Policies

See PNW’s official policies for academic integrity, free speech and more.

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Student Handbook

A resource and guidebook for all our students, PNW’s Student Handbook compiles resources from across the university to help you navigate your path toward a Purdue University Northwest degree!

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University Policies (General)

Alcohol and Drug-Free Campus and Workplace Policy
See the comprehensive policy aimed at providing a safe and healthful campus and workplace.

Operating Procedures for Programs Involving Minors
See guidelines for making safety the highest priority for programs and activities involving minors as participants.

Parking Regulations and Enforcement
See the guidelines governing campus parking, from fines to traffic regulations.

Public Posting Policy and Locations
Several public display boards, kiosks, and areas are available on campus and will be labeled as such.  Be advised all public display areas will be cleared at the end of each semester.

Smoke Free Policy
In order to promote a healthy learning and work environment, the Hammond and Westville campuses of Purdue University Northwest are total smoke and tobacco free environments.

Academic and Student Life Policies

Academic Regulations
The academic regulations section of the academic catalog addresses topics such as academic standing, grading scale, student classification and more.

Academic Integrity Policy
Academic integrity is one of the highest values PNW holds, and all members of the university community are expected to be honest and ethical in their academic work. See the policy and procedures for appeals of alleged academic dishonesty.

Bill of Student Rights
See our commitment to student rights, freedom of expression and open inquiry.

Classroom Civility
PNW is dedicated to a culture of mutual respect and civility among students, faculty, and staff. View PNW’s full Classroom Civility policy.

Grade Appeals Policy
See the official procedures for student grade appeals at PNW.

Grief Absence Policy for Students
See the rights for students facing the loss of a family member.

Military Service Excusal Policy
See the rights for students required by their military contract to attend mandatory training.

Student Code of Conduct
See the regulations governing student conduct, disciplinary proceedings and appeals.

Student Complaint Policy
See the process for submitting a complaint to the office of the Dean of Students.

Student Complaint Procedure
Review the procedure for submitting a complaint and submit information to the Dean of Students.

Undergraduate Course Section Cancellation Policy and Procedure
See guidelines and deadlines for canceling undergraduate courses and communicating changes to students.

Health, Safety and Security Policies

Emergency Guides and Procedures
PNW is committed to maintaining up-to-date emergency and evacuation procedures and ensuring that all segments of the university community are aware of the appropriate actions to take in case of an emergency.

COVID-19 Preparedness
To keep our students, faculty, staff, and community safe, all members of the campus community are required by the university to follow the current health and safety protocols as outlined on the PNW and Coronavirus website. If you test positive for COVID-19, please contact Colin Fewer, Dean of Students at (219) 989-4141 or through email at fewer@pnw.edu.

Equal Opportunity Policies

Anti-Harassment Policy (Non Title IX)
See guidelines governing harassment and intolerance in the university community.

Equal Opportunity, Equal Access and Affirmative Action
See university guidelines addressing diversity and discrimination.

Ethics Statement 
See an overarching declaration informing conduct, enforcement and accountability.

Free Speech and Open Expression Policy
See guidelines that facilitate robust debate and the free exchange of ideas at Purdue University Northwest

Nondiscrimination Policy Statement
PNW is committed to maintaining a community which recognizes and values the inherent worth and dignity of every person; fosters tolerance, sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect among its members; and encourages each individual to strive to reach his or her potential.  See the official university statement regarding diversity and discrimination.

Technology Use Policies

Acceptable Use of IT Resources and Information Assets
See the guidelines governing acceptable use of Purdue information assets and IT resources.

Email Policy
See policies and regulation for the usage of official university email accounts.

Mass Email Distribution Acceptable Use Policy
See guidelines governing the use of distribution lists to large groups at PNW.