Things you need to know about COVID-19
Last updated April 1, 2020. This page will be updated. All information and guidance applies to Purdue West Lafayette unless otherwise noted. Additional guidance for Purdue Northwest can be found here. Additional guidance for Purdue Fort Wayne can be found here.
- The Purdue COVID-19 Information Center, 765-496-INFO (4636) or toll-free 1-833-571-1043, is staffed by university employees from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday to answer student, parent, faculty and staff questions. When you call, you will be given several options (housing, financial aid, etc.) to select from to ensure you are connected with the person best suited to answer your inquiry.
- Two Purdue students, who are not on campus, have tested positive for COVID-19.
- Purdue classes will be delivered by remote instruction for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester.
- Traditional in-person commencement is canceled. Purdue will offer May 2020 graduates a first-of-its kind on-demand commencement ceremony.
- Residence halls remain open for those students who must remain on campus, but any student who can move home/to a different location should do so. For details about living on campus and move-out, please go here.
- Campus food options are extremely limited. Details are available here.
- Critical research functions will continue; other research will ramp down. Details are available here.
- Telecommuting/remote work is encouraged for faculty and staff wherever possible. Tips and resources for working remotely are available here.
- All research, academic and administrative buildings will remain locked throughout the day as the default, and nearly all offices on campus will restrict walk-in traffic.
- PUSH and Hicks Undergraduate Library (for wi-fi access) will remain open.
- The Stadium Mall doors to Pharmacy are open for access to the Purdue Pharmacy during business hours.
- If you are returning to campus from travel anywhere outside Indiana, you must follow campus rules for working safely from home or on campus:
- If you feel sick, you must stay home.
- If you are returning from a Level 3 travel advisory country, you must self-quarantine for a period of 14 days.
- Importantly, anyone returning from travel outside of Indiana should not return to research labs for 14 days from their date of return.
- Practice safe social distancing (remain at least six feet apart) if you must be on campus.
Purdue officials, in close coordination with the state and local public health departments, are closely monitoring for developments and will offer additional guidance to the university community as soon as it is available.
Major guidance from President Daniels, Provost Akridge and other campus leaders and answers to the most frequently asked questions are contained on this site, which is updated regularly.
Any areas wishing to implement a no handshaking guideline in their offices, classrooms or events may download and post this flyer.
When a public health emergency emerges, the Public Health Emergency Planning team provides planning and response as needed. The group is co-chaired by the director, PUSH and the senior director, Environmental Health and Public Safety, and includes members of various campus departments as well as the Tippecanoe County Health Department.
The university’s Integrated Emergency Management Plan guides preparedness for a number of specific emergencies, and includes guidance for public health emergencies.
This page offers guidance for institutes of higher education regarding administration, cleaning and travel
Two Purdue students, who are not on campus, have tested positive for COVID-19.
Unfortunately, we will not be able to hold a traditional in-person commencement this May. Instead, Purdue will offer May 2020 graduates a first-of-its-kind on-demand commencement ceremony.
Here is some additional information:
- We will offer all May candidates the option to participate in a future traditional ceremony.
- We have worked with Herff Jones to:
- Remove any late fees.
- Extend the decision time for cap and gown rental until April 22.
- Absorb the cost for shipping to and from student-provided addresses.
- Allow students to have their cap and gown for a full week so they can wear it the week of our virtual ceremony.
Updates will be communicated primarily via this webpage, Purdue Today and all-campus emails. Updates will also be shared with media and will be distributed by the Parent & Family Connections office through the Office of the Dean of Students.
Please see the “Recent Messages” section of this site for the most recent messages sent to the campus community.
In the event of a public health emergency or other crisis that requires access to the University to be severely limited, there are certain people who must report to campus to perform duties vital to the continuity of the University. Additionally, there will be other essential staff performing critical functions who can perform these duties from a remote location such as home.
Essential functions are those that need to be fulfilled when normal University operations have been suspended or closed. Departments must evaluate their department’s impact on the overall goal of maintaining essential University operations. Additionally, for continuity, they must designate these essential functions in advance. Pre-designation is especially important in incidents that happen with little notice. Individuals who directly support these functions are expected to report for work during the emergency period as requested by their department unless specifically directed by the department not to do so. The following information provides some general guidelines to be considered when designating the essential function positions.
Essential/Critical functions or responsibilities are activities:
- to preserve the health, well-being and safety of the Purdue campus community,
- to assist and support students and others who must remain on campus with needs generated by the emergency,
- to ensure timely and effective communication before, during, and after the emergency,
- to provide utilities to maintain and protect campus buildings,
- to maintain the health and well-being of animals,
- to preserve the campus cyber infrastructure,
- to preserve the core functions of the university (i.e. payroll, benefits, finance); and
- to protect assets required to allow the University to resume its normal functions when the emergency /public health emergency has subsided; and
- to preserve university facilities, including essential maintenance and repair
These assets may include, but are not limited to:
- cultures of valuable, unique, or irreplaceable living species,
- valuable, unique, or irreplaceable research specimens or samples,
- the environment surrounding and sustaining sensitive materials,
- facilities and equipment,
- sensitive or irreplaceable data, or
- critical business continuation functions.
Personnel designated by a unit head as “essential personnel” are employees who are needed in order to provide the minimum level of service in the department (i.e., human resources, finance, emergency services, utilities and provision of food and housing) and those needed to prevent irreparable damage to research and mechanical systems and those needed to maintain core functions of the university. Each affected unit head will designate Essential Personnel in his or her college or unit and notify them of their role and responsibility.
Examples of staff members who are expected to be defined as critical or essential:
Police officers and fire fighters
Respond to emergencies, maintain order
Certain power plant and utilities staff
Certain operations and maintenance staff
Monitor facilities, repair serious problems
Certain grounds staff
Refuse removal, assist in equipment supply
Certain computer staff
Maintain infrastructure, support emergency operations
Certain building services staff
Refuse removal, cleaning of occupied areas
Certain senior university staff
Certain business office staff
Process emergency payments and payroll
Certain human resources staff
Process payroll, benefits, employee relations
Certain animal caretakers
Feed and monitor animals
Certain health care staff
Triage, treat students and staff, dispense medication
Certain housing and food staff
Feed and house students, staff
Certain veterinary medicine staff
Care of injured/sick animals
Certain ADDL staff
Provide diagnostic services
Certain communications staff
Disseminate information, policies
Certain student services staff
Assist students remaining on campus; continue recruitment, admissions processes
The above list is by no means exhaustive but illustrates types of personnel considered as essential to report to campus or provide support from a remote location. While the examples above illustrate the type of staff that are expected to be designated as essential, it will be a departmental decision to determine these in advance or as we progress into the crisis.
Additionally, essential staff may change depending on factors such as the time during the year, severity of the public health emergency, and the length of time suspension of classes or normal operations is in force. The number of essential support staff, such as building services personnel will be highly dependent on the number of other students and staff who are on campus.
Prior to or at the declaration of a public health emergency period, Executive Vice Presidents, Vice Presidents, Vice Provosts, Deans, Directors, and Department Heads should review the designation of essential staff and the expectations for all employees during this period.
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