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Expect each Boilermaker to assume personal responsibility to Protect Purdue — OURSELVES, OTHERS, OUR PURDUE COMMUNITY

Create a culture of safety and accountability through a universal pledge

Every member of the Boilermaker community will sign, take protective measures and act accordingly with the Protect Purdue Pledge and its individual components on and off campus.

  • All will participate in training exercises to learn the required safety practices and navigate the new normal on campus.
  • All students, faculty and staff must receive the flu vaccination in the fall, subject to established exceptions.
  • All students, faculty and staff will monitor for and report all symptoms of COVID-19 to the Protect Purdue Health Center. The PPHC will oversee our comprehensive and integrated plan for monitoring the health and safety of our community.
  • All will practice critical personal safety practices including correctly wearing face masks, enhanced personal hygiene practices including frequent hand washing and sanitizer use, adhering to safe social distancing practices and following all safety instructions and signage.
  • All will keep personal belongings and all living, studying and working spaces clean.
  • All will participate in testing and contact tracing under prescribed protocols.

Require a series of safe health protocols, including the wearing of face masks

Boilermakers and visitors will adhere to a set of safe health protocols to protect themselves and others.

  • These protocols apply to anyone on campus, including but not limited to all students, staff, faculty, contractors, vendors, suppliers and visitors.
  • Protocols include correctly wearing a face mask in most indoor settings, and outdoors if social distancing cannot be maintained; new building signage and other measures to promote social distancing; and robust personal hygiene.
  • Failure to comply with these protocols may result in disciplinary action through the Office of the Provost (faculty), Human Resources (staff) and the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities (students).

Adapt student orientation to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission and set the stage for a culture of health and safety

Boiler Gold Rush for first-year students and new programming for returning students will communicate expectations for health screenings, safe practices and safe living environments.

  • Before arriving, students will be given prep materials orienting them to campus, including new COVID-19-related expectations, such as possible required health screenings and/or COVID-19 testing.
  • The BGR schedule will be adapted to incorporate safety practices that de-densify activities that have traditionally been congested.

Extend residence hall move-in process for all students

A staged return of students into campus housing is planned to de-densify activities ahead of the first day of classes.

  • Residence hall move-in will be staggered over five days rather than the traditional two days.
  • This prolonged move-in schedule will enable a ramp-up period to begin Protect Purdue communication, education and health screenings.
  • Upper-division students will sign up for a move-in period.

VIDEO: Dean Eric Barker addresses students and the importance of the Protect Purdue Pledge.
Dean, College of Pharmacy


VIDEO: Professor Richard Kuhn discusses the importance of wearing masks.
The Trent and Judith Anderson Distinguished Professor in Science, Department of Biological Sciences; Krenicki Family Director, Purdue Institute of Inflammation, Immunology and Infectious Disease


Dr. Esteban Ramirez: Why the 6-feet social distance rule is so important
Protect Purdue Pledge