COVID-19 Student Guide
PNW students, see everything you need to know about COVID-19 and your studies at Purdue University Northwest—including our plans for a safe return to campus this fall.
Looking Forward to Fall
We are preparing a great educational experience, even if it might look a little different than what we’re used to. The faculty are busy planning fall courses and we are exploring ways to continue a lively student life.
What can students expect on campus today? Find out with the table below.
|Social Distancing Standards in Effect||Yes|
|Mask Usage||Required Indoors - See the Protocol.|
|Courses||All Courses Delivered Remotely - See Fall 2020 Plans|
|Library and Lounges||Remote|
|Fitness Centers||Opening July 13 - See the Plan|
|University-Owned Residence Halls||House residents (two per apartment) with current contracts and interns for businesses in NWI/Chicago Area.
Social-distancing restrictions in place.
|Dining Services||Grab and go only|
|Size Guidelines for All Gatherings||150 people or fewer|
Planning for fall? So are we! See PNW’s next steps for a safe return to the classroom below.
(Began July 6)
|Social Distancing Standards in Effect||Yes||Yes|
|Mask Usage||Required Indoors - See the Protocol.||Required Indoors - See the Protocol.|
|Courses||All Courses Delivered Remotely - See Fall 2020 Plans||All Courses Delivered Remotely - See Fall 2020 Plans|
|Library and Lounges||Remote||Remote|
|Fitness Centers||Temporarily Closed||Opening July 13 - See the Plan|
|University-Owned Residence Halls||House 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 Services||Grab and go only||Grab and go only|
|Size Guidelines for All Gatherings||0 (On-campus gatherings not allowed)||150 people or fewer|
Fall 2020 Learning Experiences
PNW will offer four “types” of courses in Fall 2020, ranging from fully remote learning to face-to-face courses deliver with precautions including social distancing, face coverings and deep cleaning.
The Office of the Registrar is now working with colleges to identify how the delivery mode for every individual 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.
Students will learn the same material while working at different times and locations.
Fully Remote with Live Lecture
Students will learn at the same time, with a commitment to a specific “virtual classroom” time.
Combination of On-Campus and Online
Students will have a combination of remote learning and face-to-face interactions with faculty.
Examples: Lab-based courses; some clinical experiences.
Some learning objectives can only be achieved with on-site teaching. These experiences will be fully face to face, with appropriate safety measures.
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.
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.
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.
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 Students
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.
Purdue University Northwest is ready to give you a great educational experience in the Fall, even if it might look a little different than what we’re used to. The faculty are busy preparing fall courses and we are exploring ways to continue a lively student life, as we know that your college experience involves more than just attending classes.
At this time, it is anticipated that a phased approach to a return to working in campus offices for staff may begin the week of July 6, with proper safety protocols and social distancing. Guidelines for returning to work on campus are under development and will be shared in June.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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
- When you are in a building, hallway, classroom, laboratory, washroom, common area, you must wear a face covering.
- 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.
- If you are outdoors, you do not have to wear a face covering, but social distancing still applies.
- If you are at an outdoor event, with multiple participants, you must wear your face covering.
The libraries and computer labs on both campuses will be closed for 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.
Service on the inter-campus shuttle between the Hammond and Westville campuses will be suspended as of March 12. Service will resume once instructional operations return to normal.
Friday March 27, 2020 will be the last day for the South Shore to Hammond campus shuttle bus service, 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.
Classes and Learning
Student success is paramount for PNW faculty—now and always. Students should keep in mind that your professors, and staff members, are here to assist you. Reach out for help.
The university remains operational, and you can communicate with instructors as well as all the offices that offer supporting resources via email and phone. Many professors and advisors are reaching out to you through Blackboard, Brightspace, text and email. Faculty will have virtual office hours, and those will be posted.
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.
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.