last updated: July 8, 2020

Summer and Fall 2020 On-Campus Experience

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General – On-Campus

Yes. As the next step to protect the health and safety of everyone on campus and the community, Purdue University is formulating plans to require and pay for all West Lafayette-bound students to be tested for COVID-19 before moving into residence halls and attending classes this August.

All students living on campus this fall will be required to be tested for COVID-19 and have a negative test result on file with the Protect Purdue Health Center prior to moving into their residence hall in August. Those students living off campus also will be required to be tested for COVID-19 and have negative test results on file with the PPHC prior to participating in an on-campus program in August or attending their first in-person class.

Specific instructions will soon be provided on how and when to get tested for COVID-19 in August before traveling to campus, while allowing adequate time for processing and reporting test results before arrival.

For students participating in Early Start, Summer Start and other programs throughout July, as well as students already at Purdue for work, research or classes this summer, special arrangements have been made to test them on campus or in collaboration with local testing partners.

Purdue University cannot require students to remain on campus at all times. However, students are strongly encouraged to minimize their travel and continue to practice all necessary health and safety behaviors while off-campus.

Yes. The residential academic experience for Summer Start and Early Start will be quite similar to the specifics of classroom design, housing, dining, and access to resources described below.

Please see the Protect Purdue website for comprehensive information regrading health and safety regulations for the Fall 2020 semester.

The Protect Purdue Plan is the University’s comprehensive and evolving plan to keep our campus and our community healthy and safe by limiting the spread of COVID-19.

Read the details of the Protect Purdue Plan here.

Current information for prospective and admitted Boilermakers can be found here

For fall 2020, students will have the choice to remain home and participate in the Fall 2020 Online Option Experience or join the residential campus experience and follow the Protect Purdue Plan.  Every student should make an informed decision on whether to enroll in the online option or take classes in-person. There are heightened and unpredictable health risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.  Risks include exposure to asymptomatic carriers of the virus, as well as virus transfer through face-to-face communications and sharing spaces with others. In some cases, Purdue may recommend that students seriously consider the fully online learning option. Ultimately, the final decision resides with the individual student and their health care provider.

Students who choose to be on-campus for fall 2020 but have concerns about an underlying medical condition should complete a Request for Consultation (C-19) form to seek adjustments to their on-campus living or learning environments.  Students in this category include those who by diagnosis are immunosuppressed or those who, because of a medical treatment plan, including medication, may have a suppressed immune system. Purdue’s Disability Resource Center (DRC) will arrange to review your medical records. Students desiring a consultation will need to provide medical records that reflect current status, diagnosis, treatment plan and prescribed current medications. 

For the best experience, students should initiate this process as early as possible and have recent medical documentation ready to facilitate a prompt and careful review of their needs. 

Please note that this process is not the same as disability-related accommodations. This process is designed to work through exposure-based concerns of a student who, despite having an underlying medical condition, has decided to physically attend classes in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Should a student’s pre-existing conditions be exacerbated by exposure, it could move the student’s situation into the traditional stream of disability related accommodations, which require a more comprehensive understanding of the student’s medical condition to permit a thorough analysis of potential accommodations.  Additional medical documentation may be required. Please visit the DRC website for more information.

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Classes and Academics

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 safe distance between the instructor and the 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

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.

You can expect all of your residential courses to be hybrid to some extent. This means that although each student will be able to experience some face-to-face classroom engagement and some amount of face-to-face instruction, the amount and type will vary dependent on the courses you are taking. For some courses, the majority of the instruction could be conducted face-to-face. This might be the case for experiential learning courses, labs, or smaller discussion based courses. For other courses, only a limited portion of the course or certain specific components of the course will be delivered face-to-face. For example, the lecture portion of a large lecture course might be delivered online, whereas the labs associated with that large lecture course could be delivered face-to-face. Alternatively, in large lecture courses, your instructor may be giving you the choice to come to a face-to-face lecture on certain established days, while you watch the lecture online on other days and complete associated assessments and activities online. You can expect a lot of variety depending on the type of courses you are taking, the physical classroom space, and the design decisions your instructors will make in collaboration with the teaching and learning team. The courses are also intentionally designed to allow us to quickly move to another delivery option, or move all aspects of the course online, later in the semester if necessary.

No matter what your classroom experience looks like, be assured that the teaching and learning team at Purdue University has approached the design of the classroom and learning environments in the same way it has done over the past several years; with a strong focus toward transformative education and engaged student learning. The Innovative Learning team working on the Instruction Matters: Purdue Academic Course Transformation (IMPACT), a program nationally recognized for its innovation in higher education.

The physical classroom might look different in many ways. The guidelines on physical distancing and de-densification means that in the face-to-face classroom, you will be sitting 6-feet away from other students, that the instructor will be at least 10-feet away from the front row of students, and that no more than 150 students will be allowed in the classroom at one time. This will necessarily change how face-to-face instruction can be conducted (e.g. your ability to do group work), even though you will experience some face-to-face instruction.

Lab based courses on campus will be planned and implemented differently by different faculty.  There are two possible approaches. One approach might be a reduction of the number of labs and rotation of students to participate in smaller groups to allow each student to experience each lab (e.g., students will be able to complete all labs offered). Another approach might be a reduction of the number of labs with a portion of students completing some labs in-person and another portion of students doing different labs in-person and/or supplementing with virtual labs or simulations. 

Changes to students’ schedules are necessary in connection with the health and safety regulations that Purdue must follow in order to allow us to physically return to campus in the Fall. Your class schedule may change, but every attempt will be made to give you the same courses and schedule as you had originally created, while keeping you safe. There is nothing you need to do at this time.

You will be able to view your updated schedule by mid-July. You should consult with your academic advisor to determine if making a change is recommended at that point. We are optimizing all available space so open spaces in courses will be limited. Open registration will begin in mid-July and will continue through the first week of classes.

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.

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.
As we begin the summer and fall 2020 sessions, 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.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and necessary changes to the delivery of instruction for spring 2020 semester, students who completed courses during this timeframe were able to request P/NP grade mode change with no approval by instructor or advisor needed. Summer and fall 2020 semesters will see a return to the traditional grading policies and any requests for P/NP grade mode changes needing to have proper approval.

Faculty will use different approaches to online exams.  Purdue is working on general guidelines (based on the experiences from the Spring final exam period) for faculty in order to optimize the process and to foster student learning while being mindful of possible academic integrity concerns.

We recognize that many students strongly prefer to return to campus this fall.  At the same time, we know there are factors impacting student decision-making that are both beyond the student’s control and may not be completely clear by the online option opt-in deadlines July 6 for undergraduates (international undergraduate deadline was extended to July 23 at 5:00 p.m. due to the update on SEVP) and July 15 for graduate students.

If you are not certain you can arrive on campus in time for the fall semester, we strongly recommend you select the online option now unless you are an international student currently living in the United States. Students who choose the online option after the above deadlines may have difficulty finding available classes in which to enroll. International undergraduates opting in after July 6 but before 5 p.m. on July 23 have no guarantee that desired courses will be available as well as no guarantee that there will be enough courses available to meet a full course load.

Still, given the uncertainty of COVID-19, including the possible delays in obtaining visas, bans on international travel, and unforeseen situations, we will permit students to convert their enrollment from on-campus to online on a limited basis when a new or returning student encounters a “significant hardship” after July 6.

A “significant hardship” means a change of circumstances beyond the student’s control, which occurs after July 6 but before August 1 and which negatively impacts the student’s ability to attend class on campus.  Determinations of significant hardship will be made by the university in its sole discretion.

If students believe they are facing a significant hardship, they should petition for a hardship conversion from on-campus to online enrollment by submitting your request via the Protect Purdue contact form. Be sure to select “Request a significant hardship accommodation – online and residential experience” from the topic dropdown. If the university agrees that a significant hardship has occurred, then the student may request to convert their on-campus registration to the online option. There will be no guarantee that a full schedule of classes will be possible. Petitions submitted after August 1, 2020 will not be approved.

Hardships that are approved on or before August 1, 2020 will be entitled to a conversion of tuition and fees from the on-campus rates to the rates associated with the online option. The student’s cost of attendance and financial aid calculations will be adjusted. The student may completely cancel their university housing contract, including any meal plan, without any penalty or cancellation fee.

With the approval of a Purdue Principle Investigator, undergraduates can conduct research on-campus or off-campus if they are paid on a grant or are receiving a stipend. All undergraduate researchers must adhere to the COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedure for the research space and/or guidance for off-campus research as well as the Protect Purdue Pledge.

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Tuition and Financial Aid

No.  Courses will transition to online-delivery after Thanksgiving break (1 week of instruction, 1 week of finals).  In addition, the residential halls and dining courts will remain open for students who need/decide to remain on campus after Thanksgiving. Fall contracts will continue through the end of the fall semester.

Initial bills will be released on July 27, 2020 with a due date of August 24, 2020. Specific questions should be sent to askbursar@purdue.edu.

No. As was the case in the Spring 2020 semester, an unavoidable transition to remote learning would be intended to preserve each student’s safety while at the same time allowing for academic progress toward a Purdue degree to continue. We understand how critical it is to so many students that they graduate when they had planned to. Last semester, Purdue saw no financial gain from the need to make this transition in the interest of student safety and continued academic progress. Similarly, given the significant amount of resources we have expended and will continue to expend during the pandemic so that these objectives can continue to be met, we do not plan to refund tuition for any semester in which extraordinary circumstances were once again to result in the need to move fully to remote learning.

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Housing and Dining

If you have a health condition and need an accommodation to your housing assignment as a result, please contact the Disability Resource Center.

If you have signed a housing contract but cannot live in a University Residences space due to the COVID-19 pandemic, please contact urcancelrequest@purdue.edu. A member of our team will respond and explain your options.

More information on fall 2020 housing can be found here.

Yes. Fraternity, Sorority, and Cooperative Life is planning for the vast majority of their traditional programming (e.g., recruitment, educational programs, membership development and initiation programs) to continue in an altered format that is consistent with campus health and safety regulations. The website has recruitment and joining information: https://www.purdue.edu/fscl/councils/index.html. Students can sign up for fraternity and sorority recruitment on the website and many of Purdue’s cooperatives and fraternities are currently able to recruit and invite students to join. Philanthropic, service and social events will likely not occur in large group formats, but will utilize a small group format.

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.

Changes to housing will include new room configurations (some small doubles changed to single rooms), furniture rearranged (10 feet head to head separation for roommates), enhanced and increased cleaning of public areas, cleaning supplies available to students, hand sanitizing stations, social distancing guidelines (posters, social media, university emails), etc. Professional and student staff are receiving additional training regarding the health and safety regulations and you will be able to direct question to your Residence Assistant (RA), your Residence Education Coordinator (REC) or at the hall or apartment front desk/main office. We’re here to help you!

In addition, Purdue will use a contact-less move-in process (remote check-in to your room) and greater/enhanced social distancing between you and other students moving in.

We will also incorporate new virtual learning and student support programs to help you get the fall semester off to a good start.

More information on fall 2020 housing is available here.

Purdue Dining & Culinary has been working to make sure we adhere to social distance and other health and safety guidelines. At the same time, we want students to have options, with nutritious and high-quality food. In addition to our dining court facilities, we have added new retail locations where your swipes and Dining Dollars will be accepted. There will also be new On-The-Go options on the academic side of campus, as well.

Meals at all facilities will be carryout only to begin the semester. Then, the plan is to phase in seating capacity when the university’s senior leadership (and in accordance with state and local regulations) says it is safe to do so. You have the option of taking your meal back to your room, or eat in a sanitized socially-distanced space (but keep in mind there will be fewer public spaces open and less furniture to accommodate students so we recommend the best option is taking your meal back to your room).

You’ll notice new entrances and exits in dining facilities to help keep everyone at a safe distance. Please be patient with us during peak meal times. The goal is to get everyone safely through the lines as quickly as possible

More information on fall 2020 dining can be found here.

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.

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.

No. If we are required to move to online instruction earlier than Thanksgiving, likely we would again give students the option to stay on campus. Whether campus instruction is in-person or fully remote, University Residences will remain open and continue to offer services through December. If a student decides to leave campus early, there will be no refund or cancellation of the housing fees specified in the student’s University Residences housing contract. In this respect, the contract is comparable to the apartment leases required by off-campus property owners. Our hope would be to resume campus operations in the Spring 2021. Should modifications to that plan become necessary, we would evaluate the situation in real time, making sure to update the Purdue community along the way. 

Dining plans feature two offerings: meals-per-week (measured by card “swipes”) and dining dollars. The card swipes do not roll over in the meals-per-week offering, so no refunds are made for unused swipes if a student leaves campus. On the other hand, the dining dollars are allotted over the entire year, so those are available if such a student were to return to campus in the spring semester.   

No.  Courses will transition to online-delivery after Thanksgiving break (1 week of instruction, 1 week of finals).  In addition, the residential halls and dining courts will remain open for students who need/decide to remain on campus after Thanksgiving. Fall contracts will continue through the end of the fall semester.

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Orientation

Purdue plans to deliver Boiler Gold Rush (BGR) this Fall as it has for over twenty-five years. Boiler Gold Rush International (BGRi) content will be delivered during the week of BGR. Although the purposes of these programs will remain the same, there will be necessary modifications made to support Protect Purdue. For example, with restrictions in place regarding gatherings over 150, BGR and BGRi will adjust the structure to allow for interactions among smaller groups of students. The duration of BGR is planned to be similar to past years. More details about the program are expected to be announced publicly mid-June.

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Campus Life and Socializing

This fall, additional spaces for study and student life activities will be available. De-densification will be necessary for safety reasons in Purdue’s libraries, computer labs, dining halls, and other group gathering spaces. Plans are still being developed and more information will be available this summer in time for students coming back to campus for the fall semester.

Student athletes will return to campus throughout the summer months in preparation for a fall sports season of some sort, depending on guidance from the university, the Big Ten, and the NCAA. Student-athletes will be provided detailed information from their respective teams on return dates, protocols, and other health and safety measures that are in place.

RecWell looks forward to welcoming students, faculty/staff into the CoRec when our safety protocols are fully Implemented. We know that taking care of your physical and mental health is critically important. We plan to open CoRec facilities, operations and programs conservatively and expand as conditions allow. To reopen safely, we have prioritized physical distancing and de-densification, while also enhancing our high standards of health, safety and cleanliness. This plan is subject to change based on university guidance, the CDC and other new developments with COVID research.

Upon Re-Opening

  • Facilities and fitness equipment will be redesigned to meet physical distancing guidelines
  • Fitness and Wellness programs will take place in-person when possible and/or continue virtually.
  • 1 on 1: Badminton, pickleball, table tennis and tennis with personal equipment
  • Lounge and study spaces

Paused Temporarily – (The following will be unavailable until university guidelines permit)

  • Open Recreation – Sports that do not allow for physical distancing of 6 ft. (basketball, volleyball, soccer and racquetball, etc.)
  • Intramural Sports – Team sports where physical distancing cannot be maintained
  • Club Sports – Currently under review
  • Climbing, Bouldering & Outdoor Challenge Course
  • Equipment Rental Checkout

Friendship is an important aspect of the college experience. Although the necessary safety regulations may at first seem to minimize social interaction, the focus is on physically distancing rather than on social distancing. Purdue will continue to hold events and students will have opportunities to engage in social activities. However, these activities will be necessarily altered (e.g., < 150) to protect all members of the Purdue community. Students will also still have the opportunity to get involved in student organizations.

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

Purdue University cannot require students to remain on campus at all times. However, students are strongly encouraged to minimize their travel and continue to practice all necessary health and safety behaviors while off-campus.

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Health and Wellness

Yes. As the next step to protect the health and safety of everyone on campus and the community, Purdue University is formulating plans to require and pay for all West Lafayette-bound students to be tested for COVID-19 before moving into residence halls and attending classes this August.

All students living on campus this fall will be required to be tested for COVID-19 and have a negative test result on file with the Protect Purdue Health Center prior to moving into their residence hall in August. Those students living off campus also will be required to be tested for COVID-19 and have negative test results on file with the PPHC prior to participating in an on-campus program in August or attending their first in-person class.

Specific instructions will soon be provided on how and when to get tested for COVID-19 in August before traveling to campus, while allowing adequate time for processing and reporting test results before arrival.

For students participating in Early Start, Summer Start and other programs throughout July, as well as students already at Purdue for work, research or classes this summer, special arrangements have been made to test them on campus or in collaboration with local testing partners.

For fall 2020, students will have the choice to remain home and participate in the Fall 2020 Online Option Experience or join the residential campus experience and follow the Protect Purdue Plan.  Every student should make an informed decision on whether to enroll in the online option or take classes in-person. There are heightened and unpredictable health risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.  Risks include exposure to asymptomatic carriers of the virus, as well as virus transfer through face-to-face communications and sharing spaces with others. In some cases, Purdue may recommend that students seriously consider the fully online learning option. Ultimately, the final decision resides with the individual student and their health care provider.

Students who choose to be on-campus for fall 2020 but have concerns about an underlying medical condition should complete a Request for Consultation (C-19) form to seek adjustments to their on-campus living or learning environments.  Students in this category include those who by diagnosis are immunosuppressed or those who, because of a medical treatment plan, including medication, may have a suppressed immune system. Purdue’s Disability Resource Center (DRC) will arrange to review your medical records. Students desiring a consultation will need to provide medical records that reflect current status, diagnosis, treatment plan and prescribed current medications. 

For the best experience, students should initiate this process as early as possible and have recent medical documentation ready to facilitate a prompt and careful review of their needs. 

Please note that this process is not the same as disability-related accommodations. This process is designed to work through exposure-based concerns of a student who, despite having an underlying medical condition, has decided to physically attend classes in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Should a student’s pre-existing conditions be exacerbated by exposure, it could move the student’s situation into the traditional stream of disability related accommodations, which require a more comprehensive understanding of the student’s medical condition to permit a thorough analysis of potential accommodations.  Additional medical documentation may be required. Please visit the DRC website for more information.

  • 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.
    • 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
Yes. PUSH will remain open through the summer term.

Please see the PUSH website for hours and other details.

In accordance with CDC guidelines, those who have traveled internationally must stay home and monitor their health for 14 days.

In addition, all students and employees returning from outside the U.S. must self-quarantine for 14 days and watch for symptoms of COVID-19. Prior to returning to campus, contact the Protect Purdue Health Center at 765-496-INFO (4636) or 833-571-1043 (toll free) to obtain medical clearance to return to campus.

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

For additional questions on monitoring your health, contact the Protect Purdue Health Center at 765-496-INFO (4636) or 833-571-1043 (toll free).

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.

On May 26, 2020, the Purdue University Board of Trustees ratified a university regulation requiring wearing a face mask upon entering a campus building. The science on facial coverings has become clear in terms of limiting spread of COVID-19. Face masks help protect others from unintentional exposure from the person wearing it. Each of us has an obligation to protect against the spread of COVID-19.

Compliance is expected in support of the Protect Purdue Pledge. As with other university regulations, failure to comply may result in disciplinary action through the Office of the Provost (faculty), Human Resources (staff) and the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities (students).

Questions regarding exceptions to the regulation may be directed to those offices, which will then consult with other appropriate university offices/officials as necessary when evaluating requests for an exemption.

Face masks do NOT replace personal protective equipment. If personal protective equipment is required, the appropriate personal protective equipment must continue to be worn as identified by the hazard assessment.

If you are alone in your office or your lab, the regulation does not require you to wear a facial covering unless someone enters the space.

You must wear a face mask if:

  • You are in a public or common space (hallways, conference rooms, restrooms, etc.) of any Purdue building.
  • You are in a classroom, laboratory or office with others.
  • You are outdoors and not able to maintain a safe social distance.

You may remove your face mask if:

  • You are outdoors and able to maintain a safe social distance from others.
  • You are alone in your office or laboratory space.

Yes. As part of our preparations for the fall semester, Purdue will establish a comprehensive internal testing and contact tracing system to rapidly assess, sample and test any student, faculty or staff member reporting COVID-19 symptoms and those identified through clinically relevant contact tracing. Testing protocols will be established in conjunction with CDC and ISDH guidelines.

Building on existing testing capabilities at the Animal Disease Diagnostic Lab (ADDL) in the College of Veterinary Medicine, which has been CLIA certified to test human diseases, our protocols will include testing symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals following CDC guidelines with the goals of:

  • Protecting the most vulnerable.
  • Caring for symptomatic and sick individuals.
  • Managing the spread of the virus.

Testing protocols may include the proactive testing of roommates, screening of our athletic teams, closely monitoring selected sites and surveillance testing throughout the semester.

Additionally, we will build a mechanism for actively and accurately tracing the contacts of those who test positive for the virus, through a combination of in-person interviews and technology.

Furthermore, Purdue will determine the most appropriate utilization of antibody (a/B) testing and its potential implementation on our campus.

Yes. In tandem with our comprehensive onsite campus COVID-19 testing plan, Purdue will establish a mechanism for actively and accurately tracing the contacts of any faculty, staff or student who tests positive for the virus, through a combination of in-person interviews and technology.

Read more about Purdue’s plans for a safe return to campus activity here.

Yes. The Protect Purdue Implementation Team is developing a range of contingency plans based on situations and circumstances that might occur and that may require the University to pause or shut down some or all activities.

To prepare for this scenario, however likely or unlikely, Purdue is taking into careful consideration surrounding healthcare and treatment capabilities, on-campus testing capacities and back-up providers, and available isolation and quarantine capabilities on and around campus.

Contingency planning is also taking into account what is happening in the surrounding community, and federal and state guidelines.

Existing efforts, such as building resilient pedagogies that can adapt if a student must be isolated following a positive virus test, support our contingency planning.

Read more about Purdue’s plan for a safe return to campus activity here.

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.

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. 

If you have a health condition and need an accommodation to your housing assignment as a result, please contact the Disability Resource Center.

If you have signed a housing contract but cannot live in a University Residences space due to the COVID-19 pandemic, please contact urcancelrequest@purdue.edu. A member of our team will respond and explain your options.

More information on fall 2020 housing can be found here.

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The following information for international students is based on official guidance published by the Department of Homeland Security on July 6, 2020, and further clarified on July 7, 2020.  This information is subject to change, without notice.  Please note, this guidance pertains specifically to international students in the F-1 student visa category, and may be adapted similarly for international students in the J-1 student visa category.

International Students

We hope you are safe and well and wanted to reach out to you today because we know the recent announcements and updates from the United States government have created many questions and concerns. We want you to know that Purdue cares deeply about your well-being and your academic career and we are advocating on your behalf. We also are doing our very best to create a robust and safe residential fall semester experience beginning August 24 as well as an all-online option for students who will be abroad this fall semester.

At this time, we would like to provide you with updated U.S. federal guidance based on the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) Broadcast Message released on July 6, and the SEVP website posting of July 7. We chose not to release this information earlier because of important inconsistencies between the two messages. Unfortunately, this inconsistency has yet to be clarified, but we will share new information with you as soon as the issue is resolved. We feel it is important to share what we do know with you at the current time.

If you are a continuing or new international student who is physically present in the United States, you:

  • Are required to return to campus in order to enroll for the fall semester and maintain legal status.
  • May enroll in more than one online course. The minimum number of online courses required to make normal progress in one’s degree program is allowed. Students should work with their academic advisor to create an appropriate schedule.
  • May not enroll in all online courses – i.e., your schedule must include some residential or hybrid courses.

Importantly, the hybrid instruction plan Purdue is using that will switch to an online format for all Purdue courses from November 24 through the end of the fall semester will not require students to leave the U.S. 

Answers to many other questions can be found on [this] FAQ page.

If you are a continuing or new international students who is not physically present in the U.S.:

  • Undergraduate students in this category may pursue the Online Option for the fall semester if they opted-in on or before July 6. Furthermore, Purdue’s deadline to enroll in the Online Option has been extended for international undergraduate students who will be abroad for the fall semester and who believe this new federal guidance will impact their fall enrollment decision. International undergraduates may now opt-in to the Online Option until July 23. Beginning July 24, any international undergraduate student who opted-in after the July 6 deadline will be able to register for Online Option classes through Open Registration. While we cannot guarantee that students who opt-in after July 6 will be able to register for all of their desired classes, we will make every attempt to do so.
  • Graduate and professional students who will be abroad this fall semester may pursue the Online Option if they sign up for it on or before July 15.
  • Students who are abroad for the fall semester and who are unable to return to Purdue within five months of August 24 may be required to forfeit their F-1 student status and may have their F-1 visa revoked. However, it is very important to note that this guidance is still not final from the SEVP. The July 6 SEVP Broadcast Message indicated that students who are abroad and who are enrolled in all online courses at institutions like Purdue (institutions that are offering a hybrid model of residential instruction) will not be able to remain in active F-1 student status. However, the July 7 SEVP website posting indicated that students who are abroad, and who enroll in a full course of study delivered via distance learning, from any SEVIS approved institution (like Purdue) could maintain Active F-1 status. We are still awaiting clarification from SEVP about this issue and will provide an update as soon as possible.
  • Soon after the start of the fall semester, ISS will work with students who are abroad to facilitate their return to campus for the Spring 2021 semester. 
  • Answers to many questions can be found on [this] FAQ page.

Information for all International Students 

In general, a student enrollment change after July 24 from all online to residential courses will not be possible. However, students who believe that they have a hardship case may apply for a change by using the form found here. Be sure to select “Request a significant hardship accommodation – online and residential experience” from the topic dropdown. If the University supports the petition, then the student may request to convert their online registration to the on-campus option. We will do our best to accommodate your choices, but we may not be able to put you in every course you choose. Unfortunately, we will not be able to consider petitions submitted after August 1.

Again, we recognize this is an exceptionally difficult time for you and your families. The uncertainties created by COVID-19, resulting visa and travel issues, and these late-breaking announcements from SEVP certainly combine to create a very, very difficult situation for you. As we said at the beginning of this letter, we are working with our partners on your behalf. 

The Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU), of which Purdue is a member, has issued a statement opposing the SEVP measures. We endorse the association’s position and support fully its urging that SEVP reverse course.

A second organization of which Purdue has long been a supporter is the the American Council on Education (ACE). ACE has issued an equally compelling statement and we are fully supportive of this statement as well.

To further signal our concerns to SEVP, Purdue has joined an amicus brief, supporting the complaint filed by Harvard and MIT for declaratory and injunctive relief in the U.S. District Court for the District or Massachusetts 

We will continue to do everything possible to ensure that you have the opportunity to continue your Purdue academic experience — either on our campus or online this fall. 

Please review [this] FAQ page for regular information updates or contact us at iss@purdue.edu with any questions we were not able to address on the FAQ page.  Again, we look forward to working with you this fall!

Sincerely,

Jay T. Akridge
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Diversity

Michael A. Brzezinski
Dean, International Programs

Christine K. Collins
Director, International Student Services

We recognize that many students strongly prefer to return to campus this fall.  At the same time, we know there are factors impacting student decision-making that are both beyond the student’s control and may not be completely clear by the online option opt-in deadlines July 6 for undergraduates (international undergraduate deadline was extended to July 23 at 5:00 p.m. due to the update on SEVP) and July 15 for graduate students.

If you are not certain you can arrive on campus in time for the fall semester, we strongly recommend you select the online option now unless you are an international student currently living in the United States. Students who choose the online option after the above deadlines may have difficulty finding available classes in which to enroll. International undergraduates opting in after July 6 but before 5 p.m. on July 23 have no guarantee that desired courses will be available as well as no guarantee that there will be enough courses available to meet a full course load.

Still, given the uncertainty of COVID-19, including the possible delays in obtaining visas, bans on international travel, and unforeseen situations, we will permit students to convert their enrollment from on-campus to online on a limited basis when a new or returning student encounters a “significant hardship” after July 6.

A “significant hardship” means a change of circumstances beyond the student’s control, which occurs after July 6 but before August 1 and which negatively impacts the student’s ability to attend class on campus.  Determinations of significant hardship will be made by the university in its sole discretion.

If students believe they are facing a significant hardship, they should petition for a hardship conversion from on-campus to online enrollment by submitting your request via the Protect Purdue contact form. Be sure to select “Request a significant hardship accommodation – online and residential experience” from the topic dropdown. If the university agrees that a significant hardship has occurred, then the student may request to convert their on-campus registration to the online option. There will be no guarantee that a full schedule of classes will be possible. Petitions submitted after August 1, 2020 will not be approved.

Hardships that are approved on or before August 1, 2020 will be entitled to a conversion of tuition and fees from the on-campus rates to the rates associated with the online option. The student’s cost of attendance and financial aid calculations will be adjusted. The student may completely cancel their university housing contract, including any meal plan, without any penalty or cancellation fee.

The most recent guidance only pertains to international students who are inside the United States on the F-1 visa program. 

Purdue University West Lafayette has adopted a hybrid learning model for the fall 2020 semester. The guidance states that “students who attend schools adopting a hybrid model — that is, a mixture of online and in person classes — will be allowed to take more than one class or three credit hours online. These schools must certify to SEVP, through the Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status,” certifying that the program is not entirely online, that the student is not taking an entirely online course load this semester, and that the student is taking the minimum number of online classes required to make normal progress in their degree program.” The Office of International Students and Scholars will begin issuing updated I-20s for students who intend to resume their academic objectives on the West Lafayette campus for the fall 2020 semester.

F-1 students who participate in the fall online learning experience must do so from outside the United States.  The guidance issued on July 7, 2020 contradicted the guidance issued on July 6.  Please monitor this FAQ for updates. 

If students opt-in to online learning for the fall 2020 semester, they will receive another email from ISS before the beginning of the fall semester with further information and instructions.

Purdue University West Lafayette has adopted a hybrid model for the fall 2020 semester. The guidance states that “students who attend schools adopting a hybrid model — that is, a mixture of online and in person classes — will be allowed to take more than one class or three credit hours online. These schools must certify to SEVP, through the Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status,” certifying that the program is not entirely online, that the student is not taking an entirely online course load this semester, and that the student is taking the minimum number of online classes required to make normal progress in their degree program.”  The Office of International Students and Scholars will begin issuing updated I-20s for students who intend to resume their academic objectives on the West Lafayette campus for the fall 2020 semester.  We will offer to ship the updated document to you at the student’s expense or offer to deliver the document to your @purdue.edu email account via encrypted email.

The current guidance indicates that students must have in-person classes or a combination of in-person classes and online classes and all of these classes must make normal progress in your degree program.  Students may use more than one online course to meet their minimum course load requirements. Students must take the minimum number of online classes required to make normal progress toward the degree.  However, students may not be enrolled in all online courses if they are inside the United States and their online courses must be “required” to make normal progress toward their degree.

Undergraduate students had until July 6, 2020, graduate students have until July 15, 2020 to make a decision about the online learning experience for the fall semester

If you opt-in to the Fall 2020 Online Option and decide later that would like to be on campus, there are no guarantees that prior arrangements (e.g. housing contract, learning community placement, etc) will still be available. A careful review of the following is highly advised before submission of the opt-in form:

  • Financial aid package might change.
  • Not all Learning Communities are able to accommodate online learners and an existing placement might be removed.
  • Fall housing contracts will be voided after July 6, 2020, for undergraduate students and July 15, 2020, for graduate students, and a new housing application will need to be submitted for the spring semester.
  • Limited fully online course list could impact your graduation timeline.

Students who believe that they have a hardship case may apply for a change by using the form found here.  Be sure to select “Request a significant hardship accommodation – online and residential experience” from the topic dropdown. If the university agrees that a significant hardship has occurred, then the student may request to convert their on-campus registration to the online option. There will be no guarantee that a full schedule of classes will be possible. Petitions submitted after August 1, 2020, will not be approved.

If you are currently inside the United States with no plans to exit the United States, you must begin your academic program and participate in the hybrid residential model at the West Lafayette campus.  If you are not currently inside the United States, then you should plan to remain outside the United States and begin your program via the online learning experience.

Graduate students should contact their academic department for additional options.

At this time, the guidance indicates that if Purdue University is forced to move to an entirely online delivery model for fall 2020, international students already on campus will be required to leave the United States or take other measures that may aid in their maintenance of status. The policy suggests that students who do not take these measures may face removal proceedings. Graduate students who are enrolled in and engaged in research at the West Lafayette campus are considered to be maintaining status, as long as they are engaged in a full course of study.

At this time, students who do not return to campus to resume residential style learning for the fall 2020 semester will lose all time accumulated toward their one-full academic year toward eligibility for Practical Training. The clock for counting time toward eligibility will “start over” when students return to campus to participate in residential style coursework. However, this could change, based on the updated information published on July 7, 2020.

No, these courses are considered high-flex hybrid courses; they are not considered “online” courses.

Purdue University is offering a hybrid residential platform for the fall 2020 semester, we are not “fully online,” therefore under current guidance, students who do not return to campus for the fall semester, will not be eligible to maintain their F-1 status. However, this information could change based on the guidance published on July 7, 2020.

We continue to advocate for clarification from our partners in the various governing agencies and will post updates as they happen.

The Purdue ISS office has begun production of updated I-20s. Please monitor your @purdue.edu email for more information and guidance. 

All students and employees returning from outside the U.S. must self-quarantine for 14 days and watch for symptoms of COVID-19. Prior to returning to campus, contact the Protect Purdue Health Center at 765-496-INFO (4636) or 833-571-1043 (toll free) to obtain medical clearance to return to campus.

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/.

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.

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.

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

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

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

 

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.

 

There are currently no changes to the definition of research credits.

No. Students will not be able to switch course delivery modes mid-semester. 

No. Students should opt-in to the online option by July 6 (undergraduate) or July 15 (graduate). These deadlines have been extended to give students additional time to make this decision.

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

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