PNW and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Purdue University Northwest has returned to in-person learning and campus life! We continue to monitor COVID-19 guidelines, and we ask members of the PNW community to follow our testing and isolation protocols if they show symptoms or test positive for COVID.

Face coverings are optional on campus. Feel free to wear a face covering if it makes you comfortable, but it is no longer required as part of general campus life.

A lion sculpture near the Nils K. Nelson Bioscience Innovation Building

COVID Exposure and Testing Protocols

See what to do if you receive positive COVID-19 test results, are exposed to COVID-19 or begin experiencing symptoms.

See Exposure and Testing Protocols

Frequently Asked Questions

Campus Life

Face masks are optional for students, faculty and staff at Purdue University Northwest. Feel free to wear a face covering if it makes you comfortable, but it is no longer required as part of general campus life.

Classes, labs, advising and faculty office hours have returned to regular operations, which means the majority are being held in person. Some classes or programs may include virtual options, but Purdue Northwest has returned to in-person instruction and campus life!

PNW anticipates a full, in-person schedule of campus events and gatherings, without limitations on crowds. The university will continue to monitor COVID-19 guidelines, but we’re excited for a fun slate of campus activities.

PNW continues to disinfect public areas including classrooms and labs nightly, as well as wiping down surfaces in public areas and entranceways with disinfectant daily as we conduct our cleaning and servicing. Disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizers are available in all those areas as well. These practices have become part of our PNW cleaning standards.

Vaccinations

The COVID-19 vaccine is NOT mandatory, but health officials strongly encourage those who are eligible to receive the vaccine.

Students of the College of Nursing should be aware that some clinic settings and facilities are requiring student nurses to be vaccinated or to have frequent COVID-19 testing. The College of Nursing continues to assess clinical compliance requirements.

COVID Symptoms and Positive Test Results

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, get tested and stay home. If the test is positive, follow the guidelines for testing positive.

Looking for free COVID-19 testing options? Every home in the United States can order free at-home through the Covid.gov site.

See How to Order Free COVID Tests

If You Test Positive for COVID-19, Isolate

  • Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, should stay home for 5 days.
  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can return to campus.
  • Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.

If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.

Reporting Positive Cases

Students, faculty, and staff are no longer required to report positive COVID-19 cases or exposures. You are encouraged to monitor for symptoms and isolate when necessary.

As a reminder, the Office of the Dean of Students can assist students who experience any illness, including Covid-19. Dean of Students’ advocates can collect medical information and verify circumstances for instructors so that students don’t need to share medical or other sensitive information with multiple instructors. Note that excusing absences and missed work is at the discretion of the instructor; the Office of the Dean of Students does not have the authority to excuse absences.

Contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 219-989-4141 (Hammond) or 219-785-5230 (Westville), or at dos@pnw.edu.

If you have been boosted or completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months or Completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last 2 months

  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days.
  • Test on day 5
    • If the test is negative, continue to come to campus and follow masking protocol.
    • If the test is positive, follow the positive testing protocols above.

If you develop symptoms, get a test and stay home.

If you completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 6 months ago and are not boosted or completed the primary series of J&J over 2 months ago and are not boosted or are unvaccinated

  • Quarantine by staying home for 5 days.
  • Test on day 5.
    • If the test is negative, continue to come to campus and follow masking protocol.
    • If the test is positive, follow the positive testing protocols above.

If you develop symptoms, get a test and stay home.