Notre Dame of Maryland University (“NDMU”) is actively monitoring the coronavirus (“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 regularly, and all members of the NDMU community are advised to check back daily for new updates.
There are confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the State of Maryland and Baltimore City. Governor Larry Hogan has announced numerous actions and executive orders to protect the public’s health and limit the spread of COVID-19, including a requirement to wear face coverings in retail establishments and on public transportation.
A COVID-19 Steering Committee and several area-specific taskforces, including Academics, Student Life, Athletics, Risk Management & Public Safety, Facilities, Auxiliary Services, Human Resources, and other stakeholders, are meeting weekly to review guidance from federal, State, and local health officials, and coordinate the University’s pandemic response and recover plans.
What to Do If You Feel Sick
If you have a fever or cough, you might have COVID-19. Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home. If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider immediately. Keep track of your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), get medical attention right away.
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:
In compliance with Executive Orders issued by the Governor for the State of Maryland and the Mayor of the City of Baltimore, the NDMU campus is closed except for essential personnel. We ask that you please contact us for assistance and refrain from coming to campus until the order is lifted.
Fall Semester Plans
The University is planning to hold in-person classes with social distancing measures in the Fall. All of our plans will follow all local, state and federal restrictions and health guidelines to ensure the safety of our community.
Face-to-Face Class Cancellations & Modifications
As developments continue to evolve in Maryland and beyond in association with COVID-19 and best practices in keeping our NDMU community safe, the University is transitioning all face-to-face classes originally scheduled for Summer Term 1 and now including, Summer Term 2 to remote instruction.
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 and the restrictions surrounding large gatherings, the University has decided to combine the 2020 Commencement Ceremony with the Commencement 2021 celebration in May of 2021.
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.
- 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 judgment 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 June 30, 2020. If you have any questions, please contact Conference Services.
- In accordance with Governor Hogan’s Executive Order, gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited. The University strongly discourages hosting or attending any non-essential gatherings at this time. Social distancing is strongly encouraged in all situations. As defined by the CDC, social distancing means to maintain distance – approximately 6 feet- from others when possible.
- If you would like assistance in hosting a meeting or event virtually through teleconferencing and video conferencing, please reach out to the Conference and Auxiliary Services team.
- CSAC Athletic events have been canceled for the Spring semester.
All summer programming on Notre Dame of Maryland University’s campus has been canceled through August. This includes all external camp rentals as well as our internally hosted camps: Camp Notre Dame, School of Education STEM Camp, School of Pharmacy Camp, and A Child’s Place Summer Camp. For more information, please visit their individual NDMU webpages.
Learn more about Camp Notre Dame at Home – a virtual camp experience beginning June 15th.
- 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.
Access to Food & Related Resources
Baltimore City and other local organizations have compiled food and other COVID-19 related resources into user-friendly asset maps. Information and updated lists of youth & senior food sites, health care clinics, and shopping options for seniors and people with compromised immune systems are available at the links below.
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.