Research Continuity

The University has approached reopening its laboratories, core facilities, and studios in a phased manner in accordance with key principles. Please note that the University may make changes to the guidance or policies at short notice. Therefore, researchers are encouraged to check this page often and to sign up for the update mailing list here.

The University is operating in Phase 4 for research labs, studios, and core facilities.

In Phase 4, Notre Dame has returned to full research operations in line with all University COVID-19 policies.

Please note that lab directors, departments, or colleges are allowed to make more restrictive local protocols in consultation with the VPR.


This page provides information on the University's response to the COVID-19 pandemic as it relates to research laboratories, studios, and core facilities. It is organized into the following key sections:


This information is provided to help answer questions researchers may have about laboratory and facility functions or the impact on ongoing or forthcoming research projects during the Phase 4 response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

  • Individuals should not come to campus for work if they have any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • All researchers who come to campus are required to adhere to the University's COVID-19 policies. For full guidance, please visit


  • For information about the University's current masking requirements, please see
  • Lab and core directors may impose more stringent mask and density requirements if they feel uncomfortable given the current state of infection in the region or if there are group members who are vulnerable or uncomfortable.
  • Individuals working within small and poorly ventilated shared offices for a significant amount of time are encouraged to work with their supervisors to develop a plan to either work remotely or vary their schedules in order to minimize possible exposure.


  • All students, staff, and faculty are required to be vaccinated unless an exemption was approved.
  • For information on testing, including on-campus availability, please see
  • All members of the Notre Dame community who have a high fever, difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell, or feel ill more generally (e.g., persistent headache, body aches, sore throat, or fatigue) are encouraged to promptly seek a symptomatic COVID test at the Joyce Center or at an external test provider.


  • Faculty, staff, and students working in the IU School of Medicine buildings south of campus, Harper Hall and Raclin Carmichael Hall, must follow these guidelines: 

    • All building occupants, regardless of institutional affiliation, must wear a mask in common spaces. The common spaces include hallways, restrooms, break rooms, and shared research spaces, such as tissue culture rooms or core facilities. If a distancing of at least three feet cannot be maintained in the common spaces, then a surgical mask (at a minimum) must be worn by each occupant.
    • Masks are not required when alone in a private office. 
    • Read more at the IU guidelines page.


Additional guidance and information that relate to conducting research can be found below.


Relevant forms and policies can be found below.


All relevant travel policies can be found here: Please ensure these policies are reviewed before booking any travel. 


Please review the University's Visitor PolicyGathering Policy, and Community Engagement Policy when planning for visitors or groups on-campus.

Report a Reopening of Research Concern


The above form can be submitted anonymously if preferred. All feedback is reviewed and addressed by the Research Ombudsperson for Reopening, Melanie DeFord

Need More Information?

For the latest information regarding the University’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit

Announcements of research reopening updates are emailed to a lab reopening Google Group mailing list. To opt-in to this mailing list, please subscribe here. Your ND email address must be used in order to opt-in. For email updates from the Vice President for Research for 2022, please click here.

For additional guidance, please communicate with your Department Chair or, if needed, a relevant member of the Subtask Force on Research Laboratory Operations. Members include Jim BrockmoleSteve CorcelliMelanie DeFord, and Mark McCready.

If you are unsure who to contact, please email and your query will be forward, as appropriate.