The Division of Student Affairs is committed to serving you, the students of Notre Dame. Below you will find information pertaining to student life at Notre Dame as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic. This page is updated at the start of each semester and is currently up-to-date for summer 2021.

Residence Hall Operations

Campus housing in residence halls is available only to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students enrolled in academic programs throughout the summer. The University continues to offer testing, contact tracing, and quarantine/isolation services to students living in residence this summer. For a list of FAQs about Residential Life, visit the Coronavirus FAQs for Residential Life page.

Faith

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart is open for public Masses and operating consistent with diocesan guidelines. The summer Mass schedule can be found on the Campus Ministry website.

Facilities and Programming

Facilities

Duncan Student Center, LaFortune Student Center, Rockne Memorial, and the Smith Center for Recreational Sports remain open for student use during summer and, along with all facilities designed for student programs and activities, will be open for the fall semester. These facilities continue to implement enhanced sanitization and disinfection protocols, modified furniture, and adjusted capacities to University physical distancing requirements. Masks remain required at all times except when actively eating or drinking. 

Programming

The Student Activities Office (SAO) will keep club and organization guidelines and protocols up-to-date and will publish revised guidelines for the fall semester later this summer. If recognized student groups have questions regarding summer or fall activities, please contact sao@nd.edu

Health and Wellness Resources

Additional Resources

Emotional Support and Well-being

Community is central to Notre Dame’s identity, and an important part of why we’re here. Protecting each other is not just a matter of physical well-being. Our ability to cope and manage stress during this time is equally important.

The Notre Dame Emotional Support and Well-being Working Group is committed to identifying challenges to mental health and wellness related to COVID-19. Below please find several resources available to students as we continue to navigate the pandemic.

Calm App

The Calm app provides tools to help you relax, focus, and rest, offering guided sessions on sleep, meditation, and relaxation. Sign up for a free, premium subscription using your netID email by following these instructions

Hotlines

University Hotlines

  • Coronavirus Response Unit (CRU) COVID-19 Hotline: 574-634-HERE (4373)
    • Notre Dame hotline to answer coronavirus-related questions
  • University Counseling Center HelpLine: 574-631-TALK (8255)
    • Enables ND students can speak with a counselor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Click here for more information.
       
  • University Counseling Center 24/7 Crisis Intervention: 574-631-7336

National Hotlines

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)
  • Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a crisis counselor
  • Veteran’s Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255; Press 1 OR text 838255
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
    • Chat available on thehotline.org or text LOVEIS to 22522
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline (RAINN): 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
  • Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 OR text TalkWithUs to 66746
    • Emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster
  • Indiana Warmline: 800-933-5397
    • Non-crisis talk line – 15 minutes/day – talk to a peer who is in recovery from mental health challenges
    • Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-4:30pm ET
  • American Association of Poison Control Centers: 1-800-222-1222
  • National Eating Disorders Association Helpline: 1-800-931-2237
    • Hours: Mon-Thurs 11am-9pm ET, Fri 11am-5pm ET
  • United Way’s 211.org (Assistance locating a variety of resources and referrals): Call 211
  • Epworth Hospital (Psychiatric) Admissions Office: 1-574-647-8400
    • Address: 420 N. Niles Avenue; South Bend, IN 46617
  • Emergency: Call 911; Go to the nearest emergency department

Financial Hardship

Students facing financial hardships during this time should consider contacting the appropriate office below. The University may be able to offer assistance.

Office of Student Enrichment

The Office of Student Enrichment Student Experience Funds are available to undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need. Eligibility is determined by the Office of Financial Aid. The Fund provides financial assistance toward opportunities and resources that enable students to get the most from their Notre Dame experience. For more information regarding these resources for undergraduate students, please email the Office of Student Enrichment.

Pregnant & Parenting Student Assistance Fund

Notre Dame’s Pregnant and Parenting Student Assistance Fund (PPSA) manifests the University’s commitment to life by assisting pregnant and parenting students and their families and easing some of the hidden financial costs that can impose huge financial burdens for students with families living on a budget. Funding for the PPSA is secured by the Office of Life and Human Dignity in the McGrath Institute for Church Life and disbursed through the Office of Student Affairs. Although the fund does not meet the needs of every student-family, it does provide much-needed relief for families encountering a major strain on their finances. In order to attend to those student-families in most need, the PPSA prioritizes financial assistance in the following circumstances, with particular concern for undergraduate and international students:

  • Pregnancy-related expenses beyond what is available through local resources, such as the Women’s Care Center.
  • Childcare in circumstances of extreme need, especially in situations when a spouse is unable to care for children because of a medical condition or in cases when a student is solely responsible for the care of his or her child.
  • One-time emergency expenses affecting the family’s food, transportation, shelter and well-being.
  • Marital counseling in crisis situations for a maximum of 10 sessions or $1,000.

To apply for the PPSA Fund, please email Peggy Hnatusko. To learn more about services available to Notre Dame student-families, please visit the Family Resource Center.

Graduate School Emergency Fund

The Graduate School Emergency Support Fund provides limited assistance for students in the Graduate School who are facing unexpected and urgent financial need resulting from sudden, unforeseen emergencies for which no other source of assistance is available. All full-time, degree-seeking graduate students in good standing are eligible to apply. Examples of emergency needs include but are not limited to natural disasters, fire damage, need for temporary housing, travel emergencies, death in the family, accidents, legal expenses, and safety needs. 

For more information and to apply for the Graduate School Emergency Fund, please email Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Graduate School, John Lubker.

Law School

Students with specific questions or needs are encouraged to contact the Law School’s Student Services Program Manager, Christine Holst-Haley.

Office of Financial Aid - Change in Circumstances

A student’s financial aid is based upon income from two years prior to the start of the academic year as reported on the financial aid application. If a family's circumstances change after a student has received financial aid notification, the student may request a review of financial aid eligibility by completing the Change in Circumstances Form. Additional financial assistance is determined on a case-by-case basis and may be in the form of a loan, employment, or scholarship. Submission of this form does not guarantee an adjustment or increase to a student’s financial assistance. 

The following may be considered a change in circumstances if not initially reported on the financial aid application:

  • Significant loss of income due to termination or change in employment
  • One-time/non-recurring income
  • Unreimbursed medical expenses
  • Extended family support
  • Parent educational debt

For more information, please visit the Office of Financial Aid.