Campus Resources

From printable signage promoting social distancing and a new-normal handshake rule to CDC recommendations and e-learning resources, you can find a series of links, guides and downloads on our Resources page.


Research Operations Guides

Resources ranging from summer employment and pay guidelines to cybersecurity tips and COVID-19 research funding opportunities — and more — are available on our Research Operations Guidance page.  

Information for Faculty and Staff

Guidance on this page applies to all Purdue West Lafayette employees (including Purdue Extension and Polytechnic Statewide)

FAQ Quick Links: Classes and Academics | Important Employment Information for March 25-June 30 | Leave Time and Health Plans | Hiring and Recruitment | Travel | Procurement | Health and Wellness

Classes and Academics — For Faculty and Instructors

  • How will classroom and instructional capacity be de-densified? (Added May 26)

    In order to mitigate risk in teaching environments, the reduction of student capacity in all scheduled teaching spaces will take place as follows:

    • Reduce student occupant capacities in all classrooms and limit large classroom occupancy to no more than 150 students
    • In classrooms, maintain a minimum of 10’-0” between instructor and nearest student while teaching and provide a see-thru barrier between instructor and students
    • Establish additional classroom protocols including entry/exit; sanitation/cleaning; potential staggered or extended start times for classes
    • Provide additional barriers in instructional labs, where all students cannot face in the same direction
    • Require additional personal hygiene measures on common contact points for the more interactive teaching environments

    NOTE: All class participants (students and instructors) should be wearing face coverings/masks and should be encouraged to face the same direction as much as possible

  • What resources are available to help faculty prepare to deliver classes remotely?

    Our Innovative Learning group has prepared a set of resources to assist faculty and staff in delivering their courses remotely, including finding alternative means of instruction for laboratory and clinical courses if required. Faculty and staff involved with teaching will receive a separate message from Dr. Frank Dooley, senior vice provost for teaching and learning, with additional details. The web link to the remote teaching resource page can be found here: https://www.purdue.edu/innovativelearning/teaching-remotely/

    A dedicated Teaching Remotely FAQ page is also available.

    ITaP also offers several resources for faculty.

  • How are intellectual property issues going to be handled regarding material posted online for classes?

    Materials developed for online instruction in response to the Covid-19 outbreak will not be reused or commercialized, notwithstanding the University’s Policy on Intellectual Property (I.A.1) and Standard S-19 related to Courseware and Online Modules.

  • How will accommodations for students with disabilities need to be adjusted for online learning environments?

    Accommodations for students registered with the Disability Resource Center (DRC) will remain in effect; however, instructors may need to adapt or adjust accommodations for an online environment. Students should contact their Access Consultant in the Disability Resource Center if they have questions.  Instructors should review students’ Course Accessibility Letters (CALs), which are shared with instructors electronically via myPurdue. Adjustments will depend on the course design, content, and forms of assessment.

    The DRC staff is operating normal business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) to support both instructors and students. Individuals may contact the DRC access consultant listed on a student’s CAL if they have questions about accommodations. General questions may be sent to drc@purdue.edu. More information about alternative delivery of DRC services to students and instructors is available on the DRC’s website.

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Important Employment Information For March 25-June 30

Guidance in this section applies to all Purdue West Lafayette employees, including Extension and Polytechnic Statewide.

  • Key Definitions (Updated April 17)

    The following definitions will be utilized March 25, 2020 – June 30, 2020

    Stay-at-Home Order – the March 23, 2020 Governor Holcomb Executive Order that encourages most Indiana Residents to stay-at-home through May 1, 2020.  The Stay-at-Home Order provides Purdue the discretion to define those critical functions necessary to get us through the period of the Order. This time period will be extended if the Governor extends the Stay-at-Home Order for the state.

    Essential Businesses and Operations – Types of business exempted from the Stay-at-Home Order. Educational Institutions, like Purdue, are Essential Businesses and Operations under ¶ 14(l) of the Order. Being identified as Essential Business and Operations permits Purdue to define for itself what areas of operations are critical while the Stay-at-Home Order is in effect. 

    Emergency Family and Medical Leave (Emergency FMLA) – Leave that Purdue is federally required to provide to eligible employees who cannot work or telework due to a COVID-19 Qualifying Need. 

    Emergency Paid Leave – Leave that Purdue is federally required to provide to all full and part-time employees who cannot work or telework due to a COVID-19 Qualifying Need.

    COVID-19 Qualifying Need – Under Emergency FMLA and Emergency Paid Leave, an eligible employee must demonstrate one of the following qualifying needs: 

    • Employee is self-isolating or self-quarantining due to COVID-19 diagnosis based on recommendations from a medical provider or public health official; or, is awaiting a COVID-19 diagnosis. (Emergency Paid Leave)
    • Employee is caring for a family member who is self-isolating or self-quarantining due to COVID-19 diagnosis based on recommendations from a medical provider or public health official; or, is awaiting a COVID-19 diagnosis. (Emergency Paid Leave)
    • Employee is caring for a child due to school or childcare closure due to COVID-19 outbreak. (Emergency FMLA) 

    Remote Work or Telework – work done outside the traditional on-site work environment.

    Critical On-Campus Support – those functions that are vital to the continuity of the university and can only be performed on campus, including Critical Research Support as defined by EVPRP Mayer on March 24, 2020 and those functions that must be performed on campus to facilitate remote learning. Each Dean, Vice President or Vice Provost is responsible for defining employees who perform Critical On-Campus Support Functions for their respective Unit. 

    General Workforce – university faculty and staff who are working – whether on-campus, via Telework or in some combination, and who are not performing Critical On-Campus Support functions.

  • Employment and Working (Updated April 17)
  • Pay (Updated April 14)

    How will staff be paid March 25 – June 30, 2020? 

    Please use the Pay and Leave Table found here. (En Español)

  • Tracking Time and Leave

    How do I record my time March 25 – June 30, 2020?
    Please use the Pay and Leave Table found here.

    What if I need time away from work for reasons unrelated to the availability of work or the COVID-19 outbreak?
    We understand that issues may arise requiring your attention that are not directly related to the COVID-19 outbreak. It is possible that you need time away from work to attend to other matters. During these times, you should still use your vacation, personal and sick leave time to attend to your personal needs. We trust that you will accurately record time consistent with this guidance.

    Please use the Pay and Leave Table found here for guidance on taking leave.

    I already requested time off or am currently on a leave between March 25 – June 30, 2020, what do I do?
    Employees who are currently on an approved leave or have approved periods of paid time off will continue in those statuses until their previously-approved vacation, personal business or sick leave ends. If your plans have changed and you will be working, you should cancel your leave request in Success Factors.

  • Information for Supervisors

    I have an employee who does not perform Critical On-Campus Support functions during the Stay-at-Home Order and who reported to campus for work. What should I do?
    During the Stay-at-Home Order, the General Workforce should Telework, if they are able to do so.  Employees who are not performing Critical On-Campus Support Functions should be sent home to Telework or may assigned to perform Critical On-Campus Support Functions in another area of campus if such work is available.

    I have an employee who is not performing duties as assigned, whether on campus or via Telework. What can I do?
    If the employee was aware of their duties assigned, but they did not perform, talk with them to find out why they didn’t complete duties as required. If they have a reasonable explanation, remind them of their responsibilities to appropriately complete duties or document time off. If their explanation is not reasonable given the situation, corrective action may be an option. Contact your HR business partner.

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University Leave Time and Health Plans

  • Do I qualify for Emergency Paid Sick Leave or Public Health Emergency Leave as part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act?

    You qualify for paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act if you are unable to work or telework for the following reasons (click to enlarge):

    More information on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act can be found here.

  • How do I apply for or request Emergency Leave or Emergency FMLA?

    Employees should follow instructions found here to request Emergency Leave or Emergency FMLA that is available beginning April 1, 2020.

  • Do employees need to provide documentation when requesting Emergency FMLA or Emergency Leave?

    Employees may be asked by HR benefits or HR business partners to provide documentation when requesting Emergency FMLA or Emergency Leave.

  • I’m feeling stressed or overwhelmed by the situation. What resources are available?

    We’re here to help. Available resources are listed here

  • I am a staff member. Do I have to come to work?

    Telecommuting/remote work is encouraged for faculty and staff wherever possible.

    We recognize that some jobs require a campus presence and for other jobs, at least some time must be spent on campus.  Unit leaders will decide which jobs can be performed remotely and which require presence on campus – this is not an individual decision, but we are permitting telework/remote work wherever possible.

    Supervisors should be making plans around essential personnel and telework in case the university needs to take more aggressive actions in the future.

  • I am a Research Assistant or Teaching Assistant. Do I have to come to work? Will my pay be affected in any way?

    Telecommuting/remote work is encouraged wherever possible. Grad staff will receive pay through 6/30/2020 (or the end of their contract, whichever first occurs).

  • I am a student employed on campus. Do I have to come to work?

    Telecommuting/remote work is encouraged wherever possible.

    Additional information for student workers and their supervisors is available here.

    Students traveling internationally should follow the CDC’s self-quarantine guidelines before returning to campus if returning from a country with a CDC level 2 or higher travel advisory for coronavirus.

  • I’m at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 or uncomfortable reporting to work. What are my options?

    Employees who have been identified as performing Critical On-Campus Support Functions and who are uncomfortable reporting to work should discuss this with their supervisor. The supervisor will work with the employee and their HR business partner to determine if there are telework options or other considerations prior to being approved for Other Leave.

  • Does Purdue have guidelines for employees or managers considering telework?

    Yes, Purdue’s Flexible Work Arrangement guidelines provides employees and managers with tools and forms for assessing and implementing arrangements. Managers and departments should reach out to their HR Business Partners for further guidance and support.

  • Should I notify Human Resources that I or one of my direct reports called in sick or was sent home with symptoms of COVID-19?

    Yes, employees and managers must report these absences to human resources by calling or emailing benefitshr@purdue.edu. This is to monitor cases at a university level, support departments with ongoing staffing needs and support employees who are absent with benefits.

    Notifications to HR are only needed for cases related to COVID-19.

  • Will my Purdue health plan cover medical expenses associated with treatment for COVID-19?

    Students on a Purdue Student Health Plan

    Yes. Domestic, international and graduate staff students on the university’s full-insurance Anthem health plan who need care as a result of COVID-19 will be covered. Anthem will also waive out-of-pocket expenses for the focused test used to diagnose COVID-19 for fully insured, Individual, Medicare, and Medicaid members. You can call the number on your ID card to confirm coverage. You will pay any other out-of-pocket expenses the plan requires, unless otherwise determined by state law or regulation.

    Faculty and Staff on a Purdue Health Plan

    Yes. All costs associated with COVID-19 testing and the office visit associated with the testing have been waived for benefit eligible faculty and staff and dependents on  the university’s self-insured health plan. Treatment for COVID-19 will have the same coverage that is currently available for any emergency or non-emergency illness, subject to the normal deductible, copay, or out-of-pocket amounts associated with your medical plan. For additional coverage details visit Purdue medical coverage webpage.

    PURA Retirees on a UHC Health Plan

    Yes. you will have the same coverage that is currently available for any emergency or non-emergency illness, subject to the normal deductible, copay, or out-of-pocket amounts associated with your medical plan. For additional coverage details call Customer Care at the number located on the back of their medical ID cards

  • Should a supervisor require an employee who is out sick (not due to COVID-19) to provide a health care provider’s note?

    No. Managers should actively encourage sick employees to stay home, but should not require employees who are sick to validate their illness. Health care provider offices and medical facilities may be extremely busy and not able to provide such documentation in a timely way.

  • May Purdue prohibit an employee from coming to work if the employee is known to have contracted COVID-19 themselves, or to have had close contact with someone who has?

    Yes. Purdue is obligated to provide a safe workplace and may take necessary and reasonable steps to minimize health risks for its employees, such as requiring that employees not come to work if they have COVID-19.

    In accordance with the CDC guidelines, if the employee has recently returned from international travel must self-quarantine for 14 days and must seek an assessment with a health care provider before returning to campus. 

    If an employee has had very close contact with a person who has COVID-19 (such as living in the same household), the employee should be told to watch carefully for symptoms. Employees should stay home if COVID-19 symptoms develop and should go home immediately if COVID-19 symptoms occur at work.

  • Does the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) entitle an employee to take leave to avoid contracting COVID-19?

    No. The FMLA entitled employees to job-protected leave when they have a serious health condition or when they need leave to care for covered family members who have a serious health condition. Leave for the purpose of avoiding exposure to the COVID-19 is not protected under the FMLA.

    Please note: Telecommuting/remote work is encouraged for faculty and staff wherever possible. We recognize that some jobs require a campus presence and for other jobs, at least some time must be spent on campus.  Unit leaders will decide which jobs can be performed remotely and which require presence on campus – this is not an individual decision, but we are permitting telework/remote work wherever possible.

  • May I bring my child to work if their school or daycare is closed?

    Bringing a child to work is not recommended or advisable. In many work areas it is prohibited. Importantly, bringing children into the workplace places them into another environment that could jeopardize their health and safety.

    If you need to be at home to care for others, talk to your supervisor immediately about using your available paid time off benefits, making alternative work arrangements (e.g., telework, alternative hours, etc.) or using FMLA coverage, if eligible. Staff may choose to be absent without pay if paid time off options are exhausted.

    You may also qualify for Emergency Paid Sick Leave and/or Public Health Emergency Leave as part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Please see the first question in this section (“University leave time and health plans”) for more information. 

  • When can I return to work if I have been diagnosed with COVID-19? (May 19)
    Employees may return to work when the following three conditions are met:
    • It must be a minimum of 10 days since symptom onset and
    • 3 days fever free without medication and
    • respiratory improvement
    The employee must supply a return to work medical release from their medical provider to their supervisor.
  • Additional HR resources

    Additional information and resources from HR can be found here.

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Hiring and Recruitment

  • Do you have information about the pause in staff recruitment? (Updated May 5)

 

 

Travel

  • What travel restrictions are in place at this time? (Updated May 3)

    The following travel restrictions are in place: 

    1. No domestic or international air travel. 
    2. No travel to a state that has declared a public health emergency due to coronavirus.
    3. All other travel, including travel within the state of Indiana should be limited to “essential” travel, which is defined with reference to the following principles (at the discretion of the organizational unit head):
      • There is a compelling university interest in the travel. Compelling interest must be measured by the university as a whole and not with reference to any individual, department or narrow college interest. In this context, compelling evokes the highest university strategic interests.
      • The travel is necessary to fulfill the compelling university interest. In other words, there are no alternatives to in-person attendance and travel, the travel cannot be postponed, and the compelling interest can only be served by personal attendance.

    Please note that these guidelines are subject to change as the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve.  All requests for exceptions should be funneled to the appropriate dean, vice provost or vice president via their respective leadership teams and management structures.

    More guidance is available here

    Guidance for making travel decisions (click to enlarge):

    Purdue Meeting Decision Tree Decision tree explaining travel guidelines

  • Who does this travel guidance apply to? (Updated April 15)

    This guidance applies to all Purdue West Lafayette employees, including Purdue Extension and Polytechnic Statewide employees.

  • What is the guidance for faculty and staff planning international travel using university or grant funding?

    No international travel is allowed at this time. 

    Further, all university travel to countries the CDC has listed as level 2 and level 3 risks for coronavirus is currently suspended regardless of the source of funding from Purdue. If you have not purchased the travel yet, we ask that you delay purchasing and work to move travel to a later date. All travel decisions will continue to be based on CDC guidance and with the health and safety of the university community as the top priority.

    I have scheduled travel to a country with a CDC level 2 or higher advisory for coronavirus; will I be reimbursed if university travel has already been paid for? 

    Travel that was previously scheduled/paid for on a personal card but had to be canceled will be reimbursable. An attempt should be made by the traveler to request refunds, transfer tickets or otherwise minimize financial impact. All remaining expenses should be submitted using standard travel processes. 

    If paid for on a grant, and you cannot receive a refund or a credit: This expense will need to be moved off of the grant or approval needs to be requested from the funding agency. Please work with your Post Award Office administrator in Sponsored Program Services to see what alternatives are available for revising or extending the grant to allow travel in the future.

    I have a grant and have not scheduled travel or other expenses associated with the grant, but given the travel suspension, I am no longer able to travel for this award. Can I receive funding for this lost opportunity?

    There is no institutional funding for making up lost grant opportunities. We recommend working with your Post Award Office administrator in Sponsored Program Services to see if the grant can be deferred or extended. If the grant cannot be extended, then the program officer should be contacted to discuss the appropriate action or modified scope.

    If I have travel scheduled, but it is not to a country on the CDC Level 2 or higher list, can I still cancel given the situation with the coronavirus?

    Yes, in most all instances, given the rapidly evolving situation with the coronavirus, you may cancel your trip. An attempt should be made by the traveler to request refunds, transfer tickets or otherwise minimize financial impact. All remaining expenses should be submitted using standard travel processes.

    If paid for on a grant, and you cannot receive a refund or a credit, this expense will need to be moved off of the grant or approval needs to be requested from the funding agency. We recommend that you work with your Post Award Office administrator in Sponsored Program Services to see what alternatives are available for revising or extending the grant to allow travel in the future.

    I have received an inquiry related to the spend rate on my sponsored project. The spend rate has been lower due to the travel restrictions. How do I address this issue?

    We recommend working with your Post Award Funding administrator in Sponsored Program Services on submitting a response to the sponsor. 

     

    If you have additional questions about university-sponsored international travel using university funds, please contact your business office.

  • Can I extend my PRF International Travel grant?

    Information and guidelines for extending your PRF International Travel Grant can be found here: https://www.purdue.edu/research/funding-and-grant-writing/funding/prf-international-travel-grant.php

  • A conference or meeting I was planning to attend has been canceled. I am not able to get a refund from the airline. What do I do?

    Do I need to reimburse the university for the cost of the air travel or other non-reimbursable travel expenses that I purchased using my travel card?  

    No, you will not need to reimburse the university for these expenses.

    An attempt should be made by the traveler to request refunds, transfer tickets, or otherwise minimize financial impact. All remaining expenses should be submitted using standard travel processes.  If the airfare is used in the future for a personal trip then the costs will need to be reimbursed to the university by the employee.

    If paid for on a grant, and you cannot receive a refund or a credit, this expense will need to be moved off of the grant or approval needs to be requested from the funding agency. Please work with your Post Award Office administrator in Sponsored Program Services to see what alternatives are available for revising or extending the grant to allow travel in the future.

    Will the university reimburse me for the cost of the air travel or other non-reimbursable travel expenses that I purchased using my personal card? 

    Travel and other expenses related to conferences that have been cancelled due to concerns with the Coronavirus that was previously scheduled/paid for will be reimbursable.

    An attempt should be made by the traveler to request refunds, transfer tickets, or otherwise minimize financial impact. All remaining expenses should be submitted using standard travel processes.  Please note you will need to provide documentation that the expense is not refundable to get reimbursement.

    If paid for on a grant, and you cannot receive a refund or a credit, this expense will need to be moved off of the grant or approval needs to be requested from the funding agency. Please work with your Post Award Office administrator in Sponsored Program Services to see what alternatives are available for revising or extending the grant to allow travel in the future.

  • What should graduate staff and post docs do if they are working remotely in the US or in an overseas setting?

    Graduate staff and post docs working in a remote location within the US should follow CDC guidelines, keep in contact with their supervisor and remain in their current location or return to West Lafayette. Individuals who are overseas are advised to return to the U.S. as soon as possible. Delaying return at this time could result in being stranded abroad for an indefinite amount of time, not just weeks, but perhaps months in some cases.

    Purdue faculty, staff and students who are abroad and who are not U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents are advised to return to their homeland or to the U.S., depending on one’s unique circumstances and preferences.

    Supervisors and program directors are asked to notify those among their staff, faculty and students who are out of the United States of this new direction.

    U.S. citizens abroad should already be enrolled in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program through the US Department of State to:

    • Receive important information from the Embassy about safety conditions in your destination country, helping you make informed decisions about your travel plans.
    • Help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency, whether natural disaster, civil unrest, or family emergency.
    • Help family and friends get in touch with you in an emergency.

    If not already enrolled in this program, all Purdue faculty, staff or students abroad should please enroll immediately.

    Non-U.S. citizens should seek similar guidance from their home government through appropriate channels.

    Questions or concerns should be directed to Mike Brzezinski, dean of international programs – mbrzezinski@purdue.edu

  • I’m scheduled for a university-business trip and I do not feel comfortable going now. Do I have to travel?

    In addition to heeding the travel restrictions listed above, employees should discuss their concern with their supervisor. Managers are encouraged to seek alternate arrangements.

  • I have personal travel plans, what should I do?

    Employees and students are encouraged to follow CDC guidelines on travel due to COVID-19.

    Travelers also need to understand that in accordance with CDC guidelines, those who choose to travel to countries with a CDC level 3 travel advisory for coronavirus must self-quarantine for 14 days and must seek an assessment with a health care provider before returning to campus.

    Those traveling from a level 2 country are advised that 14-day self-quarantine is recommended.

    If you’re traveling internationally and the CDC advisory level for any country you visited is elevated to level 3 for the coronavirus before you return to the U.S., you must self-quarantine for 14 days before returning to campus.

    If the status is elevated to level 2 for coronavirus, self-quarantine is recommended.

    Travelers should also note that the possibility exists that a country experiencing an outbreak could suspend travel in and out of the country and could result in travelers being stranded.

  • Can I travel to a country with a CDC level 2 or level 3 travel advisory if using personal funding?

    If traveling for your own personal business, this is allowable, but not recommended.

    Travelers also need to understand that in accordance with CDC guidelines, those who choose to travel to countries with a CDC level 3 travel advisory for coronavirus must self-quarantine for 14 days and must seek an assessment with a health care provider before returning to campus.

    Those traveling from a level 2 country are advised that 14-day self-quarantine is recommended.

    If you’re traveling internationally and the CDC advisory level for any country you visited is elevated to level 3 for the coronavirus before you return to the U.S., you must self-quarantine for 14 days before returning to campus.

    If the status is elevated to level 2 for coronavirus, self-quarantine is recommended.

    Travelers should also note that the possibility exists that a country experiencing an outbreak could suspend travel in and out of the country and could result in travelers being stranded.

  • Should returning international travelers self-quarantine?

    Yes. In accordance with CDC guidelines, those who choose to travel to countries with a CDC level 3 travel advisory for coronavirus must self-quarantine for 14 days and must seek an assessment with a health care provider before returning to campus.

    Those traveling from a level 2 country are advised that 14-day self-quarantine is recommended.

    If you’re traveling internationally and the CDC advisory level for any country you visited is elevated to level 3 for the coronavirus before you return to the U.S., you must self-quarantine for 14 days before returning to campus.

    If the status is elevated to level 2 for coronavirus, self-quarantine is recommended.

    If you are returning from other regions, including domestically from outside Indiana, you must follow campus rules for working safely from home or on campus.

    Anyone undergoing a self-quarantine should follow the CDC’s self-quarantine guidelines. Students may contact the Office of the Dean of Students by phone for further assistance. Employees may contact their Human Resources representative for further assistance.

  • How do I self-quarantine?

    Anyone undergoing a self-quarantine should follow the CDC’s self-quarantine guidelines:

    Stay home for 14 days from the time you left an area with widespread, ongoing community spread (for international travelers to Purdue, that means areas with a CDC level 3 travel advisory for coronavirus) and practice social distancing.

    Take these steps to monitor your health and practice social distancing:

    • Take your temperature with a thermometer twice a day and monitor for fever. Also, watch for cough or trouble breathing.
    • Stay home and avoid contact with others.  Do not go to work or school for this 14-day period.
    • Do not take public transportation, taxis or ride shares during the time you are practicing social distancing.
    • Avoid crowded places such as shopping centers and movie theaters and limit your activities in public.
    • Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).

    If you get sick with a fever of (100.4F / 38C or higher) cough, or have trouble breathing:

    • Seek medical care. Call ahead before you go a doctor’s office or emergency room.
    • Tell your doctor about your recent travel and symptoms.
    • Avoid contact with others.

    For additional questions on monitoring your health, contact your health care provider or local public health officials.

  • Have routine visa services at U.S. Embassies been suspended?

    In response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of State is temporarily suspending routine visa services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates. Embassies and consulates will cancel all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments as of March 20, 2020. As resources allow, embassies and consulates will continue to provide emergency and mission critical visa services. Our overseas missions will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time. 

    • Services to U.S. citizens continue to be available. More information is available on each Embassy’s website.
    • This does not affect the Visa Waiver Program. More information is available here: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/faq?focusedTopic=Schengen%20Travel%20Proclamation.
    • Although all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments are cancelled, the Machine Readable Visa (MRV) fee is valid and may be used for a visa appointment in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment.
    • Applicants with an urgent matter and need to travel immediately should follow the guidance provided at the Embassy’s website to request an emergency appointment

    More information is available here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/suspension-of-routine-visa-services.html

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Procurement

Current Procurement guidance is available here.

 

Health and Wellness

  • How will campus be cleaned? (Added May 28)
    • Building Services will perform expanded disinfection operations.
      • Touch point disinfection of campus 5x/week
      • Wide area disinfection of classrooms 5x/week
      • A day-time disinfection of high traffic restrooms in addition to the evening/night shift disinfecting to total 10x/week.
    • To facilitate increased focus on common area disinfection operations, Building Services personnel will curtail routine service frequencies for cleaning services in offices and personal workspaces.
      • Academic, administrative and research personnel will be required to empty their trash and recycling bins into the nearest common area receptacles.
      • Building Services will develop a process for service-upon-request (e.g. vacuum carpet) tasks within offices.
      • Academic, administrative, and research departments will retain existing responsibilities for disinfecting areas within their operating environment.
    • Priorities for Building Services staff will be as follows:
      1. Public safety/infrastructure protection (e.g. response to leaks and floods, snow removal at building entrances, etc.)
      2. Disinfecting critical areas
        1. Restrooms
        2. Common area high touch points (e.g. door handles)
        3. Classrooms
      3. Cleaning restrooms
      4. Cleaning classrooms
      5. Cleaning entrances and elevators
      6. Cleaning hallways and stairwells
      7. Cleaning offices, laboratories and conference areas
  • What are the symptoms of COVID-19? (Updated April 28)

    The CDC provides a list of symptoms here. In confirmed COVID-19 cases, reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. 

    According to the CDC, older adults and those with chronic medical conditions are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19.

    You may also be interested in this COVID-19 self-checker from the CDC.

  • Health tips from the CDC

    There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this new strain of coronavirus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

    If you are at a higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19, please refer to these additional guidelines from the CDC.

    This flyer from the CDC provides more information and can be printed and posted in your workspace. 

    You may also be interested in this COVID-19 self-checker from the CDC.

  • What is the CDC’s current recommendation on well individuals wearing cloth masks?

    The CDC says: We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms, and that is why social distancing of 6 feet apart is so important. In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

    The CDC offers guidance on making and wearing cloth masks on these websites:

    These masks are not designed to function as OSHA approved personal protective equipment; rather they are an added deterrent to the spread of COVID19. Cloth masks do not replace the need to social distance and stay home if you are sick.

    If your duties require the wearing of personal protective equipment, you should continue to do so.

    Employees are permitted to provide their own cloth masks and wear them at work, as long as they follow the CDC recommendation for making, wearing and cleaning the cloth mask.

    The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

  • What should I do if I think I’ve been exposed to COVID-19?

    You can contact the Center for Healthy Living (CHL) at 765-494-2135 to speak with a nurse who will ask questions and guide you through a COVID-19 screening to help determine if you have potentially been exposed and what your next plan of action needs to be, such as resuming normal stay-at-home activity/work, self-quarantining or seeking in-person healthcare.

    If you are advised to quarantine or seek additional healthcare, you will be provided a doctor’s note from the CHL, which outlines your care and the number of days required to quarantine, etc.

  • Is PUSH open through the summer?

    Yes. PUSH will remain open through the summer term.

    PUSH is now offering telephone triage appointments with a Registered Nurse. These appointments are available for students who are showing symptoms of, or have concerns about cough, fever, difficulty breathing (shortness of breath) and/or body aches, or to address questions or concerns about COVID-19. You may schedule a time to speak with a Registered Nurses by logging into the Patient Portal or by calling 765-494-1700. Appointments are available during regular business hours Monday through Friday.

    Please see the PUSH website for hours and other details.

  • How will campus be cleaned? (Added May 28)
    • Building Services will perform expanded disinfection operations.
      • Touch point disinfection of campus 5x/week
      • Wide area disinfection of classrooms 5x/week
      • A day-time disinfection of high traffic restrooms in addition to the evening/night shift disinfecting to total 10x/week.
    • To facilitate increased focus on common area disinfection operations, Building Services personnel will curtail routine service frequencies for cleaning services in offices and personal workspaces.
      • Academic, administrative and research personnel will be required to empty their trash and recycling bins into the nearest common area receptacles.
      • Building Services will develop a process for service-upon-request (e.g. vacuum carpet) tasks within offices.
      • Academic, administrative, and research departments will retain existing responsibilities for disinfecting areas within their operating environment.
    • Priorities for Building Services staff will be as follows:
      1. Public safety/infrastructure protection (e.g. response to leaks and floods, snow removal at building entrances, etc.)
      2. Disinfecting critical areas
        1. Restrooms
        2. Common area high touch points (e.g. door handles)
        3. Classrooms
      3. Cleaning restrooms
      4. Cleaning classrooms
      5. Cleaning entrances and elevators
      6. Cleaning hallways and stairwells
      7. Cleaning offices, laboratories and conference areas
  • What if I test positive for COVID-19?

    All positive tests are reported to the CDC by the Department of Health or the laboratory processing the test. If you test positive for COVID-19, the County Health Department will trace your contacts and reach out as needed. Their tracing includes asking about the type of contact, the length of contact to assess risk level for the contact. To protect your personal health information, please do not email or call, or post on social media your test results.

  • Should returning international travelers self-quarantine?

    Yes.

    All international travelers should stay home for 14 days after returning from travel, monitor their health, and practice social distancing.

    If you traveled internationally in the last 14 days:

    • Stay home, monitor your health, and practice social distancing for 14 days after you return from travel. Social distancing means staying out of crowded places, avoiding group gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.
    • Learn more about what to do if you are sick after travel.

    Anyone undergoing a self-quarantine should follow the CDC’s self-quarantine guidelines. Students may contact the Office of the Dean of Students by phone for further assistance. Employees may contact their Human Resources representative for further assistance.

    Students and staff who returned from university-sponsored programs in China completed a monitored 14-day quarantine before being reintegrated into campus life.

  • How do I self-quarantine?

    Anyone undergoing a self-quarantine should follow the CDC’s self-quarantine guidelines:

    Stay home for 14 days from the time you left an area with widespread, ongoing community spread (for international travelers to Purdue, that means areas with a CDC level 3 travel advisory for coronavirus) and practice social distancing.

    Take these steps to monitor your health and practice social distancing:

    • Take your temperature with a thermometer twice a day and monitor for fever. Also, watch for cough or trouble breathing.
    • Stay home and avoid contact with others.  Do not go to work or school for this 14-day period.
    • Do not take public transportation, taxis or ride shares during the time you are practicing social distancing.
    • Avoid crowded places such as shopping centers and movie theaters and limit your activities in public.
    • Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).

    If you get sick with a fever of (100.4F / 38C or higher) cough, or have trouble breathing:

    • Seek medical care. Call ahead before you go a doctor’s office or emergency room.
    • Tell your doctor about your recent travel and symptoms.
    • Avoid contact with others.

    For additional questions on monitoring your health, contact your health care provider or local public health officials.

  • When can I return to work if I have been diagnosed with COVID-19? (May 19)

    Employees may return to work when the following three conditions are met:

    • It must be a minimum of 10 days since symptom onset and
    • 3 days fever free without medication and
    • respiratory improvement

    The employee must supply a return to work medical release from their medical provider to their supervisor.

  • Why is the university requiring the flu vaccination? (Added May 27)

    Requirement of the influenza vaccine is among many substantial changes approved by Purdue’s Board of Trustees so that we can open our campus while protecting those most vulnerable in our community. Being vaccinated against seasonal flu helps the community avoid the risk of a seasonal flu pandemic and alleviates stress on the local and campus health systems while they are addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.

    As with current policy, we will allow exemptions for medical and religious purposes for the influenza vaccine. However, we expect all who intend to be part of the Purdue community to do their part and participate in this vital effort. The essential element that will allow us to continue to operate Purdue University will be the personal commitment from each member of the community to protect each other and themselves.