Protect Purdue updates for the Spring 2023 semester 

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Purdue community has continued to demonstrate personal responsibility as outlined in the Protect Purdue Pledge. The Protect Purdue Pledge outlines how students, faculty and staff can continue to take responsibility for their own health, protect others and protect the campus community by helping stop the spread of COVID-19 and other infections. 

The Protect Purdue Medical Advisory Team will continue to encourage personal responsibility with the start of the 2023 Spring semester as we make the following updates to our COVID-19 procedures.

Starting Jan. 1, the following changes will take effect:

  • The Purdue University Student Health Center will facilitate isolation and quarantine housing requests for students. Limited university isolation housing is reserved for students who live in University Residences and live beyond a four-hour drive to campus. For isolation or quarantine questions, PUSH should be contacted via email at A limited amount of housing space has been reserved during the 2022-23 academic year and will be allocated based primarily on distance and/or whether students can safely execute their personal isolation plan.
  • PUSH will only provide COVID-19 testing to students who are exhibiting symptoms. Otherwise, at-home tests are encouraged. Students can schedule an appointment at PUSH by calling 765-494-1700 or through the online scheduling portal.
  • The Office of the Dean of Students will no longer provide absence letters if a student tests positive for COVID-19. Students who test positive should still notify their instructors and work with them individually to complete missing work. 
  • Academic case managers will no longer be assigned to students who test positive for COVID-19. For unavoidable class absences, Purdue’s Academic Regulations state “the student bears the responsibility of informing the instructor in a timely fashion” and “the instructor bears the responsibility of trying to accommodate the student either by excusing the student or allowing the student to make up work, when possible.”  Students who experience any type of extended health issue would benefit from engagement with the Academic Success Center.  

As a reminder, if you test positive using an at-home COVID-19 test, you should execute your personal isolation plan and stay away from others as much as possible. If you must be around others, wear a face mask. You can calculate your isolation period using the CDC calculator. If a student needs to schedule a test, contact PUSH at 765-494-1700. Faculty and staff can schedule a test through the Center for Healthy Living.  

The Protect Purdue Medical Advisory Team encourages anyone fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to submit proof of vaccination. While Purdue is not requiring the COVID-19 vaccine or the updated booster, it is strongly encouraged.