COVID-19 Visitor Guide

Need to visit PNW? See everything you need to know about COVID-19 and ensuring a safe experience for you and the PNW community.

What can you expect on campus today? Find out with the table below.

 Phase 2
(Current)
Social Distancing Standards in EffectYes
Mask UsageRequired Indoors - See the Protocol
CoursesEach Course Assigned a Delivery Mode: 100% Online, Virtual Classroom, Hybrid or Face to Face - See Fall 2020 Plans
Library and LoungesOpen with appropriate distancing guidelines in place.
Fitness CentersPhase 2 Plans in Effect - See the Plan
Dining ServicesGrab and go only
Size Guidelines for All Gatherings250 people or fewer
See Guidelines for Scheduling Campus Events

See PNW’s full timeline for a safe return to campus below.

 Phase 0
(Previous)
Phase 1
(Previous)
Phase 2
(Current)
Social Distancing Standards in EffectYesYesYes
Mask UsageRequired Indoors - See the Protocol. Required Indoors - See the Protocol Required Indoors - See the Protocol
CoursesAll Courses Delivered Remotely - See Fall 2020 PlansAll Courses Delivered Remotely - See Fall 2020 PlansEach Course Assigned a Delivery Mode: 100% Online, Virtual Classroom, Hybrid or Face to Face - See Fall 2020 Plans
Library and LoungesRemoteRemote Open with appropriate distancing guidelines in place.
Fitness CentersTemporarily closedOpened July 13 - See the PlanPhase 2 Plans in Effect - See the Plan
Dining ServicesGrab and go onlyGrab and go onlyGrab and go only
Size Guidelines for All Gatherings0 (On-campus gatherings not allowed)150 people or fewer250 people or fewer
See Guidelines for Scheduling Campus Events

Show Your Pride. Share Responsibility

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

You must wear a face covering when you are in a building, hallway, classroom, laboratory, washroom or common area. This simple act can help limit the spread of the virus. Face coverings also remind others to continue practicing social distancing.

If you are outdoors, you do not have to wear a face covering, but social distancing still applies.

Related Updates

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.

Related Updates

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.

Related Updates

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.

COVID Announcements

A PNW student wears a mask in the Westville library

PNW Mask Protocol, Chicago “Quarantine” Order and Other Important Information

Thank you for your cooperation in keeping the university community safe thus far into the fall semester and our active infection rate very low relative to our total population of students, faculty and staff members.

Banners on PNW's Westville campus

COVID-19 Faculty/Staff Updates: One Month Since Fall Semester Started

As PNW marks one month since fall semester started, the Safe Return to Campus Task Force shares faculty/staff updates about COVID-19 protocols on campus.

Spotlight Profile: Bankole K. Fasanya

PNW professor Bankole Fasanya promotes a flexible approach to learning, incorporating lab activities, real-life experience and convenient remote lectures.

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.

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

The intercampus shuttle and PNW campus shuttle have been discontinued due to health and safety concerns.

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!

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

Health and COVID-19

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

Have questions about campus reopening? Contact safereturn@pnw.edu.