Safe Return to Campus

PNW is planning strategically to ensure everyone’s safe return to work and into the classroom. See our current status—and what’s planned for the future.

Interacting today with Purdue University Northwest? See what to expect in 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
Student OrganizationsRemote
Athletics TeamsRemote
Library and LoungesRemote
Fitness CentersOpening July 13 - See the Plan
University-Owned Residence HallsHouse residents (two per apartment) with current contracts and interns for businesses in NWI/Chicago Area. 

Social-distancing restrictions in place.
Dining ServicesGrab and go only
Size Guidelines for All Gatherings150 people or fewer
Essential Employees Work LocationOn-campus
Non-Essential Employees Work LocationRemote (for most)
On-campus (with approval or upon request from supervisor)
University-Sponsored TravelNot permitted
COVID-19 ScreeningTBD

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

 Phase 0
(Previous)
Phase 1
(Current)
Social Distancing Standards in EffectYesYes
Mask UsageRequired indoors - See the Protocol. Required indoors - See the Protocol.
CoursesAll Courses Delivered Remotely - See Fall 2020 PlansAll Courses Delivered Remotely - See Fall 2020 Plans
Student OrganizationsRemoteRemote
Athletics TeamsRemoteRemote
Library and LoungesRemoteRemote
Fitness CentersTemporarily closedOpening July 13 - See the Plan
University-Owned Residence HallsHouse residents (two per apartment) with current summer contracts and interns for businesses in NWI/Chicago Area.

Social-distancing restrictions in place.
House residents (two per apartment) with current contracts and interns for businesses in NWI/Chicago Area. 

Social-distancing restrictions in place.
Dining ServicesGrab and go onlyGrab and go only
Size Guidelines for All Gatherings0 (On-campus gatherings not allowed)150 people or fewer
Essential Employees Work LocationOn-campusOn-campus
Non-Essential Employees Work LocationRemoteRemote (for most)
On-campus (with approval or upon request from supervisor)
University-Sponsored TravelNot permittedNot permitted
COVID-19 ScreeningN/ATBD

 

Fall 2020 Learning Experiences

To facilitate a smooth transition back to campus, PNW’s academic leadership has categorized each course into one of four “types” ranging from fully remote to 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.

The Office of the Registrar is working with the colleges to identify the delivery mode for each course and to enter this information into the course catalog. Our expectation is that students will have approximately one month before the start of fall semester to see how their fall 2020 classes will be delivered.

See the Latest Announcement About Fall Classes

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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.

A student works on a stylus as she looks at her computer screen. Illustrations on the image show faces arrayed on a computer screen and a clock.

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.

A student wearing a mask and gloves peers into a microscope. Illustrations on the image show faces arrayed around a computer screen and a building.

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.

A student wearing a mask and gloves works with chemicals. An illustration on the photo shows a building

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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

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.

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 

Back to Campus Announcements

PNW Chancellor Thomas Keon speaks from the university's new Nils K. Nelson Bioscience Innovation Building

Chancellor Keon Video Update: Keep the Future in Mind

Speaking from the brand-new Nils K. Nelson Bioscience Innovation Building, Chancellor Keon shares how the building’s bright future mirrors PNW’s plans for fall learning.

Jacob Lenson, assistant vice chancellor of campus planning, project and space management, and Chancellor Keon celebrate the handover of the Nils K. Nelson Bioscience Innovation Building.

Limited Return to Campus Begins July 6

As we continue preparations to safely welcome students back to campus this fall, Purdue University Northwest senior administration has approved the recommendation of the Safe Return to Campus Task Force to move into the next phase of operations beginning July 6.

Lions on PNW's Westville campus

What to Expect from Courses This Fall

Courses will be offered in a combination of four different manners for fall 2020 to de-densify campus and allow for the physical distancing required to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  • Lawrence Hamer, Dean, College of Business (Co-Chair)
  • Julie Wiejak, Senior Executive Assistant for Strategic Initiatives (Co-Chair)
  • Heather Zamojski, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Learning Technologies
  • Scott Iverson, Executive Director, Housing & Residential Education
  • Jennifer Williams, Associate Registrar
  • Sue Miller, Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources
  • Jake Lenson, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Campus Planning
  • Brian Miller, Director of Public Safety
  • Catharine Olsen, Executive Assistant to the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs
  • Libby Pelter, Associate Professor, Chemistry and Vice-Chair of Faculty Senate
  • Ashley Gerodimos, Executive Director, PNW Alumni Community/Alumni Affairs
  • Carol A. Coupet, Executive Director, Enterprise Application Services
  • Rhonda Lanfear, Athletics Secretary
  • Tabby Stills, Assistant Director, Fitness Center
  • Jodi Allen, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing

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