The University of Notre Dame will reopen its campus in fall of 2020. By implementing rigorous protocols for hygiene, social distancing, testing, and tracing, the university will provide students with an optimal educational experience despite the challenges presented by SARS-CoV-2. The decision to reopen was guided by three principles:
- To protect the health of students, faculty, staff, and family members.
- To educate the whole person by enabling crucial interactions with faculty and peers through residential life.
- To advance human understanding through research, scholarship, and creative expression.
In balancing these factors, the University of Notre Dame has decided that it is worth the risk to reopen. By implementing operational procedures based on the best medical advice and scientific information available, the risks associated with SARS-CoV-2 can be mitigated so that students, faculty, and staff can return to campus.