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Trustees pass resolution on operating Purdue this fall during COVID-19 pandemic

Purdue University Board of Trustees voted unanimously on Thursday to pass various measures for operating during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted: May 7, 2020 1:17 PM
Updated: May 7, 2020 6:49 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Purdue University Board of Trustees voted unanimously on Thursday to pass various measures for operating during the COVID-19 pandemic. The resolution states the following:

  1. To provide for an academic calendar for the fall 2020 semester that allows on-campus classroom instruction to start in August and finish by Thanksgiving break, with the balance of the semester to be completed thereafter by remote means and methods, and with the elimination of customary fall breaks and other adjustments necessary to accomplish this schedule.
  2. To de-densify on-campus workspaces significantly, with a target of reducing the number of administrative employees working on campus by at least one-third through the encouragement and enabling of telework and other remote work considerations.
  3. To establish and implement a systematic testing regime, both for those with COVID-19 symptoms and those without, together with a mechanism for actively and accurately tracing contacts of those who test positive for the virus.
  4. To add the annual influenza vaccination to the immunization requirements for enrolled students, faculty and staff as a condition to being on campus.
  5. To order, acquire and maintain at least a 90-day supply of critical equipment and supplies for reducing the risk of transmission of COVID-19 on campus.
  6. To identify and set aside a substantial number of rooms for the quarantining of those who may test positive for COVID-19 while on campus, the precise number to be determined based on student enrollment and medical developments.

The Trustees also added that the University's leadership will report regularly to the Board on any plans and details related to the final implementation of these points. Michael Berghoff the Chairman for the Purdue Board of Trustees says these plans are have all been put together since the start of the Safe Campus Task Force which formed on March 31st. 

“We are extremely grateful to the entire Purdue community, especially the Safe Campus Task Force, for its response thus far to this unprecedented challenge we are facing,” said Michael Berghoff, chair of the Board of Trustees.

One major way Berghoff says they will stop the spread of the COVID-19 is by not having students come back after Thanksgiving break. Instead, the students will not have a Labor Day or Fall break, those days will be used for instruction. 

"The students go home over Thanksgiving and they don't go back to campus instead there will be 10 more days of classes and testing," added Berghoff. 

Berghoff added that Purdue students want to have an on-campus experience so they are going to do everything they can to provide that to them safely. 

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