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September 2021 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. President Mitch Daniels provides guidelines for Boilermakers on keeping ourselves, others and Purdue safe in the coming year and encourages the Purdue community to stay vigilant even after being fully vaccinated. Students can also review the role of COVID-19 vaccine in fall 2021 operations.

Protect Purdue Fall 2021 

Purdue trustees on July 7 approved a resolution to open Purdue's West Lafayette campus to normal operations for the 2021-22 academic year. Trustees reviewed a status update from the Protect Purdue Implementation Team with recommendations for modifications to the current Protect Purdue plan, and further directed Purdue senior leaders and the Protect Purdue team to actively monitor COVID-19 developments and take action as necessary to maintain campus continuity. Read more.

Protecting Purdue, campus COVID-19 vaccination rate ranks among highest of any community in the state as the fall semester gets underway

Sending a strong message to their classmates, co-workers and all of Indiana, 79% of Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus is documented as fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at the start of the fall semester.

Indeed, if Purdue was its own ZIP code for public health reporting data, the campus’ rate for those fully vaccinated against COVID-19 would rank among the top 3% in the state’s 740 ZIP codes, based on figures from the Indiana Department of Health. 

At 79% and growing, Purdue’s rate shows 43,130 students, faculty and staff are fully vaccinated as the 2021-22 school year begins today (Aug. 23). For students living in University Residences, the rate is 87%, and it’s 79% for all students at the West Lafayette campus, as of today. And 90% of Purdue faculty and 75% of staff are fully vaccinated. Read more.

10 Purdue students win Old Golden Ticket – equivalent to a year’s in-state tuition – by choosing to get COVID-19 vaccination

A Willy Wonka-inspired COVID-19 vaccination promotion is putting nearly $10,000 into the hands of 10 incoming and returning Purdue University students ahead of the start of the fall semester. 

From Indiana as well as Illinois, Ohio, Texas, England and South Korea, the 10 randomly selected vaccinated students who struck gold represent a notable cross-section of Purdue’s academic community including pharmacy, biology, engineering, computer science, statistics and finance. Read more.

What Your Student Should Do If They Are Sick

All faculty, staff and students are expected to monitor for and report all symptoms of COVID-19 to the Protect Purdue Health Center. 


  • If your student is sick, experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, or if they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, they should stay home and do not attend work or class. If they are at work or in class when symptoms begin, they should go home immediately. 
  • Students should inform their instructor and/or supervisor of their absence and contact the Protect Purdue Health Center 24/7 at 765-496-INFO (4636) or toll-free at 833-571-1043. (A call tree option is available after hours.) Students will be connected with a registered nurse case manager, who will help determine the appropriate course of care, which could include self-quarantine and a COVID-19 test.


  • Students, faculty and staff are expected to follow the directions provided by the case manager from the Protect Purdue Health Center, including any testing, contact tracing and quarantine or isolation instructions. 
  • Do not return to work or class until you receive clearance to do so from the Protect Purdue Health Center.
  • Information and resources for anyone in isolation or quarantine are available from the Protect Purdue Health Center.

Featured Stories    

Mark Your Calendar for Family Weekend 2021 - October 22-24

If you haven't purchased your tickets for the Family Weekend football game vs Wisconsin for Saturday, October 23, don't delay as there are less than 5,000 tickets remaining. Additional information about Family Weekend will be sent to families in the coming weeks, check out our FAQ's here.

President Daniels video update: Welcome back

President Mitch Daniels shares a short video update with the West Lafayette campus as faculty, staff and students start another year navigating the pandemic together. Daniels provides details on what to expect this year, and the responsibilities we all share to keep Purdue open. This begins with campus community members confirming their vaccination status by Friday (Aug. 13), choosing either vaccination or regular testing of the sort the entire campus cooperated in all last year. Read more.

Purdue hosts 'Weeks of Welcome'

Purdue is celebrating the return of the residential campus experience this fall by highlighting the first six weeks of student events and programming through Homecoming. This collaborative effort includes departments and areas from Student Life, Diversity and Inclusion, and Teaching and Learning as well as the expansive group of more than 1,000 recognized student organizations. Read more.

Boiler Gold Rush recap: Welcome, Boilermakers!

Boiler Gold Rush 2021 was a hit. Purdue welcomed its largest-ever freshman class with a continuous multi-day celebration that began with move-in and ended with a fireworks send-off. From fountain runs to crossing the tracks to a movie night at Ross-Ade Stadium, Boilermakers took part in campus traditions and made memories that will last a lifetime. Related: BGR photo/video gallery.

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

As the semester wraps up, the Office of the Dean of Students wants to remind the campus community that ODOS remains available to assist in providing support for students who are on campus as well as with students who are working remotely. 

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.

Here are some examples of concerns in a remote learning environment:

  • Concerning comments in electronic communication or social media.
  • Change in behavior (lack of engagement in coursework; marked drop in performance).
  • Stopped communication (no longer responding to academic outreach). 

Additionally, students affected by COVID-19 (self or family diagnoses, financial insecurity, etc.) also can be referred to the Office of the Dean of Students for support.

Student of Concern Reports prompt individualized outreach to students by members of the Office of the Dean of Students and can be submitted online.

Renovations to Schleman Hall for data science expansion, Stewart Center for student services

Purdue University’s Board of Trustees on Friday (Aug. 6) gave approval to plan, finance, construct and award construction contracts for renovations to two buildings on the West Lafayette campus – Schleman Hall of Student Services and Stewart Center. Read more.

Daniels reports end-of-year data

In his presentation to the Board of Trustees, President Mitch Daniels provided an end-of-the-academic-year report on COVID-19 and various initiatives. New data show that the University broke records for the number of U.S. patents awarded, licenses issued and research and sponsored program dollars received. Summer enrollment and retention also continue to reach University highs. Read more.

Multiple construction projects are ongoing on the West Lafayette campus as new academic year begins

As the 2021-22 academic year gets underway, work on several construction and renovation projects will continue on the West Lafayette campus. In addition to the building projects, the planting of more trees will continue to shape the campus landscape as part of the 1869 Tree Planting Master Plan. Read more.

West Lafayette Public Library Renovation

There are a number of updates happening to the West Lafayette Public Library which sits just off of Purdue's Campus. During construction there will be street closures, so students and visitors should be cautious. Find out more about the WLPL Renovation.

Flu shots available to Purdue community via designated locations, flu shot events

Employees and students on the West Lafayette campus have access to free flu vaccines again this year via designated locations and flu shot events. Regardless of location, individuals coming for a flu shot should bring their Purdue University ID (PUID) card or their Anthem medical plan ID card. Read more.


October 11-12, October Break (No Classes)

October 18, Schedule of Classes published for Spring 2022 Term

November 24-27, Thanksgiving Vacation (No Classes)

December 11, Classes End

December 13, Schedule of Classes published for Summer 2022 Term

December 13-18, Final Exams

December 18, Semester Ends

December 18, Commencement 

2021-2022 Academic Calendar

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