PFW requiring face masks effective 8/9/2021


Purdue Fort Wayne will require all students, staff, faculty, and visitors—regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status—to wear face masks indoors while on campus, effective Monday, August 9, 2021.

Purdue Fort Wayne Temporarily Requiring Face Masks in All Campus Buildings

Fort Wayne, Indiana (August 5, 2021) — To continue down this successful path, effective Monday, August 9, Purdue Fort Wayne will be requiring all students, staff, faculty, and visitors—regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status—to wear face masks indoors while on campus.

This temporary change in university protocols will be reevaluated on August 20, just prior to the beginning of fall classes. This is the only significant change to university plans as we prepare to welcome students for the fall 2021 semester.

University leaders, in consultation with the PFW Ready Committee, determined the need for an updated face mask protocol after considering a number of factors, notably the rapidly rising COVID-19 case counts in Indiana and Allen County caused by the Delta variant and the CDC’s new face mask guidance for fully vaccinated individuals. The decision is also driven by the strong recommendation to follow the new guidance from both the Indiana Department of Health and the Allen County Department of Health, as well as the decision by Purdue University, Indiana University, and other colleges and universities around the country to similarly update their face mask protocols.

The university has launched a new website, PFW Ready, that will serve as the hub for the university’s response to COVID-19 going forward. Important information will also continue to be communicated through the university’s newsletter – Inside PFW (for faculty and staff) and Don Life (for students).


About Purdue University Fort Wayne
Purdue University Fort Wayne is the largest university in northeast Indiana and is part of the Purdue University system. Purdue Fort Wayne is uniquely positioned to serve the region as a crossroads of intellectual, social, economic, and cultural advancement. Rigorous academics are combined with a focus on student success across prestigious degree programs taught by more than 300 full-time faculty. 8,093 students of diverse ages, ethnicities, and nationalities pursue their education on the nearly 600-acre campus. A majority of the university’s 62,000+ alumni live and work in Indiana contributing significantly to the state’s economy, vitality, and intellectual strength. The university is a member of the Horizon League athletics conference, and fields 16 NCAA Division I sports teams. For more information, visit

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