not rearrange furniture or remove signage.
  • Recommended hand hygiene should be practiced. Faculty, staff, and students are instructed to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water frequently throughout the day, but especially at the beginning and end of their time on-campus, prior to mealtimes/snacks, and after using the restroom.
  • Daily health checks. Faculty, staff, and students working on-campus will be required to utilize an online health app to monitor any developing symptoms. More information is forthcoming.

Unit Operating Status

In addition to the University’s general guidance, each NDR lab, core facility, and unit will create and implement its own set of guidelines to ensure the health and wellbeing of the faculty, staff, and students who work or collaborate in its shared space. Developing safety measures at the unit-level is an essential step in protecting every member of our campus community as no two units are identical from a structural or personnel standpoint. View the operating status and relevant playbooks for NDR units here


NDR will support the University's updated visitor policy aimed at protecting campus to the greatest extent possible from potential pathogens introduced by non-essential visits until further notice. Units that propose hosting a visitor, regardless of whether Notre Dame is paying for the visitor's travel, must request approval from the Vice President for Research. Each request must include a detailed justification that connects the visit directly to Notre Dame's education or research mission. The VPR will assess the requested visit as essential based upon: (1) an assessment of the need for the requested visit during the semester instead of at some later time; (2) the immediate importance of the requested visit to the University’s core mission of teaching and research; and (3) the potential long-term consequences to the University of not hosting the requested visit during the semester.


If you have questions or ideas for additional resources in this playbook, please contact the Director of Finance and Administration