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.

Information for Current Students

FAQ Quick Links: Classes and Academics | Summer Courses | Housing and Campus Life | Financial Aid | International Students | Study Abroad | Additional Information for Graduate Students | Health and Wellness

Classes and Academics

  • 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

  • How will August 2020 commencement be held? (Added May 26)

    August 2020 commencement will be held in the same manner as May 2020 commencement with students able to take part in an on-demand ceremony.

  • What happens if I need to drop a course or withdraw from the university because of the move to remote instruction?

    We recommend you contact your academic advisor using BoilerConnect to discuss questions about making any changes to your current course registration. Dropping a course or withdrawing from all your courses may have a significant impact on your progress towards your degree and/or financial aid. You can find important dates related to this on the Office of the Registrar’s website https://www.purdue.edu/registrar/calendars/2019-20-Academic-Calendar.html

  • How do I meet with my academic advisor?

    Academic advising will continue. Students can still contact their academic advisor in BoilerConnect. Work with your advisor to determine the best mode of communication and appointment method (virtual appointment, email, phone, etc.)

  • What academic and technical support resources are available?

    A dedicated Learning Remotely resource is available. This Quick Start Guide is a good place to start.

    Academic support services will continue in online formats alongside remotely-taught courses. For example, the Academic Success Center will continue academic consultations virtually. Students will still schedule through BoilerConnect and the academic consultant will reach out with more information. Consultations can include time management and other strategies for success in remotely-taught courses, as we know this will be a new experience for many of our students. Peer Success Coaching will also continue virtually. The Purdue Writing Lab offers a suite of online tutoring. Students can get more information at the following link, https://www.purdue.edu/asc/online-resources.html, which will be updated as more resources come online.

    ITaP also offers several resources for students.

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

    Accommodations for students registered with the Disability Resource Center (DRCC) 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 DRCC staff is operating normal business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) to support both instructors and students. Individuals may contact theDRCC 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 DRCC services to students and instructors is available on the DRC’s website

  • I am a student with a critical financial need as a result of COVID-19. Is financial assistance available?

    The federal government has relaxed some regulations allowing us more flexibility in awarding grant money and emergency funds. Please click the links below if you need help or more information. The Office of the Dean of Students is happy to help anytime, but especially during this crisis. 

    Critical need fund

    Financial support resources

  • Will tuition and fees be reimbursed?

     

    Tuition and Fees, Differential Fees, and Lab Fees – Instruction will be delivered through the spring semester; therefore tuition & fees will not be reimbursed for spring 2020.  University fees include the technology fee, repair and rehabilitation fee, student fitness and wellness fee, and student activity fee.

    Course Fees – Instruction will be delivered through the spring semester so in most cases, course fees will not be reimbursed.   There may be situations where a course has not fully incurred the expense for which the special fee applies and that portion of the course may not be able to be completed; in those situations, a prorated reimbursement may be given.  The Bursar’s Office will provide additional details as reimbursements are approved.

    Late fees – No late fees will be charged to graduate or undergraduate students for March, April, and May.  No new bursar holds will be placed on accounts until April 30th.

    New Fees for Spring 2020 – With the change of instruction delivery for the spring 2020 semester, there could be new expenses.  These expenses will not be charged to the students.

     

    Specific questions should be sent to askbursar@purdue.edu

  • What if I don’t have reliable internet access? (Updated April 24)

    If you have persistent issues with Blackboard, Brightspace, or an internet connection necessary to access the remote format of a course, please inform your professor, undergraduate director, teaching assistants, and academic advisor proactively so that these may be recognized and resolved as early as possible. 

    Here are some resources that might be helpful: 

    • Purdue Extension is offering a free internet connection through their county offices and they have assisted with identifying 350+ wi-fi hotspots across Indiana. Please note that you may operate a vehicle during the current Stay at Home order, but we strongly encourage you to practice social distancing. You may view the current list of locations at https://www.purdue.edu/innovativelearning/learning-remotely/files/Indiana_wifi_internet_locations.pdf.
    • Students can access the eduroam wi-fi network at other institutions of higher education.  The username is your Purdue email address (including @purdue.edu) and the password is your BoilerKey. Explore locations at https://www.eduroam.org/where/.
    • Various providers are offering some form of free internet services, currently including T-Mobile, Comcast, AT&T, Charter Communications, Sprint and Spectrum. More information is available at https://www.purdue.edu/innovativelearning/learning-remotely/files/wifi_resources_for_students.pdf
    • A number of public libraries are offering free wi-fi access in their parking lots. A list of the participating locations is available here.
    • If you do not have access to a vehicle or you are unable to access a local hotspot, please call the Purdue COVID-19 Information Center at 765-496-INFO (4636) or toll-free 1-833-571-1043 and press 7 to explore additional options.
  • Will there be any changes to the course drop/add dates, grading policies or other academic regulations for Summer 2020?

    As we begin the summer 2020 session, please be aware that we will return to our normal, pre-COVID grading structures including standard deadlines to change a grade mode or to withdraw from a course as defined by our Academic Regulations in the Purdue Catalog.

  • Where can I access a printer on campus?

    Printer stations for students are available in Hicks Undergraduate Library and in the Purdue Memorial Union (ground floor). 

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Summer Courses

  • How will summer classes be delivered? (Updated May 15)

    Virtually all courses, graduate and undergraduate, that start in the months of May, June or July will be conducted remotely. Limited exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for small-scale experiential learning following a public health review and approval. Online courses will continue as planned.

    Summer College for High School will be conducted remotely.

    Summer Start and Early Start will move ahead as planned, with the health recommendations of the Safe Campus Task Force implemented.

    Academic progress for all students continues to be a priority. We are working to offer as many courses throughout the summer as possible.

  • How do I know which lectures and labs will be conducted remotely? (Updated April 17)
  • When is summer tuition due?

    Initial bills will be released on April 20 with a due date of June 15. Specific questions should be sent to askbursar@purdue.edu.

  • Will summer tuition & fees be adjusted due to changes in course delivery? (Updated April 20)

    Yes, the following fees will be waived as described below:

    Student Fitness and Wellness Fee: This fee will be waived for the period of summer session that is designated as remote learning. Currently remote learning will be done for courses starting in May and June. If remote learning continues through July, the fee will also be waived for summer courses in July.

    Student Activity Fee: This fee will be waived for the period of summer session that is designated as remote learning. Currently remote learning will be done for courses starting in May and June. If remote learning continues through July, the fee will also be waived for summer courses in July.

  • Can I adjust my summer aid application if my family’s financial situation has changed?

    If students experience income loss such as a job change or job loss due to COVID-19, please contact the Division of Financial Aid to see if a special circumstance appeal is a possibility. Please note that students or their family members must be out of work or experiencing income loss for at least 8 weeks for the Division of Financial Aid to consider a special circumstance.

  • Can I live on campus this summer?

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University Residences and Campus Life

  • Virtual Student Life

    Several virtual resources to help you take good care of your physical and mental well-being are available here.

  • How will residential spaces accommodate safe physical distancing? (Added May 28)

    Residential spaces in Purdue residence halls will ensure each residential room will either have:

    • Enough square footage per person that will allow for a radius of 6 feet per person.
    • Bed placement that will allow for at least 10 feet head-to-head, when measured one foot from the headboard. Furniture placement cannot create any egress or code issues.

    If at least one of these conditions does not exist, the space will be dedensified. Following these guidelines, residential spaces in Purdue residence halls will be reduced by 838 spaces to 14,582.

    Additional guidelines are being developed for residential communities to include cleaning and sanitation protocols, room assignment plans — particularly for those who have health considerations — and overall hygiene practice.

  • Can I live on campus this summer?

    University Residences will have summer housing available for Purdue students who have no other options (e.g., lack of internet access at home, lease is ending and I can’t graduate as planned, travel restrictions). While observing social distancing protocols, summer housing may be in residence hall or apartments. Please contact summerhousing@purdue.edu for more information as summer housing plans develop.

    Another source of short-term housing might be off campus apartment summer sub-leases. The Dean of Students’ Office Off-Campus Housing may be able to assist with that option.

  • 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 are University Residences and other campus facilities being cleaned at this time?

    University Residences service staff is operating with elevated cleaning frequencies and using disinfectants instead of general purpose sanitizers. Our cleaning frequencies are increased on high touch areas such as door handles, push bars and elevator buttons. We will add frequent cleaning of moving cart handles/grips throughout the move out process.

    Throughout campus, in addition to their normal operations, Purdue custodial staff have increased disinfecting activities in all campus buildings they serve. Special attention is being given to bathrooms, frequently touched surfaces and common areas.

  • I am feeling stressed or overwhelmed by the situation. Where can I get help and support?

    We’re here to help. You have several options available:

    For students who are on campus

    • The Office of the Dean of Students remains available to assist students during normal office hours (8am-5pm, M-F). No appointment is necessary. You can reach the Office of the Dean of Students by phone at 765-494-1747 or by email at odosmain@purdue.edu. The Office of the Dean of Students is also available for drop-in appointments if you do not have the ability to communicate by phone or email.
    • Mental Health Crisis
      • CAPS is available for consultation from 8 am-5 pm. Please call 765-494-6995 to speak with a clinician.
      • Protocall CAPS Crisis Line is available after business hours. Please call 765-494-6995, and press “1” to speak with a clinician.
      • CIT Officers (accessed through dialing 911)
      • St. Franciscan Emergency Room
      • Sycamore Springs
    • Mental Health Support
      • CAPS is available for consultation from 8 am-5 pm. Please call 765-494-6995 for a brief screen.
      • WellTrack is an online tool to assist students struggling with feelings of anxiety, depression, stress.  Go to www.purdue.edu/caps, and click on WellTrack.

     

    For students who are off campus 

    • The Office of the Dean of Students remains available to assist students during normal office hours (8am-5pm, M-F). No appointment is necessary. You can reach the Office of the Dean of Students by phone at 765-494-1747 or by email at odosmain@purdue.edu.
    • Mental Health Support
      • CAPS is available for consultation from 8 am-5 pm.  Please call 765-494-6995 for assistance with referral information in your current location.
      • WellTrack is an online tool to assist students struggling with feelings of anxiety, depression, stress.  Go to www.purdue.edu/caps, and click on WellTrack. 

  • I am a student with a vehicle on campus. Will I be ticketed or towed?

    Here is guidance for students with vehicles on campus:

    For students remaining on campus

    • Enforcement of parking spaces remains in place. A temporary, relaxed enforcement time period for Residence Hall move out would be communicated through University Residences and Parking Services.
    • If students have experienced a change that requires a different permit, they should contact Parking Services at parking@purdue.edu or 765-494-9497

    For those leaving campus, but unable to take their vehicle at this time

    • Short term parking arrangements can be made by contacting Parking Services at parking@purdue.edu or 765-494-9497
    • Vehicles will need to be relocated to a lot specified by Parking Services.  
  • Has the deadline to sign a housing contract been extended?

    Yes. The contract deadline has been extended to June 5.

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Financial Aid

  • Will my financial aid change as a result of switching to remote instruction?

    Your financial aid will not change due to the transition toward remote instruction. As long as you remain enrolled and maintain your enrollment status, your aid will not be affected. For example, if you are a full-time student currently taking 15 credit hours, finishing those 15 credit hours via online instruction still means you are a full-time student and will not change financial aid.

  • Will my Pell Grant (or other federal funding) be affected as a result of switching to remote instruction?

    Federal funding such as Pell and SEOG will not be affected with the change in method of instruction.

  • I am a student with a critical financial need as a result of COVID-19. Is financial assistance available?

    The federal government has relaxed some regulations allowing us more flexibility in awarding grant money and emergency funds. Please click the links below if you need help or more information. The Office of the Dean of Students is happy to help anytime, but especially during this crisis. 

    Critical need fund

    Financial support resources

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International Students

  • Where can I view the latest updates from the International Students and Scholars (ISS) office?

    For the latest from ISS, please visit: https://www.purdue.edu/ippu/iss/immigrationChanges.html

  • What will happen to international students who are unable to return home due to travel restrictions?

    The provost’s office is working on plans for international students who may not be able to return to their home country in the summer. Efforts include housing and accommodating those who wish to take courses on campus if they unexpectedly need to stay in West Lafayette.

    The following information may be of use:

    Summer courses

    Purdue is offering more than 700 different classes this summer to help students speed time to graduation. We encourage impacted students to talk with their academic advisor about summer options prior to registering. Open registration for Summer 2020 began on March 2.

    Study away in the United States

    Students with a 3.00 or higher GPA are eligible to earn 3 credit hours for studying away at any location across the United States by enrolling in HONR 29900: Exploring Space. Every accepted student will receive a $1,000 Summer Internship Plus Scholarship to help with tuition and fees. 

    Undergraduate research

    Students are encouraged to speak with advisors and faculty if they are interested in undergraduate research.  OUR Scholars and Summer Stay provide opportunities for summer tuition assistance alongside an on-campus research experience.

    EPICS

    EPICS is a service-learning program in which teams of students partner with community organizations to address human, community, and environmental needs. Multiple projects are available for Summer 2020.

    Summer housing options

    Multiple housing contracts are available for students who need to stay on campus over the summer. Summer housing options can be viewed on the University Residences website. Questions about on-campus summer housing should be directed to ursummerhousing@purdue.edu.

    Visa considerations

    If you are enrolled in at least 12 credit hours for Spring 2020 and you will enroll for Fall 2020, you may complete any combination of online or on-campus courses during Summer 2020.

    If you are graduating in May or August, or have questions about how summer classes may impact your visa, please contact International Students and Scholars at 765-494-5770 or email ISS@purdue.edu.

  • What if I am applying to the Graduate School and need to demonstrate English proficiency? (Updated April 22)

    In response to the temporary closings of English proficiency testing centers in countries impacted by the COVID-19 epidemic, the Purdue University Graduate School (Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Northwest, and West Lafayette campuses) will temporarily accept Duolingo English Test examination results for tests taken between March 1, 2020 and August 1, 2020, in countries where the TOEFL iBT (including the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition) and IELTS are not available. As of April 15, 2020, these countries are Iran and Mainland China. The Duolingo English Test will be accepted from applicants in impacted countries, as an alternative to TOEFL and IELTS, to demonstrate English proficiency as long as the test was taken between the dates stated above, and the score remains valid.

    If submitting the Duolingo English Test, a minimum score of 105 will be required for admission. In addition to providing a Duolingo score at or above the minimum of 105, graduate programs may choose to require students to participate in a Zoom or Skype interview prior to making an admission decision.

    For Purdue West Lafayette graduate students, the Duolingo English Test does not provide sub-score breakouts and cannot be used to satisfy the English proficiency requirements for serving as a Purdue University Graduate Teaching Assistant. Students who submit a Duolingo score for admission will need to either take the TOEFL/IELTS at a later date or take the Oral English Proficiency Test (OEPT) upon arrival, if interested in being assigned a teaching assistantship on the West Lafayette campus. Additional information about the OEPT and access to the OEPT Practice Test, may be found at the OEPP Website https://www.purdue.edu/oepp/.

    For Indianapolis graduate students, the Duolingo English Test does not supersede the campus English proficiency testing requirements. All non-native English speakers must still complete the campus English for Academic Purpose (EAP) placement test upon enrollment. Depending on your EAP test results, you may need to take EAP courses at the same time as your academic major courses for one or two semesters. Your letter of admission will indicate if you are required to take this test.

    Duolingo English Test Information:

    For prospective applicants in countries other than Iran and Mainland China, Educational Testing Service announced April 2, 2020, that the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition is available in all locations where the TOEFL iBT test has normally been available. This is a proctored online version of the test that can be taken in test users’ homes. Additional information about this new test option and updates on testing center closures, postponements, and rescheduling can be found at www.ets.org/toefl/cv-update.

    IELTS is providing updates regarding testing centers at: www.ielts.org/en-us/news/2020/changes-to-ielts-test-arrangements-in-some-locations-due-to-novel-coronavirus.

  • What if I am applying to the Graduate School and need to take the GRE (required by some departments)? (Updated April 22)

    Educational Testing Service has announced, due to closed testing centers in many parts of the world, the GRE General Test at Home. This examination may be taken at home (in countries other than China and Iran) until test centers can reopen. More information can be found at the following website:
    https://www.ets.org/s/cv/gre/at-home/.

  • What if I am unable to receive my I-20 documents to arrive for the start of the Fall 2020 session and want to delay my start date at Purdue?

    An email request should be made to the department to which you are admitted. This request should contain the reason for your deferral along with the term you are wishing to defer to. The department must approve the request first and then forward to the Graduate School for processing. You are eligible to defer from one semester up to one year.

  • I am nearing the end of my F-1 status and my plan was to return to my home country. I would prefer to stay in the U.S. for now. What are my options?

    Those who are in this situation should contact International Students and Scholars at iss@purdue.edu or 765-494-5770.

  • I have a question regarding my J-1 visa. Whom should I contact?

    Those who are in this situation should contact International Students and Scholars at iss@purdue.edu or 765-494-5770.

  • I have a different question regarding my work or school visa. Whom should I contact?

    Those who are in this situation should contact International Students and Scholars at iss@purdue.edu or 765-494-5770.

  • I am a student or scholar who is on a F, H or J visa and recently received a federal stimulus check under the CARES Act. Should this payment be considered in any assessment of my receipt of public benefits under the new DHS Public Charge Rule? (Updated April 15)

     

    The Department of Homeland Security has not issued any definitive statement regarding whether the receipt of a stimulus check is a public benefit for purposes of the Public Charge Rule. While the university cannot provide you with legal advice regarding the impact of your receipt of the payment, it is monitoring the matter closely and will update this answer if federal guidance is published.

     

    For now, the only helpful guidance comes from the Congressional Research Service, which publishes information to help the general public understand and interpret new federal laws. That service issued guidance here: https://crsreports.congress.gov/product/pdf/LSB/LSB10442. The last section of that guidance makes clear that Congress did not intend the payment to be factored into public charge determinations. The guidance also notes that the decision whether to include the payment is, ultimately, for the Department of Homeland Security to decide.  You are encouraged to seek advice from an immigration attorney for further information.

     

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Study Abroad

  • Is summer study abroad canceled?

    Yes. All summer study abroad programs have been canceled. Students should check with their academic advisor about alternative coursework for the summer.

  • Will students be able to study abroad during fall 2020 or Winter Break 2020-21? (Updated April 29)

    No. Fall 2020 and Winter Break 2020-21 study abroad has been suspended. Students should check with their academic advisor about alternative coursework for these periods.

  • Since summer study abroad is canceled, will I be reimbursed for my expenses?

    Students will be reimbursed by the university for any expenses previously billed by Purdue.

  • Can I receive a refund for my study abroad plane ticket for spring break and/or summer that I purchased out of pocket?

    Students who independently paid for an airline ticket out of pocket should seek a refund or credit with the airline. If a refund, credit, voucher or transfer cannot be received, students should follow instructions sent to them via e-mail by the Study Abroad office.

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Additional Information for Graduate Students

  • What should I do if I feel pressured to come into work sick, or otherwise ignore social distancing protocols such as 6ft distance / sanitizing / sticking to “skeleton crew” lab shifts? How should I report this?

    We believe that faculty are trying to do everything they can to support students. We would expect something like this to be rare, if it happens at all, but if it does, you should report it. First report it to the Department Head or Chair of the Departmental Graduate Committee so they can take action on your behalf. Another option is to report anonymously to the Purdue Hotline. Graduate education related issues reported to the hotline will come to the Graduate School, where we can investigate. We know that you might be worried about retaliation, but be assured, it will not be tolerated. Retaliation could be anything from not responding to emails, hindering your academic progress, or other things that negatively affect you. If you are not sure whether something could be perceived as retaliatory, contact your department head or the Graduate School.

  • All of my committee is working remotely and I have a committee meeting or exam scheduled. Currently the policy states “If the situation warrants, and it is agreeable with the members of the examining committee and the candidate, one member of the examining committee, or even the candidate, may participate in the examination via electronic media.” Do I have to delay my exam? Will there be any flexibility in the dates for the final exam and thesis deposit? (Updated May 22)
    The Graduate School has relaxed this policy during Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 due to the COVID-19 emergency. We will not limit the number of members, including the student, that can participate via electronic media.
  • I had planned to take my preliminary examination during Spring 2020 or Summer 2020. If I have to delay until Summer 2020 or Fall 2020 to take my preliminary examination due to COVID-19, do I still have to register for two academic sessions before the session in which I am eligible to take my final examination?
    No, the Graduate School is relaxing this policy. If you are ready to take your final examination in the semester after, or two semesters after, you take your preliminary examination, you may do so. In these situations, your department should notify, via supplemental note on the final exam request, the Graduate School’s Office of Graduate Records that you are ready to take your final examination and confirm that your examination has been impacted by COVID-19-related interruptions.  No additional review or approval is needed. This option is available for students who take preliminary examinations during Summer 2020 or Fall 2020. The Graduate School expects to see enrollment in research registration each session between the time of the preliminary examination and final examination.
  • What if I am a currently enrolled new graduate student and am having trouble getting my required documents submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions by the deadline requested?

    All currently enrolled Spring 2020 students and newly admitted Summer 2020 students who have a Graduate School hold due to non-receipt of documents (transcripts, diplomas, English translations, etc.) listed as conditions of continued enrollment in their admission letter, now have an effective hold date of October 1, 2020. There is nothing that you need to do. This change will allow you to register for Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 courses without submitting these documents.

  • What should I do if COVID-19 has disrupted my research plans or progress toward graduation. How do I modify my Graduate Research Credit approved plans (typically 69800 and 69900)?

    You are a vital part of the research community at Purdue and it possible that COVID-19 disruptions may slow or inhibit progress to your degree. We encourage all graduate students to have a conversation with their current research advisor to discuss how you might revise expectations for meeting graduate research credit grade requirements for spring semester and graduation research requirements while working remotely. You might need to adjust your deliverables on a project, or adjust your research proposal objectives.

  • I am currently registered in graduate level classes (50000 and 60000) and would like to change to a Pass/No Pass option. Will this be available in Summer 2020 and Fall 2020? (Updated May 22)

    While the Graduate School permitted graduate students to take courses P/NP and use them toward graduate degrees during Spring 2020, this has not been extended to Summer 2020 and Fall 2020. Longstanding Graduate School policies regarding use of P/NP courses on plans of study and toward graduation will be in effect for courses taken in Summer 2020 and beyond. Likewise, deadlines for adding, dropping, and modifying courses, established by the Office of the Registrar, will be observed for Summer 2020 and beyond.

  • I am a graduate student and need to come to campus to check on an experiment or assist in teaching an online class, where can I park? Are existing parking restrictions in place for graduate students? (Updated May 8)

    If you can work from home you should, but if you need to come to campus, and have a vehicle, we are providing temporary parking permits to assist current circumstances. The temporary permit will allow parking in the B and C lots. Parking Services will communicate when this permit expires. If you have a current parking permit but new arrangements require other parking options, please contact Parking Services. If you don’t have a current parking permit, submit an application on the Parking Portal (https://purdue.t2hosted.com/Account/Portal) under “Special Permit Requests,” and then “Graduate Student Spring 2020 Permit.”

    These temporary changes will be extended to June 30th, when we will re-evaluate the campus situation.

    Please direct any questions to Parking Services by emailing parking@purdue.edu We hope that this will allow you to safely come to campus without the worrying about getting to your lab or office. Remember, if you come, please continue to practice safe distancing protocols.

  • Given the uncertainty that accompanies COVID-19, what should I consider about housing as I start or need to extend my graduate program?

    We look forward to greeting you this summer or next fall as you begin your graduate studies. We also recognize that we are in the midst of uncertainty as we deal with the consequences of COVID-19.

    University Residences will have summer housing available for Purdue students who have no other options (e.g., lack of internet access at home, travel restrictions). While observing social distancing protocols, summer housing may be in residence hall or apartments. Please contact summerhousing@purdue.edu for more information as summer housing plans develop. Another source of short-term housing might be off campus apartment summer sub-leases. The Dean of Students’ Office Off-Campus Housing may be able to assist with that option.

    University Residences will have on-campus housing at Purdue Village this fall. As part of University Residences, you would not be required to pay rent for housing at Purdue Village if you contract for it but are unable to enroll at Purdue University and be on campus next fall. As of March 30, limited space is available at Purdue Village for single graduate student and graduate students with families.

    As you make plans for housing at Purdue University, please remember that, if you sign a lease for an apartment or other housing, you are obligated to follow-through with rent payments, even if you are unable to use it. (The exception may be if you or your landlord is able to find another tenant for the space for which you have signed a lease.)

  • Newly admitted international graduate students admitted for Fall 2020 may ask to defer their admission to Spring 2021, Summer 2021, or Fall 2021 for any reason. To defer to a later semester requires that a new application to be submitted. Admitted international graduate students who wish to defer their admission to a later semester must request that, in writing, to their departments. If approved by the department, the student’s request must be forwarded to the Office of Graduate Admissions so that the deferral may be processed and a new I-20 may be issued. Admitted international graduate students who know that they need to defer their graduate study may submit that anytime through November 15 (earlier is encouraged) in order to start in Spring 2021.

    Newly admitted domestic graduate students admitted for Fall 2020 have the ability (without asking for a deferral) to register for Fall 2020, Spring 2021, or Summer 2021. If they need to start their programs in Fall 2021, they must ask for a deferral by requesting a change to that date in writing to their department. If approved, their department must forward the request to the Office of Graduate Admissions so that the deferral may be processed.

    COVID-19 Policy Adjustment: For both of these above cases, the Graduate School will consider a second deferral — if the department requests — on a case-by-case basis for admitted students who are unable to matriculate to the Purdue University Graduate School due to COVID-related reasons.

    Currently enrolled students needing to defer registrations: If a current graduate student wishes to take a break from their program, they have three sessions of eligibility to register before they would have to re-apply for readmission into a program. Summer counts as a session. Students who do not register in their graduate program for three consecutive sessions will be asked to re-apply to continue study.

    COVID-19 Policy Adjustment: The Graduate School will consider an extension beyond three semesters — if the department requests — on a case-by-case, basis for US citizens, permanent residents, and international students. International students must work with the International Students and Scholars office to regain status when they are able to resume their graduate programs.

 

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.