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 1
(Current)
Social Distancing Standards in EffectYes
Mask UsageRequired Indoors - See the Protocol
CoursesAll Courses Delivered Remotely - See Fall 2020 Plans
Library and LoungesRemote
Fitness CentersOpened July 13 - See the Plan
Dining ServicesGrab and go only
Size Guidelines for All Gatherings150 people or fewer

Planning for fall? So are we! See PNW’s next steps for a safe return to the classroom below.

 Phase 0
(Previous)
Phase 1
(Began July 6)
Phase 2
(Begins Aug. 17)
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

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

Logo for the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, featuring that text and GLIAC on a blue wave.

GLIAC Council of Presidents Votes to Suspend All Sports Competition

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

A walkway on PNW's Hammond Campus with a "Power Onward" banner.

PNW COVID-19 Test Results Committee

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

Afshin Zahraee, assistant professor, Mechanical Engineering Technology (left) and Ran Zhou, assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering examine a miniature tensile testing machine for 3D printed parts and specimen for potential use in Remote Knowledge Labs.

PNW Redefines Off-Campus Experiential Learning with Remote Knowledge Labs

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

Frequently Asked Questions

On Campus

To protect the health and safety of all faculty and staff, we have created a task force, with representation from each operating division, to develop appropriate health and safety protocols and procedures with the goal of a partial safe return to campus on July 6. PNW is planning strategically to ensure your safe return to work and into the classroom.

Assuming governmental authorities permit doing so, Purdue University Northwest intends to offer classes on campus this fall, while remaining conscientious about whatever rules and practices are necessary to protect the health and safety of students, faculty, staff and the community. While we are all eager to come back to campus, we must do so in a safe way, which may require hybrid or online courses.

Experts tell us that three things need to be in place to ensure a safe campus environment: appropriate spaces for social distancing; the ability to test for COVID-19; and, contact tracing of those who have the virus. We are seeking information on these three criteria, from our experts here at PNW, as well as the greater Northwest Indiana area and the State of Indiana.

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

See the Schedule and Reservation Process

Prospective Students

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

Learn More About PNW Admissions During COVID-19

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

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

Learn More About PNW Admissions During COVID-19 

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

Learn More About PNW Admissions During COVID-19

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.