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Letter to parents and families of students

Dear Families of Notre Dame Students,

The Notre Dame of Maryland University community is deeply saddened by the recent events in our city. I want to personally reassure you that our campus, nestled on 58 tree-lined acres in a secure residential neighborhood, remains safe. Our campus has not experienced any incidents related to city unrest. We are closely monitoring the situation and providing regular updates via social media and our text alert system to our students, faculty and staff.

The well-being of our students is always of primary importance. During this period of disruption, we’ve made meals and accommodations available for commuter students, faculty and staff who wish to stay on campus. To further ensure the safety of our students, we’ve chosen to increase the number of security officers on campus. These actions are fortified by a robust and highly responsive security and risk management system, which includes text, email and phone alerts; emergency call boxes on campus that are tested daily; a safety and security hotline; professional Student Life staff residing on campus; and a campus that is routinely patrolled 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our historically low record of criminal offenses on our campus is testament to the effectiveness of this system and the safety of our campus.

Our University was founded by the School Sisters of Notre Dame—a religious congregation whose mission is the transformation of the world through education.

While the situation is a trying one, it is certainly an opportunity for educating one another, and for transformation.

The remarkable way in which our community has come together during this trying time has been truly impressive, and emblematic of the inclusive and supportive nature of our University. It is a community in which all viewpoints are welcome, where we listen to one another, and where, through education and knowledge, lives truly are transformed. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly at rsawyer@ndm.edu. Notices about any new developments will be posted to our homepage, ndm.edu. 

Sincerely, and with prayers for the healing of our city,


Dr. Rebecca A. Sawyer
Vice-President for Student Life