Chronology of Purdue’s Response to COVID-19

2020
October 19 2020

Message to students from Dean of Students Dr. Katie Sermersheim

Dean of Students Dr. Katie Sermersheim sent a note to all residential students thanking them for their efforts to Protect Purdue and urging them to continue to stay vigilant.
October 16 2020

Return-to-campus COVID-19 student testing planned for spring 2021

Purdue previewed plans to test residential students for COVID-19 ahead of the spring 2021 semester. Specific details about available testing options, a timeline for testing and how students can be cleared for campus by the Protect Purdue Health Center will be shared by Nov. 15, 2020.
September 24 2020

One month video message from President Daniels

One month into the fall semester, President Daniels shares in a new video message a few highlights of how the Purdue community has worked together to make the first month of classes possible, and what faculty, staff and students need to do to keep it going.
September 8 2020

Alternate Spring 2021 Academic Calendar Announced

Spring 2021 instruction will begin Tuesday, Jan. 19. To allow for this later start and to minimize mass travel to and from campus during the semester, the customary spring break period has been eliminated; in its place, three reading days have been added throughout the semester. A fully online option will once again be offered for students who cannot or choose not to come to campus out of personal health and safety concerns.
August 24 2020

The fall semester begins at Purdue

With nearly 40,000 students back on the West Lafayette campus, the university continues to follow the Protect Purdue Plan to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus and protect those who are most vulnerable through a rapid and extensive testing and tracing program.
August 24 2020

Welcome Message From President Daniels and Provost Akridge

On the first day of the fall 2020 semester, President Daniels and Provost Akridge welcome students, faculty and staff back to the West Lafayette campus.
August 21 2020

Ongoing Surveillance Testing Plan Announced

Purdue’s ongoing surveillance testing program includes random testing for on-campus students and a combination of random and weekly testing for certain on-campus employees.
August 19 2020

Welcome message to students from Dean of Students Katie Sermersheim

In an email to students, dean of students Katie Sermersheim welcomed students back to campus and emphasized the importance of abiding by the Protect Purdue Pledge at all times
August 19 2020

Purdue adds violation of Protect Purdue Pledge to student code of conduct regulations

Students who violate the requirements of the Protect Purdue Pledge are subject to disciplinary action via the university’s Regulations Governing Student Conduct, Disciplinary Proceedings and Appeals.
August 19 2020

Update: Student pre-arrival COVID-19 testing results continue to show 99.26% negative rate

Of the 30,117 student COVID-19 test results received as of Tuesday (Aug. 18), 223 tested positive for COVID-19, for a 0.74 percent positive rate.
August 17 2020

Update: Student COVID-19 testing results show 99.26% negative rate

One week before the start of the fall 2020 semester, with more than 25,600 COVID-19 test results received, more than 99% of Purdue students are virus-free ahead of their campus arrival.
August 17 2020

Video to Faculty and Instructors from President Daniels

Ahead of the first day of classes, President Daniels shared a video message with faculty and instructors thanking them for their contributions in reopening and operating the University.
August 14 2020

Faculty and Staff Return-to-Campus Testing Details and After-Travel Guidance Released

Faculty and staff returning to campus from out-of-state travel after July 31 and throughout the fall semester are encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 upon return.
August 12 2020

Purdue announces that more than 99% of Purdue students who have been tested are COVID-free

Of the 15,444 COVID-19 test results received thus far by Purdue from students who have been tested before their arrival for the fall 2020 semester, 133 have tested positive for COVID-19, for a 0.86% positive rate.
August 9 2020

Back to School Message from President Daniels

Purdue President Mitch Daniels welcomes students back to campus ahead of the start of the fall 2020 semester and shared an accompanying video message.
August 5 2020

Student Health and Safety Checklist

All students planning to be on the West Lafayette campus for the fall 2020 semester received details on the three critical steps they must complete in order to be cleared for campus.
July 21 2020

Details Sent to Students on Required COVID-19 Testing

An email was sent to all returning and incoming students and their families outlining further details on completing the required COVID-19 test.
July 17 2020

Purdue Outlines Steps for Student COVID-19 Testing Through New National Partnership

Purdue announces partnership with Rutgers University and Vault Health to test students for COVID-19 via a medically-supervised saliva screening that can be done in their homes.​
July 17 2020

First Arriving Purdue Students Test at an Infection Rate Below 1%

The first group of students arriving for Purdue University’s Summer Start and Early Start programs had an infection rate for COVID-19 of 0.60%.
July 8 2020

Purdue requires all students to be tested for COVID-19 before start of fall semester

Purdue announces that it 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 in August.
July 7 2020

Event and visitor guidelines

New guidelines issues for on- and off-campus events during the Fall 2020 semester, as well as new guidelines that encourage units to delay or cancel any invited visitors through Fall 2020.
June 29 2020

Protect Purdue Health Center launched

This dedicated health center will quickly and effectively respond to potential cases or exposure of COVID-19 among students, faculty and staff on the West Lafayette campus.
June 29 2020

New travel guidelines announced

Travel restrictions are updated for all Purdue West Lafayette faculty, staff and students who are traveling for work or in connection with a course, including Purdue Extension and Polytechnic Statewide.
June 24 2020

Required COVID-19 training for all Purdue West Lafayette faculty and staff

All Purdue West Lafayette faculty and staff – whether working remotely or on campus – were required to complete COVID-19 On-site Employee Safety Training by July 1.
June 16 2020

Update on return to research operations at Purdue from Theresa Mayer, Executive Vice President for Research And Partnerships

Increased access to campus for research begins after the completion of evaluating, modifying and approving public spaces for compliance with COVID-19 safety measures in over 100 campus buildings with research activities.
June 12 2020

Protect Purdue Plan released

The comprehensive and evolving plan to keep our campus and our community safe by limiting the spread of COVID-19 is released.
June 11 2020

Trustees approve additional Protect Purdue measures for fall semester

The Board approved a third block of actions as Purdue’s leaders, guided by medical advisors and scientific experts, continue preparing the campus to return to its learning, research and engagement missions in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
June 10 2020

Vice President for HR Bill Bell provides update on University budget and job security

Despite concerning nationwide unemployment trends, Purdue has no plans to impose furloughs or mass layoffsfor faculty or staff on the West Lafayette campus.
May 26 2020

Purdue trustees OK plans to accommodate remote students, additional measures for fall semester

The Board approved plans to accommodate students who cannot or choose not to come to the West Lafayette for the fall 2020 semester with a plan for online coursework.
May 20 2020

New protocols issued on safe health practices: Required face masks, distancing, robust personal hygiene

An initial set of new safe health protocols, including the required correct wearing of face masks, is announced in order to help those who must be on campus protect others and themselves.
May 20 2020

Purdue announces medical advisory team

Three medical doctors with expertise in infectious disease and pathology will advise and assist as Purdue continues to prepare for a return to on-campus instruction.
May 20 2020

Protect Purdue implementation team begins work

The Protect Purdue implementation team will work to develop the policies, procedures, guidelines, strategies and tactics that will enable the University to further its discovery and learning missions in the safest possible ways during the COVID-19 pandemic.
May 19 2020

Details on transition to phase 2 of return to research operations announced

Research operations return in a phased manner building-by-building. Three elements had to be in place before additional researchers or supporting personnel returned to campus: Safe Buildings, Safe Research Spaces, and Safe People.
May 18 2020

July: Continue remote work, events canceled, some programs to proceed

Campus operations will remain mostly unchanged through July, including the remote work of most employees.
May 15 2020

Update on July, fall courses and calendar

All July events on campus are canceled; all July courses are online, with the exception of Early Start and Summer Start; fall academic calendar eliminates breaks and allows for face-to-face instruction to conclude prior to the Thanksgiving holiday.
May 7 2020

Purdue trustees address pandemic response measures

The Board approves an alternative fall calendar, de-densification measures, a testing and tracing regime, the requirement of the annual influenza vaccination for all on campus, the acquisition of a supply of critical equipment and supplies, and the allocation of space for quarantining of those who may test positive for COVID-19.
May 5 2020

President Daniels: Protection of faculty and staff top priority in fall 2020 plan

Guided by science and a faculty-led task force, Purdue intends to open school in the fall, but only after making a host of changes to provide maximum practical protection for the potentially vulnerable among us.
April 27 2020

Message from Vice President Bill Bell re: Planning for summer, fall

Regardless of when Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb lifts the stay-at-home order, employees who can work remotely should continue to do so, and Purdue will continue to operate under current guidance for instructional activity through at least the end of June.
April 21 2020

A message from President Daniels regarding fall semester

Purdue University intends to accept students on campus in typical numbers this fall, sober about the challenges that the COVID-19 virus presents, and determined not to surrender helplessly to those difficulties but to tackle and manage them aggressively and creatively.
April 15 2020

All campus events canceled through June 30

The cancellation of all in-person events at the West Lafayette campus is extended through the end of June.
April 6 2020

An update on summer from Provost Jay Akridge

All courses that start in May or June will be conducted remotely; all May conferences and events on campus are canceled; STAR will be delivered remotely.
April 3 2020

A video update from President Daniels

President Daniels describes actions to make Purdue as well prepared as any school in America for COVID-19 and outlines fiscal steps the university is taking to prepare for a potential loss in revenue and state appropriations.
March 31 2020

President Daniels announces launch of Safe Campus Task Force

A team of the best minds and experienced leaders at Purdue will propose every change they can conceive in our practices, procedures, physical facilities, or any of our operations that will limit the degree of illness, flu or otherwise, on our campus, and to manage it effectively when inevitably it does occur
March 25 2020

A video message from President Daniels

President Daniels announces that all faculty and staff will be paid through June 30, or the end of their contract period, if earlier, and provides other updates.
March 23 2020

Additional guidance for students from Beth McCuskey, Vice Provost for Student Life

Vice Provost for Student Life Beth McCuskey provides clarification on the impact of Governor Holcomb’s stay-at-home order on students.
March 23 2020

Additional COVID-19 guidance for faculty and staff

Vice President for HR Bill Bell provides clarification on the impact of Gov. Holcomb’s stay-at-home order on campus operations.
March 22 2020

A video message for students from President Daniels

President Daniels welcomes students back to their studies after spring break and provides an update on the status of campus operations.
March 19 2020

COVID-19 research guidance from Theresa Mayer, Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships

Purdue researchers should continue to take action to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
March 19 2020

COVID-19 updates from President Daniels and Provost Akridge

Through April 6, we ask faculty and staff to continue to:
• Stay home if you are sick.
• Work remotely if you can.
• Practice safe social distancing if you must be on campus.
• Step up to assist in areas that may be experiencing added responsibilities and stress.
March 17 2020

Commencement announcement from President Daniels

President Daniels announces that Purdue will be unable to conduct traditional in-person May commencement ceremonies.
March 16 2020

COVID-19 Update: Remote learning to continue through end of semester

Purdue will move to remote learning for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester, including the final exam period.
March 12 2020

COVID-19 update from Provost Jay Akridge

We are eager to return to the normal business of Purdue as soon as it is medically and scientifically justified.
March 11 2020

A personal message to students from President Daniels

We never lose sight of the fact that providing you a top-quality, rigorous, useful education — “higher education at the highest proven value,” as we say — is the reason this institution exists.
March 10 2020

Important COVID-19 message from President Daniels and Provost Akridge

We continue to make decisions in our precaution-containment-continuity framework, with our overarching focus on health and safety — especially for those in high risk categories.
March 5 2020

Purdue suspends all international study abroad spring break programs

Purdue suspends all university-sponsored student travel to international locations over the upcoming spring break period.
March 2 2020

Coronavirus preparation update from President Daniels and Provost Akridge

We are discussing, planning and taking all necessary actions to protect the safety of our faculty, staff, students and visitors against possible threats, likely or unlikely.
February 26 2020

Purdue suspends university-sponsored travel to additional countries

Purdue’s commitment to the health and safety of its community has led the university to take the precaution of canceling all university-sponsored travel to countries the CDC has listed as level 2 and level 3 risks for coronavirus.
February 4 2020

Coronavirus monitoring guidelines

New travel guidance and monitoring guidelines for those who have recently entered the United States from China have been released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Department of State (DOS).
February 1 2020

Purdue suspends travel to China

Purdue suspends all university-sponsored trips to China based on the U.S. State Department’s Level 4: Do Not Travel Advisory because of the novel coronavirus.
January 24 2020

University monitoring novel coronavirus; no reported campus cases

Purdue University’s Public Health Emergency Planning Committee is actively monitoring the status of novel coronavirus 2019 (2019-nCoV).