Margaret Fosmoe ’85 | September 16, 2020
Daily health checks, mandatory face masks, grab-and-go meals eaten in tents on the quads, a maximum of two people on elevators, no in-person arts events or lectures, and a prohibition on unsafe student gatherings under penalty of dismissal.
After a summer of intense preparation, Notre Dame resumed in-person classes in August, but the campus environment was much different because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Eight days into the fall semester, and with the number of COVID-19 cases on campus already at 147 out of 927 tests (a positivity rate of nearly 16 percent), the University moved entirely to online undergraduate classes for two weeks in an effort to curb the outbreak.
University President Rev. John I. Jenkins, CSC, ’76, ’78M.A., said he was inclined at that point to shut down campus for the semester but changed his mind after further consultation with local health officials. “The virus is a formidable foe,” Jenkins said. “For the past week, it has been winning.”
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