Your Safety and Success

Author: Rev. Gerry Olinger, C.S.C.

Dear Students,

We hope this finds you enjoying the spring weather and the final weeks of the academic year.

As the end of the spring semester quickly approaches, we write today simply to remind you about the importance of caring for the safety and well-being of yourselves and one another both on campus and as you socialize throughout the broader South Bend community.

The University remains deeply committed to providing a safe environment where our students, faculty, staff, and guests can thrive. While a variety of trained, dedicated professionals work diligently to respond efficiently, effectively, and compassionately when issues arise, students also play an important role in preventing crime, accidents, and other sources of harm from impacting members of the Notre Dame community.

Emergencies can occur anywhere and at any time without warning, and being familiar with existing protocols so that you know what to do if an incident occurs is paramount. A variety of resources exist that can aid in our collective safety and success.

Campus Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan
The University’s campus Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan outlines policies and procedures for managing major emergencies that may threaten the health and safety of the campus community. It applies to a broad range of major emergencies, including but not limited to fires, extended power outages, criminal activity, weather, and other events impacting the life and safety of students, faculty, and staff.

Fire Prevention Plan
The University’s Fire Prevention Plan provides guidance to the entire campus community regarding fire safety procedures and requirements, and is designed to help our community work together to maintain an environment that reduces the risk of fire hazards.

Emergency Action Plans
The University has established Emergency Action Plans specific to each building on campus. These plans provide building occupants with the expected responses to emergencies that could occur within their building.

Incident Reporting
The University utilizes the Good Catch (Near Miss) Report form for campus community members to report an on-campus safety concern or situation that could have, but did not, result in an injury or property damage.

ND Mobile Safe App
The ND Mobile Safe App is a valuable resource for students, faculty, staff, and guests to access multiple resources for personal safety all in one place, including one-button calls to Notre Dame Emergency Dispatch, St. Joseph County 911, and non-emergency assistance. ND Safe is free to use and easy to download on Apple and Android devices.

ND Alert
ND Alert is a valuable emergency notification resource used to communicate with campus in the event of a major emergency. The system can include email notifications, a phone call to your cell phone, and text messages. Notre Dame students are automatically enrolled in NDAlert, but you can email the Registrar’s Office to update your contact information at any time.

In case of an emergency, including fire and medical, please call 574-631-5555. You may also utilize 911 in emergency situations, but dialing 574-631-5555 may result in a faster response time.

Non-emergencies (on-campus)
See Something, Say Something
The University encourages students, faculty, and staff to report all incidents of bias, discrimination, and/or harassment so that the University can take appropriate action to assist the students, faculty and/or staff involved and improve the campus climate. For a comprehensive explanation of resources available for reporting bias, discrimination, or harassment, please visit

Thank you for all you have done and continue to do to look out for one another. Please know of our prayers and best wishes for a safe and successful conclusion to the academic year.

In Notre Dame,

Rev. Gerry Olinger, C.S.C.
Vice President for Student Affairs

Mike Seamon
Vice President for Campus Safety and University Operations