Reminders for COVID-19 Protocols on Campus

February 10, 2021

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. It reminds you that Social Distancing Guidelines should be followed at all times while on campus, indoors or outdoors. It also shares details on working with procurement services to order COVID-19 related supplies.

As always if you have any questions about these protocols please contact or use the Feedback Survey on our website.

Until further guidance is received, a face covering should be used as described below.

PNW Face-Covering Protocol

  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.  If anyone comes into your office to visit or for a meeting please put your face covering back on.
  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, and social distancing is not possible, you must wear your face covering.
  5. If you need additional PNW branded masks please reach out to

Face-Covering Best Practices

The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

Choosing Your Face Covering

  • A multi-ply, tightly woven cotton cloth or multi-ply disposable face covering is recommended.
  • Your face covering should allow for breathing without restriction
  • It should fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face. The face covering should fit snugly around the mouth and nose. If the mask has a metal wire, it should be fitted snugly to the bridge of the nose.
  • Your face covering should be secured with ties or ear loops.
  • Face coverings must not have exhalation valves (with the exception of medical personnel and Emergency Responders).

Using Your Face Covering

  • Before putting on a face covering, clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  • Avoid touching the face covering while using it. If you do touch the face covering, wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Your Face covering should be discarded or washed after every use. Reusable face coverings can be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape.
  • It should not be worn damp or when wet from spit or mucus.
  • To remove the face covering: remove it from behind, do not touch the front of the face covering.
  • The wearer should immediately wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds after removing the face covering.

Ordering COVID related Supplies

  • Procurement Services will work with campus stakeholders and vendor partners to identify and locate essential COVID-19 related supplies such as hand sanitizer, face coverings, disinfecting wipes and surface disinfectant.
  • Colleges and departments should complete the information below to submit a purchase request for these essential supply orders instead of purchasing items on their own.  This applies to branded and unbranded items.  If your department is considering purchasing any PPE materials that include the university name, symbol, marks, logo or phrases that represent Purdue Northwest, a university licensed vendor must be used. Please see the licensing guidelines or contact Marketing and Communications with questions about proper branding of items.

Request COVID-Related Supplies

Feedback Survey

feedback survey is available on the PNW website and can be used to ask any and all COVID-related questions.  For example, you can use the survey for:

  • Asking a COVID-19 related question
  • Expressing a Concern about a COVID-19 protocol not being followed on campus
  • Providing feedback about a COVID-19 response
  • Alerting the task force about the need for additional signage concerning protocols
  • Communicating you have been exposed or possibly exposed to COVID-19


Guidance on how to report a Positive COVID-19 Test Result