Notre Dame University officials are scrambling to find a way to get its faculty, students and staff back in the classroom after two-and-a-half years in limbo.
In a statement, the university said it is reviewing its options, including a possible move to an independent faculty member.
The announcement comes just two days after President Denise Sullivan told faculty and students that the school was reviewing its enrollment policy after finding that more than 1,000 students had left during the last year.
The university said Friday that it is looking for a “safe, supportive and respectful environment” for the 1,600 faculty and staff who remain.
Sullivan said at a news conference Friday that the university has been making progress and has hired a consultant to help find a new way to help the university regain control over its enrollment.
She said the university plans to hire a consultant who will assist in making decisions on how best to implement a new enrollment policy.
In November, Sullivan said the school would “look to move forward in a more effective and responsible way, including by working with a consultant for a new plan.”
She did not specify what the consultant would work on.
Last year, the college closed its doors after nearly a year of enrollment reductions amid a financial crisis and a series of suicides.
The school said it was not fully equipped to manage the student population.
In an email to faculty and administrators, Sullivan noted that the college had experienced significant staffing challenges, particularly in terms of staff and academic programs.
She also said the college was seeking an outside consultant to assist with this process.
Notre Dame had a campus in Provo, Utah, and some of its students also live in Utah.
Sullivan noted that Provo has experienced high levels of suicide and homelessness, and it is important to maintain our community-based approach.
She said the University of Utah will also assist in the search for a consultant.
The school did not say how many of the 1.3 million students who enrolled in the 2014-15 school year have left.
Sullivan said at the news conference that the campus was already in the process of filling positions.
Notas College, a private university in New Jersey, closed its enrollment in September.
The college said it will remain closed for a year.