Welcome To Spring 2022

January 10, 2022

A student wears a PNW mask and Power Onward shirt in PNW's Student Union and Library Building.

Welcome to 2022! After a very successful semester of in-person classes in Fall 2021, PNW faculty and staff are beyond excited to see the PNW campuses filled with people and activities again. We are all wishing you a great academic year full of learning, growth and fun.

As PNW returns to campus, the health and safety of our campus community remains our number one priority. As you’ve likely heard, the extremely contagious Delta and Omicron variants of COVID are causing a surge in infections, including in Northwest Indiana. The most important thing that you can do to help protect yourself and others is to get vaccinated. Remember:

  • If you become infected with COVID, you are highly contagious for 48 hours or more before you feel symptoms.
  • On average, each person infected with COVID infects at least seven more people.

Get The Shot!

You’re much less likely to get COVID once you’re protected by a vaccination and that means you won’t be passing it on to others. It keeps all of us safer. We’ll also be enforcing the masking requirements on campus, so please make sure to mask up while indoors and in large gatherings outside. Free testing for COVID is available on campus Monday through Friday at the Hammond campus (CLO 112B) and Wednesdays and Thursdays on the Westville campus (LSF 111). Free vaccine shots are offered at the Hammond campus today (January 10), tomorrow, and on Monday, January 31.

Report COVID!

As a reminder, all positive cases of COVID should be reported directly to the Dean of Students at fewer@pnw.edu. The Office of the Dean of Students can confirm for your instructors that you are experiencing circumstances that prevent you from attending class in person. Note that only instructors have the authority to excuse absences or missed deadlines.

Check Your Schedule and Email!

All instructors have been given the option of offering remote instruction until January 31. Please check your student email and Brightspace regularly for communication from instructors regarding any changes in course plans and policies.

We’re Here to Help!

Remember that the Office of the Dean of Students is here to support and assist you throughout your career at PNW: if you have financial struggles, missed deadlines, illness, disagreements with faculty or staff, or anything else that gets in the way of your success, contact us and we will help you find a resolution.

Best wishes for a great semester!
Colin Fewer
Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of Students