Purdue University Moving Classes to Online in Wake of COVID-19

(WEST LAFAYETTE) – Purdue University has become the latest institution to move classes to online delivery in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

In a letter from President Mitch Daniels and Provost Jay Akridge, the university announced that all faculty and staff member teaching this semester should move their courses online or to an alternative delivery before March 23 and be prepared to continue this practice potentially through the end of the semester.

Purdue President Mitch Daniels

“The global outbreak of COVID-19 continues to warrant the attention of each and every one of us as we work together to keep our students, staff, and faculty safe and healthy. While we have no cases of COVID-19 on our campus, there are confirmed cases in Indiana. We continue to make decisions in our precaution-containment-continuity framework, with our overarching focus on health and safety – especially for those in high-risk categories. Ensuring health and safety now means taking actions that aim to limit exposure of Purdue community members to the virus, imposing social distancing where appropriate, and generally elevating preventive hygiene practices across the campus.”