COVID-19 Response and Guidelines





You are planning to participate in Purdue Co-operative Education Program.


It is essential that you be aware of the following:


Heightened and unpredictable health risks are associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Those risks include exposure to asymptomatic carriers of the COVID-19 virus and the transfer of the virus through interpersonal communications and sharing spaces with others.


Nearly every day, the Center for Disease Control & Prevention and state and local health departments are reviewing and updating their respective guidance on the pandemic and its impact on various industries and worksites. Basic guidance includes: maintaining a safe personal distance of at least six feet between other people, frequently washing hands and surfaces, and could include wearing personal protective equipment such as masks or protective eyewear.


In addition to the basic guidelines, your employer has specific rules that you and others are required to follow while present. Be certain that you have seen those rules and understand them.


You need to know that it is possible that your Site Placement experience could end early with little or no notice due to national, state, or local COVID-19 conditions or mandates. Purdue has no control over, or the ability to predict such events.


The risks associated with COVID-19 vary with age and a variety of pre-existing health conditions. If you have concerns about your individual risk status, you have a variety of resources available to you. You may discuss your concerns with your Purdue faculty member or supervisor, your off-campus supervisor, or with the Disability Resource Center at Purdue.


You may choose not to engage in this placement. If you choose not to engage, please contact your discipline-specific co-op coordinator to discuss alternatives for meeting the requirements of the co-op certificate. 



If you have concerns regarding the health and safety at your co-op work site, please contact your immediate supervisor.  If you feel your concerns are not being addressed, here is a list of contacts to assist. 

  1. Joe Tort, Associate Director, Office of Professional Practice- 765 494-7323
  2. Protect Purdue Health Care Center- 765 496-4636
  3. Whistleblower line at Purdue University- 866-818-2620
  4. Purdue REM – 765-494-6371

Purdue University Office of Professional Practice, Potter Engineering Center, Rm 114, 500 Central Dr, West Lafayette, IN 47907 (765) 494-7430

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