Guiding Principles

Last updated 6.8.20

As we welcome the University community back to campus this fall, students, faculty and staff will return to a much different campus.

What has not changed is UND’s commitment to students. Though the coronavirus pandemic may change how classes meet and offices work, UND will always be a community which focuses on learning and discovery. We are committed to on-campus education, and are working to ensure UND is as COVID-resistant as possible. Although the risk of contracting coronavirus will not be eliminated, our goal is to reduce the possibility of transmitting the virus.

Smart Restart Guiding Principles

Every day, the University is making decisions about how to appropriately respond to the dynamic nature of COVID-19. Our decisions and actions must:

  • First and foremost, consider the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff
  • Ensure that our educational and scholarly experiences remain focused on excellence
  • Sustain a sense of community founded upon principles of respect and empathy
  • Promote a sense of collaboration on campus, in the local community and across the State of North Dakota
  • Apply consistently to the many areas of our campus, while simultaneously recognizing key differences in those areas
  • Respond sensibly to changing conditions of the pandemic

Our decisions will be informed by federal and state guidance as well as commonly accepted practices at other colleges and universities, and we will communicate with the campus frequently. Our UND Pandemic Planning & Response Team has developed a three-phased transition plan to capture the operational details that guide our transition to a reopened, vibrant and COVID-resistant campus.