is announcing that itís formulating plans to require and pay for the testing
of all students for COVID-19 before they move into residence halls and
attend classes in August.
The program will be
led by Dr. Esteban Ramirez, chief medical officer at the Protect Purdue
Health Center, and was developed in consultation with the Protect Purdue
Medical Advisory Team.
graduate, and professional program students will soon be provided with
instructions and assistance on how and when to get tested for COVID-19,
beginning early in August before traveling to the West Lafayette campus.
results will be sent to the Protect Purdue Health Center (PPHC) and those
testing positive should not travel to West Lafayette or come to campus for
any reason until they isolate for 14 days and are medically cleared to
return by PPHC.
Failure to complete
a COVID-19 test and have those results filed with PPHC prior to arrival will
affect a studentís ability to move into a residence hall or begin in-person
classes when they resume Aug. 24. Academic support will be available through
virtual consultations with staff specializing in student success to help
undergraduates navigate their continued academic progress if forced to
isolate because of COVID-19.
already on campus or arriving for various early-start programs through July,
the University and PPHC are developing plans to rapidly sample and test
individuals through a combination of resources provided by on-campus, local,
and outside partners.
The University will
cover the costs of all student testing.
Purdue is expecting
a potentially record number of freshmen this fall, with a total student body
of more than 40,000.
Faculty and staff
are not, at this time, required to be tested for COVID-19, provided they are
not sick, not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, and have not been exposed
to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.