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Purdue preparing for life after coronavirus

Purdue President Mitch Daniels says he doesn't know if campus will return to normal in August, but he says this fall will be "unlike anything anyone has ever witnessed."

Posted: Apr 14, 2020 6:35 AM
Updated: Apr 14, 2020 1:12 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A new coronavirus task force is underway at Purdue University working to safely plan for the opening of campus once the coronavirus pandemic is over.

So will Purdue return to normal this August? 

That's a question Purdue President Mitch Daniels says he can't answer right now. However, he does say this fall's college experience will be unlike anything anyone has ever witnessed. 

"Special preparations and perhaps radical changes in traditional practices will be required, for both the medical protection and the psychological comfort of all involved," Daniels wrote. 

He said they're hoping students will be able to come back to campus by August. However, he says don't hold him to that.

"Let's just hope that all the steps that are being taken, the pain that's being inflicted right now, will pay off as a resumption of life as we know it, including an open and vibrant campus," Daniels told News 18.

He also said the university is planning for ways to celebrate and motivate students when they return. Details on what that may look like were not made immediately available.

He also said despite the virus, incoming freshmen are still accepting their offers for the fall.

"We're trying to be in touch right now with those freshmen that have indicated that they do plan to come and let them know how excited we are to see them," said Daniels.

The Safe Campus Task Force includes 15 members from all parts of the university. They've already started to meet and are expected to release information soon.

You can share your thoughts with the task force here.

As we previously reported, all summer classes that are set to begin in May or June will be done online. On May 15, university officials will make a decision on whether classes that start in July will happen in-person or not. This includes Early Start, Summer Start and Summer College for High School programs.

All May conferences and events on campus are canceled. A decision on June conferences and events will be made by April 15, and a decision on July conferences and events will be made May 15.

Freshmen Summer Transition, Advising and Registration (STAR) will be done remotely beginning May 11. Incoming students who have accepted their admission will automatically be enrolled in Virtual Summer Transition, Advising and Registration (VSTAR). Students will work with an academic advisor to pre-register for classes.

Admission visits are off until at least July 1. A decision will be made by May 15 for further visits. The Admissions Office is working on what those plans may look like.

Click here for for more information on the task force.

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