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April 2020 Newsletter

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Supporting Your Remote Learning Student

This is an unusual time for not only our students, but for families as everyone navigates a new normal. We hope you can use the information on this site to not as resources to support your Boilermaker, but your entire family. 

Virtual Student Life

Students can visit This Week in Virtual Student Life for opportunities to connect in different avenues.

President Daniels announces launch of Safe Campus Task Force

On March 31, Purdue President Mitch Daniels announced the establishment of a Safe Campus Task Force. The full announcement is available here.

An update on summer from Provost Jay Akridge

An email was sent April 6th, to the Purdue Community and can be read here.

Think Summer

Purdue’s four-year graduation rate is 60%, and nearly 60% of those who fall into that category take advantage of summer! Registration for summer courses is now open for all students, and instructions can be found on the Think Summer website.  We also encourage your student to explore summer financial aid options and apply for summer aid in their myPurdue portal.

CCO Spotlight

The Center for Career Opportunities has updated their in-person services for the remainder of the academic year. Should your student have quick questions or request a same day appointment, they should call 765-494-3981. For appointments related to job search, major or career exploration or graduate school planning, please have them set up an appointment through BoilerConnect and a career consultant will connect with them virtually. Students can click here to begin setting up an appointment. They are also welcome to email should they have additional questions.

Census Information Below

No matter where students are currently, they should be counted where the live most of the year. If they live in on campus housing (residence halls), the university will count them. If they live off campus, they need to fill the census out themselves. Parents should not be counting them when they fill out the census. If they are double-counted-no worries, the census will eliminate the duplicates. All Purdue University students should be counted at your Purdue/West Lafayette address, even if they have been displaced by COVID-19. The census collects information about where you predominantly live and since our students mostly live in West Lafayette during the year, that is where you should be counted.

For students who live(d) off-campus this year
This year, your response is more important than ever. While you may have moved back home for the semester due to COVID-19 developments, the Census Bureau has confirmed that you should be counted at your school address where you spent most of the spring semester so far. 

What to Do

  • First, check in with your roommates/housemates. Only one person at the address should do the census and report every person at the address. Determine which person will complete the census for your address. We recommend naming a roommate as the Census Captain, and the rest order take-out. Can’t take the survey on an empty stomach!
  • The census questionnaire is online and can be completed anywhere. It should take 10 minutes or less to complete.
  • The online census will ask for a ten-digit code that was mailed to your address. Don’t have it? That’s alright! It isn’t absolutely necessary to have it.
  • The census will ask you where you are living on April 1, 2020. Again, even if you are back home and no longer in West Lafayette, you should use your off-campus, West Lafayette address.
  • To begin the survey, visit:
  • Why? Because in 2021, 2022, 2023, and so on through 2030, there will be whole new groups of students who come to West Lafayette to take classes at Purdue University. They will also need community resources, congressional representation, financial aid, etc., even if you physically are not here. Also, because the Federal Census Bureau says so, and they are in charge of this whole thing. Given the exceptional circumstances this year, we know many of our students, (who should be counted here in West Lafayette) may not be in their usual location on the April 1 census date. We are still relying on you to complete the census to ensure that West Lafayette’s population is accurately reflected. Please visit or for more information.

ACE Food Pantry Information - COVID-19

Beginning today, 4-7-20, ACE Food Pantry is moving to a walk-up/drive-up system to limit people in the pantry space and protect our clients and volunteers! As a reminder, our hours are Tuesdays, 12pm-6pm for the remainder of the pandemic.

Clients will drive or walk up, have their own system of carrying their items away (bags will be provided when needed), pantry volunteers will collect order and place it directly into their vehicle. We are asking that clients make appointments with us (for speed/ease--we don't want to keep clients waiting), but we still take walk ins.

  • One set of volunteers wearing gloves with pack the orders
  • One volunteer will check off appointments or welcome walk-ins, collect any additional needed info
  • One group of volunteers, also in gloves, will load items into vehicles/hand off

COVID-19 Information from Purdue

Although we are continuing to keep families updates with information sent to the Purdue community, for the most up-to-date information and FAQ's please visit the Purdue COVID-19 website.

University Residences

Most of the residence halls are currently closed. If your student left campus prior to spring break and needs to make arrangements to gather their belongings from one of the residences, they will need to first email their hall’s email address to make an appointment. Email is being monitored for all halls, even those closed. Please provide name, PUID, hall name, room number, contact number, and whether they still have their room key in their request. If it is a proxy move out through a third-party individual or moving company indicate that as well. Email addresses for each residence can be found on the housing website. When the student/proxy/mover arrives on campus, they should contact First Street Towers office to arrange access. Upon move out completion return to First Street Towers to check out and return the key.

BoilerExpress Deposits

For students who remained on campus, BoilerExpress Deposits have been moved strictly online through eAccounts.  

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