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 to help 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 students expect on campus today? Find out with the table below.

Social Distancing Standards in EffectYes
Mask UsageRequired indoors - 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
Student OrganizationsAny student organization-sponsored events, whether on- or off-campus, that are likely to be attended by 50 or more people must be approved by the Dean of Students Office and the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.
Athletics TeamsThe Great Lakes intercollegiate Athletic Conference Council of Presidents and Chancellors approved a winter and spring competition calendar based on evolving COVID-19 testing, travel and venue protocols.
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.
Dining ServicesGrab and go only
Size Guidelines for All Gatherings50 people or fewer

See Guidelines for Scheduling Campus Events
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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

Students will learn the same material while working at different times and locations.

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Virtual Classroom

Fully Remote with Live Lecture

Students will learn at the same time, with a commitment to a specific “virtual classroom” time.

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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.

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In-Person 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.

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 Students

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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.

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 BlackboardBrightspace, text and email. Faculty will have virtual office hours, and those will be posted.

PNW offers four modes of instruction to support an engaging learning environment while allowing for proper social distancing. Use this table to find your preferred course format in the online schedule of classes.

 100% OnlineVirtual ClassroomHybridFace-to-Face
How to Identify Courses of This Type"Distance Learning" as the "Schedule Type" and no content in the "Meeting Times" column.Course meeting days and times but with "Off Campus Virtual Class" as the location.Two entries in the "Meeting Times" column: one with meeting day and time, building and room number; the second entry may be "blank" (for online component) or “virtual class” with meeting day and time (for a scheduled online component).Course meeting days and times with building and room number.
How to Find Courses of This TypeFilter search by selecting "Instructional Method: Online: Fully Remote."Filter search by selecting "Instructional Method: Virtual Classroom: Live LEC."Filter search by selecting "Instructional Method: Hybrid: On-Campus + Online."Filter search by selecting "Instructional Method: Face-to-Face: In-Person."

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

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

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