Protect Purdue

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Last Update: October 16, 2020

Latest Updates

Return-to-Campus COVID-19 Testing Plans: Students planning to experience the spring 2021 semester in-person will be required to be tested for COVID-19 before arriving; specific details will be shared by Nov. 15.

Spring 2021 Alternative Academic Calendar: 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.

Flu Vaccination Required Fall 2020: The annual influenza vaccination is required for students, faculty and staff as a condition to being on campus; upload your documentation of having received the flu shot following these instructions.

Surveillance Testing Plan for Students, Faculty and Staff: 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.

Guidelines for Eating and Drinking on Campus: Eating and drinking near others is a very high-risk activity; these guidelines detail allowable and prohibited locations for eating and drinking, as well as general guidance for doing so safely.

Travel Guidelines: Updated Oct. 16, 2020: Travel restrictions in place 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.

December Commencement: Winter commencement ceremonies will be held on-demand; a decision on May 2020 commencement will be made by Dec. 5, if possible.

Protect Purdue Pledge violations added to Student Code of Conduct: 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.

Update on return-to-campus testing and after-travel guidance for faculty and staff: Employees returning to campus after out-of-state travel after July 31 and throughout the fall semester are encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 upon return; who live in Indiana are not required to be tested before the start of the semester.

Remote Work Procedures: Several new remote work resources and procedures are in place, including two forms that must be completed by August 31.

Face Mask Protocols: Required safe health protocols include face masks, distancing, robust personal hygiene for anyone who must be on campus.

Event Guidelines: New guidelines issued for on- and off-campus events during the Fall 2020 semester.

Visitor Guidelines: New guidelines encourage units to delay or cancel any invited visitors through the Fall 2020 semester.

Additional details and guidance are shared in the messages below.