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Mitch Daniels provides update as classes continue at Purdue

Purdue University President Mitch Daniels is proud of how Purdue is dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted: Oct 6, 2020 9:32 AM
Updated: Oct 7, 2020 7:09 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Purdue University is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic.

Purdue President Mitch Daniels is proud of how the University is handling the circumstances.

"I'm asked a lot why we seem to be doing better than others," said Daniels. "I think the answer is we started earlier and we recognized how difficult and complicated this would be."

According to Purdue University's COVID-19 dashboard, the University currently sits at a 2.85% COVID-19 positivity rate.

Daniels is proud of the cooperation from students, faculty and staff.

"I just want to praise our faculty," said Daniels. "Really every element of our campus has been a part of this and of course our students, who I think have been exemplary."

As News 18 previously reported, the University implemented the Protect Purdue Pledge before students arrived on campus for the fall semester. 

The pledge has continued to serve as a guideline for students, faculty and staff to follow in order to ensure safety on campus.

Daniels said right now the University has only had two situations where students violated the pledge. 

"We've really only had two instances," said Daniels. "I know that a lot of other schools that I've talked to would love to trade places with that record."

As News 18 previously reported, 14 students were suspended in September. As well as 36 students suspended in August for not following the Protect Purdue Pledge.

Daniels believes the University has held strong with their requirements and expectations.

"Anyone of these could be a real problem, and so we have acted in firmness in each case," said Daniels. 

Along with the Pledge, the University has implemented stricter cleaning procedures.

"It was our goal that the safest place in Tippecanoe County would be in a Purdue University classroom," said Daniels. 

Taylor Johnson is a student at Purdue who feels safe and believes the Protect Purdue Pledge is working. 

"I go around and I see students wearing their mask and everybody is trying to social distance. So I think it's going pretty good," said Johnson.

Purdue student, Hannah Ortman, also feels safe on campus. She believes Purdue is doing better than other Universities. 

"I just think that everyone involved with the Protect Purdue Pledge, and plan, did a really good job with it," said Ortman. "Yes, I feel like students are safe."

Not only is Daniels proud of how students and faculty have cooperated, but he also praises the partnership the University has with local officials.

"It just makes me appreciate Dr. Adler, Mayor Tony Roswarski and Major John Dennis and all the others," said Daniels.

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