last updated: September 11, 2020

Fall 2020 On-Campus Experience

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General – On-Campus

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.

If you leave campus, you must continue to monitor daily for symptoms of COVID-19, and take your temperature if you feel sick.

If you travel out of the country, you must self-quarantine for 14 days before returning to campus. 

Reports will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the appropriate entity (the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, in the case of student non-compliance) and appropriate follow up with the involved individual(s) will occur. To view available Protect Purdue resources from the Dean of Students, click here.  

Each situation is different and unique. Consequences will depend upon various considerations such as impact of the behavior, prior conduct history, and willingness to make the necessary changes to behavior. Sanctions are educational in nature and intended to provide the student with an activity to increase their knowledge and perspective. Generally, outcomes of reported non-compliance could include: 

1. A written notice.
The notice could include a reminder about the Protect Purdue Plan and the expectations to comply. Additional information may include where to obtain personal protective equipment and resources related to COVID-19 health and safety information.

2. An informal meeting. 
A meeting with the student may be requested to discuss the report. A record of the matter will be made and will be considered if there are any further issues of non-compliance.

3. A formal meeting. 
A combination of disciplinary sanctions and educational measures may occur. Disciplinary actions for students may include warnings, probation, restricted access and/or loss of privileges, loss of on campus housing privileges or separation from the university. Egregious, significantly threatening, and/or repeat violations may be addressed with the student being issued a notice of Summary Suspension pending resolution of the matter through the University’s formal disciplinary process.

To view additional Protect Purdue compliance plan FAQs, click here

All students returning to campus from an international location are required to self-quarantine for 14-days before resuming any campus activities.

At this time, all available quarantine space through Purdue has been reserved. Students are responsible for making their own arrangements for quarantine space off campus.

Once you have determined where you will self-quarantine, please contact the Protect Purdue Health Center 24/7 at 765-496-INFO (4636) or toll-free at 833-571-1043 (press option “1”) to discuss your quarantine arrangements. You’ll be connected with a nurse case manager, who will give you exact instructions to follow during your quarantine period.

The Protect Purdue Health Center will also help you make COVID-19 testing arrangements for during your quarantine period, and will be the entity that provides you with medical clearance to return to campus. 

The current hiring freeze applies to all positions; however, many departments have received approval to actively recruit for select student positions. Please review Purdue’s career site for a listing of open positions https://careers.purdue.edu/go/West-Lafayette-Students/7721500/.

Student Employment at Purdue offers updates on how to apply to on-campus employment, job fairs, Federal Work Study opportunities, and links to job postings. Visit https://www.purdue.edu/studentemployment/site/.

Yes. Students who opted for the online-only options for fall will not be packaged with Federal Work Study by the Division of Financial Aid for fall 2020.

Yes. Dining Services will be hiring a large quantity of students for fall 2020 to assist with dining operations. To access job descriptions for student employment, visit https://careers.purdue.edu/search and search for “WL Student” under Category, or https://dining.purdue.edu/AboutUs/Careers/index.html.

Given the campus-based restriction on large-scale events for fall 2020, on-campus career fairs that occur in-person will be limited. However, many companies are collaborating with the Center for Career Opportunities (CCO) to offer virtual opportunities. Visit the CCO Calendar for details on events and opportunities throughout the semester: https://www.cco.purdue.edu/Calendar.

Our office is currently closed to walk-in visitors and operating on a limited basis by appointment only.

Information about adding funds to your account can be found at BoilerExpress Deposits.

Eating and drinking near others is a very high-risk activity. Please follow the guidelines for eating and drinking on campus.

Purdue Physical Facilities has worked with the Protect Purdue Building and Infrastructure and Medical Advisory Teams on the specific adjustments made to building HVAC systems. These entities considered and are continuously monitoring Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) recommendations.  It is important to note that the HVAC strategies described below are only one part of the comprehensive Protect Purdue Plan. Additional actions, such as de-densifying spaces and wearing masks correctly to minimize viral load, are also critical components.   

HVAC performance has been optimized in as many buildings as possible with an emphasis on high occupancy areas. HVAC modifications include the following: 

  • Re-programming air handling units to maximize outdoor air percentage and air changes per hour when classes are in session in large classrooms and high occupancy areas. This essentially means that more outdoor air will cycle through the spaces more frequently. Additionally, due to the de-densification of instructional spaces by 50%, the effective amount of outdoor air per person will be higher.
  • Re-programming air handling units to run 24/7 to increase air filtration where feasible. 
  • Changing current air filters for higher performance filters where feasible.

All of these HVAC optimization efforts have been implemented in concert with the capabilities of the existing systems and infrastructure to ensure that appropriate temperature and relative humidity conditions are maintained.

Information on the required COVID-19 testing for students can be found here.

Information on the required COVID-19 testing for students can be found here.

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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, by at least 50% in most classrooms.
  • Limit large classroom occupancy to no more than 150 students.

Each classroom is being evaluated by physical facilities to provide a new capacity limit and install a see-thru barrier between the instructor and you. This is done to maintain a safe distance between the instructor and the nearest student while teaching. In some cases, furniture is being removed from the physical classrooms, or areas of the classrooms are cordoned off so you can’t use those seats. For some of the scale-up rooms in WALC, it has been determined by physical facilities that they may need to be converted to tablet-chair rooms, because the 3 person/3 table setup for students would not allow us to meet the de-densification requirement and maintain appropriate social distancing. In instructional labs or in discussion-based courses — where all students cannot face in the same direction and capacity of about 50% can’t be maintained — additional barriers will be provided and you will be required to wear face shields. Additional protocols will be established for entry/exit; sanitation/cleaning; and potential staggered or extended start time for classes. This might mean instructors would have to start class 10 minutes later so you can enter the classroom in a staggered fashion with your fellow classmates.

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. 

As we begin the fall 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.

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. The fall 2020 semester will follow 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.

Yes, the 150 cap for you and your fellow students in the classroom is an absolute cap that can’t be exceeded, regardless of possible spacing. You can have an enrollment in your class exceeding the 150 students; however, you can’t have more than 150 students in the physical classroom at one time. Face-to-face interactions for your class may be split to meet de-densification requirements.

The recommendations of the Safe Campus Task force and the Protect Purdue plan, in combination with the work of physical facilities, the Medical Advisory Team and scientific evidence, suggest that wearing a mask and maintaining appropriate social distancing are the two most important variables in reducing the spread of the virus. With everyone wearing a mask in classroom spaces, a distance of 6 feet between students is considered the upper end for social distance requirement. The arrangement of each classroom space will be modified for you and your fellow students, and an “X” will be placed on the floor where your chairs should remain or seats will be cordoned off to meet the appropriate social distance and de-densification requirements for each classroom.

Yes. Contact the Office of Pre-Professional Practice. Contact information can be found at https://opp.purdue.edu/about/contact.html.

Eating and drinking near others is a very high-risk activity. Please follow the guidelines for eating and drinking on campus.

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, by at least 50% in most classrooms.
  • Limit large classroom occupancy to no more than 150 students.

Each classroom is being evaluated by physical facilities to provide a new capacity limit and install a see-thru barrier between the instructor and you. This is done to maintain a safe distance between the instructor and the nearest student while teaching. In some cases, furniture is being removed from the physical classrooms, or areas of the classrooms are cordoned off so you can’t use those seats. For some of the scale-up rooms in WALC, it has been determined by physical facilities that they may need to be converted to tablet-chair rooms, because the 3 person/3 table setup for students would not allow us to meet the de-densification requirement and maintain appropriate social distancing. In instructional labs or in discussion-based courses — where all students cannot face in the same direction and capacity of about 50% can’t be maintained — additional barriers will be provided and you will be required to wear face shields. Additional protocols will be established for entry/exit; sanitation/cleaning; and potential staggered or extended start time for classes. This might mean instructors would have to start class 10 minutes later so you can enter the classroom in a staggered fashion with your fellow classmates. More information can be found at Protect Purdue. This website is regularly updated.

Information on the required COVID-19 testing for students can be found here.

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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.

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.

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 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, led by a new Expanded Disinfection Operations Team.

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.

This year, University Residences’ guest policy allows each resident to have one Purdue student guest in their room only. Guests are limited to West Lafayette Purdue students, and roommates must agree on any visitors to their room. To view University Residences full policies and guidelines, click here. For more information on how University Residences is protecting Purdue, please click here.

Eating and drinking near others is a very high-risk activity. Please follow the guidelines for eating and drinking on campus.

Chapter and local fraternity leadership, along with Protect Purdue Health Center (PPHC) and Fraternity Sorority Cooperative Life (FSCL) staff will work to manage the health and academic progress of all members at this time. 

In a living situation like a fraternity, sorority or cooperative house when several cases may be present, the entire living unit will be evaluated and everyone in the living unit should self-quarantine until further direction from PPHC is received.

For more information and resources for congregate living units around Protect Purdue, click here.

Both the Protect Purdue Health Center and the Tippecanoe County Health Department (TCHD) make the decision regarding isolation and quarantine. 

It is important to remember that as a private residence with communal living, the Tippecanoe County Health Department has overall jurisdiction. Dr. Esteban Ramirez, chief medical officer of the PPHC, continues to coordinate and communicate closely with TCHD. 

For more information and resources for congregate living units around Protect Purdue, click here.

Yes. Students in isolation housing may have items delivered to them and may work with vendors, family or friends to have items left outside their door. Individuals wishing to drop-off items must contact the student in advance to inform them about the delivery. All individuals dropping off items must do so outside the student’s door while wearing a mask to ensure no person-to-person contact is made with the student in isolation to maintain safety. To view more information about delivery requirements for students in isolation housing please visit our Protect Purdue FAQs here. To view University Residences full policies and guidelines, click here.

Purdue’s isolation space is available to any student who needs to utilize it. A nurse case manager from the Protect Purdue Health Center will help students determine the most appropriate arrangements for self-isolation based on the student’s individual living situation. In many cases, students living off-campus (e.g., in an apartment) may be able to quarantine or isolate at home, although we recognize that is not possible in all instances. If needed, the PPHC will arrange for students living off-campus to utilize Purdue isolation space. 

No. Campus isolation space is available to students who need to utilize it at no charge. Students will receive an invoice associated with their stay; however, CARES Act or Protect Purdue funding will cover the cost. Students in isolation will receive instructions on how to submit the invoice for payment through the appropriate channels.

We will be opening the halls for move-in beginning January 11th at 8 am.  That will allow students a full week to arrive prior to the start of classes.

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.

The guest policy allows one resident to have one student guest per occupant in the room. For example, if the space is a two bedroom room then no more than four people are allowed in the room. If the room is a three occupancy room no more than six individuals are permitted. Resident roommates of the room must agree on any visitors. The visitation policy for the residence halls remain the same. For more information about University Residences, please visit housing.purdue.edu.

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Campus Life and Socializing

Additional spaces for study and student life activities are available. De-densification will be necessary for safety reasons in Purdue’s libraries, computer labs, dining halls, and other group gathering spaces.

There are 37 study and dining open-air tents available to students throughout campus.

Dining tents are located near dining halls and retail dining vendors. The open-air study spaces can be found on this map or marked with the tent symbol on this campus map. Most tents are open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., and the tents vary in size and capacity. In total, they add more than 1,500 spaces for students and others.

Some tents have been installed at the request of campus departments or organizations and are labeled as such on the campus map. Hours of operation, however, may differ from the general tents. For the most current list of all study spaces on campus, go here.

RecWell looks forward to welcoming students, faculty and staff into the CoRec on July 29. We know that taking care of your physical and mental health is critically important. To reopen safely, we have prioritized physical distancing, disinfecting 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. For a full list of what’s available and what’s not, see our re-opening guidelines.

To help limit the spread of COVID-19, we are not selling guest passes at this time. Click here to view more FAQs about RecWell.

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.

If you leave campus, you must continue to monitor daily for symptoms of COVID-19, and take your temperature if you feel sick.

If you travel out of the country, you must self-quarantine for 14 days before returning to campus. 

Guidelines and information are available from Student Activities and Organizations: https://www.purdue.edu/sao/protect/faqs.html

This year, University Residences’ guest policy allows each resident to have one Purdue student guest in their room only. Guests are limited to West Lafayette Purdue students, and roommates must agree on any visitors to their room. To view University Residences full policies and guidelines, click here. For more information on how University Residences is protecting Purdue, please click here.

Eating and drinking near others is a very high-risk activity. Please follow the guidelines for eating and drinking on campus.

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.

The guest policy allows one resident to have one student guest per occupant in the room. For example, if the space is a two bedroom room then no more than four people are allowed in the room. If the room is a three occupancy room no more than six individuals are permitted. Resident roommates of the room must agree on any visitors. The visitation policy for the residence halls remain the same. For more information about University Residences, please visit housing.purdue.edu.

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Health and Wellness

All West Lafayette faculty, staff and students — as well as family members of faculty and staff directly affiliated with the West Lafayette campus — can be tested for COVID-19 at no cost, regardless of whether or not they are exhibiting symptoms. 

Testing is conducted on-campus at the Turf Recreation Exercise Center (TREC) by appointment. The hours are 7-4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday and Sunday. Please contact PPHC 24/7 at 765-496-4636 or toll-free at 1-833-571-1043 (press option 1) or email pphctesting@121.health to schedule an appointment. 

Appointments are available to anyone who needs or wants to be tested; however, priority is given to those who need to be tested because they are exhibiting symptoms, have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or who have been selected for surveillance testing.  

Additional information is available from the Protect Purdue Health Center.

On May 26, 2020, the Purdue University Board of Trustees ratified a university regulation requiring the correct 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. 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 correctly 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.

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

Returning international travelers should contact the Protect Purdue Health Center 24/7 at 765-496-INFO (4636) or 833-571-1043 (toll free) (press option “1”) to discuss quarantine arrangements. A nurse case manager will give you exact instructions to follow during your quarantine period. They will also give you medical clearance to return to campus after your self-quarantine is complete. If you are unable to contact the PPHC via phone, you may email quarantine@121.health.

For additional questions on monitoring your health, contact the Protect Purdue Health Center at 765-496-INFO (4636) or 833-571-1043 (toll free) (press option “1”).

  • Building Services will perform expanded disinfection operations, led by a new Expanded Disinfection Operations Team.
    • 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

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.

Yes. As part of our preparations for the fall semester, Purdue has established 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 have been established in conjunction with CDC and Indiana State Department of Health guidelines, and will adapt as needed based on those guidelines.

All West Lafayette faculty, staff and students — as well as family members of faculty and staff directly affiliated with the West Lafayette campus — can be tested for COVID-19 at no cost, regardless of whether or not they are exhibiting symptoms. Information on how to get tested is available here.

Yes. In tandem with our comprehensive onsite campus COVID-19 testing plan, Purdue has established 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. Details on our contact tracing protocols are available from the Protect Purdue Health Center.

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.

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.

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.

More information on fall 2020 housing can be found here.

All students returning to campus from an international location are required to self-quarantine for 14-days before resuming any campus activities.

At this time, all available quarantine space through Purdue has been reserved. Students are responsible for making their own arrangements for quarantine space off campus.

Once you have determined where you will self-quarantine, please contact the Protect Purdue Health Center 24/7 at 765-496-INFO (4636) or toll-free at 833-571-1043 (press option “1”) to discuss your quarantine arrangements. You’ll be connected with a nurse case manager, who will give you exact instructions to follow during your quarantine period.

The Protect Purdue Health Center will also help you make COVID-19 testing arrangements for during your quarantine period, and will be the entity that provides you with medical clearance to return to campus. 

Dedicated nurse case managers from the Protect Purdue Health Center will provide guidance and help coordinate next steps for individuals who test positive for COVID-19. Positive individuals will be required to self-isolate and not be on campus or participate in public activity for any reason until they receive medical clearance from the Protect Purdue Health Center. Contact tracers will identify and, when necessary, contact individuals who have been in high-risk close contact with someone who has tested positive. Academic case managers will be assigned to students who test positive to help ensure they don’t fall behind academically.

The case manager will work with the individual through the entire process to ensure a safe return to work or the classroom.

All positive tests are reported to the CDC by the Department of Health or the laboratory processing the test. To protect your personal health information, please do not email or call, or post on social media your test results.

The definition of isolation and quarantine, as well as details on who would be asked to undergo each, what’s allowed under each, and more is available here.

Purdue Physical Facilities has worked with the Protect Purdue Building and Infrastructure and Medical Advisory Teams on the specific adjustments made to building HVAC systems. These entities considered and are continuously monitoring Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) recommendations.  It is important to note that the HVAC strategies described below are only one part of the comprehensive Protect Purdue Plan. Additional actions, such as de-densifying spaces and wearing masks correctly to minimize viral load, are also critical components.   

HVAC performance has been optimized in as many buildings as possible with an emphasis on high occupancy areas. HVAC modifications include the following: 

  • Re-programming air handling units to maximize outdoor air percentage and air changes per hour when classes are in session in large classrooms and high occupancy areas. This essentially means that more outdoor air will cycle through the spaces more frequently. Additionally, due to the de-densification of instructional spaces by 50%, the effective amount of outdoor air per person will be higher.
  • Re-programming air handling units to run 24/7 to increase air filtration where feasible. 
  • Changing current air filters for higher performance filters where feasible.

All of these HVAC optimization efforts have been implemented in concert with the capabilities of the existing systems and infrastructure to ensure that appropriate temperature and relative humidity conditions are maintained.

Chapter and local fraternity leadership, along with Protect Purdue Health Center (PPHC) and Fraternity Sorority Cooperative Life (FSCL) staff will work to manage the health and academic progress of all members at this time. 

In a living situation like a fraternity, sorority or cooperative house when several cases may be present, the entire living unit will be evaluated and everyone in the living unit should self-quarantine until further direction from PPHC is received.

For more information and resources for congregate living units around Protect Purdue, click here.

Both the Protect Purdue Health Center and the Tippecanoe County Health Department (TCHD) make the decision regarding isolation and quarantine. 

It is important to remember that as a private residence with communal living, the Tippecanoe County Health Department has overall jurisdiction. Dr. Esteban Ramirez, chief medical officer of the PPHC, continues to coordinate and communicate closely with TCHD. 

For more information and resources for congregate living units around Protect Purdue, click here.

Yes. Students in isolation housing may have items delivered to them and may work with vendors, family or friends to have items left outside their door. Individuals wishing to drop-off items must contact the student in advance to inform them about the delivery. All individuals dropping off items must do so outside the student’s door while wearing a mask to ensure no person-to-person contact is made with the student in isolation to maintain safety. To view more information about delivery requirements for students in isolation housing please visit our Protect Purdue FAQs here. To view University Residences full policies and guidelines, click here.

Information on the required COVID-19 testing for students can be found here.

  • 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. As part of our preparations for the fall semester, Purdue has established 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 have been established in conjunction with CDC and Indiana State Department of Health guidelines, and will adapt as needed based on those 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 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.

Additionally, we have built 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.

If you need or want to be tested for COVID-19 on campus, please contact the Protect Purdue Health Center 24/7 at 765-496-INFO (4636) or toll-free at 833-571-1043 (press option “1”).

Yes. In tandem with our comprehensive onsite campus COVID-19 testing plan, Purdue has established 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.

Information on the required COVID-19 testing for students can be found here.

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Graduate Students

Answers to the most frequently asked questions from graduate students are available from the Graduate School.

Our office is currently closed to walk-in visitors and operating on a limited basis by appointment only.

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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

A hearing was held July 14, 2020, in the District Court of Massachusetts, regarding the complaint filed by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) against the Department of Homeland Security. The judge ruled that the parties agreed to set aside the July 6, 2020 ICE guidance, and the subsequent update to the ICE SEVP FAQs that were updated on July 7, 2020. The agreement required the Department of Homeland Security to revert it’s position back to the March 2020 guidance. On July 15, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security reissued guidance via the ICE SEVP FAQs which reinstated the March, 2020 guidance, until further notice.uidance 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. Under current guidance there is no limit to the amount of online coursework that may be used toward maintaining minimum full-time enrollment requirements, and there is no residential coursework requirement.

F-1 students who participate in the fall online learning experience may do so from inside or outside the United States.

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.

Current students who wish to return to campus for the fall 2020 semester may do so. Under current guidance there is no limit to the amount of online coursework that may be used toward maintaining minimum full-time enrollment requirements, and there is no residential coursework requirement.

The current guidance indicates that students must be enrolled in and engaged in a full course of study, if they wish to maintain their visa status. There is no limit to the number of online/distance courses and there is not residential course requirement. Students may participate in their coursework either on-campus or from a remote location inside or outside the United States and their SEVIS status will remain “active”. Students are reminded that they MUST keep their address inside the United States current with ISS, and they must notify ISS if they intend to pursue their coursework from outside the United States. ISS will send instructions for providing location updates to students during the week of July 20, 2020. Students should monitor their @purdue email account for further information and instructions.

The deadline to switch from fully online to in-person has passed, and the deadline for the significant hardship request to request an exception to be moved back to in-person after the deadline has also passed. This leaves students two options to consider: 

  1. Stay in the fully online experience.
    1.  Special Note: If you are living in the Greater Lafayette area this Fall, as an Online Option student you should not come to campus where you might put yourself and others at risk for exposure. You are expected to be socially distant from campus and on campus resources: this includes any club meetings, on-campus events, and resources like the libraries, labs, and the Co-Rec unless given approval by the Protect Purdue team. 
  2. Take a semester off.
    1. If you choose this option, you will want to make sure you reach out to your Purdue advisor when you are ready to start the re-entry process. If you sit out more than 2 semesters, you will need to apply to Purdue again using the re-entry application

Ultimately, we hope that you will pick option 1. We feel strongly that the steps the entire campus is taking will provide you with a rich and rewarding academic experience from the safety of your home, and we look forward to the day that we get to see you on campus.  

At this time, official guidance indicates that as long as students continue to engage in a full course of study via remote learning from inside or outside the United States, continuing students are considered to be maintaining status. Please note, this does NOT apply to students who begin their academic program in the Fall 2020 semester, unless they were inside the United States in F-1 status when the March 2020 guidance was issued.

At this time, continuing students who wish to pursue their educational objectives full time from inside or outside the United States are considered to be maintaining status, therefore eligibility for CPT and OPT is not negatively impacted.

No.

As per current guidance, as long as you enroll in, and engage in a full course of study, ISS will keep your SEVIS record active and intact, even if are outside the United States.

This mandate is now obsolete, no updates are required for students who have valid I-20s. Your current I-20 is valid.

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. Research credits are considered to be “residential” in format.

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

The deadline to switch from in-person to fully online has passed, and the deadline for the significant hardship request form to request an exception to be moved to fully online after the deadline has also passed. This leaves students three options to consider: 

  1. Stay in the residential experience.
    1. Special Note: Any residential online courses offered could require students to engage in in-person activities – small group assignments, projects, labs, etc. Because of this, Purdue does not recommend any student take residential online courses from outside the immediate West Lafayette, Indiana area. 
  2. Take a semester off.
  3.  Determine if a local college has some courses you could take that would transfer to Purdue and allow you to continue to make academic progress.
    1. You should work with your Purdue advisor to determine which courses would transfer best based on your Purdue plan of study.

If you choose option 2 or 3, you will want to make sure you reach out to your Purdue advisor when you are ready to start the re-entry process. If you sit out more than 2 semesters, you will need to apply to Purdue again using the re-entry application

Ultimately, we hope that you will pick option 1. We feel strongly that the steps the entire campus is taking will keep each student’s health and safety in mind. We do understand that for many students and their families attending in-person may not be a possibility. 

Whether this semester or one in the future, we look forward to seeing you back on campus again.  

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

All students returning to campus from an international location are required to self-quarantine for 14-days before resuming any campus activities.

At this time, all available quarantine space through Purdue has been reserved. Students are responsible for making their own arrangements for quarantine space off campus.

Once you have determined where you will self-quarantine, please contact the Protect Purdue Health Center 24/7 at 765-496-INFO (4636) or toll-free at 833-571-1043 (press option “1”) to discuss your quarantine arrangements. You’ll be connected with a nurse case manager, who will give you exact instructions to follow during your quarantine period.

The Protect Purdue Health Center will also help you make COVID-19 testing arrangements for during your quarantine period, and will be the entity that provides you with medical clearance to return to campus. 

Yes, all international visiting scholars can use the Protect Purdue Health Center with their PUIDs to get tested for COVID-19 at no cost. International visiting scholars should follow the same guidance on testing as faculty and staff.

Information on the required COVID-19 testing for students can be found here.

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This information is maintained by the Office of Admissions, if you have any additional questions please contact the Purdue COVID-19 Information Center, 765-496-INFO (4636) or toll-free 1-833-571-1043,