Resources for Students who have tested Positive for COVID-19
Protect Purdue website
You’ve been exposed to COVID-19 and believe you need a test. What should you do?
If you are contacted by a contract tracer, follow their instructions and guidelines for testing. If you believe you are in of need testing, contact Protect Purdue Health Center and they will provide guidance. Protect Purdue Health Center at 765-496-INFO (4636) or 833-571-1043 (toll free) for more information
You test positive for COVD-19. How should you report it?
If the test was conducted off campus contact the Protect Purdue Health Center to report the confirmed case. Protect Purdue Health Center at 765-496-INFO (4636) or 833-571-1043 (toll free) for more information.
How do you contact Purdue if you want to quarantine on campus?
Purdue has several dedicated spaces within University Residences where students who test positive for COVID-19 can move to for quarantine purposes. If a graduate student lives in a Purdue residence this service will be free. If the student lives off-campus, this service will be charged at $400 per week and includes 3 meals per day. Medical staff will also provide medical care/checks. They will have access to a semi-private bathroom, an in-apartment washer and dryer and meal delivery from our dining courts during their quarantine time. Call Protect Purdue Health Center at 765-496-INFO (4636) or 833-571-1043 (toll free) for more information.
How do you notify professors that you will be missing class due to testing positive for COVID-19?
The Office of the Dean of Students can assist a student in notifying instructors that they will not be attending class temporarily. Email email@example.com . The student does not need to share medical information with their instructors but should let them know how long they expect to be learning remotely or not attending class.
What if I cannot fulfill my TA duties?
Notify your course supervisor immediately, and the ME Grad office.
What if I can’t be on campus to continue my research?
Notify your PI or advisor and let them know that you will be unable to be on campus to continue your research. You might however, be able to do writing or data analysis during this time to continue progress.
You’ve contracted COVID-19. What type of sick leave do you have?
The University provides 10 days of emergency leave for benefits-eligible graduate staff (those employed half-time or more) who test positive or exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 or whose family members test positive or exhibit symptoms of COVID-19. After the 10 days are exhausted, employees must follow the leave policy or may qualify for additional FMLA. In addition, the University provides up to 60 days of emergency FMLA leave to graduate staff who must be off work due to child care/school closures related to COVID-19 reasons. After the 60 days are exhausted, graduate staff would follow the normal leave policy. Potentially, other leave would then be available, if needed.
Do students qualify for FMLA?
Graduate students that are employed at least 1/2 time are eligible for FMLA leave if they meet all the requirements. The “Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993” provides provision for time off for an employee’s own serious health condition, to take care of a family member with a serious health condition, to give birth, to adopt, or to place a child in the employee’s home for foster care. In order to be eligible for leave, under the FMLA, graduate staff must have been employed at Purdue for 12 months, consecutive or non-consecutive, and have worked at least 1,250 hours in the 12 months preceding the date leave commences. FMLA states that up to 12 work-weeks of leave per year are available. If the leave is taken for an employee’s own serious health condition or a family member’s serious health condition, and the employee has accrued unused paid sick leave and qualifies for paid sick leave, the employee must use the paid sick leave during the FMLA leave. A request for FMLA leave should be initiated through the Success Factors system. Further information on FMLA is available by contacting or Human Resources – Employee Benefits at 765-494-2222 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if a student runs into problems with an instructor or advisor during a COVID-19 absence?
Students are encouraged to speak to Dr. Key about the situation. The Office of Graduate Assistance (OGA) is also available to meet with Purdue University graduate students to assist them in addressing a variety of issues that may arise during the course of a student's time at the University. The OGA will provide impartial, independent, and informal assistance with reference to your concerns based on our knowledge of University policy, practice and personnel without judgment. To set up a face-to-face or virtual meeting contact: https://www.purdue.edu/gradschool/student/oga/index.html
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