COVID-19 Response

We will be updating this page as we receive new information of relevance to center constituencies, so please revisit it in the days ahead.

The Reverend John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., announced on March 18, 2020 that the University of Notre Dame is suspending in-person classes beginning Monday, March 23 and continuing through the end of the spring semester, to be replaced with virtual instruction and other alternative learning options. No classes in any format the week of March 15 to allow faculty time to make the adjustment to on-line instruction. He reiterated these steps are being taken to reduce the likelihood of transmission of the virus and are based on recommendations by the Center for Disease Control. For further details on this announcement, please visit the University Coronavirus Resources and Updates page.

Current Center for Social Concerns courses

One hundred and eighty-eight students participated in center immersion courses around the country during spring break, and have returned to campus. Returning students had access to campus dorms until Tuesday, March 17 at noon, and should continue to follow University guidelines and updates posted at

Center events, conference, and meetings

The University has asked those organizing in-person events to avoid, if possible, events that bring larger numbers of people together in close proximity, so the Center for Social Concerns is canceling all events, conferences, and meetings due to occur during the spring semester. Some events may be rescheduled or hosted virtually. Please refer to the center events calendar for the most up-to-date information. 

ISSLP 2020 Cancellation

Due to the escalation of COVID-19 and the uncertainty ahead, the University has made the very difficult but necessary decision to suspend all summer 2020 outbound international education programs. This decision includes the 2020 International Summer Service Learning Program of the Center for Social Concerns. Learn more

SSLP 2020 Cancellation and Notre Dame Virtual Summer Service Corps

Following the University's cancellation of the Summer Service Learning Program for 2020, the Center for Social Concerns created a new offering for participants in the SSLP 2020 cohort to consider, the Notre Dame Virtual Summer Service Corps. Learn more

For parents

If you have questions about your child's participation in center courses or programs, please call (574) 631-5293. Along with Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C ., we thank you for your patience and understanding, and we pray for those who are suffering or will suffer from this virus, and that its spread will be contained.

For community partners

We recognize that these decisions may have a direct effect on our community partners. Many Notre Dame students spend a significant amount of time each year co-creating programs and resources with community partners. We look forward to our students resuming their efforts in person with you as soon as the University and health experts assure us it is safe to do so. For the time being, please consider ways in which you may be able to continue working with students at a distance. For more information and recommendations, review the COVID-19 updates for community partners

For faculty and individuals completing community-based learning, teaching, and research 

If you teach or supervise students working with a community organization, please reach out to your community partners to collaboratively determine the most appropriate course of action during this time. A set of recommended best practices, potential strategies, and on-campus resources that might be useful as you adapt your community-engaged teaching, research, and learning in the upcoming weeks can be found on our website. Learn more

Additional instructions for online learning can be found on the Office of the Provost's Instructional Continuity webpage

Recommendations for supporting community organizations

The current Coronavirus outbreak has ongoing, direct consequences for both the operations and needs of many community organizations. In accordance with public health guidelines, most organizations are no longer able to accept on-site volunteers and many are unable to accommodate remote collaboration. Learn more



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Upcoming Events

June 2020

Engaged Learning Forum | Technology Open House
Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Engaged Learning Forum | Hosting Effective Webinars
Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Engaged Learning Forum | Creating and Sustaining Communities Online
Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

August 2020

Information Session | Fall 2020 Social Concerns Seminars
Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 4:00pm