Protect Purdue

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Last Update: January 22, 2021

Latest Updates

PassProof and Healow tools launching for spring semester: Two new tools are rolling out for students and employees to help make the COVID-19 testing and, when needed, quarantine and isolation processes smoother during the spring semester. 

President Daniels welcome back message: In welcoming Boilermakers back to campus, President Daniels reminds our campus that all the practices that got us through the fall will be every bit as important this spring and announces a new daylong academic program on Inauguration Day.

Purdue monitoring returning student positivity rates, new strains of COVID-19; surveillance testing ramps up for spring semester: University leaders continue to monitor closely the evolving COVID-19 situation and share a series of Protect Purdue updates as the spring semester begins.

Update: COVID-19 Vaccines: The state of Indiana continues to issue and update guidelines for COVID-19 vaccine eligibility and distribution throughout Indiana. Working in coordination with the state and with local health experts, Purdue’s COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Task Force has provided an update on state plans.

Tippecanoe County in 'Red' status: The state of Indiana has placed Tippecanoe County in ‘Red’ status based on very high COVID-19 positivity rates and community spread, resulting in a firm cap of 25 people for attendance at all indoor and outdoor events. 

Updated: Spring Events Guidelines: Guidelines for on- and off-campus events during the spring 2021 semester.

Remote work best practices: Guidelines and best practices to help alleviate some of the challenges associated with managing remote workloads and participating in virtual meetings. HR provides additional remote work resources.

May 2021 Commencement: In-person commencement will return in May 2021; Spring ’21 commencement for undergraduate and professional candidates will be held at Ross-Ade Stadium.

Updates from Human Resources: The majority of staff will continue under the same work location status — whether remote, hybrid or 100% on campus — through the spring semester. Vulnerability workplace accommodations will remain in place through the spring semester; changes or new requests can be made with HR.

Spring Return-to-Campus Testing Details: All undergraduate students in the spring 2021 residential option, as well as all West Lafayette-bound graduate and professional program students, are required to be tested for COVID-19 and be cleared for campus access by the Protect Purdue Health Center before the start of the spring semester.

Spring Travel Guidelines: Guidance for the spring semester is now available; will be reviewed again by January 25, 2021.

Spring Visitor Guidelines: Units are encouraged to delay or cancel any invited visitors through the spring 2021 semester; these guidelines will be reviewed again by January 25, 2021.

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.

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

Additional details and guidance are shared in the messages below.