PNW and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Ready to return—and ready to roar! Purdue University Northwest has plans in place to stay safe as we welcome faculty, staff and students back to campus for the Spring 2022 semester.

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What To Expect

See the Spring 2022 Guidelines

A PNW student is vaccinated for COVID-19 at an on-campus clinic.

Vaccine Clinics

January 31

Get your first or second vaccine or booster. PNW students, faculty and staff can drop in for a free COVID-19 vaccination at the Nils K. Nelson Bioscience Innovation Building.

Explore The Clinic

PNW Active COVID-19 Cases

Active cases as of January 21, 2022

These numbers are updated every Friday morning at 9 a.m. Active cases reflect the number of positive tests over the previous 7 days.


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PNW COVID-19 Guidelines to Fully Align with CDC

PNW’s Safe Return Task Force offers the latest guidance for testing positive or being exposed to COVID-19 as well as details on PNW’s free COVID-19 testing program.

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Welcome To Spring 2022

After a very successful semester of in-person classes in Fall 2021, PNW faculty and staff are beyond excited to see the PNW campuses filled with people and activities again.

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Students, Get Ready for Spring Semester!

Spring classes start Jan. 10! Just a reminder to check Brightspace and your PNW email regularly this week to prepare for the new semester.

Frequently Asked Questions

Campus Life

Face coverings will again be required in all indoor spaces for everyone on the Purdue University Northwest campuses, including students, employees and visitors, regardless of vaccination status. The full PNW face covering protocol is available online.

Classes, labs, advising and faculty office hours have returned to regular operations. This means the majority are being held in person.

Some courses may temporarily begin the semester in remote format, and any changes would be communicated by your instructor. Students should check Brightspace and your PNW email regularly to prepare for the new semester.

We are planning normal programming on the campuses, with health and safety precautions in place for all events. Large events will be held outdoors whenever possible. We will continue to track the transmission rates for our counties and make adjustments to on campus events and large gatherings if necessary.

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.

Procurement Services will work with campus stakeholders and vendor partners to identify and locate essential COVID-19 related supplies, such as hand sanitizer, face coverings, disinfecting wipes and surface disinfectant.

Colleges and departments should complete the information below to submit a purchase request for these essential supply orders instead of purchasing items on their own. This applies to branded and unbranded items.

If your department is considering purchasing any PPE materials that include the university name, symbol, marks, logo or phrases that represent Purdue Northwest, a university licensed vendor must be used. Please see the licensing guidelines or contact Marketing and Communications with questions about proper branding of items.

Order COVID-Related Supplies


Individuals ages 12 and older are now eligible to be vaccinated across the state of Indiana. The COVID-19 vaccine is NOT mandatory, but health officials strongly encourage those who are eligible to receive the vaccine. The best way to end the pandemic and return to normal operations is for all to get vaccinated if they can do so.

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.

Purdue University Northwest recognizes the following COVID-19 vaccinations, which have gained Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and/or have been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO). Should other vaccines receive such FDA authorization or WHO approval, they will be added to this list at that time. Please note that if you receive a two-dose vaccine, in most cases, both doses must be from the same manufacturer.

Platform Vaccine Name Manufacturer
ChAdOx1Azd1222AstraZeneca; MFDS Korea
ChAdOx1Covishield (ChAdOx1_nCoV-19) Serum Institute India
Inactivated virus/aluminum adjuvantSinopharmBeijing Bio-Institute of Biological Products Co Ltd
Inactivated virus/aluminum adjuvantCoronaVac (formerly PiCoVacc)Sinovac Biotech

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.

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. Masks are always required while on campus.

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

Positive cases should be reported to the relevant office below. These numbers will be reflected in a dashboard on the website.

Individuals who test positive for Covid-19 will receive a text message from (877) 548-3444 and a call from a contract tracer asking information about any close contacts you may have exposed to Covid-19 to prevent further spread. The number on the caller ID will show as (833) 670-0067 or may display as “IN Health Covid” if your carrier allows it. Answer the call from a contact tracer!

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.

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COVID FAQs for the Classroom

Faculty, find answers to frequently asked questions about teaching at PNW as we look forward to welcoming faculty and students back to campus this spring.

Explore the Faculty FAQs