PNW and Coronavirus (Covid-19)

At Purdue University Northwest, the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and guests is our top priority. Follow this page for official updates on how PNW is responding to novel coronavirus/COVID-19.

I want to take this opportunity after two weeks of work after spring break to thank everybody—faculty, students and staff—for all that you’re doing and for the amazing patience you’ve had during this period.

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Dear Colleagues:

The university was notified by Chartwells that a delivery driver for one of its vendors tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was briefly on the Westville campus on March 24 to make a delivery in the cafeteria.

We have not received direct notification from public-health officials and believe the chance of transmission on account of these circumstances are low. Please be reminded the delivery took place two weeks after face-to-face instructional activities had been suspended on campus.

All in the campus community are reminded to be alert to COVID-19 symptoms, including cough, fever or shortness of breath. Please also remember to take precautions, practice social distancing when possible and wash your hands often.

Please visit the PNW COVID-19 Guide for information from the CDC and other resources. The campus community is reminded that anyone who feels ill should not come to campus and should seek advice from their medical provider.

Stephen R. Turner
Vice Chancellor, Finance and Administration

Hello PNW! I want to take this opportunity after two weeks of work after spring break to thank everybody—faculty, students and staff—for all that you’re doing and for the amazing patience you’ve had during this period.

I know that many, many people are working virtually. As I spend much of my day Zooming, I know that many of you are on Blackboard, Brightspace or maybe on Zoom as well. Please know that there are many staff members that are working diligently. There’s much for us to do.

As I sit in my office, I can see 20 vehicles in the parking lot outside. These are people who continue to work on our Nils K. Nelson Bioscience Innovation Building. I bring this up in part because it gives us hope. It lets us see that there is a day ahead of us that’s different than sitting at home maybe studying, maybe being a little bored, or maybe playing games on your computer or on your phone. There is a future ahead of us.

For our students, I’d like you to keep in mind that there are great opportunities to get advising virtually, as well as an opportunity to register. For people who started fall 2018 or thereafter, MyPNW plan is available to you. This service allows you to take a look at what you’ve taken towards your degree and what you still need to take. It can help you think through what you want to register for this coming fall.

There are many of you who can take advantage of financial aid, but to do that, we know you have to do the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. We need you to work with your parents. Believe it or not, half of our students that are eligible to get aid just are not filling out the FAFSA in order to be able to be eligible.

On campus, there are very few people, there’s an opportunity if you wish to go to the Student Union and Library Building on the Hammond campus. On the Westville campus, there’s an opportunity for you to go and use computers in the Library-Student-Faculty Building.

There are many things that are available to you virtually too. If you need some counseling help, the Counseling Center is available. Your student advocate is available in the Dean of Students office. And of course, your faculty are available. I know that they are making a significant effort to work with you and give you the best opportunity to complete this semester successfully.

We wish you all the best. We’ve been planning, and we hope that we’ll see you all in the fall.

Chancellor Thomas L. Keon

Beginning on Monday, April 6, 2020, the Cafe at Westville will be closing temporarily due to the current situation with COVID-19 and will reopen upon further notice.

As more users are moving to remote work, the demand on certain resources has grown exponentially.  One of these resources is our VPN service.

The VPN, which allows users to connect to resources restricted normally to on-campus computers as well as access to certain restricted resources, has a limited number of connections available in its “pool.” Presently, VPN “1” (vpn.pnw.edu) has approximately 254 available connections.

While normally this is more than enough spots for our VPN users, with everyone moving to remote work these spots are being taken very quickly.  When the pool can no longer accept new connections, users receive an error message.

To alleviate this problem, we offer a second VPN server that is able to host 1000 more connections. This server, vpn2.pnw.edu, is available now to all faculty and staff users. Instructions for adding this second VPN server to your VPN client can be found on our VPN services page.

If you need assistance adding or joining vpn2 please contact PNW’s Customer Service Center. VPN2 should not be considered a backup, and can certainly be used as your primary VPN connection each day.

We also suggest that users evaluate their actual need to connect to the VPN service. Many users connecting to the VPN service each morning do not actually need to do so in order to do their work.

Most PNW services are available remotely via web browser without VPN or can be installed locally on your PNW-issued device or possibly even your personal device.  The link posted above has a list of common services and whether or not you need to be connected to the VPN to access them.

If you currently remote into your office workstation each day, pay attention to the resources you are using when you do so. Could your files be stored on a server with remote access – such as the R: or H: drive or Google Drive? Could your software be installed on your local system instead? If you would like help determining your actual VPN need, please contact the Customer Service Center.

Student Academic Support is here to assist you with your classes by offering free online tutoring and Supplemental Instruction sessions.

Our faculty-recommended peer tutors and SI Leaders use Google Meets to answer your questions and review material in classes they’ve successfully completed at PNW.

Starting April 1, we have easier access to our tutoring sessions and new by-appointment tutoring.

Supplemental Instruction Sessions

Ask questions, practice solving problems and review theory for a specific course in study sessions facilitated by an SI Leader. All sections welcome.

Join a Supplemental Instruction Session

Online Group Tutoring Session

Join the tutor and other students that may log-in at this time. Participate as often as you would like and stay as long as the session is scheduled to last. Come prepared to ask questions and review material.

Join an Online Group Tutoring Session

By-Appointment Tutoring

This is a 30-minute, one-on-one appointment with a peer tutor. We ask for 24-hour notice to respond to your request. Please watch your PNW email for confirmation and access to the link to join the requested session.  You may request one session per week, one week at a time.

Request By-Appointment Tutoring

Have questions? Contact Student Academic Support at sas@pnw.edu or (219) 989-3227.

Dear University Village residents,

I know that you are as proud as I am about the resilience and strength of the PNW Community. We are all facing some extraordinary circumstances this spring. At this time, for your health and safety, we are asking all residents who have other housing options to vacate University Village.

While we know this may present many issues and challenges to our community, we also know that it is in the best interest of the campus community to limit the number of residents.

In support of those of you who have left or will leave housing by April 3, we are offering a housing credit of $450 for those in four-bedroom apartments and a housing credit of $500 for those in two-bedroom apartments. This credit will be applied to your current and future housing balances on your PNW student account. Anyone who remains beyond April 3 will not be eligible for this credit.

Students who are graduating this semester, please contact Scott Iverson (siverson@pnw.edu) for more information.

If you are unable to leave due to travel restriction or any other situation,  please fill out the Exception form.

We strongly encourage all who are leaving and who need to store items to use the service provided to you in the checkout instruction email you will receive shortly. If you do not pack and store your items, we will make every attempt to box and store your items; however, we cannot guarantee the security of items if we remove them from your space.

We are sorry that your spring semester in University Village has ended so unexpectedly, but your health and safety, and the safety of our overall Purdue Northwest community, are our highest priorities. We have enjoyed getting to know you this past year, we hope the connections you made in University Village will last a lifetime.  For those of you returning next year, we will be very excited to see you in August.

We wish you the best as your complete your semester remotely!

For the latest on PNW’s response to the COVID-19 situation, please go to our PNW and COVID-19 website.

Sincerely,

Scott Iverson

Executive Director of Housing and Residential Education

To the PNW Community,

Purdue Northwest has been notified that a student currently enrolled in classes on the Hammond Campus of PNW has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual is receiving appropriate medical care in a quarantined environment. Our thoughts are with the individual, as well as with family members and colleagues at this anxious time.

The student was last present on the Hammond Campus on March 10. The individual is not a resident of PNW’s University Village on-campus housing. PNW leadership is taking appropriate precautions, including special cleaning of classrooms and labs.

PNW advises all students, faculty and staff to continue to follow CDC and state guidance on best practices to avoid contracting and spreading COVID-19. Please visit the PNW COVID-19 Guide for information from the CDC and other resources. The campus community is reminded that anyone who feels ill should not come to campus and should seek advice from their medical provider.

Joy L. Colwell
Interim Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

To ensure the safety of all PNW employees we are asking that departments who desire to pick up their mail and packages please contact General Services to schedule a day and time that you will be picking up your items.

To limit face-to-face interactions your items will be placed on a table marked Mail/Package Pick-Up just inside the door of the loading dock at UNSV (east side of the building) and TECH (north side of the building) for pick up.  To ensure the security of your mail and packages the General Services staff will be watchful of your items while they are awaiting your pick up

To schedule your pick up please use either the printservices@pnw.edu email address or call:

Hammond: 219-989-2359

Westville: 219-785-5550

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

The Office of the Dean of Students will be offering virtual walk-in hours with our Student Advocates every weekday through Google Meet or via phone. Meet with the advocate team from the comfort of your home on your computer or smartphone. If you’re experiencing financial problems, family or other issues that are preventing you from being successful in your courses, or just don’t know where to ask for help, ODOS is the place to start.

  • Monday: 10am to 12pm CDT
  • Tuesday: 10am to 12pm CDT
  • Wednesday: 1pm to 3pm CDT
  • Thursday: 1pm to 3pm CDT
  • Friday: 10am to 12pm CDT

All virtual hours will use Google Meet. We will also have a call in option. More information i posted on the ODOS Facebook Page.

As always, our staff is available for meetings by appointment with students by phone and video (using Google Meet). If you have any questions, please let us know by calling 219-989-4141 (Hammond), 219-785-5230 (Westville), or emailing dos@pnw.edu

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, the Graduate Studies staff will be working remotely.  Please email us at grad@pnw.edu or call us at (219) 989-2257 and we will get back to you as soon as we can.  Our office in Lawshe Hall will be closed until further notice.  We appreciate your patience during this time.

Please visit the Graduate Studies website for more information and FAQs regarding COVID-19 updates.

PNW Students, Faculty, and Staff

While our buildings are closed, PNW keeps you connected!  You can access PNW wifi from your parked vehicle in the following locations:

Westville Campus

  • Parking in the first two rows of the Schwarz (SWRZ) north parking lot
  • Parking in the first two rows of the Schwarz (SWRZ) west parking lot

Hammond Campus

  • Parking directly in front of the Classroom Office Building (CLO) east entrance.
  • Parking directly outside of the Potter (POTT) east entrance
  • Parking outside of the Fitness and Recreation Center (FNRC) southwest entrance

You will likely find service in additional parking lots across our campuses, however, the locations indicated above will yield the best results.

The PNW Customer Service Center remains open to provide virtual helpdesk support.  Visit pnw.edu/csc for details.

Stay safe.  Stay healthy.  Wash your hands.  Practice social distancing.  Best wishes,

Tim

To the PNW Researchers,

Governor Holcomb’s recent executive order provides an exemption for universities to perform critical research or essential functions given that social distancing practices are followed. Critical research and essential research-related functions at Purdue University are identified on this page.

If you are continuing your critical research operations on campus, please email the Office of Research at grants@pnw.edu. The purpose of this is NOT to obtain approval to continue critical research or support functions. The Office of Research is collecting this for tracking purposes to be able to provide guidance as needed.

Non-essential research should be safely ramped down as soon as possible. You may use the Purdue WL Research Laboratory Ramp-Down Checklist. Signs that give the operating status, emergency contacts, and hazards should be downloaded and posted on the door of your campus laboratory.

To continue remotely, researchers are encouraged to work on data analysis, writing projects, literature reviews, or online learning (coding, statistics, etc.). Removing university chemicals, materials, equipment, or animals to recreate experimental labs at off-site locations is not permitted.

To stay current with the changes occurring due to COVID-19 you may want to visit the website of The Office of the Executive Vice Present for Research and Partnerships as information is updated regularly on COVID-19 impact on research. The Purdue Sponsored Program Services has also updated their website to include resources for COVID-19 impact on sponsored research.

The Office of Research is here to assist as we navigate the impact of COVID-19 on sponsored projects. We are currently available via phone, email or web-conference.

Maja Marjanovic (podbojm@pnw.edu) 219-989-4131

Jennifer Evans (evansjj@pnw.edu) 219-989-2183

Kristin Sarver (sarverk@pnw.edu) 219-989-2038

Maintaining a healthy environment for PNW students, faculty and staff is the top priority of Facilities Services during this unprecedented time.

In anticipation of the spread of COVID-19, PNW implemented additional cleaning precautions across all locations prior to Spring Break to give extra attention to dining facilities, common surfaces in public areas, doors, light switches and door knobs, etc. This cleaning practice has continued throughout both campuses and will continue as long as needed.

Building services has increased cleaning throughout the day in high-traffic areas. PNW’s building service staff is cleaning and disinfecting to meet CDC recommendations to help keep facilities and surfaces as clean as possible. Hand sanitizer and disinfectant have been placed in SULB on the Hammond campus and LSF on the Westville campus for users of these open student spaces.

Please continue to follow social distancing and hand washing recommendations while on campus. Together we can help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Sincerely,

Scott Parsons

Senior Director, Facilities & Grounds

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

Effective March 24 (Westville) and March 25 (Hammond), both the Westville and Hammond Campus Bookstores will be temporarily closed until April 6, 2020.

Follet is doing everything they can to provide the best service possible during this time.  Follett will continue to fulfill as many online orders as possible through their eCommerce sites.

To facilitate the learning process and make your eLearning experience more dynamic, Follet is offering options to supplement and support your efforts:

  1. FREE Online Shipping Offer: Visit the campus store website for free shipping on all items with no minimum purchase. This includes various formats of course materials, supplies, apparel, technology and more.
  2. Access to eBooks at No Additional Charge: Visit the campus store website to gain access to eBooks at no additional charge with your .edu email address. You can access up to seven eBooks for the designated period free of charge.
  3. Free Access to Lumen Learning OER Courseware: Lumen Learning, our OER partner, is offering FREE access to courseware to help supplement content and offer additional resources to faculty. Take advantage of the Lumen offer.
  4. Free Shipping on Rental Returns and Deadline Extensions: The campus store is offering free shipping return labels and is also extending the non-return period without penalty to assist with increased returns by mail. Click the COVID-19 message on the home page of the campus store website.

If you have any questions please email birch@pnw.edu.

All students, faculty and staff are advised that effective March 24, facilities on the Purdue Northwest Hammond and Westville campuses and all auxiliary locations will be secured and public access restricted for an indefinite period of time for the health and safety of the PNW community.

The university remains operational, with academic instruction provided via online delivery and services provided remotely. Student services, including Office of the Dean of Students, Admissions and Enrollment Services, Disability Access Center, Counseling Center, the Career Center, the Registrar, and Veteran Services are available by appointment by calling the office directly.

See Our Student Resources Guide

Academic advising is also available by phone or online. Please see the online PNW Covid-19 Guide for the latest updates on how to access remote resources.

The first floor of the Student Union and Library Building on the Hammond Campus and the first floor of the Library-Student-Faculty Building on the Westville Campus will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday for student use only.

The libraries and computer labs on both campuses will be closed for in-person use. Please check the website for information about how to access library materials and technology resources.

Faculty and staff will have access to the buildings and their offices with their existing keys or key cards. Any faculty or staff member who wants to request one-time access to a space for which they do not have a key should call (219) 989-2800 to make an appointment. Those who want to have continuing access, please send an email to pnwfixit@pnw.edu with your name and the office location.

Please check your university email and the website frequently for the most up-to-date information.

Due to Governor Holcomb’s “stay at home” order, Gabis Arboretum is closed to the public until further notice. The office will continue to work remotely. Please contact gabisarboretum@pnw.edu if you have questions.

Dear PNW students,

Since we are moving to online learning for the rest of the Spring 2020 semester, here are some resources for student support: please check your email and PNW.edu often for updates and additional information on services at PNW. Office hours listed below may change.

For general help, the student advocates in the Dean of Students office are available.

Dean of Students

The office in Hammond (SULB 313) remains open with reduced hours, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The office in Westville remains open with reduced hours from Monday to Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Staff will be available during these hours to answer calls or in-person questions and schedule appointments, but Dean of Students appointments will be conducted by phone or video only.

Phones will be answered from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Call 989-5230 for Westville and 989-4141 for Hammond or if you need immediate assistance. In an emergency, call campus police at 2220.

You may also email Dean of Students staff at any time at dos@pnw.edu  or visit the website to fill out a complaint or concern form.

Technical Support

Technical issues can be resolved through the PNW Customer Service Center.  Please email Daniel Bruhn at bruhnd@pnw.edu or email csc@pnw.edu. Additional information about online access is available through PNW’s online student learning guide.

Problems with your course can be resolved by first contacting your instructor by email or by phone if your instructor has shared contact info. If you need additional assistance with academic issues, please contact the department chair (listed at the bottom of this post) for the department that offers your course. The Dean of Students office can also help you find the right person to contact.

Disability Access Center

Disability Access Center staff will be operating remotely from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday to Friday. Please call 219-989-2455 or email dac@pnw.edu. We will respond promptly to all contacts. Appointments will be by phone or video chat only.

The Disability Access Center wants to ensure that students are supported throughout this time. If you feel that you need different accommodations due to the switch to online classes, or if an issue is negatively impacting your PNW experience, please contact the center. Accommodations can be set up at any time throughout your PNW experience.

Counseling Center

Counseling center staff will be working remotely with reduced hours until further notice. Students are asked not to come in person to counseling offices, but staff will be available for 15-minute phone consultations to assess and refer students to resources.

We anticipate being able to offer full counseling services via video and phone soon: please watch your email for updated information as those services become available.

Phone lines at 219-989-2366 will be open Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Non-emergency consultations will be offered Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Regional Health Systems Health Clinic at Hammond

The on-campus health clinic, located at 2250 173rd street, will be open the following hours:

  • Monday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 7 pm.
  • Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Private insurance is not required to receive care at the clinic, as the clinic will assist patients in signing up for the Healthy Indiana program. Call (219) 989-8680 for more information.

Veteran Services

Veteran Services staff will be working remotely. Calls to (219) 989-2727 will be answered during normal business hours, and you can also email veterans@pnw.edu. The veteran lounge in DSAC 1002 on the Westville campus is closed for as long as DSAC remains closed. The Hammond veteran lounge, SULB 335, is open and available for veteran students to use.

Career Center

The Career Center team is working remotely until further notice. Students may still request career-advising appointments via their Handshake account, by logging in and scheduling an appointment under the Career Center drop-down menu. Students can also contact us at (219) 989-2600 if they wish to schedule an appointment via phone.

Still need help with your resume/cover letter, job search-strategy questions or Handshake? We are still holding drop-in advising (Monday to Thursday, 1 to 4 p.m.) starting March 23.

Learn More About Drop-In Advising

For information about online writing center support and tutoring, please watch your email.

Department Chairs to Contact for Course Issues

College of Business

College of Engineering and Sciences

College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences

College of Nursing

College of Technology

Athula Kulatunga, Engineering Technology, nkulatun@pnw.edu

Keyuan Jiang, Computer Information Technology and Graphics, kjiang@pnw.edu

Chandra V. Chandramouli, Construction Sciences and Organizational Leadership, cviswana@pnw.edu

Honors College

Jonathan Swarts, Dean, jswarts@pnw.edu

The Lion Cubs Child Care Center at PNW’s Westville location has been closed this week for the health and safety of the campus community, especially for our children who utilize the center.  It is clear now that the center cannot reopen and has ceased operations permanently. The center was due to close at the end of the current academic year, effective May 2020.

Clients of the center have been notified of the closure, and have been offered the services of the center to assist with finding resources and options within the area.

Questions or concerns may be directed to the Office of the Dean of Students at (219) 989-4141 or dos@pnw.edu.

To all University Village residents,

For the past two days, housing staff has been calling all current residents to plan for future needs of those students who will remain in University Village.

We do not have final numbers yet of how many residents have chosen to leave, but please be aware that it currently appears that our buildings will still be occupied by a few hundred students. We are implementing policies for social distance to safeguard the well-being of all of you who choose to stay at this time.

To protect the health and safety of the university community, PNW Housing will implement the following social-distance rules to protect students and staff, the best we can under the circumstances.

Housing Social Distancing Rules

  1. No guests will be allowed in the halls at any time for any reason, other than to assist a student with moveout. (No more than two guests are allowed to assist with moveout). No minors are allowed in the building at any time, to protect their health and safety.
  2. All common spaces, including computer labs, are closed due to the need to keep students apart and observe social-distance requirements. We have limited access to specific doors and will place signs up for other spaces, such as lobbies and Griffin 334.
  3. People entering the buildings, may not enter as a group and should not hold the door for anyone approaching, despite the fact that this may appear rude. Social-distance requirements mean that the minimum distances must be maintained.
  4. If you have business at the desk, you must stay behind the blue social-distancing line placed around the desk. If you have confidential information to share, you may share this information via phone to the front desks.Peregrine Hall: 219-989-8322Griffin Hall: 219-989-4192
  5. Housing staff has suspended in-person meetings and will conduct meetings via phone or teleconference. Please continue to make yourself available for all meetings requested and required by Housing staff.
  6. No loitering (even alone) in public areas is allowed.
  7. To protect your health and safety, residents should only be in your rooms or traveling to and from your rooms at all times while in University Village. If you encounter other individuals in the community, please practice good social distancing.

Please be advised that any violation of housing policy, including the above new procedures, may result in your removal from housing. 

We appreciate your understanding and support during these challenging times, for the good of all involved.

Dear Purdue Northwest Community,

As Purdue University Northwest takes safety precautions related to COVID-19, we wanted
to share some important reminders related to financial aid and registration.

As you have seen in previous communications and on the website, PNW is transitioning toward online instruction and students are not required to return to campus after spring break.

Things to Know

• Despite the change in instruction delivery method, your financial aid will not be affected as long as you remain enrolled. This includes your federal, state, and institutional grants, scholarships, and loans.

• Students considering dropping classes or withdrawing altogether for the remainder of the semester should keep in mind that this decision could impact future financial aid eligibility.

• Students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) to continue receiving financial aid. In addition, many scholarships and grants have enrollment requirements.

• Altering your enrollment may affect whether or not you are able to receive your scholarships and grants in the future.

• The deadline to withdraw from a course has been extended to Friday, April 24, 2020 by 4:30 p.m.

• Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 course registration is still open!

Register for Classes Today

Things to Do

• We strongly recommend speaking with your advisor before you withdraw from a course.

• Should you decide a withdraw is necessary, you must complete the drop/add card online.

• Once completed, the drop/add card must be emailed to registrar@pnw.edu.

If you have questions about your financial aid, or about the impact dropping courses or withdrawing completely may have on your aid, please email finaid@pnw.edu or call either
campus main phone line.

Hammond Campus

(219) 989-2301

Westville Campus

(219) 785-5460

Sincerely,

Office of Financial Aid and Office of the Registrar

To: PNW Campus Community

From: Tim Winders, Vice Chancellor Information Services

With spring break behind us, we are all entering a new world of remote working and online teaching and learning. This can be an overwhelming and sometimes anxiety-producing experience, and I want you to know that Information Services is here to assist.

We are rapidly responding to enhance our infrastructure to provide remote access to the technological tools you may need to continue doing your work. We have complied, and continuously update available online resources for students, faculty and staff.

Student Resources

Faculty Resources

Staff Resources

As we traverse new territories, please be patient and understanding with one another. The technology may not always work, but by working together, learning from each other, and sharing our experiences we will #PowerOnward!

Tim Winders, Vice Chancellor Information Services

March 19, 2020

Dear PNW faculty, staff and students,

Among the many reasons I am proud to be part of the Purdue University Northwest community are the determination and perseverance of our students, faculty members and staff. This strength underlies the ways all of us continue to power onward during one of the most extraordinary semesters in our campuses’ history.

I am in awe of the many ways you have come together as a university community to support one other these past two weeks. Your acts of kindness, empathy and professionalism are much appreciated and greatly admired.

As we prepare to begin our first week of virtual learning on March 23, I want to remind us all that this transition will take time. Please have patience as our information systems will be handling significantly heavier traffic, our faculty are working quickly and creatively to adjust to new ways of teaching, and our students switch gears from face-to-face instruction to online learning. As a consequence, some courses will not be completely ready on Monday.

Student success is paramount for PNW faculty—now and always. Students should keep in mind that your professors, and staff members, are here to assist you. Reach out for help.

The university remains operational, and you can communicate with instructors as well as all the offices that offer supporting resources via email and phone. I know, too, that many professors and advisors are reaching out to you through Blackboard, Brightspace, text and email.

The senior leadership of PNW continues to monitor the state, national and global situation and to develop contingency plans. As a metropolitan university, PNW is working with community partners to assist students as needed, and to provide expertise and assistance in Northwest Indiana. Please check your PNW email and the PNW COVID-19 Guide regularly for updates.

I encourage all of you to keep your long-term goals in front of you during this unprecedented time. While we are faced with instability now, and we recognize that it is disruptive, this situation is temporary. When it ends, the PNW community will be stronger.

Finally, I again express my deepest appreciation to PNW faculty and staff as you have gone above and beyond to prepare the move to online instruction in a very short timeframe. From video-recording labs to providing online resources to personally reaching out to students, know that your efforts are recognized. Your work clearly illustrates that we are powering onward.

Sincerely,

Chancellor Thomas L. Keon

Dear PNW Graduates,

Thank you for your patience as we navigate these extraordinary circumstances. We have all been hoping that PNW could celebrate your amazing accomplishments this year with our traditional commencement ceremonies. Unfortunately, for the health and safety of everyone, our commencement ceremonies will not be taking place as scheduled in May.

The Office of the Registrar is working closely with the PNW Alumni Community and University Strategic Events to explore possible alternatives to honor the spring class of 2020. Please keep an eye on your student email account, as you can expect to receive more information in the weeks to come.

Commencement reflects the time of year where we get the opportunity to share this celebration for both our graduates and the proud parents, family, friends, faculty and staff who supported them along the way. The ceremonies are only symbolic of your PNW accomplishments, and you should have pride in all of your hard work at having earned your degree.

We are all proud of you and are here to support you through these last difficult weeks of the semester. Power Onward!

Have questions? Please contact the Office of the Registrar at 219-989-2210 or via email graduation@pnw.edu

To: Faculty and Instructional Staff

From: Niaz Latif, Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Date: March 17, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

In these unusual times, I sincerely appreciate how PNW faculty have met the recent challenges by immediately shifting their classes to an online platform. We were all impressed by and grateful for the faculty who shared their time and pedagogical skills with their colleagues on Thursday and Friday to ensure that all faculty achieved the ability to continue their classes online. Across campus, our colleagues offered crash courses in teaching online and held workshops to share resources and ideas.

We strongly encourage faculty, department chairs and deans to collaborate as the PNW community seeks to finish this semester. We understand that we are facing uncharted territories, but we must continue to power onward to promote our students’ successes and goals.

To that end, here are some general guidelines and expectations for the coming weeks:

  1. Keep virtual office hours and clearly communicate to students when you will be online via email, chat or video.
  2. Timely address all inquiries from students, colleagues and administrators. Twenty-four (24) hours is usually a doable turnaround for simple responses.
  3. Have an outgoing message on your email and phone indicating that you are working remotely and when a response can be expected.
  4. Virtual interaction and communication with students is preferable. Use WebEx or Zoom to interact with students individually or in small groups.
  5. Completing course objectives and assessing student learning outcomes is essential.
  6. Incompletes should only be given in extreme circumstances with the approval of the department chair.

I am asking for each faculty member and instructional staff member to share a course plan for each course with his or her chair.  The course plan should include the course objectives, student learning outcomes, and the lesson plans for the next eight weeks, including the final exam week activities. This measure will satisfy the Higher Learning Commission mandate that PNW maintain our quality of instruction.

The Office of Instructional Technology has provided information on remote teaching.

Thank you again for all your efforts to help our students Power Onward!

Best wishes.

Niaz

To: Purdue University Northwest Students, Faculty and Staff
From: Chancellor Thomas L. Keon
Date: March 16, 2020

To do all we can to maintain the health and safety of our Purdue Northwest students, faculty and staff, and to support the public health response of our community to the COVID-19 crisis, we will be moving to remote learning for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester, including the final exam period.

We wanted to preserve the slim hope of a return to in-person instruction, but evolving circumstances and scientific guidance make it clear that no such resumption would be responsible. Classes will reconvene remotely on March 23.

We realize the challenges of this move to remote learning and did not come to this decision lightly. The CDC has now issued guidance that “for the next 8 weeks, organizers … cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 or more people.”

Institutions of higher education are currently exempt from this CDC guidance, but that could change quickly. Our students making travel plans—especially our international and non-resident students—need to know now the learning plan for the remainder of the semester. Travel guidance is changing almost daily, and travel that is possible today may not be tomorrow.

Our faculty and staff will now be better able to plan the remainder of the semester with this decision made.

We also have decided that summer classes will move to online delivery for Summer 2020. We anticipate there may be some exceptions for labs and clinical instruction and more detailed information will be forthcoming later in the semester.

May Commencement Ceremonies

At this time, we do not anticipate being able to hold commencement ceremonies in person, on campus. We will certainly share definitive information about commencement as it becomes available.

Student Housing

Students living in the University Village residence halls will receive detailed instructions from Housing and Residential Education tomorrow (Tuesday, March 17). It is important to note that University Village will remain open for any current resident who needs to remain in housing.

That said, with the remainder of the semester now to be delivered remotely and all student activities cancelled until the semester’s end, we strongly recommend that all students in the residence halls who can move home—or to a different location—do so.

Fitness Centers

As of 5 p.m. on Monday, March 16, the Purdue Northwest Fitness Centers in the Hammond Fitness and Recreation Center, and the Westville Dworkin Student Services and Athletic Center, will close in response to federal and state recommended precautions about the COVID-19 virus.

The Fitness and Recreation Center will remain available only to students who live in PNW’s University Village residence halls, with limited hours. More information will be provided to students who remain on campus in University Village.

Update: PNW’s Fitness Centers have since closed to all in response to federal and state recommended precautions about the COVID-19 virus.

Telework

To PNW faculty and staff, as indicated in earlier communications, our campuses remain open and remote working on a temporary basis is available and encouraged. Any staff member who wishes to work remotely during the spring semester should discuss the options with their supervisor.

Please also see the memo from Interim Provost Latif and Vice Chancellor Turner for additional information on this subject.

In Summary

  • We will be moving to remote instruction for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester.
  • Housing will be available for those students who must remain on campus, but any student who can move home/to a different location should do so.
  • Our campuses remain open, with telecommuting/remote work permitted wherever possible.

You have my deepest thanks for all you will do to help us continue our semester—from wherever you are.

Please continue to check your PNW email and the PNW COVID-19 Guide regularly for the latest information and answers to the most frequently asked questions.

Chancellor Thomas L. Keon

To: Purdue University Northwest Faculty and Staff

From: Niaz Latif, Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Stephen Turner, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration

Date: March 16, 2020

As all of you know, the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve very quickly. Both the spread of the virus and the responses to mitigate that spread (PK-12 school closings, day care closings, etc.) have an impact on our Purdue Northwest community. As indicated in communications last week, our campuses remain open and we will be offering remote instruction until at least April 4. Today we write to share additional information about working together during this challenging time.

Telework

To assist with social distancing and to diminish transmission of the disease, we will be allowing telecommuting/remote work on a temporary basis for all positions where such work is possible, whenever such work is possible (including research functions). We recognize that some jobs require a campus presence and for other jobs, at least some time must be spent on campus.

Unit leaders will decide which jobs can be performed remotely and which require presence on campus – this is not an individual decision, but we are permitting telework/remote work wherever possible.

Faculty should note that during the weeks we have designated for remote instruction due to COVID-19 response (March 29 to April 4), faculty cannot mandate students to come to campus for instructional activities like testing, lab work, research and so forth.

In addition, during this extraordinary time, please note that you may be asked to assist with duties outside your normal responsibilities as we transition to this remote learning/virtual environment.

No central staffing mandate covers every situation in our complex university, so your good judgment, creativity, and smart decision-making is key.

Childcare Issues

If you are an employee with childcare issues that will interfere with your work schedule, please let your supervisor know immediately so we can explore possible options – telework, alternative hours, etc. Please note that no faculty member or staff member is permitted to bring a child to work or to the campuses during this time, to comply with national and state health guidelines on preventing the spread of the disease.

The Lion Cubs Child Care Center on the Westville Campus will close at 5 p.m. today. Current plans are for the center to reopen on April 6.

Working Safely

As a reminder, we ask all faculty and staff not to come to work if you are feeling ill, and to follow the CDC best practice recommendations for preventive actions such as frequent hand washing and avoiding touching your face.

In addition, any faculty or staff member who has a fever or other symptoms of coronavirus, who has a family member with symptoms of the virus, or who has been exposed to the virus, must self-quarantine for 14 days before returning to any PNW facilities. Guidance for self-quarantine is available on the PNW COVID-19 Guide.

Campus Operations

Please note that we are not currently moving to any of our ‘reduction in operations’ procedures – our campuses remain open. Each unit is asked to make decisions that permit the unit to continue to perform its functions for students, staff, faculty, and appropriate stakeholders. The action to work remotely, where possible, will remain in effect until April 5.

Your work and response has been exceptional over the past week and there are so many stories of PNW faculty, staff and students powering onward. That said, there is much in front of us and you have our thanks in advance for all you will do during this extraordinary time to keep our Purdue Northwest community safe and our university operating.

Please continue to monitor your email and the PNW website for periodic updates as circumstances will certainly change quickly.

Niaz Latif, Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Stephen Turner, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration

To: PNW Students, Faculty and Staff

From: Niaz Latif, Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs

Date:  March 13, 2020

First, my thanks for all of the actions being taken to support our response to COVID-19.  Chancellor Keon the Deans, and I greatly appreciate the Power Onward attitude expressed by our students, faculty and staff over the past several days – your resolve and support has been truly impressive. Your many questions have been helpful and we continue to point you to the PNW website COVID-19 guidefor answers to those questions.

Given the events of the past 72 hours, I write to share some additional information with you.  As Chancellor Keon indicated in his message of March 11, we anticipate resuming classroom instruction on April 6; however, “this could change depending on circumstances as we continue to monitor this situation.” We will make that decision no later than Monday, March 30.

To be clear, by March 30 we will communicate whether we will resume face-to-face instruction on April 6, or whether we will continue remote instruction for a longer period of time. We are hopeful this date is helpful for your planning purposes.

Please know that the University Village residence halls will remain open, and our partners with Chartwells food service have committed to continuing to provide service on both campuses. The libraries and computer labs on both PNW campuses remain open as well, for students who require access to computers or internet service or a quiet place to study. The hours for the cafeterias, the libraries, and computer labs are available in the FAQs on the PNW website COVID-19 guide.

We wish students a safe and healthy spring break. Please be reminded that classes will be delivered remotely from March 23 to April 4, and that by March 30, we will let you know whether or not we will be holding face-to-face classes starting April 6.

Another important update for today: The CDC has raised the travel designation for most European countries to Level 3 for coronavirus. Given this development, Purdue Northwest faculty members, staff and students returning from these Level 3 countries are required to self-quarantine for 14 days before they return to campus. In addition, the university will delay arrival of visitors from the affected countries.

Again, my thanks to each of you for all you are doing to help us navigate this challenging situation successfully. We will continue to keep you informed to the best of our ability and urge you to check the website often for help answering your questions and for updates.

Niaz Latif, Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs

GLIAC–Resolution

Effective immediately, the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, in consultation with the Council of Presidents and athletic directors, has canceled all athletically-related activity through May 31, 2020. During this unprecedented world-wide fight against the COVID-19 threat, the GLIACsupports national and NCAA efforts to protect student-athletes, coaches, fans and communities.

In accordance with this resolution, PNW Athletics’ events and competitions will be canceled until May 31.

To: PNW Students, Faculty and Staff
From: Chancellor Thomas L. Keon
Date: March 11, 2020

COVID-19 Update and Impact on PNW Instruction, Activities

As you are well aware, the global outbreak of COVID-19, the disease caused by a coronavirus, continues to warrant the attention of each and every one of us. The health and safety of our entire PNW university community is our highest priority.

While we have no reported cases of COVID-19 on our campuses, there are confirmed cases in Indiana and Illinois. To minimize the impact of the potential spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health of our PNW community, we have made important decisions today that impact students, faculty and staff of the Purdue University Northwest campuses.

We recognize that these actions will be disruptive and create challenges for all of us, as well as have implications for the university, but the health and safety of our community is our focus at this extraordinary time.

Remainder of the Week

We are suspending most on-campus activities for March 12 and March 13. No face-to-face instruction will be held on these dates except for those classes where exams are scheduled. No on-campus events or meetings of more than 25 people will be held. The campuses will remain open and staff and faculty should report to work as usual.

Future Classes and Instruction

Following spring break (March 14-22), all faculty members will have moved their courses to online or alternative delivery beginning March 23, through April 4. At this time, we anticipate face-to-face instruction to resume on April 6. This could change depending on circumstances as we continue to monitor this situation. Deans and department chairs will communicate with faculty members to ensure instructional materials have been prepared for online delivery by March 23.

Transportation

Service on the inter-campus shuttle between the Hammond and Westville campuses will be suspended as of March 12. Service will resume once instructional operations return to normal.

Campus Operations

The Hammond and Westville campuses, Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest, Portage Meeting Facility and all other PNW facilities will remain open.

University Village

The residence halls of University Village on the Hammond Campus will remain open.

Events

PNW is suspending all university-sponsored events involving 25 or more attendees through April 5.

Athletics

Intercollegiate athletic events will continue as scheduled and follow the guidance of the GLIAC conference, the NCAA and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Summer Study Abroad

All summer study abroad will be cancelled. Students should check with their academic advisor about alternative coursework for the summer.

Staff

Campus operations will continue at this time. Staff should report to work according to their normal work schedules.

Personal Travel

All travelers are urged to carefully consider their intended destinations for personal trips and check on restrictions or quarantine measures that may be recommended or required by the CDC upon arrival or return. Personal international travel is strongly discouraged.

Best Practices

PNW continues to ask everyone in the university community to follow the CDC recommendations for preventive actions:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Updates will be provided as further information becomes available. You can find the most current information and guidance for the university on these websites:

PNW Covid-19 Guide

Purdue West Lafayette Covid-19 Guide

We recognize that these actions will raise many questions about specific situations. Please see your supervisor with questions.

Again, we know this is an exceptionally challenging time for PNW, and it will take all of us working together to navigate this situation and protect the health and well-being of our university community. I would like to share my sincere appreciation in advance for coming together as the university community to make things happen at this time.

Chancellor Thomas L. Keon

Frequently Asked Questions

Purdue University Northwest

To do all we can to maintain the health and safety of our Purdue Northwest students, faculty and staff, and to support the public health response of our community to the COVID-19 crisis, we will be moving to remote learning for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester, including the final exam period.

We also will conduct summer classes via online delivery for Summer 2020.

All students, faculty and staff are advised that effective March 24, facilities on the Purdue Northwest Hammond and Westville campuses and all auxiliary locations will be secured and public access restricted for an indefinite period of time for the health and safety of the PNW community.

The university remains operational, with academic instruction provided via online delivery and services provided remotely. Student services, including Office of the Dean of Students, Admissions and Enrollment Services, Disability Access Center, Counseling Center, the Career Center, the Registrar, and Veteran Services are available by appointment by calling the office directly. Academic advising is also available by phone or online.

The first floor of the Student Union and Library Building on the Hammond Campus and the first floor of the Library-Student-Faculty Building on the Westville Campus will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday for student use only.

The libraries and computer labs on both campuses will be closed for in-person use. Please check the website for information about how to access library materials and technology resources.

Faculty and staff will have access to the buildings and their offices with their existing keys or key cards. Any faculty or staff member who wants to request one-time access to a space for which they do not have a key should call (219) 989-2800 to make an appointment. Those who want to have continuing access, please send an email to pnwfixit@pnw.edu with your name and the office location.

The spring term ends with finals the week of May 9th. Aid applications would have to be received and processed by the Department of Education prior to that date in order to be applied to the spring term. To allow time for any delays in processing, additional documentation requests, etc., your application materials should be completed by May 1st.

You may find the full list of requirements on the FA Checklist here: https://www.pnw.edu/financial-aid/how-to-apply/checklist/

If you have received your financial aid award offer, but have not yet accepted your student loans for the spring 2020 term, there is still time to do so. In order to have everything processed in time, we recommend having the loans accepted and paperwork completed by May 1st.

Information about student loans may be found here: https://www.pnw.edu/financial-aid/loans/

Tutorials for accepting student loans may be found here: https://www.pnw.edu/financial-aid/loans/tutorial-accepting-your-loans/

Service on the inter-campus shuttle between the Hammond and Westville campuses will be suspended as of March 12. Service will resume once instructional operations return to normal.

Friday March 27, 2020 will be the last day for the South Shore to Hammond campus shuttle bus service, 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

Students living in the University Village residence halls will receive detailed instructions from Housing and Residential Education on Tuesday, March 17. It is important to note that University Village will remain open for any current resident who needs to remain in housing.

That said, with the remainder of the semester now to be delivered remotely and all student activities cancelled until the semester’s end, we strongly recommend that all students in the residence halls who can move home—or to a different location—do so.

The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, in consultation with the Council of Presidents and athletic directors, has canceled all athletically-related activity through May 31, 2020. During this unprecedented world-wide fight against the COVID-19 threat, the GLIACsupports national and NCAA efforts to protect student-athletes, coaches, fans and communities.

In accordance with this resolution, PNW Athletics’ events and competitions will be canceled until May 31.

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

Student success is paramount for PNW faculty—now and always. Students should keep in mind that your professors, and staff members, are here to assist you. Reach out for help.

The university remains operational, and you can communicate with instructors as well as all the offices that offer supporting resources via email and phone. Many professors and advisors are reaching out to you through BlackboardBrightspace, text and email. Faculty will have virtual office hours, and those will be posted.

Effective March 24 (Westville) and March 25 (Hammond), both the Westville and Hammond Campus Bookstores will be temporarily closed until April 6, 2020.

Follet is doing everything they can to provide the best service possible during this time.  Follett will continue to fulfill as many online orders as possible through their eCommerce sites.

To facilitate the learning process and make your eLearning experience more dynamic, Follet is offering options to supplement and support your efforts:

  1. FREE Online Shipping Offer: Visit the campus store website for free shipping on all items with no minimum purchase. This includes various formats of course materials, supplies, apparel, technology and more.
  2. Access to eBooks at No Additional Charge: Visit the campus store website to gain access to eBooks at no additional charge with your .edu email address. You can access up to seven eBooks for the designated period free of charge.
  3. Free Access to Lumen Learning OER Courseware: Lumen Learning, our OER partner, is offering FREE access to courseware to help supplement content and offer additional resources to faculty. Take advantage of the Lumen offer.
  4. Free Shipping on Rental Returns and Deadline Extensions: The campus store is offering free shipping return labels and is also extending the non-return period without penalty to assist with increased returns by mail. Click the COVID-19 message on the home page of the campus store website.

If you have any questions please email birch@pnw.edu.

Employees across PNW are showing impressive flexibility and resilience in continuing to work and support the university and our students during this unprecedented time. The situation has raised a number of questions for employees and supervisors, including definitions of “essential” workers, telework, employee pay, FLMA and more.

Answers to many of these questions can be found in Purdue West Lafayette’s official guidelines for employees during this period (March 25 to June 30).

Explore “Important Employment Information for Employees and Staff”

See PNW’s Memo to Student Workers and Student Worker Supervisors

The university remains operational, with academic instruction provided via online delivery and services provided remotely.

Remote working on a temporary basis is available and encouraged. Any staff member who wishes to work remotely during the spring semester should discuss the options with their supervisor. Please also see the memo from Interim Provost Latif and Vice Chancellor Turner for additional information on this subject.

As a reminder, we ask all faculty and staff not to come to work if you are feeling ill, and to follow the CDC best practice recommendations for preventive actions such as frequent hand washing and avoiding touching your face.

You will also want to practice social distancing, keeping a distance of about 6 feet from others.

In addition, any faculty or staff member who has a fever or other symptoms of coronavirus, who has a family member with symptoms of the virus, or who has been exposed to the virus, must self-quarantine for 14 days before returning to any PNW facilities. You can see guidance for self-quarantining in the “How Do I Self-Quarantine” FAQ on this page.

The treating physician is responsible for notifying local or state public-health authorities of a COVID-19 diagnosis. The public health department performs a detailed interview of any COVID-19 positive patient and then contacts all people with whom the patient had direct, personal contact within the relevant time period.

The university cannot provide any identifying information about or the health condition of a student, faculty or staff member in compliance with privacy laws including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and other applicable laws on health privacy.

1. If the individual shows symptoms at a campus location (cough, fever, shortness of breath), but has not seen a doctor or been tested for COVID-19:

A. Send individual home

B. Request that the individual contact their doctor/telemedicine to determine whether additional care is needed

C. Upon completion of doctor’s orders, individual may return after

i. At least 7 days have passed since symptoms first appeared); an

ii. At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed fever-free, which is defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and

iii. There is an improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath)

D. No notification of co-workers is needed

E. Need additional guidance? For faculty/staff questions, please contact PNW Human Resources at (219) 989-2251 or hr@pnw.edu. For student questions, please contact the Dean of Students Office at (219) 989-4141 (Hammond), (219) 785-5230 (Westville) or dos@pnw.edu.

  1. Individual shows symptoms at a campus location (cough, fever, shortness of breath) and has seen a doctor, who gave orders that individual is not following, and has not been tested for COVID-19:

A. Send individual home

B. Request that individual follow doctor’s orders, and if symptom worsen, individual should call the doctor/telemedicine for further advice

C. Once doctor’s orders have been completed, individual may return to campus after:

i. At least 7 days have passed since symptoms first appeared); and

ii. At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed fever-free, which is defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and

iii. There is an improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath)

D. No notification of co-workers is needed

E. Need additional guidance? For faculty/staff questions, please contact PNW Human Resources at (219) 989-2251 or hr@pnw.edu. For student questions, please contact the Dean of Students Office at (219) 989-4141 (Hammond), (219) 785-5230 (Westville) or dos@pnw.edu.

  1. Individual shows symptoms at a campus location (cough, fever, shortness of breath) and has seen a doctor and has been tested for COVID-19:

A. Individual must self-quarantine for 14 days, and await results of the COVID-19 test, following doctor’s orders for self-care

i. If test is negative, individual may return after:

a. At least 7 days have passed since symptoms first appeared); and

b. At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed fever-free, which is defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and

c. There is an improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath)

ii. If test is positive, individual must follow doctor’s orders with regard to self-care

a. If symptoms worsen, individual should call the doctor for further advice

b. Once doctor’s orders have been completed, individual may return after:

i. At least 7 days have passed since symptoms first appeared); and

ii. At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed fever-free, which is defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and

iii. There is an improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath)

B. No notification of coworkers is required – local or state public-health authorities provide patient contact investigation and notify contacts per their protocols.

C. Need additional guidance? For faculty/staff questions, please contact PNW Human Resources at (219) 989-2251 or hr@pnw.edu. For student questions, please contact the Dean of Students Office at (219) 989-4141 (Hammond), (219) 785-5230 (Westville) or dos@pnw.edu.

The university cannot provide any identifying information about or the health condition of a student, faculty or staff member in compliance with privacy laws including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and other applicable laws on health privacy.

Please consider the privacy of any individual reporting or exhibiting symptoms, and do not share their name or other information with anyone. Need additional guidance? For faculty/staff questions, please contact PNW Human Resources at (219) 989-2251 or hr@pnw.edu. For student questions, please contact the Dean of Students Office at (219) 989-4141 (Hammond), (219) 785-5230 (Westville) or dos@pnw.edu.

University Travel

Resources adapted from Purdue West Lafayette

The university has suspended all university-sponsored domestic and international air travel effective March 16 to May 2. This suspension applies to all sources of funding coming from the university, including but not limited to general funds, discretionary funds and external funding including grants.

Domestic travel by car, van or bus for university business is strongly discouraged.

This builds on the university’s previous suspension of travel to countries with a CDC level 2 or higher travel advisory for COVID-19.

Anyone who believes they have an essential business reason to travel by air can request a waiver through their vice chancellor. The expectation is such waivers will be rare.

Please note, for personal travel, we urge all travelers to carefully consider their intended destinations for personal trips and check on restrictions or quarantine measures that may be recommended or required by the CDC upon arrival or return. Personal international travel is strongly discouraged.

Employees and students are encouraged to follow CDC guidelines on travel due to COVID-19.

Travelers also need to understand that in accordance with CDC guidelines, those who choose to travel to countries with a CDC level 3 travel advisory for coronavirus must self-quarantine for 14 days and must seek an assessment with a health care provider before returning to campus.

Those traveling from a level 2 country are advised that 14-day self-quarantine is recommended.

If you’re traveling internationally and the CDC advisory level for any country you visited is elevated to level 3 for the coronavirus before you return to the U.S., you must self-quarantine for 14 days before returning to campus.

If the status is elevated to level 2 for coronavirus, self-quarantine is recommended.

Travelers should also note that the possibility exists that a country experiencing an outbreak could suspend travel in and out of the country and could result in travelers being stranded.

 If traveling for your own personal business, this is allowable, but not recommended.

Travelers also need to understand that in accordance with CDC guidelines, those who choose to travel to countries with a CDC level 3 travel advisory for coronavirus must self-quarantine for 14 days and must seek an assessment with a health care provider before returning to campus.

Those traveling from a level 2 country are advised that 14-day self-quarantine is recommended.

If you’re traveling internationally and the CDC advisory level for any country you visited is elevated to level 3 for the coronavirus before you return to the U.S., you must self-quarantine for 14 days before returning to campus.

If the status is elevated to level 2 for coronavirus, self-quarantine is recommended.

Travelers should also note that the possibility exists that a country experiencing an outbreak could suspend travel in and out of the country and could result in travelers being stranded.

Yes. In accordance with CDC guidelines, those who choose to travel to countries with a CDC level 3 travel advisory for coronavirus must self-quarantine for 14 days and must seek an assessment with a health care provider before returning to campus.

Those traveling from a level 2 country are advised that 14-day self-quarantine is recommended.

If you’re traveling internationally and the CDC advisory level for any country you visited is elevated to level 3 for the coronavirus before you return to the U.S., you must self-quarantine for 14 days before returning to campus.

If the status is elevated to level 2 for coronavirus, self-quarantine is recommended.

Anyone undergoing a self-quarantine should follow the CDC’s self-quarantine guidelines. Students may contact the Office of the Dean of Students by phone for further assistance. Employees may contact their Human Resources representative for further assistance.

Students and staff who returned from university-sponsored programs in China completed a monitored 14-day quarantine before being reintegrated into campus life.

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 pubic health officials.

Coronavirus / COVID-19

Resources adapted from Purdue West Lafayette

  • The general risk remains low; however, there have been confirmed cases in the state of Indiana.
  • In confirmed COVID-19 cases, reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. Symptoms can include:
    • Fever.
    • Cough.
    • Shortness of breath.
  • According to the CDC older adults and those with chronic medical conditions are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19.
  • The safety and health of our campus community is of the utmost importance and we will continue working to make the most prudent decisions in the timeliest manner.
  • The spread of coronavirus is a fluid and ever-changing situation. Numerous departments on campus are closely monitoring it and are in regular contact about its possible impact.
  • We look to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. State Department for recommendations and travel advisories.
  • Person-to-person spread is occurring, although it’s unclear exactly how it is transmitted and how easily the virus spreads between people.
  • The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
  • The university’s Integrated Emergency Management Plan guides preparedness for a number of specific emergencies. This provides guidance for public health emergencies.

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

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this new strain of coronavirus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

If you are at a higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19, please refer to these additional guidelines from the CDC.

No objective surpasses in priority the health and safety of the campus community. The university is monitoring COVID-19 on a daily basis and providing information on this website.

Employees are encouraged to follow information on preventing COVID-19 by visiting the CDC website.

Employees who are ill are encouraged to stay home until they have been fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing or other symptom altering medicine. Employees should notify their supervisor and stay home if they are sick.

Faculty and staff are advised to contact a medical professional. Convenient and cost effective care options such as Telemedicine are also available for those covered by a Purdue health plan who need to see a physician quickly and not able to get into their primary care physician.

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 pubic health officials.