Student Handbook

Welcome PNW students!

It is a pleasure and a privilege to welcome you to Purdue University Northwest. We are located in the Northwest region of the state of Indiana, with two beautiful campuses (Hammond and Westville), and the 330-acre Gabis Arboretum with wetlands, prairies, formal gardens and oak preserves.

This Student Handbook was created to serve as a resource and guidebook for all our students. It is a compilation of policies and procedures from the various departments and offices at PNW. The Handbook will acquaint you with the rules and regulations of the University and will help you navigate your path towards your Purdue University Northwest degree!

The information in this Handbook includes, but is not limited to, tutoring services, student support administrative offices, the Honor Code, student employment, financial aid, the Counseling Center, the Office of the Dean of Students, Veteran Services, and the Disability Access Center. These and other services and support programs are provided to ensure your academic and personal success. Please take advantage of them!

If you have any questions or need assistance in other matters, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

I wish you the best in your educational endeavors, and may you have a rewarding and productive experience at Purdue Northwest.

Joy L. Colwell
Professor of Organizational Leadership and Supervision
Interim Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs


Purdue University Northwest recognizes and respects the legal rights and protections guaranteed by the U.S. and Indiana Constitutions.

Students are required to abide by the laws of the state of Indiana and of the United States as well as the rules and regulations of Purdue University Northwest, to conduct themselves in accordance with accepted standards of social behavior, to respect the rights of others, and to refrain from any conduct that tends to obstruct the work of the University or to be injurious to the welfare of the University.

Academic Resources

Explore everything you need to thrive academically at PNW! Planning your major, finding your advisor, arranging tutoring—the resources are all here!


College of Business

L. Hamer, Dean

Hammond Campus:  Anderson Building 356, (219) 989-2595
Westville Campus:  Technology Building 186, (219) 785-5263

College of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences

E. Carey, Dean

Hammond Campus:  Classroom Office Building 152, (219) 989-2401
Westville Campus:  Technology Building 341, (219) 785-5647

College of Engineering and Science

K. Holford, Dean

Hammond Campus: Gyte Building 181, (219) 989-2468
Westville Campus:  Schwarz Building 160, (219) 785-5736

College of Nursing

L. Hopp, Dean

Hammond Campus:  Classroom Office Building 313, (219) 989-2814
Westville Campus:  Technology Building 357, (219) 785-5454

College of Technology

N. Latif, Dean

Hammond Campus:  Anderson Building 202, (219) 989-8324
Westville Campus:  Technology Building 269, (219) 785-5619

Honors College

M. Lynn, Interim Dean

Hammond Campus:  Student Union Library 320, (219) 989-3160
Westville Campus:  Library Student Faculty 069, (219) 785-5366

The responsibility for all academic decisions belongs to the student.

Purdue University Northwest recognizes academic advising as a critical component of the educational experience of students. Upon admission to the university, all students are assigned to an academic advisor. Academic advisors at Purdue University Northwest are committed to providing students accurate and timely academic advisement delivered through academic departments and colleges, as well as through Exploratory Advising.

Through collaborative relationships with assigned academic advisors, students learn to define and implement strategic and efficient educational plans that are consistent with their personal values, goals, abilities and career plans. Effectiveness in advising requires that students and advisors jointly engage in this process together. It is recommended that students consult with their advisors at least once a semester to clarify effective progress towards a degree.  Academic Advisors also serve as a resource to students in many other ways, including assisting students in:

  • Clarifying life and career goals
  • Assessing individual academic abilities
  • Developing suitable educational plans
  • Selecting appropriate courses and complementary educational experiences
  • Interpreting institutional requirements
  • Enhancing awareness of available educational resources (such as internship opportunities, honors curriculum, service learning, experiential learning, supplemental instruction, and tutoring programs)
  • Evaluating progress toward established goals
  • Assisting with completing degree requirements in a timely manner
  • Identifying barriers to academic success
  • Seeking out and referring to support services in the institution and the community

Location: Hammond Campus: Gyte Building, room 102
Westville Campus: Library-Student-Faculty (LSF) Building, room 202

Phone: Hammond: 219/989-3227; Westville: 219/785-5628



Student Academic Support (SAS) provides Supplemental Instruction (SI), and Walk-in Tutoring to PNW students on both the Hammond and Westville campuses.

  • Supplemental Instruction is offered to all students enrolled in specific undergraduate courses. SI sessions are interactive review sessions and are facilitated by an SI Leader (a student that has already successfully completed the class and sits in on it again with you) usually twice per week. This is not a developmental program; it provides students with an opportunity to reinforce concepts with students that are at all levels of understanding. Students actively participate, ask questions, learn new study techniques, compare notes and predict test items with other students from the course.
  • Walk-in tutoring is a drop-in tutoring service conducted in small groups by peer tutors. No appointment is needed and schedules are available online or by visiting the SAS office on your campus.

SAS is also a major employer for academically successful students seeking on-campus employment as tutors and/or SI leaders. For more information, call or visit the Student Academic Support website.

Campus Resources

PNW has dozens of resources to serve you on campus and help you embrace student life! From paying your bills to joining students organization, see what’s possible at PNW.


Hammond Campus
Location: Student Union & Library – 343
Hours: Monday – Friday | 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Westville Campus
Location: Schwarz – 35D
Hours: Tuesday & Thursday  | 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Phone:  (219) 989-8414
Fax: (219) 989-2179

The mission of the 21st Century Scholars Collegiate Support Program is to provide quality academic support programs and services that will enhance the academic progress and personal development of every 21st Century Scholar enrolled at Purdue University Northwest. Through collaboration and integration with campus resources, programs and services are designed to enhance each Scholar’s overall development, well-being, and undergraduate experience.