The president of Notre Dame is “very disappointed” at students who broke COVID protocol and stormed the field when the football team beat Clemson this weekend … and now there will be repercussions.
Tons of students rushed onto the field Saturday night when the #4 ranked Fighting Irish defeated the #1 ranked Clemson Tigers in a double-overtime thriller — getting up close and personal with players, coaches and staff. It was a COVID-protocol nightmare.
Now, ND president Rev. John. I. Jenkins has sent a letter to the student body spelling out a NEW protocol — and threatening to essentially ban students next semester if they don’t comply.
“As exciting as last night’s victory against Clemson was, it was very disappointing to see evidence of widespread disregard of our health protocols at many gatherings over the weekend,” Rev. Jenkins said in a letter sent late Sunday.
Jenkins laid out the following steps:
1) “Because we are now even more concerned about the potential for contagion in your home communities as you prepare to travel home at the end of the semester, the University will place a registration hold on the record of any student fails to appear for testing when asked to do so. A Registration hold would mean that you are unable to matriculate or register for classes next semester or receive a transcript.”
2) “Furthermore, you may not leave the South Bend area until you receive the results of your exit test. Again, should we discover that you have left the area, we will place a registration hold on your record.”
3) “There will be zero tolerance for any gatherings that do not comport with our health and safety guidelines, on or off campus. Those found responsible for hosting such gatherings will face severe sections.”
Rev. Jenkins explained “the grave circumstances of this pandemic compel us to take these exceptional measures.”
He finished by telling the students to look to the football team for inspiration on how to get through these challenging times.
“Our football team showed us how to finish strong on Saturday night. Please finish the semester strong by wearing a mask, maintaining physical distance, washing your hands and completing your daily health check.”
“Furthermore, as outlined above, you must, if you wish to return as a student in the spring semester, appear for testing were notified and not depart until you receive the test result.”