Memo to Student Workers and Student Worker Supervisors

March 24, 2020

A PNW student in the classroom

Information for Student Workers and Student Worker Supervisors:

During this time of change and uncertainty, the university has not forgotten the important role you play as a student staff member at Purdue Northwest. We also know that your employment plays a valuable role in your education. We appreciate you and want to let you know that we understand how difficult the rest of the semester may be for you.

We know that you depend upon your employment on campus and we are dedicated to finding ways for you to continue in your position where possible. Also, we know that some of you will need to decide whether or not to return to your campus job. We hope this note will help you make that decision and provide you with additional information.

As of today, on-campus housing and the availability of campus amenities are limited, and student services are going to be delivered remotely for the foreseeable future (at least through the end of the spring semester). All PNW buildings are now closed to the public and most staff members are working remotely.

These factors rightfully weigh on our ability to keep offices fully operational and to serve our university community. We write today to let you know that if you decide to not return to your job because you feel it is unsafe to do so, we absolutely respect that decision. Choosing not to continue your employment on campus at this time will not impact your future student employment with PNW.

On the other hand, so many of you rely on the pay and experiences you are receiving through your PNW employment. We have been telling all Purdue Northwest faculty and staff to adhere to the following principles:

  • If you feel sick, do not come to campus.
  • If your job permits you to work remotely, and your supervisor approves it, please do so.
  • If you cannot work remotely, and your job is considered essential, you may come to campus as long as your supervisor approves it and you can maintain adequate distancing, and follow the guidelines for safe work on campus.

All students, faculty and staff who are returning from travel outside of Indiana must follow the rules for accessing campus spaces. If you are interested in continuing your job, you must first discuss your return with your supervisor to determine whether you can safely do so or whether remote work is a viable option.

We know that the current reduction of campus services and operations has changed the needs of many campus departments. Therefore, no matter how highly we value your contributions, it simply may not be possible to have students return to all campus positions.

Please reach out to discuss further with your supervisor. They know your job circumstances the best and can offer you guidance as you make your decision about whether to return (and whether you might work remotely). If you still have questions, you can contact PNW Human Resources at hr@pnw.edu or (219) 989-2251.

Federal Work-Study Students

Of course, this decision is even more difficult for those of you working jobs under the Federal Work-Study program. It is our hope that many of you will be able to continue your work (whether remotely or in a safe way at your place of employment). If it is not feasible for you to do so, then please contact the Office of Financial Aid at finaid@pnw.edu or (219) 989-2301.

Finally, please keep up to date on all the updates from Chancellor Keon and other PNW authorities by reading your email and checking the PNW COVID-19 Guide on the website regularly. We wish you only the best for the coming weeks, and remember that PNW students Power Onward!

Sincerely,

Stephen R. Turner

Vice Chancellor, Finance and Administration