Purdue's response to COVID-19; resources for AAE students, faculty, staff

Purdue University is closely monitoring a pandemic of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The respiratory virus is infecting people around the world, including the United States.

The University is offering daily updates on a website with the latest guidance and information for the campus community. It includes links to key resources, answers to frequently asked questions and contact information for additional information and direction.

“No objective surpasses in priority the health and safety of the campus community,” Purdue President Mitch Daniels wrote in March.


Message from AAE's head

William Crossley, J. William Uhrig and Anastasia Vournas Head of Aeronautics and Astronautics, updated the AAE community on April 1 about how the School is operating during the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • All research, academic and administrative buildings will remain locked throughout the day, including ARMS. Buildings and offices will remain locked to restrict walk-ins, protect those who must be on campus to work and concentrate cleaning resources.
  • All instructional laboratories are closed to students, including the Bechtel Innovation Design Center. AAE, specifically, has closed ARMS 2098, ARMS 3098 and ARMS 3106.
  • All ECN computer labs will be closed to students. ARMS 2106 is closed, as are the converted student use areas in the ARMS 3200 and ARMS 3300 "wings" of the building where we have placed a few PCs. We have instructions for Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) for you to access a computer in ARMS 2106 or in one of the ARMS 3200 rooms.
  • There are some software licensing issues that we need to be careful about. Some software packages used for instruction have ITAR restrictions. At least one is licensed, so that it can only be used within a 50-mile radius of West Lafayette. ECN is looking into these issues, but if you know of such software being used in AAE, please contact Teresa Cadwallader (tlc3764@purdue.edu).
  • Undergraduate and graduate students can access Matlab Student Use Licenses for the semester. ITaP's Contracts and Licensing group posted contents of its press release on the ECN KnowledgeBase pages. Once in the KnowledgeBase link, a link to the Mathworks website and instructions are available on how to install. 
  • The undergraduate advising office has suspended in-person meetings, and remaining scheduled meetings will be conducted via email. That includes registration and check-ins, etc.
  • All events on campus are canceled through June 30, the University announced April 15.
  • Information for new AAE international and funded graduate students has been updated.  
  • The University unveiled its "Protect Purdue" plan to promote a safe campus for the fall.


Reading email often is an important step to staying informed.

  • Purdue Extension is offering a free internet connection through its country offices and has assisted with identifying 350-plus wifi hotspots across Indiana. Locations are listed
  • Summer courses will be conducted remotely, the University announced April 6.
  • Admissions has answers to a list of frequently asked questions by undergraduates on a website that will be continually updated.
  • The Purdue COVID-19 Information Center (765-496-4636 or toll free 1-833-571-1043) is staffed by university employees from 8-5 p.m. Monday-Friday to answer student, parent, faculty and staff questions. 

If your Internet access is unreliable, please reach out to
The Office of the Dean of Students
to discuss potential options and alternatives:

Student Checklist/References for Remote Learning
Engineering Computer Network
Support Request/Trouble Report

Alternative Delivery of DRC Services
Disability Resource Center


Immigration Changes
International Students and Scholars


CCO Services in Response to COVID-19
Center for Career Opportunities



  • Mitch Daniels announced March 25 that faculty, staff, graduate and post-doc staff will be paid through June 30, 2020 (or, the end of their contract period, whichever first occurs). The University acknowledged there may be times when work slows in a particular area. During those times, it is the University's expectation and request that people are flexible and willing to lend a helping hand to other units and areas where there is a need. The University provided more information on its Q&A page.

COVID-19: Resources for working and learning remotely

Any University-wide communications will be sent via email or Purdue Alert text messaging system. 

Teaching and telecommuting resources

WebEx/virtual meetings:

These tips will help in setting up a WebEx account and utilizing WebEx for virtual meetings.

  • If you don’t already have a WebEx account visit https://one.purdue.edu/ and search for “WebEx.” The first time you access the system, WebEx will create an account based on your career account information.
  • Participants should login to WebEx 10 minutes early to go through the technical set up prior to meetings. ITaP is offering training every weekday through March 27.
  • WebEx training
  • Virtual meetings may also be held in ARMS 3041 / Dunville Room

Research information

Principal investigators or facility/site directors should complete a brief Critical On-Campus Research Continuity Information Form to continue work that falls into one of more of these categories after March 25.

All personnel should follow previously announced guidance on social distancing/safety hygiene practices, use of proper lab and safety equipment, and use of buddy system in labs with hazardous materials. Additionally, researchers who are sick, have returned from travel outside of the state, or have concerns over their personal health and safety should not come to campus. Other work should be safely ramped down using the Research Laboratory Ramp-Down Checklist as soon as possible, but no later than March 27.