PNW and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Your health and safety is our top priority. See how PNW is Powering Onward in response to COVID-19.

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Current Status

Interacting today with Purdue University Northwest? Here’s what to expect.

  • All courses are remote.
  • Masks are required indoors, private offices excepted.

See the Full Guide

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PNW Announces Plans for Fall Semester

Following months of work from PNW’s Safe Return to Campus Task Force, the university has shared with students, faculty and staff plans for welcoming students back, in person and virtually, for the fall 2020 semester.

See the Fall 2020 Announcement

COVID Resources For...

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Stay on track for your goals—see how PNW is planning a safe return to campus.

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Explore resources for working and teaching as PNW looks ahead to the fall semester.

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See guidelines and best practices as PNW begins its phased return.

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Need to visit PNW? Ensure a safe experience for you and the PNW community.

Show Your Pride. Share Responsibility.

Help keep our community safe! These simple steps limit the spread of COVID-19.

  • You must wear a mask when you are in a building, hallway, classroom, laboratory, washroom or common area. This simple act can help limit the spread of the virus. Masks also remind others to continue practicing social distancing.If you are outdoors, you do not have to wear a mask, but social distancing still applies. Similarly, faculty and staff members do not have to wear a mask in their own office.

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Another strong step to limit the spread of COVID-19 is to practice social distancing, keeping a distance of about 6 feet from others.

From limiting social gatherings and non-essential workers to pursuing a hybrid approach to Fall 2020 classes, we are building social distancing into PNW’s phased approach to a safe return to campus.

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Cleaning and disinfecting will be an important aspect of reducing exposure risks associated with COVID-19.

Remember, clean hands keep you healthy! Be sure to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

When the university incrementally reopens, all campus community members will be asked to take part in minimizing risk of exposure and preventing the spread by cleaning and disinfecting the various areas of campus.

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Your health and safety is our top priority. If you are not feeling well, please stay home, immediately contact your medical provider and follow their directions.


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GLIAC Council of Presidents Votes to Suspend All Sports Competition

Following a thorough evaluation of all COVID-19 risks and safety protocols the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Council of Presidents and Chancellors voted unanimously on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 to suspend all sports competition until January 1, 2021

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PNW COVID-19 Test Results Committee

PNW has established a Test Results Committee to help manage COVID-19 exposure on our campus. This committee will be the point of contact to report COVID-19 cases on our campus.

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PNW Redefines Off-Campus Experiential Learning with Remote Knowledge Labs

PNW’s School of Engineering and College of Technology are developing special Remote Knowledge Labs to promote effective, immersive, hands-on learning experiences this fall.

Frequently Asked Questions

On Campus

As of July 6, Lawshe Hall and the Student Union Library Building on the Hammond Campus will be unlocked in designated areas and open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Similarly, Schwarz Hall and the Library Student Faculty Building on the Westville Campus will be unlocked in designated areas and open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you’re coming to any of these buildings for official university business, we recommend contacting the relevant department to learn more about their operating procedures during Phase One of PNW’s Safe Return to Campus.

Staff working in other campus buildings will use their I.D. for access at designated entrances. Students will not have access to other buildings at this time unless arranged for by staff or faculty.

If assistance is needed, please contact Facilities Services at (219) 989-2285.

The libraries and computer labs on both campuses will be closed for in-person use. Electronic resources and services are available 24/7 through our website. We also have “Chat with a Librarian” available to help with research questions during regular business hours.

Explore Library Resources

  • The intercampus shuttle has been discontinued due to health and safety concerns.
  • At this time, the South Shore to Hammond campus shuttle bus service is not operating, until further notice.
  • In accordance with the Indiana State Department of Health’s social-distancing requirements, the PNW Hammond Shuttle will transport only six passengers at a time. Advanced reservations are required and will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis.

See the Schedule and Reservation Process

Until further guidance is received, a face covering should be used as described below. An account has been established for the purchase of COVID19 personal-protection equipment. Please contact your department business manager for details.

PNW Face Covering Protocol for All On-Site Campus Members

  1. When you are in a building, hallway, classroom, laboratory, washroom, common area, you must wear a face covering.
  2. If you are faculty or staff member, and in your own office, you do not have to wear a face covering. When you leave your office and are in the hallway, your face covering must be on. When you are visiting another Purdue Northwest office, you must wear a face covering.
  3. If you are outdoors, you do not have to wear a face covering, but social distancing still applies.
  4. If you are at an outdoor event, with multiple participants, you must wear your face covering.

See the Full Face Covering Update

Health and COVID-19

Anyone undergoing a self-quarantine should follow the CDC’s self-quarantine guidelines:

Stay home for 14 days from the time you left an area with widespread, ongoing community spread (for international travelers to Purdue, that means areas with a CDC level 3 travel advisory for coronavirus) and practice social distancing.

Take these steps to monitor your health and practice social distancing:

  • Take your temperature with a thermometer twice a day and monitor for fever. Also, watch for cough or trouble breathing.
  • Stay home and avoid contact with others.  Do not go to work or school for this 14-day period.
  • Do not take public transportation, taxis or ride shares during the time you are practicing social distancing.
  • Avoid crowded places such as shopping centers and movie theaters and limit your activities in public.
  • Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).

If you get sick with a fever of 100.4F / 38C or higher, cough, or have trouble breathing:

  • Seek medical care. Call ahead before you go a doctor’s office or emergency room.
  • Tell your doctor about your recent travel and symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.

For additional questions on monitoring your health, contact your health care provider or local public health officials.

This page offers guidance for institutes of higher education regarding administration, cleaning and travel

While CDC guidance does not indicate that COVID 19 can become a systemic pollutant in a building’s heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) system, PNW is taking measures to enhance indoor air quality in facilities.

See PNW’s Air Quality Measures

The CDC recommends several practical things that you can do to protect vulnerable family members from your own work activities. These practices include the basics associated with practicing good social distance practices, wearing a face mask, frequent hand-washing, and avoiding public transportation.

See More CDC Guidelines 

PNW is following guidelines from the Indiana State Department of Health as to when a student, faculty or staff member can return to school after developing symptoms, receiving test results or coming into close contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19.

See Return to Campus Guidelines (PDF)

Prospective Students

Yes. Applications are currently being processed as usual. Additionally, we haven’t experienced any delays in regard to releasing decisions.

Learn More About PNW Admissions During COVID-19

Your health and safety is important to us. Due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), in-person campus visits are canceled until further notice. In the meantime, we encourage you to enjoy our virtual admissions information sessions. You can also set up a virtual appointment with an admissions representative.

We are waiving our $25 fee for undergraduate applications through August 1!

Learn More About PNW Admissions During COVID-19 

PNW is test optional for the Fall 2020 and Fall 2021 admissions cycle. This means that for students applying to be part of the university’s class of 2024 and 2025, the SAT and ACT standardized tests are not required. There will be no advantage for students who choose to take the tests, and no penalty for those who choose to not take the tests.

Learn More About PNW Admissions During COVID-19