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 an in-person Fall semester.

Students walking across PNW's Westville Campus

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 are looking forward to welcoming you back to a typical in-person experience for instruction and activities at PNW in Fall 2021.

See the Fall 2021 Announcement

Students laugh in PNW's Dworkin Center

Current Status

Interacting today with Purdue University Northwest? Here’s what to expect.

  • Unless explicitly stated otherwise, fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear face covering on campus.
  • Unvaccinated individuals are still required to wear face coverings indoors, maintain social distancing and monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.

See the Full Guide

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

 Fully VaccinatedNot Fully Vaccinated
Social Distancing Standards in EffectNoYes
Mask UsageUnless explicitly stated otherwise, fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear face covering on campus.

See Latest Guidelines
Required indoors or when social distancing can't be maintained outdoors.

See Latest Guidelines
Exposure to COVIDIndividuals without COVID-19-like symptoms do not need to quarantine, stay home from work or be tested, as their risk of infection is low.Individuals should monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. If symptoms develop, isolate, contact medical provider, and report any positive test to the PNW COVID-19 Test Results Committee.
General PNW COVID-19 Guidelines
CoursesSummer 2021 classes are fully remote. PNW is planning for an in-person Fall 2021 semester!

See the Latest Update
Student OrganizationsNo capacity limits. Attendees need to follow latest face-covering guidelines.
Athletics TeamsSpectators are allowed at home events.

See the Announcement
Fitness CentersPhase 2 Plans in Effect - See the Plan
University-Owned Residence HallsPNW housing is fully open, with social distancing and face-covering requirements in place.

See Housing Guidelines
Dining ServicesOpen for in-person dining.

See Menus and Hours
Size Guidelines for All GatheringsNo capacity limits. Attendees need to follow latest face-covering guidelines.
COVID-19 ScreeningEmployees and students who aren't fully vaccinated are encouraged to take part in free university testing program starting first week of fall semester.

COVID Announcements for Students

Students talk on the PNW campus

Updated COVID-19 Guidance for PNW

As the population of vaccinated residents grows and COVID-19 cases steadily decline, Purdue University Northwest will be transitioning some of its COVID-19 policies and procedures. Using the latest federal, state and local guidance, the university is adopting the following protocols, effective immediately.

A student is vaccinated for COVID-19 at a PNW vaccination clinic.

PNW COVID Vaccine Survey

All students, faculty and staff affiliated with the Purdue University Northwest campuses are encouraged to participate in a new verification program once they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to assist in PNW’s efforts in managing the health and safety of the campus community.

An aerial view of students walking across PNW's Westville campus

PNW’s Plans for the Fall Semester

We are looking forward to welcoming you back to a typical in-person experience for instruction and activities at PNW in Fall 2021. PNW is, and always has been, a face-to-face learning experience, and we are excited to get back to this in the fall. 

Frequently Asked Questions

On Campus

Campus is open, although departments may be operating remotely or with reduced hours as we prepare for an in-person fall semester. 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

The university has reviewed the recent CDC, state and local guidance regarding wearing face coverings and determined that vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear face coverings indoors when on campus.  All unvaccinated individuals are still required to wear face coverings while indoors and maintain social distancing, as well as monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.

Some programs may still require face coverings under certain circumstances.

Face coverings will not be required outdoors for anyone who is fully vaccinated, or who is not fully vaccinated but can maintain physical distancing.

Although the easing of face coverings requirements is an indication that the end of the pandemic is near, we expect our university community to continue to show compassion and grace to fellow community members. Wearing face coverings in public has become the norm for more than a year and many people, even those who are fully vaccinated, might have understandable anxiety as we transition into a new phase in the pandemic.

Vaccines

Individuals ages 12 and older are now eligible to be vaccinated across the state of Indiana.  The COVID-19 vaccine is NOT mandatory, but health officials strongly encourage those who are eligible to receive the vaccine. The best way to end the pandemic and return to normal operations is for all to get vaccinated if they can do so.

Students of the College of Nursing should be aware that some clinic settings and facilities are requiring student nurses to be vaccinated or to have frequent COVID-19 testing. The College of Nursing continues to assess clinical compliance requirements.

Students, faculty and staff affiliated with the Purdue Northwest campuses are encouraged to participate in a verification program once they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to assist in PNW’s efforts in managing the health and safety of the campus community.

ACCESS THE VACCINATION SURVEY

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.

Health and COVID-19

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

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