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.

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PNW Announces Plans for Fall Semester

Following months of work from PNW’s Safe Return to Campus Task Force, the university has shared with students, faculty and staff plans for welcoming students back, in person and virtually, for the fall 2020 semester.

See the Fall 2020 Announcement

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Interacting today with Purdue University Northwest? See what to expect in 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
Student OrganizationsVirtual meetings strongly encouraged where possible. In-person meetings permitted if room capacity and safety protocols are followed. Invited guests must follow PNW ‘s COVID guest policy.

Off-campus events sponsored by student organizations are permitted but must follow all on-campus safety protocols, including masking and social distancing.

Any student organization-sponsored events, whether on- or off-campus, that are likely to be attended by 30 or more people must be approved by the Dean of Students Office and the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.
Athletics TeamsStudent athletes will return to campus. The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has suspended all competition during the Fall 2020 sports season.
Library and LoungesOpen with appropriate distancing guidelines in place.
Fitness CentersPhase 2 Plans in Effect - See the Plan
University-Owned Residence HallsHousing residents up to 90% max capacity, leaving apartments available on the first floor of each building.

Social-distancing restrictions in place.
Dining ServicesGrab and go only
Size Guidelines for All Gatherings250 people or fewer
Essential Employees Work LocationOn-campus
Non-Essential Employees Work LocationOn-campus with supervisor approval.
Student-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

See PNW’s full timeline for our safe return to the classroom 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
Student OrganizationsRemoteRemoteVirtual meetings strongly encouraged where possible. In-person meetings permitted if room capacity and safety protocols are followed. Invited guests must follow PNW ‘s COVID guest policy.

Off-campus events sponsored by student organizations are permitted but must follow all on-campus safety protocols, including masking and social distancing.

Any student organization-sponsored events, whether on- or off-campus, that are likely to be attended by 30 or more people must be approved by the Dean of Students Office and the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.
Athletics TeamsRemoteRemoteStudent athletes will return to campus. The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has suspended all competition during the Fall 2020 sports season.
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
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.
Housing residents up to 90% max capacity, leaving apartments available on the first floor of each building.

Social-distancing restrictions in place.
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
Essential Employees Work LocationOn-campusOn-campusOn-campus
Non-Essential Employees Work LocationRemoteRemote (for most)
On-campus (with approval or upon request from supervisor)
On-campus with supervisor approval.
Student-facing services will have an on-campus presence during business hours.
University-Sponsored TravelNot permittedNot permittedLimited essential travel with SLT approval.
COVID-19 ScreeningN/ATBDRefer students, faculty and staff to local county options

 

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.

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.

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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.

Frequently Asked Questions

On Campus

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. 

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

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

Health and COVID-19

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

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

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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.

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COVID-19 Student Updates: One Month Since Fall Semester Started

As PNW marks one month since fall semester started, the Safe Return to Campus Task Force shares student 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.

  • 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.