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Hello, Boilermaker!

We hope your summer is going well. We miss you on campus and look forward to welcoming you back in about two months! First, thank you for your patience and understanding during the abrupt end and move-out process of the spring semester. No doubt you have received a wealth of information and surveys from us lately, in addition to communication from other areas of the university. We understand there is a lot of information to digest. Please know that the goal is to give you the best Purdue experience possible while doing our best to help keep you safe and healthy. This letter is for returning students living in University Residences for the Fall 2020 semester. Keep this information handy and use it as a reference guide going forward. You can also contact us via email with individual questions or concerns.

Purdue University is committed to the health, safety and welfare of every member of its community. COVID-19 will impact your experience within University Residences due to the measures put in place to address this public health emergency. We are working hard to offer the safest experience we can; however, none of us can guarantee a COVID-19-free environment, and it would be disingenuous to suggest otherwise. 

Please read this entire letter carefully, as it provides important information about the changes you can expect this year as a member of the University Residences community. If for any reason you decide, based on this information, that the University Residences experience is no longer right for you, you have, for a limited time, the opportunity to cancel your housing contract. See the information below underHousing: What if I decide I no longer want campus housing for 2020-2021?

Protect Yourself, Protect Others, Protect Purdue

You should monitor and assess your own personal health status and determine whether a residential campus environment is in your interests. If not, consider doing an online semester with us, and we will see you on campus for the Spring 2021 semester. (Again, see the discussion below under “Housing: What if I decide I no longer want campus housing for 2020-2021?”)

You should understand that if you return to the physical campus of Purdue University, there is a risk you may contract COVID-19. We are taking all recommended steps to mitigate this risk, but we cannot categorically guarantee this will not happen. By coming onto campus, you understand that this is possible.

What we expect of you

We expect that all members of the University Residences community—residents, staff and visitors—will take responsibility for their own health and safety and act in a manner that demonstrates respect and consideration for those around them, consistent with the Protect Purdue Pledge. All residential students are prohibited from creating a health or safety hazard within University Residences, and the University may request or require a resident to leave University Residences if their continued presence in the housing community poses a health or safety risk for community members. Residential students are required to comply with health and safety laws, orders, ordinances, regulations and health and safety guidance adopted by the University or University Residences as it relates to public health crises, including COVID-19. This guidance will evolve as the public health crisis evolves and may include, but is not limited to, social distancing, limitations on mass gatherings, wearing a face covering, COVID-19 diagnostic and surveillance testing (including before or upon arrival to campus), contact tracing, disinfection protocols, limitations on guests in residence halls and quarantine / isolation requirements (including before or upon arrival to campus). Adherence to health and safety requirements applies to all residents, staff and visitors and extends to all aspects of residential life, including bedrooms, bathrooms, community kitchens, lounges, computer rooms, courtyards and other common spaces.

Quarantine, isolation and separation contingency

At any time, the University may require a resident to leave their assigned University Residences space when that resident’s continued presence in the housing community poses a health or safety risk for community members. For isolated cases, University Residences has set aside a safe quarantined space with meal service provided. Residential students are required to comply with requests from University Residences to leave their assigned space due to COVID-19 or other public health emergencies. Failure to do so is a violation of the Housing Guidelines and may subject a student to emergency removal from their assigned space. Not all University Residences residential rooms or halls are appropriate for self-quarantine or self-isolation, for example, and in those situations where a student is required to self-quarantine or self-isolate, students may not be permitted to continue residing in their residential space and will be assigned another space as needed. We anticipate that students who are temporarily moved to self-quarantine or self-isolation spaces may return to their assigned residential space when it is safe to do so.

NOTE: Removal from University Residences to isolate or quarantine does not constitute a termination of a residential student’s housing contract. 

What will the Fall 2020 semester look like at Purdue?

It will be different, but we are committed to making the 2020-2021 year a great one. We know you have been busy collecting information and working to make decisions about your higher education at Purdue. We’re here to support the decision you choose, whether to come in-person or to learn remotely until you are ready to come to campus. If you’ve made the decision to come to campus, we can’t wait to see you! We also want you to understand what you can expect of University Residences and Purdue Dining & Culinary.

What can I expect?

Keeping our campus healthy and safe is at the forefront of every adjustment made for the fall. We cannot host a successful living and learning environment with widespread illness, so we are increasing and enhancing our cleaning of facilities, temporarily changing dining operations and adjusting living spaces. 

Wellness Kit

Every student will receive a wellness kit in their room that includes two face masks. Masks must be worn when outside of your room in public areas.

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Housing assignments:

You can expect notification of your room assignment (via your email) on or around July 23, 2020.

What can I expect when I move-in?
  • A contact-less process (remote check-in to your room) and more social distance between you and other students moving in. During check-in, you will pick up your room key and Purdue ID at an assigned location. Two guests will be permitted to help you unload and move in for a maximum period of two hours. Everyone will need to have their own facial covering. Students will need to show a photo ID.
    • NEW THIS YEAR: Every student will need to sign up for a move-in time slot. Instructions on how to sign up will be included in your room assignment notification email. You will select a move-in time between Wednesday, August 19 and Sunday, August 23.
    • Early arrival outside the time slots listed will only be considered with coordination with your campus employer or your university department.
  • De-Densifying — It’s basically the plan to spread out campus to accommodate social distance. We’ve been de-densifying our student room configurations (some double rooms have become singles, for example). This was done to allow for social distancing (10 feet of head to head sleeping between roommates). Residential students are required to comply with the University’s de-densifying efforts needed on campus due to COVID-19 or other public health emergencies including, but not limited to, the relocation of all or some residential students to another University Residences space. Relocation does not constitute a termination of a residential student’s housing contract.
What if I am immunocompromised?

If you have a health condition or ADA disability, please contact the Disability Resource Center.

What if I decide to do online classes in Fall 2020, but need campus housing in Spring 2021?

Send an email to and explain that you will not be on campus in the fall and need to cancel your contract. There will be a limited number of spaces available for Spring 2021 housing. The portal to register opens on October 1, 2020. Please check the housing website for updates and sign up early.



What’s the plan?

Purdue Dining & Culinary has been working to make sure we adhere to social distancing and other health and safety guidelines. At the same time, we want students to have options, with nutritious and high-quality food. In addition to our dining court facilities, we have added new retail locations where your swipes and Dining Dollars will be accepted (including Jersey Mike’s, Chick-fil-A, Qdoba and Panera Bread). There will also be new On-The-GO! options on the academic side of campus.

Meals at all facilities will be carry-out only to begin the semester. Then, the plan is to phase in seating capacity if and when the university’s senior leadership (in accordance with state and local regulations) determines it is safe to do so.

Where will I eat? You have the option of taking your meal back to your room, eating in tents near the dining courts or eating in a de-densified public space, adhering to social distancing etiquette.

Revised Meal Plans:

Since meal service is changing in order to comply with health and safety guidelines, our meal plans will be slightly altered in your favor for the 2020-2021 academic year. Rates are the same and you’re getting an extra meal (or two) from us! You will also be able to use up to five meal swipes per day.

19-20 Meal Plans Boiler Flex
Plan 500
Boiler Flex
Plan 500
Meals Per Week 20 20 13 8
Dining Dollars Per Year $500 $250 $450 $0
20-21 Meal Plans 21 Meal
Plan +500
21 Meal
Plan +250
15 Meal 
Plan +450
10 Meal
Plan +100
Meals Per Week 21 21 15 10
Dining Dollars Per Year $500 $250 $450 $100
What if I need to change my meal plan?

You can increase or decrease your meal plan July 16 – August 20, 2020. After that date, you can only increase your plan anytime throughout the semester.


What can/should I bring to campus?

  • Answers to additional Frequently Asked Questions, including what to bring to campus can be found on the housing website here. Please keep in mind that we all must adhere to fire safety codes and avoid overloading electrical circuits, so additional mini-fridges, microwaves or room dividers will not be permitted. Please work with your roommates to share items like mini-fridges and microwaves.
  • Limited cleaning supplies will be available to students in the residence halls; however, you are encouraged to bring your own.

Final Thoughts

We hope you understand why these changes are necessary. We also need your support to ensure the safest campus possible for all students, faculty and staff. This is a significant time in in history. We believe that collectively, we can still make the 2020-2021 academic year a great one. We look forward to your arrival on campus in August. Thank you for taking the time to review this letter. Again, please keep it as a reference for you and your family.

Boiler Up and Hail, Purdue!


Barb Frazee  
Assistant Vice Provost for Student Life  
University Residences  
Purdue Dining & Culinary