What if I have a medical condition that makes me vulnerable to serious illness if I contract COVID-19 but still want to come to campus? (updated June 15)

For fall 2020, students will have the choice to remain home and participate in the Fall 2020 Online Option Experience or join the residential campus experience and follow the Protect Purdue Plan.  Every student should make an informed decision on whether to enroll in the online option or take classes in-person. There are heightened and unpredictable health risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.  Risks include exposure to asymptomatic carriers of the virus, as well as virus transfer through face-to-face communications and sharing spaces with others. In some cases, Purdue may recommend that students seriously consider the fully online learning option. Ultimately, the final decision resides with the individual student and their health care provider.

Students who choose to be on-campus for fall 2020 but have concerns about an underlying medical condition should complete a Request for Consultation (C-19) form to seek adjustments to their on-campus living or learning environments.  Students in this category include those who by diagnosis are immunosuppressed or those who, because of a medical treatment plan, including medication, may have a suppressed immune system. Purdue’s Disability Resource Center (DRC) will arrange to review your medical records. Students desiring a consultation will need to provide medical records that reflect current status, diagnosis, treatment plan and prescribed current medications. 

For the best experience, students should initiate this process as early as possible and have recent medical documentation ready to facilitate a prompt and careful review of their needs. 

Please note that this process is not the same as disability-related accommodations. This process is designed to work through exposure-based concerns of a student who, despite having an underlying medical condition, has decided to physically attend classes in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Should a student’s pre-existing conditions be exacerbated by exposure, it could move the student’s situation into the traditional stream of disability related accommodations, which require a more comprehensive understanding of the student’s medical condition to permit a thorough analysis of potential accommodations.  Additional medical documentation may be required. Please visit the DRC website for more information.