TO: Executive Vice Presidents, Chancellors, Vice Presidents, Vice Chancellors, Vice Provosts, Deans, Directors and Heads of Schools, Divisions, Departments and Offices
FROM: Frank Dooley, vice provost for teaching and learning
DATE: August 12, 2015
RE: Traffic and student move-in
As you all are certainly aware by now, Interstate 65 in Tippecanoe County is causing challenging traffic issues for those traveling to or around Purdue. Soon, more than 40,000 students will be arriving on campus, further compounding the issue.
Purdue is working to alert all students via email and social media of the Interstate closure and advising them to plan ahead, expect delays and be as patient as possible while state, area, local and Purdue law enforcement work to assist traffic in every way possible.
As a reminder, Purdue's West Lafayette students attending Boiler Gold Rush will move into their on-campus housing on August 17-18, a Monday and a Tuesday, accommodating a shifted Boiler Gold Rush schedule designed to improve student engagement and connect orientation more closely to the start of the academic term. Boiler Gold Rush will take place August 19-22. Residence hall contracts for returning students begin Friday, August 21. The first day of classes is August 24.
During the move-in days, the central campus area will experience heavy traffic that may cause delays or disruptions to normal business. The most-affected areas will include State Street from Martin Jischke Drive to Airport Road; Stadium Avenue between Northwestern Avenue and McCormick Road; Martin Jischke Drive from State Street to Stadium Avenue; Third Street from Martin Jischke Drive to McCormick Road and all side roads in the vicinity of residence halls.
On August 18, the new student induction event will take place at 4:00-4:45 p.m. in Mackey Arena. Before and after that period, about 6,000 undergraduate students and 6,000 parents will be walking from the residence halls areas to the arena, then returning to the halls and parking areas.
It is important for employees to anticipate delays and give themselves additional time for their morning commutes and/or to travel around campus for meetings during these periods. At the same time, I hope that departments and supervisors will exercise discretion and an extra degree of understanding if the additional activity during the workday causes unavoidable delays for workers.
Additional information about the Boiler Gold Rush, move-in and how it will affect those on campus is available online at www.purdue.edu/bgr. Those with immediate questions should contact Dan Carpenter, director of student success, at firstname.lastname@example.org.