Purdue improving on-campus living safety

Residence halls are among the latest facilities on Purdue's campus seeing increases in cleaning and safety measures amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Posted: Jul 27, 2020 6:22 PM
Updated: Jul 27, 2020 6:24 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Purdue University and the Protect Purdue Implementation Team are taking the next steps to providing a safe and healthy campus this fall semester.

They have made changes within certain residence halls and to cleaning schedules.

Students living on Purdue's campus will notice several changes this school year.

"They recommend that if we are close in contact that we do wear a mask or that we keep them on while we're in our room," said Freshman Jada Cropper.

As part of the Protect Purdue Plan, several safety minded changes have been made in residence halls across campus.

"We were given these kits with alcohol wipes, you have a thermometer. So I've sort of made a habit of every time I get back to my dorm, I just do a quick thermometer check to make sure I'm doing alright," said Freshman Charles Graham.

According to the university, several residence halls have been reconfigured to promote social distancing.

Dorms such as Meredith and Hawkins Halls have been converted from double rooms to single occupancy.

Other buildings such as Harrison Hall are still allowing multiple students like Cropper to share a room. She said the university has arranged each room in a way that maximizes social distancing.

"Right now they have it laid out to where one bed is completely against one wall and they recommend we don't move the furniture," said Cropper.

"It's just kind of a half and half thing, so it's already a little distanced. It's not really a big issue," added Freshman Will Gerstenkorn.

The university has also increased scheduled cleaning in residence halls.

Bathrooms will be cleaned twice a day, every day.

Public areas and high touch surfaces will also be disinfected at least two times a day.

Move in has also been spread out across ten days from August 14th to August 23rd. Only two guests will be permitted to help with move-in and masks will be required.

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