Purdue University Plans Required COVID-19 Testing For Students Before New School Year

Jul 9, 2020

Purdue University announced the school is “formulating plans” to require all students to take a COVID-19 test before arriving at the West Lafayette campus for the upcoming academic year -- and for the school to cover the costs of that testing. 

According to a statement released Wednesday, students must be tested before classes begin Aug. 24 and have the results on file at the Protect Purdue Health Center. The failure to do so will affect a student’s ability to move into a residence hall and attend classes or on-campus activities. Students who receive positive test results prior to their arrival will not be able to come to campus until medically cleared.

Faculty and staff are not currently required to undergo the same testing, though they will be asked to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms. 

More details will be released about August’s testing availability and timing for students.