PNW Graduate Studies COVID-19 Guide

Below is a list of frequently asked questions, resources, and policy updates created for graduate students and faculty.  University-wide updates and information can be found on the PNW and Coronavirus (COVID-19) page.

In these unprecedented times, updates occur frequently.  Please continue to stay aware of new developments by checking these pages regularly and keeping in touch with your advisor.

Frequently Asked Questions

For the Spring 2021 semester, the Graduate Studies Office will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.  We are requesting that students please make an appointment before dropping off documents.  You can contact the office at (219) 989-2257.

Please note that wearing a face covering is mandatory while in Lawshe Hall.  Please continue to practice social distancing.

You can call the Graduate Studies Office at (219) 989-2257 or email our staff at grad@pnw.edu.

 

Contact your Academic Advisor or the Graduate Chair of your department.

Please contact the Graduate Studies Office at (219) 989-2257 or grad@pnw.edu.

 

Please check with the chair of your departmental graduate program, major professor or department head for department specific requirements.

Yes, it will be possible assuming social distancing rules can be followed and everyone wears a mask. It is possible to do these virtually, and many students met virtually this past semester. It is up to you and the individuals that serve on your committee on how you would like to proceed. You might have individuals that have medical conditions that preclude them from coming to campus, and they might need to be virtual.

  • Allowances for second deferments, case-by-case review
  • Allowances for three semesters of eligibility to register to be extended (due to lack of enrollment) – case by case review

Yes, many departments are offering courses that will be held on campus and virtually.  Please check with your department. Some courses will be offered in a hybrid format, meaning that there will be a combination of face-to-face and online work. Due to Homeland Security restrictions, at this time, three credits is the maximum – taken online – for residential international students this fall. Check with your department to see what they will have available for the fully online options.

Newly admitted international graduate students admitted for Spring 2021 or Summer 2021 may ask to defer their admission to Spring 2021, Summer 2021, or Fall 2021 for any reason. To defer to a later semester requires that a new application to be submitted. Admitted international graduate students who wish to defer their admission to a later semester must request that, in writing, to their departments. If approved by the department, the student’s request must be forwarded to the Office of Graduate Admissions so that the deferral may be processed and a new I-20 may be issued.

Newly admitted domestic graduate students admitted for Spring 2021 have the ability (without asking for a deferral) to register for Spring 2021, Summer 2021, or Fall 2021.  If they need to start their programs in Spring 2022, they must ask for a deferral by requesting a change to that date in writing to their department.  Likewise, newly admitted domestic graduate students admitted for Summer 2021 have the ability (without asking for a deferral) to register for Summer 2021, Fall 2021, or Spring 2021.  If they need to start their programs in Summer 2022, they must ask for a deferral  by requesting a change to that date in writing to their department.  In both cases, if approved, their department must forward the request to the Office of Graduate Admissions so that the deferral may be processed.

COVID-19 Policy Adjustment: For both of these above cases, the Graduate School will consider a second deferral — if the department requests on your behalf— on a case-by-case basis for admitted students who are unable to matriculate to the Purdue University Graduate School due to COVID-19-related reasons.

Currently enrolled students needing to defer registrations: If a current graduate student wishes to take a break from their program, they have three sessions of eligibility to register before they would have to re-apply for readmission into a program. Summer counts as a session. Students who do not register in their graduate program for three consecutive sessions will be asked to re-apply to continue study.

COVID-19 Policy Adjustment: The Graduate School will consider an extension beyond three semesters — if the department requests on your behalf— on a case-by-case, basis for US citizens, permanent residents, and international students. International students must work with the International Students and Scholars office to regain status when they are able to resume their graduate programs.

If you are a graduate student and you test positive for COVID-19, please contact Sue Miller in Human Resources at (219) 989-2254 (stmiller@pnw.edu).  Students are not required to inform instructors or classmates directly.  The Office of the Dean of Students will make appropriate arrangements with instructors for students to make up class work.

Yes, it will be possible assuming social distancing rules can be followed and everyone wears a mask. It is possible to do these virtually, and many students met virtually this past semester. It is up to you and the individuals that serve on your committee on how you would like to proceed. You might have individuals that have medical conditions that preclude them from coming to campus, and they might need to be virtual.