NDMU is actively monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, with particular focus on the health and well-being of the University community, as well as on the continuity of University operations.This information is updated daily, and all members of the NDMU community are advised to check back regularly for new updates.
At the present time, there are no reports of cases involving coronavirus disease COVID-19 on the NDMU campus. There are confirmed cases in the State of Maryland. Governor Larry Hogan has announced several actions to protect the public’s health and limit the spread of COVID-19.
Notre Dame of Maryland University (NDMU) officials are actively monitoring the outbreak of the respiratory illness COVID-19 caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019.
A task-force including NDMU’s Emergency Preparedness Team, Academic Affairs, School Deans, Student Life, Study Abroad, and Security are meeting weekly to review unfolding information and updates from the CDC.
To assess risks to campus, residential life, study and abroad travel, the University uses a number of resources to guide our work. These include information from the CDC, WHO, State Department, Maryland governmental agencies, reputable news reports, professional health and security organizations, peer institutions, and more. We will continue to provide updates as any new developments unfold.
What to Do If You Feel Sick
The CDC recommends to call ahead to a healthcare professional if you:
1. Develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing
2. Have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread.
Important Information for Students, Faculty & Staff
Our primary concern is for the safety of our students, faculty and staff. We will keep you informed as future information becomes available to us. Please check this website frequently for updates. The University has developed protocols to limit exposure to COVID-19, but we need your help to make sure our plans and preparedness are successful. It is important that we all remain vigilant in handwashing and illness prevention to ensure the health and safety of our NDMU community.
In addition to the announcements below, please review these sections for additional information and answers to frequently asked questions:
Face-to-Face Class Cancellations & Modifications
While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at NDMU, the University has made the decision to extend our cancellation of face-to-face classes for the rest of the spring 2020 semester. From March 23 through the remainder of the semester, all classes will proceed via remote instruction. Additional information for students will be forthcoming from faculty and Deans, in addition to a FAQ.
There will be no masses in Marikle Chapel until further notice. In the meantime, Campus Ministry recommends the myParish app for prayer resources and links for live stream mass.
Due to the ongoing uncertainty COVID-19 has presented and the current Maryland Stay-at-Home directive, the University is postponing Commencement 2020 originally scheduled for May 17. The University is looking forward to celebrating this great accomplishment and is presently looking to confirm a date at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, likely to happen toward the end of summer 2020.
For those completing your degree this spring, upon successful completion of your courses and degree requirements you will still finish up on schedule and officially be a May, 2020 graduate as planned.
- Students should not plan to return to campus until at least the end of the spring semester. Appointments may be setup for small groups to retrieve belongings from the residence halls. Additional information/instructions will be forthcoming.
- All University-related international travel is not permitted through summer 2020.
- All personal international travel is strongly discouraged.
- All University-related, non-essential, out-of-state domestic travel is not permitted through summer 2020.
- We strongly urge extreme caution and judgement for any personal domestic transit travel. Take into account the possibility of travel delays and the potential need for self-isolation in the future.
Faculty, staff, and students who have been to areas with high rates of COVID-19, including American cities and international destinations with CDC safety level ratings of 2 or 3, will be asked to stay away from campus, self-monitor, and self-quarantine for 14-days prior to returning to the NDMU campus. Such individuals must contact Notre Dame’s Director of Risk Management & Public Safety (firstname.lastname@example.org) before returning to campus for clearance. We also require such individuals to complete the Self-Reporting Form.
Students, faculty, and staff should be aware of the associated risk of disruptions to their reentry to the United States. Based on the quickly evolving international travel guidance, your return to the U.S. or to campus may be interrupted by federal or state restrictions including quarantine or self-isolation protocols.
The University has suspended ALL University-sponsored or related student international travel through the summer, 2020. All NDMU students have returned from study abroad.
Events and Meetings
- Effective March 18, 2020, all University-sponsored events are to be adjusted, postponed, or canceled as appropriate through April 30, 2020. If you have any questions, please contact Conference Services.
- Social distancing is strongly encouraged in all situations. As defined by the CDC, social distancing means avoiding mass gatherings and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet) from other when possible.
- The University strongly discourages hosting or attending any non-essential gatherings. In accordance with Governor Hogan’s Executive Order, gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited.
- For meetings or events of any size, practice social distancing and use technology for teleconferencing and video conferencing when you can.
- CSAC Athletic events are canceled through April 3, 2020. Additional information will be forthcoming.
- NDMU custodial staff have increased cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces and restrooms in University buildings, residence halls, and other facilities.
- NDMU’s fitness center, racquet courts, dance studio, gym, etc. and computer labs are closed until further notice.
- The Loyola Notre Dame Library (LNDL) is closed. LNDL remote resources and other information are available at https://www.lndl.org/alert.
- While the university is operating in a remote instruction environment, buildings on campus will be secured as they are on weekends and holidays. Faculty and staff may call the Office of Public Safety for access needs.
What is COVID-19?
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
Current Public Health Information
When a new disease is circulating, it is natural for people to be concerned and to ask what they can do to protect themselves and their families. It is important to get information about COVID-19 from reliable public health sources.