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Professor Dunford shares his experience teaching in-person during the pandemic

Executive MBA Program Persists in the Face of COVID-19

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

EMBA students in de-densified classroom

Purdue University has changed many policies and procedures to safeguard the health and well-being of students, faculty and staff. The Executive MBA programs have implemented those guidelines, and more, since the residency format is a pillar of the program. Some of the changes implemented this year include:


Testing Upon Arrival to Campus

  • Requiring all EMBA students to be tested upon arrival to campus before classes begin. The program staff organizes the testing while following HIPAA rules
  • Testing faculty and staff on a voluntary basis prior to interacting with students
  • Housing all students in the newly renovated Purdue Memorial Union hotel across the street from Krannert Center, reducing the need to travel around campus

Restricting Building Access

  • Minimizing outside traffic into the building by keeping external doors locked since students can enter using their student ID card
  • Checking temperatures of visitors upon arrival to the building

 Cleaning & Distancing

  • De-densifying rooms to no more than 50% of regular capacity
  • Increasing cleaning of surfaces and provision of hand sanitizer in multiple areas
  • Requiring masks be worn at all times inside the building
  • Labeling areas on floor to ensure proper flow and distancing
  • Placing HEPA filters in various rooms to improve air quality

 Changing Meal & Beverage Service

  • Requiring all eating and drinking take place in the dining area or outside, while maintaining appropriate distance
  • Providing individually portioned meals and ensuring all food and beverages be served by trained staff

Evaluating International Residencies

  • Deciding not to convert our EMBA programs into online formats, since that would not provide the same interactive learning experience found in our residency programs.
  • Monitoring the safety of all residency locations and changing the order of countries visited in the IMM Global EMBA program to ensure a safe environment. This has been our policy for over 35 years