Chronology of Purdue’s Response to COVID-19

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.

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.

June 10, 2020
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.

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 wearing of face masks, is announced in order to help those who must be on campus protect others and themselves.

May 20, 2020
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.

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 20, 2020
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.

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 15, 2020
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.

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.

May 5, 2020
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.

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 21, 2020
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.

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 6, 2020
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.

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 31, 2020
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.

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
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.

Spring 2020 semester updates for students

Dean of Students Katie Sermersheim advises students on campus changes for the remainder of the spring semester, including residence hall move-out and campus services.

March 22, 2020
March 22, 2020

COVID-19: updates for faculty and staff

President Daniels provides an update to faculty and staff on the status of campus operations, including the launch of the Purdue COVID-19 Information Center.

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 22, 2020
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.

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 19, 2020
March 17, 2020

Commencement announcement from President Daniels

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

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 16, 2020
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.

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 11, 2020
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.

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 5, 2020
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.

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 26, 2020
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).

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.

February 1, 2020
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).