What You Need to Know Now
- Students will be responsible for notifying the university of any changes in their health status as is appropriate. Off-campus students should contact the Office of the Dean of Students at firstname.lastname@example.org, and students living on campus should contact Student Housing at email@example.com. Students may self-report a positive COVID-19 diagnosis or exposure by filling out a CARE Referral Form.
- See the plan of action [PDF] for when a student tests positive for COVID-19.
- Purdue Fort Wayne is open for in-person instruction this fall. The fall semester will consist of all the normal breaks (Labor Day, fall break, Thanksgiving, etc.). The semester will end with final exams the week of December 14–20.
- We have a mixture of courses: some fully in person, some hybrid (for instance, if the class meets two days a week, you might attend one day in person and one online), and some fully online. This is designed to give you the best educational experience while reducing classroom density, where necessary. This will be noted on your schedule of classes at goPFW when the decision for each course has been made.
- Face masks are required by everyone on campus—in every building on campus, effective immediately. As a good practice, masks should be worn in other high-density locations, such as in gatherings outside or transitioning in crowds to other buildings on campus.
- Some lounges have been reduced in size, and others are closed. Water fountains are shut off. Food service is mostly grab-and-go for the fall.
- Academic Advising
Visit the Information Technology Services page to find open computer labs.
Borrowing a Laptop
Information Technology Services has a limited number of laptops and desktop systems that may be loaned to students, faculty, and staff who have internet access available at home. The desktop systems do not have wireless capability, so they must be connected directly to your wireless router via a standard Ethernet cable. Additionally, Helmke Library has a limited number of laptops that may be checked out by students.
The fall semester began on August 24, and we will have all the normal breaks (Labor Day, fall break, Thanksgiving, etc.). The semester will end with final exams the week of December 14–20.
The Mastodon Campus Store in Walb Union is open, and textbooks can also be ordered online.
Helmke Library opened July 1, and all online services remain active. Please check the library’s blog for updates on services.
Students, faculty, and staff may now access university Wi-Fi from the first floor of Parking Garage 3 and in the parking lot of the Modular Classroom Building. This campus map will clarify the coverage areas. These additions create a very large contiguous area of Wi-Fi coverage, including the adjacent grassy areas and several hundred parking places. This will allow you to safely park in these areas and use the university’s wireless network while still adhering to social-distancing mandates. There is no need for you to leave your vehicle to access the wireless network.
To connect, Purdue Fort Wayne students should join the network with SSID “Purdue Fort Wayne,” and IU Fort Wayne Students should connect with SSID “EDUROAM.” If you experience any technical difficulties, please contact the Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 260-481-6030.
- Help Desk
Classrooms Reserved for Students Attending Synchronous Online Courses
The university has reserved several classrooms for students who are on campus for face-to-face and hybrid courses and who also need a quiet place to attend and participate in their synchronous online courses. The following classrooms have been reserved for use all day, every day:
- Kettler Hall, Room G45
- Kettler Hall, Room G47
- Kettler Hall, Room G49
- Kettler Hall, Room 241
- Kettler Hall, Room 250
- Modular Classroom Building, Room 143
- Neff Hall, Room 139
- Science Building, Room G11
- Science Building, Room G21
- Science Building, Room G67
The following classrooms have been reserved for use all day on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday:
- Kettler Hall, Room 150
- Liberal Arts Building, Room 210
- Liberal Arts Building, Room 212
- Modular Classroom Building, Room 114
- Neff Hall, Room 147
The following classrooms have been reserved for use all day on Tuesday and Thursday:
- Liberal Arts Building, Room 226
- Liberal Arts Building, Room 232
These classrooms are open to all students attending synchronous online courses, on a first-come, first-served basis. Students are asked to observe posted maximum classroom occupancies and to clean up their desk after they have finished class. Since many courses require students to actively participate, please wear headphones and be respectful of other students.
PPE and PHM
PPE and PHM
Personal protective equipment (PPE), otherwise known as personal protective equipment, is worn to minimize exposure to hazards that cause workplace injuries and illness. These are regulated by the Department of Labor and OSHA.
A 90-day supply of PPE is being assembled. These items are separate from PPE used by departments as part of the normally required PPE used in the routine operations of labs and clinics. Shipments of items like gowns, nitrile gloves, surgical masks, safety glasses, safety goggles, face shields, hand sanitizer, and decontamination foggers are arriving on campus daily.
PHM, otherwise known as preventive health measures, are items or actions utilized to limit the spread of disease. Examples include washing your hands, social distancing, and the use of cloth masks to reduce microdroplet spread.
Protection in Public Areas
- Installation of plexiglass shields in high-contact and high-traffic offices continues. Social-distancing decals have also been placed on the floor in conjunction with these shields.
- Hand-sanitizer stations and sanitizing wipe stations have been placed in high traffic areas on campus. Additional stations are on order and are planned to be ready prior to the return to work for most staff.
- Drinking fountains will be shut down until further notice.
- Vending machines and copy machines will have hand wipes or sanitizing spray near them for patrons to disinfect the equipment.
- Face masks are required by everyone on campus, in every building and throughout the campus, effective immediately.
- The Atrium is reserved for socially distanced seating and dining for students where masks may be removed to eat.
- The university has purchased 23,000 cloth face masks—enough for two per person—that have been distributed to students, faculty, and staff.
- Signage has been added to entrances and exits on campus buildings as a reminder that masks are required at all times while inside buildings.
- In the event that a mask is forgotten or lost, disposable face masks will also be available for pick up throughout the fall semester at the following locations:
- Walb Union Information Desk
- Kettler Hall Enrollment Services Center Desk
- Gates Fitness Center Desk
- Helmke Library Service Desk
- View this video for proper face mask application, wearing, and remove techniques.
- Acceptable face coverings
- Your own cloth or disposable mask
- University-provided cloth or disposable mask
- Preferably, face masks should be made of a multi-ply tightly woven cotton cloth or should be a multi-ply disposable face covering.
- Face masks must not have an exhalation valve.
- Some N-95 face masks are made with one-way valves and are meant to protect only the user, not those around them. Per the CDC, "respirators with exhalation values should not be used in situations where a sterile field must be maintained because the exhalation valve allows unfiltered exhaled air to escape into the sterile field."
It is not recommended that individuals wear gloves for tasks that would not otherwise require them. Per CDC guidance, frequent handwashing and not touching your face are the best ways to keep yourself safe. COVID-19 does not penetrate intact skin; it is contracted through mucous membrane contamination. The use of gloves for everyday tasks can give people a false sense of security and can cause potential contamination when touching faces or other personal items.
Social Distancing on Campus
Social distancing has become the norm, and we will continue to adhere to now-commonplace practices for distancing. Floor decals are in place to help denote spacing in some public areas. Signage has been placed around campus with reminders for social distancing and hygiene.
Pedestrian Flow in Buildings
An important new safety protocol for our campus is managing the flow of pedestrian traffic into, through, and out of campus buildings. The Building Configurations Subcommittee of the PFW Prepared Committee has carefully reviewed all building plans in order to designate all building doors as either entrances or exits. They have also implemented revised pedestrian flows through hallways and stairwells, marking some as one-way and dividing others down the middle. Exit doors will remain locked from the outside. The goal of these efforts is to reduce congestion in buildings in order to facilitate (to the greatest extent reasonably possible) social distancing as students, staff, and faculty move throughout the campus. Many handicapped accessible doors have been marked as entrances or exits for general use, but remain fully operational for use by members of the campus community who need them.
Business meetings and gatherings on campus will be limited to 25 people or fewer, with adherence to appropriate social distancing and health and safety protocols. Virtual meetings are strongly encouraged through December 31.
There will be limitations on usage of lounges, lobbies, dining areas, and recreational facilities in all buildings. This will be accomplished by removing or reconfiguring furniture, adjusting hours of operation, and restricting or limiting use where appropriate.
Campus dining venues reopened on August 3, with only grab-and-go options planned through the fall semester. Additional specifics and information on catering will be forthcoming.
Student PPE Protocol and Mask Distribution
Face masks are required by everyone on campus when inside university buildings at all times. Additionally, masks are required by everyone on campus outdoors when social distancing is not possible. A student’s failure to comply with this protocol may result in disciplinary action through the existing disciplinary process. The Dean of Students office will address student violations. Specific disciplinary sanctions will be handled on a case-by-case basis beginning with a warning letter up and through removal from Student Housing and/or separation from the university.
If a student requests an exemption from wearing a mask due to a disability, faculty should refer students to Services for Students with Disabilities Walb Union, Room 113, 260-481-6658, email@example.com. Upon receiving a request for a medical exemption to the face-mask policy, Services for Students with Disabilities will meet with the student to find a solution that meets ADA requirements while protecting the welfare of the campus community.
Positive COVID-19 Protocol
- People who have been in contact with an individual who has experienced symptoms of COVID-19 or has tested positive for COVID-19 will need to quarantine for 10 calendar days.*
- Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 will be in isolation.† Student should seek recommendations from their healthcare provider regarding additional care.
- Quarantine/isolation will last for a minimum of 10 calendar days, as outlined by the CDC, and may continue longer based on the symptoms of the individual (e.g., if an individual is not symptomatic at the initial stage of quarantine and then becomes symptomatic.)
- Students in quarantine/isolation will be given a list of resources to meet their basic needs with necessary contact information. This list will be provided to them by a member of the CARE Team.
- The Office of the Dean of Students will provide outreach every business day to quarantined/isolated students residing off campus. Residence hall directors will provide daily outreach to on-campus residents.
- Students will be responsible for notifying the university of any changes in their health status as is appropriate. Off-campus students should contact the Office of the Dean of Students at firstname.lastname@example.org, and students living on campus should contact Student Housing at email@example.com.
- If a student requires emergency medical attention while in quarantine, they should dial 911 and notify the dispatcher of their quarantine status.
- All updates regarding quarantine/isolation will be sent to the student’s university email account.
Students may self-report a positive COVID-19 diagnosis or exposure by filling out a CARE Referral Form.
*Quarantine means a separation and restriction on the movement of people who may have been in contact with a COVID-19 positive individual for a period of time to permit a medical assessment of the individual.
†Isolation means the complete separation of a COVID-19 positive individual from other people who are not sick.
Self-Reporting a Positive COVID-19 Test or Exposure
Students will be responsible for notifying the university of any changes in their health status as is appropriate. Off-campus students should contact the Office of the Dean of Students at firstname.lastname@example.org, and students living on campus should contact Student Housing at email@example.com. Students may self-report a positive COVID-19 diagnosis or exposure by filling out a CARE Referral Form.
Graduation and Transcripts
Obtaining Your Diploma
Diplomas will be mailed with signature confirmation to all spring and summer 2020 graduates. The Office of University Events and Ceremonies will email spring degree candidates a secure link that requests each student's current mailing address. Summer degree candidates will receive a similar email closer to the completion of each summer term.
This mailing process will likely follow a schedule similar to this:
- May 2020 graduates will receive diplomas throughout June and July.
- June 2020 graduates will receive diplomas throughout late August and September.
- July 2020 graduates will receive diplomas throughout late September and October.
Please note, students with account holds will not receive diplomas until those holds are cleared.
Purdue University Fort Wayne Students
- Order your transcript online directly from Purdue University West Lafayette.
- Follow these instructions.
- Email Purdue's Office of the Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Indiana University Fort Wayne Students
Commencement Apparel Returns and Refunds
Herff Jones has developed a website to assist in the return of academic apparel and processing of appropriate reimbursements. All gowns and graduate hoods must be returned. Partial reimbursements are available for those who wish to keep caps, tassels, or undergraduate stoles of gratitude.
Additional questions about cap and gown returns may be addressed to our Herff Jones representative Patrick Cavazos at email@example.com.
Participation in 2021 Commencement Ceremony
Purdue University Fort Wayne invites members of the Class of 2020 to participate in commencement ceremonies on May 12, 2021.
Student email accounts will be extended through June 2021, and all commencement information will be sent to student email accounts.
Purdue Fort Wayne continues to urge all students, faculty, and staff to carefully consider risks and logistics related to both domestic and international personal travel. All travelers should be mindful of evolving travel restrictions for impacted areas. For personal travel abroad, please reference new CDC guidance for travelers returning from high-risk countries.
The Office of International Education is available to provide guidance and answer any questions for students who may need clarification on travel advisories from the CDC or the State Department. Please contact Brian Mylrea, director of international education, at 260-481-6034 or firstname.lastname@example.org for detailed information.
Questions regarding university-sponsored student travel may be directed to Alexandra Backer, director of student leadership, at 260-481-6598 or email@example.com. Questions regarding university-sponsored faculty and staff travel may be directed to Julie Yoder, executive assistant to the vice chancellor for academic affairs, at 260-481-6113 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Purdue Travel Guidelines
See the latest travel guidelines here.
If you or another individual is in danger, call 911 immediately. Here is local information you should keep handy:
- Fort Wayne Police Department emergency: 911
- Fort Wayne Police Department nonemergency: 260-427-1222
- University Police Department: https://www.pfw.edu/police, 260-481-6827
Emergency Relief Funds for Students
A relief fund has been established to help students cover unforeseen living expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students in need are encouraged to initiate an eligibility review process by sending an email to the vice chancellor of student affairs at email@example.com.
Donations to the COVID-19 Student Relief Fund may be also made online at pfw.edu/give-now.