COVID-19 Faculty Guide

PNW faculty, see everything you need to know about COVID-19 and working and teaching at Purdue University Northwest. Together, we can all help to keep our community safe.

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Planning for an In-Person Fall Semester

We are very pleased to confirm that we are planning for an in-person Fall Semester at Purdue Northwest! We expect we will see a return to robust university operations with significant interactive classroom experiences by the beginning of the fall 2021 semester.

See the Fall 2021 Announcement

Review Spring 2021 Guidelines

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

 Current
Social Distancing Standards in EffectYes
Mask UsageRequired Indoors, Your Office Excepted - See the Protocol
CoursesInstructors are beginning the process of migrating back to face-to-face and hybrid instruction for courses originally scheduled in those modalities.

See the Latest Upate
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 Gatherings50 people or fewer

See Guidelines for Scheduling Campus Events
Essential Employees Work LocationOn-campus
Non-Essential Employees Work LocationStudent-facing services will have an on-campus presence during business hours.
University-Sponsored TravelLimited essential travel with SLT approval.
COVID-19 ScreeningRefer students, faculty and staff to local county options
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Remote Resources

Whether you’re looking to work off campus or teach classes remotely, our tech experts have guides to help!

See PNW’s Remote Work Guide

Resources for Teaching During COVID

Spring 2021 Learning Experiences

While PNW is advising instructors to start the semester with remote instruction, Spring 2021 courses will continue to be planned in the four course formats: hybrid, virtual, online, and face-to-face. In-person courses will be delivered as safely as possible using precautions including physical distancing, personal protective equipment (PPE) such as face coverings, and sanitation.

Students can view available spring courses and the format in which they will be held in the online student schedule portal.

See Class Formats for Spring 2021

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100% Online

Fully Remote

All course learning objectives can be achieved and assessed through a variety of remote-teaching methods. Remote methods in the 100% online courses are based on the idea that students will learn the same material even if they are working at different times and locations.

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Virtual Classroom

Fully Remote with Live Lecture

All course learning objectives can be achieved and assessed through a variety of remote-teaching methods. Remote methods in this environment are based on students learning at the same time, with a commitment to a specific “virtual classroom” time.

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Hybrid

Combination of On-Campus and Online

Course learning objectives can be achieved and assessed through a combination of remote delivery and face-to-face interactions between student and faculty.

Examples: Lab-based courses; some clinical experiences.

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Face-to-Face

In-Person Experiences

All course learning objectives can only be achieved and assessed through a variety of on-site face-to-face teaching methodologies.

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 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.

All campus community members are 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 for Faculty

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Planning for an In-Person Fall Semester at PNW

We are very pleased to confirm that we are planning for an in-person Fall Semester at Purdue Northwest.

Plans for Spring 2021 commencement in-person ceremonies

We are excited to return to in-person commencement ceremonies to allow our graduates to share this important experience safely with family and friends. Graduation marks the determination of PNW students in persisting to earn their degrees, and the Class of ’21 has demonstrated great flexibility and innovation to achieve this milestone.

Reminders for COVID-19 Protocols on Campus

As we move back to some in-person learning this semester the task force wanted to send out some friendly reminders about COVID-19 protocols on campus. This memo communicates the face-covering protocol for PNW students, faculty, staff, invited guests and visitors who must be on campus.

Frequently Asked Questions

On Campus

Campus is open, although departments may be operating remotely or with reduced hours to promote social distancing. If you’re coming for official university business, we recommend contacting the relevant department to learn more about their operating procedures.

See PNW’s Building Hours

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

Explore Library Resources

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

PNW faculty or staff who are considering inviting vendors, collaborators or other guests (those not employed by or attending PNW) to campus need to follow the university’s official guest protocol.

See the Guest Policy

Employment

See FAQs for important employment information for faculty and staff regarding Covid-19.

Explore COVID Employment Information

Flexible work arrangements, including working remotely, have become essential in our efforts to de-densify campus to keep our PNW faculty, students and staff safe and reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Supervisors and employees work together to assess flexible work options, manage workload, set expectations, maintain open communication and ensure continuity of operations.

See PNW Remote Work Resources

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.

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

See Return to Campus Guidelines (PDF)

See How to Report a Positive Test

PNW employees can request the loan of university equipment to facilitate an enhanced remote-working experience. Submit the “University Property Loan Agreement” for your supervisor’s approval, and be sure to properly clean loaned equipment before returning it.

University Property Loan Agreement (DOC)

Health and COVID-19

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.

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.