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September 2020 Newsletter

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 Protect Purdue website, and the Purdue COVID-19 Dashboard.

Reminder: Classes in session on Labor Day and no fall break due to alternative academic calendar

Students and families are being reminding that classes will be in session during Labor Day, and there will not be a fall break for Fall 2020 due to the alternative calendar announced in May.

Visitors to Campus

Reminder, only other Purdue West Lafayette students are allowed in student rooms, and visitors must abide by campus health and safety guidelines. A message to students residing in University housing was sent a message with this accompanying video that holds a great message for all students and their families.

Students leaving campus

As a reminder, if your student leaves campus, they must continue to abide by the Purdue Pledge at all times. This includes even while at home. We encourage students to minimize travel.

Wellness kits

If your student has yet to pick up their wellness kit, information on how to do so can be found here.

Purdue partners with Greater Lafayette leaders for community public health pledges to combat COVID-19 spread

Purdue University has collaborated with West Lafayette, Lafayette and Tippecanoe County leaders to craft Protect Greater Lafayette partner and individual pledges, asking the community to voluntarily join the University’s campuswide commitment to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

The Protect Greater Lafayette Partner Pledge, created in alignment with the Protect Purdue Pledge for students, faculty and staff, outlines nine public health measures that community partners, businesses and organizations can embrace in the fight against COVID-19. The effort is advanced through eight similar points in the Protect Greater Lafayette Community Member Pledge for individuals in the community. Read more.  Businesses that have pledged.

Ongoing surveillance testing program

An ongoing surveillance testing program for students, faculty and staff began Monday (August 24), with the goal of testing approximately 10 percent of the campus each week throughout the semester.

Faculty, staff and students must upload flu vaccination documentation this fall

Faculty, staff and students now have a way to submit documentation that they have obtained the required influenza vaccine. Proof of the flu shot from a medical provider is required, so all employees and students will need to scan or photograph their documentation to submit via the following channels. Information on campus flu shot events can be found here.

Where to study on campus

If your student is looking for a place to study on campus this fall, Purdue University and the Libraries have many socially distant options available both indoors and out! Additional information about using Purdue libraries resources can be found here

Featured Stories  

DDI Presents Pursuing Racial Justice Together

The Division of Diversity and Inclusion is presenting a series on Pursuing Racial Justice Together this yearThrough this series of distinguished guests, we’ll seek to raise the consciousness of issues related to race, racism and systemic inequities, presenting our campus community with entry points and actions we can take as we seek racial justice. You can read more about these events and register here.

Purdue announces steering committee, launch of Purdue Equity Task Force

On Wednesday (Aug. 26), Purdue announced members of the steering committee that will guide and direct the work of the Purdue Equity Task Force throughout the fall semester. Read more.

Purdue Day of Giving - 09/09/2020

Help Purdue Meet the Challenge of Tomorrow by giving to the Purdue Parents Fund on September 9th. By donating to the Parents Fund during one of the following times, you can help us earn bonus money

  • 12:00 a.m. (Eastern) - Be the first to donate on Purdue Day of Giving & Unit with most gifts
  • 12:00 p.m. (noon, Eastern) - Most Creative Purdue Day of Giving Selfie using #PurdueParents and #PurdueDayofGiving in your post
  • 8:00 p.m. (Eastern) - Most gifts from Parent Donors

Parent & Family Town Hall

Families are encouraged to join us for a Purdue Parent & Family Town Hall on Wednesday, September 9th from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. (Eastern).  University leaders will provide updates as they relate to academics, housing, dining, the student code of conduct, and the Protect Purdue Health Center. If you have questions please submit questions here to be addressed during the event.Questions must be submitted by Tuesday, September 8 at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern). The event can be viewed live on the Parent & Family website, a recording will also be available following the event. A reminder with the link will also be sent to families the evening prior to the Town Hall.

President Daniels Video Message to Students with Protect Purdue Ambassadors

In a message sent to students Friday 8/28, President Mitch Daniels thanked students for the overwhelming cooperation and compliance that have helped the fall semester get off to a good start. Daniels and two Protect Purdue ambassadors also delivered a special message about staying safe this weekend and safely bringing more weekend social programs in the near future.

New CORQ App helps students find events that fit their interest 

Powered by Boilerlink, the website students can easily find clubs and organizations that fit their interests, the new Corq app always shows up-to-date event info that is registered by student organizations and many departments, whether they are looking for events for the Bass Fishing Club, the Purdue Student Union Board (PSUB) or what is happening in their residence hall, information will be found in Corq. Additional information, including links to download the app, can be found here.

3rd Annual JCPenney Suit-Up Event

A CCO Career Closet and JCPenney Partnership August 31 – September 7, 2020 - students can text PURDUE to 67292 to receive an individual coupon code

Now is the time for students to plan ahead for IR and other career fairs or virtual interviews and order early!

Office of the Dean of Students available to assist students in need of support

As fall courses begin and students are returning to campus, the Office of the Dean of Students on the West Lafayette campus wants to remind the campus community that ODOS is available to assist in providing support for students.

ODOS can help students navigate challenges they are experiencing both personally and academically. Faculty and staff who recognize a student who may be in need of support or additional care are encouraged to share their concern with ODOS. A list of common reported concerns is available online. Read more.

Study Abroad Office Encourages Students to Plan Now for Future Study Abroad

It is a great time for students to think ahead and start planning a study abroad experience.

To help students plan, the Study Abroad Office is offering a series of Virtual Information Sessions throughout the semester. These are accessible from anywhere, whether students are online or at home. Encourage your students to check out the Calendar of Events to see the full schedule. Virtual appointments with study abroad advisors are also available.

Most virtual sessions will also be added to the study abroad Video Resource Library, accessible at any time. Of particular interest may be the "COVID-19 Updates & Study Abroad 101" session, recorded on August 19th. 

CityBus campus route changes

Similar to the de-densification activities occurring in Purdue’s campus facilities, CityBus modifications are reducing ridership density. As a result, a number of CityBus route changes have been made, effective as of Monday (August 24). A summary of route changes is included on the CityBus website, and several modifications are highlighted here

PUSH offering weekend hours during fall semester

Purdue University Student Health Service (PUSH) will be open weekends during the fall semester to better accommodate the health care needs of Purdue students.

Weekend hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sundays. Weekend office visits will be on a walk-in-only basis, and patients will be prioritized based on medical need. Read more.

ITaP Resources Page for On-Campus Students

ITaP has a new resource page for on-campus students, including updated hours/locations to receive technical support and a new "hands-free" printing procedure for ITaP labs and printers. 

Off Campus Student Services Released Updated Guide

The Office of Off-Campus Student Services recently updated their guide to living in the community for the 2020-2021 academic year. This guide includes campus and community resources for students pertaining to:

  • Campus Safety
  • Understanding Leases
  • Student rights and responsibilities
  • Parking, trash, and other code violations
  • Local alcohol laws
  • Student conduct
  • Counseling and advocacy resources
  • Important phone numbers

Even if your student currently resides in University Residences, but is considering off-campus for next year, as a reminder, many leasing companies begin leasing for the following academic year soon. 

Purdue’s winter commencement ceremonies to be on-demand

Purdue University officials will produce on-demand commencement ceremonies for this December’s graduates.

This will be the third set of on-demand commencement ceremonies the university has produced due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Purdue officials offered graduates on-demand commencements for spring and summer sessions this year. Candidates for graduation will receive commencement materials before the ceremony goes live in mid-December. Read more


September 4, Last day to cancel a course assignment without it appearing on record

September 7, Labor Day; CLASSES IN SESSION

September 18, Last day to withdraw a course with a grade of W or to add/modify a course with instructor and advisor signature (5 p.m. Eastern)

October 5, Last day for grade correction for spring semester 2019-20 and 2020 Summer Session (5 p.m. Eastern)

October 12, Schedule of classes published for Spring 2020 Term

October 16, Second 8-week courses begin

October 27, Last day to withdraw from a course with a W or WF grade; Last day to add/modify a course with instructor, advisor, and department head signature (5 p.m. Eastern)

October 31, students must submit flu vaccination documentation

November 24, Face-to-face instruction ends

November 25-28, Thanksgiving Vacation

November 30, Remote instruction (through end of semester)

December 5, Classes end

December 7-12, Final Exams

December 12, Semester Ends

January 11, Spring Semester Begins

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