2016-2017 Academic Catalog 
    May 30, 2024  
2016-2017 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Resources and Services

Alumni Association

As Alumni of Purdue University Northwest-including its two founding institutions, Purdue University Calumet and Purdue University North Central, we are now bigger and better with 57,000+ alumni and 2 campuses, which makes us one unparalleled University. Purdue Northwest Alumni continue to bring honor to our great university with their many accomplishments and professional work. We are here to provide programs and services to keep you engaged with the university and with each other. We serve as a worldwide network that supports, enriches, cultivates, and celebrates experiences that last a lifetime!

To contact Purdue Northwest Alumni call us at 219-989-2308, email us at alumni@pnw.edu, visit our website at alumni.pnw.edu for news, events and to update your information, or visit us at the Hammond campus in Lawshe Hall, room 322 or the Westville Campus in the Dworkin Student Services & Activities Complex in D-1114L.

The Career Center

Location: Student Union Library Building (SUL), Room 349, Hammond
  Library Student Faculty Building (LSF), Room 104, Westville
Hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Career Center assists students and alumni of Purdue University, regardless of their campus affiliation. As a bridge from college life to the world of work, it is our mission to facilitate connections between employers and students that lead to successful outcomes and satisfying futures. Services Offered include:

Drop-In Career Advising-Typically 15 minutes or less

(No Appointment Needed)

  • Resume, CV, Cover Letter Review
  • Internship & Job Search Strategies
  • Pride Career Network, powered by Handshake Assistance
  • On Campus Student Employment


Tuesdays: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Wednesdays: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and *4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursdays: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
(*Evening hours are not offered during summer semesters)

Career Advising-By Appointment Only

(Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)

  • Mock Interview Preparation
  • Job Search Strategies
  • Graduate School Interview Preparation
  • Creating a LinkedIn Profile
  • Developing a Personal Statement
  • Adapting Resumes to CV’s

Career Counseling-By Appointment Only

(Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday)

  • Choosing Your Major
  • Developing a Career Plan
  • Job Search Strategies
  • Considering & Exploring Graduate Schools or Advanced Degrees

The Pride Career Network, powered by Handshake, is a modern career development platform that provides students and alumni with advanced online tools, available on all devices, including mobile technology. This system provides:

  • Relevant feed of job and internship opportunities
  • News feeds containing the latest information from the Career Center and your favorite employers
  • Resources that specifically match your interests
  • Appointment scheduling with select Career Center staff.

Access to the Pride Career Network is available to actively enrolled, degree seeking students and alumni of Purdue. You can create your Pride Career Network account by logging onto www.hirePNWpride.com.

PNW Child Care

Purdue Northwest offers affordable childcare at each campus, available for the children of students, faculty, and staff.

Hammond: Charlotte R. Riley Child Center, 219-989-2343. Serving children ages 3-6. http://centers.pnw.edu/riley-child-center/

The Charlotte R Riley Child Center is a nationally accredited child center and lab school. The center provides high quality preschool and kindergarten education programs for children of students, staff, faculty, and to the community. Serving children ages 3-6, the Riley center is NAEYC accredited, state licensed, and has achieved the highest rating in the state’s Paths to Quality program. The center also provides a training site for Purdue Northwest students seeking degrees in early childhood and elementary education and related fields. Children who are at least three years old and toilet trained through kindergarten age can attend school at a reasonable cost. The child center accepts On My Way PreK students and welcomes families using childcare vouchers. Operating within the division of Finance and Business Services, and working in conjunction with the Department of Behavioral Science’s Early Childhood Program, the Center is open all year excluding university holidays and two weeks prior to the fall semester. All childcare requires advanced enrollment.

Westville: Lion Cubs Child Care Center, 219-785-5242. Daycare for children ages 3-7, after school care for children K-5th grade. http://www.pnw.edu/dean-of-students/north-central-campus/child-care/

Lion Cubs Child Care Center, located on the Purdue Northwest Westville Campus in Room 135 of the Library-Student-Faculty Building, provides care for children of Purdue University North Central students, staff and faculty during the Fall and Spring semesters while classes are in session. A professional director and staff provide a program combining planned activities and supervised play. Children starting at age 3 (children must be turning three by December 1st), provided they are toilet trained, will be accepted. School- aged children (k- 5th) are welcome for after school care and during their school closings, delays, or breaks. Prior to using this service, a parent must complete all enrollment forms and obtain a receipt of pre-payment from the Bursar’s Office.

The Counseling Center

Gyte Building, Room 005, 219/989-2366, www.pnw.edu/counseling/
The Counseling Center offers a range of psychological counseling services to all students at Purdue University Northwest toward enhancing student academic and personal success. Services are provided in an individual, couples, or group formats and which may include assessment, brief counseling and psychotherapy. Referral, consultation and psycho-educational outreach presentations are also provided. These services are provided by licensed mental health professionals and postgraduate extern counselors under their supervision. All psychological services are confidential as protected by law. Personal issues such as adjustment to college/work, relationship concerns, anxiety, depression, alcohol and drug use, body image/eating problems are only some of the many concerns that may be addressed in counseling. Referrals to qualified professionals in the community are made available. Counseling Center staff also refer to medical providers and collaborate with medical prescribers for students who are in need of psychotropic medication(s).

Office of the Dean of Students

Hammond Location: Room 313, Student Union Library Building
Westville Location: Room 103, Library-Student-Faculty Building

The staff of the Office of the Dean of Student’s primary focus is to assist students so they can be academically successful. In addition, the Dean of Students supports individual student rights and upholds the Student Code of Conduct (http://www.pnw.edu/dean-of-students ).

The Office of the Dean of Students promotes responsibility and encourages honesty, integrity, and respect among Purdue Northwest students through education, compliance with behavioral standards, and support of individual rights. To sustain this mission we are committed to:

  • Provide students with information and resources so they can effectively advocate for themselves;
  • Guide students through their educational journey by ensuring a smooth pathway to degree attainment;
  • Work collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff to create an ethical and safe environment in which scholarship may flourish;
  • Promote good citizenship among students and administer conduct standards in a fair, respectful, and equitable manner;
  • Disseminate and interpret University regulations and standards to students, faculty, staff, parents, and the general community;
  • Promote compliance with the spirit and intent of the Purdue Bill of Student Rights and University Code of Conduct;
  • Serve as a resource and information agency for students, faculty, staff, parents and others concerning student rights and standards;
  • Facilitate, with dignity, the resolution of concerns and disputes at the lowest level possible;
  • Serve as an advocate for, and resource to, student victims of crimes, harassment, and other traumatic experiences;
  • Guide students toward a greater sense of personal responsibility and mature and ethical behavior that enhances the quality of the University and community environment

Respect Boundaries: Sexual Violence Awareness Program for New PNW Students

Purdue Northwest is committed to maintaining a positive and safe environment free from all forms of harassment, including sexual harassment. In addition, the University complies with several federal laws, including the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act. SaVE requires all incoming students to receive primary prevention and education awareness about sexual violence. Additionally, Title IX provides the right for students to pursue their educational goals in the safest campus environment possible and prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. PNW provides Respect Boundaries online training to new incoming students and transfer students through Blackboard Learn consisting of three modules: Purdue University Policies and Procedures, Risk Reduction and Prevention, and Supporting Survivors.

Please contact the Office of the Dean of Students at dos@pnw.edu or call the Hammond location, (219) 989-4141, or the Westville location, (219) 785-5230, for questions regarding the Respect Boundaries Program.

Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

Office of the Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Lawshe Hall, Room 352, 219/989-2367

The Office of Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs (VCEMSA) is responsible for coordinating services which are designed to recruit and enroll students in a campus environment in which students are able to develop and succeed, academically, intellectually and personally. Enrollment Management and Student Affairs includes the following offices: Admissions and Recruitment, Financial Aid, Registrar’s Office, Testing Services Center, New Student Orientation, Dean of Students, Office of Student Life, Career Center, Counseling Center, Housing and Residential Education, McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program/s: Upward Bound, Educational Talent Search and 21st Century Scholars, Disability Access Center, Student Organizations, Student Wellness Program, and Veterans and Student Service Members Academic Support Program (From Boots to Books).

The VCEMSA Division staff assist with creating a student centered environment designed for student success through services and programs administered outside of and in conjunction with academic programs. The staff and faculty and the student leaders with whom they partner are committed to a team approach to creating this supportive environment that is the hallmark of a destination of choice university.

Housing and Residential Education

The Westville campus is primarily a commuter institution. Housing accommodations are available adjacent to the campus.

The Hammond campus of Purdue University Northwest became a residential campus in Fall 2005 with the opening of its first student housing facility. In the Fall of 2009 a second building, was added to The University Village community providing space for a total of 745 residents and live-in residential staff members. In the Fall of 2013, these buildings were officially given the names of Peregrine and Griffin Hall. The University Village community provides fully furnished apartments as well as social resources to any student that wants to take their PNW education to the next level.

Each apartment features four private bedrooms, two bathrooms, a common living room and fully equipped furnished kitchen/dining room. The facilities are designed to provide convenience and comfort in an environment that supports the academic success of its residents.

The University Village community is overseen by the staff of the Department of Housing and Residential Education and is located at the south end of campus, along 173rd Street, right next to the Fitness and Recreation Center. The Department of Housing and Residential Education offers three options for student housing contracts: an annual year (August to August), an academic year (August to May), and summer (May to August). Students interested in living on-campus are encouraged to visit the Department of Housing and Residential Education website at www.pnw.edu/housing or call (219) 989-4150 for more information.


  • Apartment-style living
  • Full kitchen with dishwasher and garbage disposal
  • High Definition Cable TV service- including HBO
  • Wi-Fi throughout the complex
  • Laundry rooms on each floor
  • 24-hour computer labs
  • 24-hour emergency response staff to handle resident concerns
  • 24-hour front desks to address student needs and ensure safety
  • Swipe card access to buildings and apartments
  • A music practice room
  • Outdoor Patio (Griffin Hall)
  • Quiet study rooms
  • Well-lit on-site parking
  • Free shuttle service for shopping, and much more

Information Services

Information Services provides a number of resources for students to facilitate success in your academic program. Some of these services include:

Customer Service Center (CSC)

Locations: Hammond, Powers 216, Westville, Tech 265
Phone Number: 219-989-2888
For hours of operation please visit our website.

The Customer Service Center (CSC) logs, assigns and tracks all customer information technology service requests. CSC also provides the first level of information technology support for faculty, staff, students and guests.

Walk-In Knowledge Bar & Tech Support

  • Easily accessible at both campuses
  • Walk-up support
  • Updated comfortable seating
  • Charging stations, power outlets and data ports to keep you powered up
  • Password changes
  • Outlook Support, etc.

Wireless Network (eduroam)

  • eduroam is Purdue University Northwest’s secure wireless network
  • Connects wireless-ready laptops, tablets, and phones to the PNW network and the Internet
  • Accessible throughout all campus buildings and select green spaces
  • All connections to eduroam are authenticated and encrypted in order to help protect your data
  • Login with careeraccount@pnw.edu as your username and your career account password


Email is an essential communication tool used by faculty, staff, and students on campus. We encourage you to check your university e-mail account regularly to ensure you don’t miss receiving important information related to your classes and status within the University.

Computer Labs

Locations: Various (see below)
Telephone: 219-989-2888
For hours of operation please visit our website.

Open Access Computers:

  • Provide basic computing services such as Microsoft Office
  • Open to all students
  • Loaded with software that can be utilized for homework, research and class projects

Hammond Locations:

Gyte Learning Commons, Gyte 035, 040, 044, 045 & 048
Anderson, Classroom Office (CLO) and Porter Buildings
University Village – Peregrine and Griffin Hall
Library – Student Union Library (SUL) Building
Specialized computer labs available through your academic department

Westville Locations:

Tech Building 265 & Tech Building 053
Library – Library Student Faculty (LSF) Building
Specialized computer labs available through your academic department

University Libraries

Locations & Telephones:
Hammond - Student Union & Library (SUL), 2nd floor 219-989-2224
Westville - Library Student Faculty Building (LSF), 2nd floor, 219-785-5248

For hours of operation please visit our website.

  • Accessible, trusted, and indispensable learning environment, fundamental to student academic achievement in college
  • Deliver high quality information, provide excellent guidance in its use
  • Promote learning in attractive, technologically advanced, and personally comfortable environment
  • Libraries help students learn strategies and skills for accessing information and using it effectively for their class work
  • Library website is the link to scholarly information in electronic and print formats — books, journals, reference guides, and archives services for the user, including Interlibrary Loan, reference assistance and requests for purchase, are available 24-7 via links on either campus library web site
  • Students learn how to search a variety of information resources, including our discovery tool/online catalog PRIMO, to locate resources that either of the libraries own, search electronic databases to retrieve journal articles in full text, and organize and carry out research projects
  • The librarians, staff, and student assistants are here to help students learn in today’s complex information environment
  • Provide individual assistance to each student at the Public Service Desk, located conveniently as you walk in the doors of either location
  • Amenities include group study areas, electronic classrooms for hands-on learning, leisure seating for quiet conversation and a place to meet, and individual carrels for quiet study
  • A high-tech presentation practice room (Hammond Campus)
  • Source for virtual and print documents about the university, Archives and Special Collections, located in SUL 236 (Hammond) and LSF 245 (Westville) identifies, collects, preserves, and makes accessible materials of enduring value that document the history, culture, scholarship, advancements, and achievements of the University’s faculty, staff, and students
  • Libraries’ combined print collection includes over 500,000 volumes
  • Libraries subscribe to thousands of electronic databases, journal collections and books
    Information literacy and library instructional sessions, tours and learning modules are offered at both campuses by professional librarians. These sessions are generally set up by classroom faculty by collaborating with the instructional librarians who will design an Information Literacy session to meet the research needs and assignments given for that individual course.

Learning Technologies

Location: Hammond, Gyte Building Room 143
Telephone: 219-989-2873
For hours of operation please visit our website.

  • Blackboard Support
  • Media Lab - Providing students with the materials, services, and facilities to create effective and professional computer mediated instruction
  • The Media Lab consists of iMac computers - all equipped with the Microsoft Office, Adobe Master Suite, iLife, Digital media, and Internet software
  • High-output, high-quality black/white laser printing is available throughout the lab
  • Staff can assist students and faculty in the use of these programs to create and edit digital video, multimedia presentations, websites, and much more
  • The lab is open but priority is given to School of Education students
  • Closed to public when classes or training is being held within the lab

PNW Sports and Recreation


Fitness and Recreational Sports provides a wide range of opportunities to improve and maintain your health. A comprehensive package of recreational activities includes intramural sports, fitness activities, outdoor recreation and special events. Campus facilities for recreation include tennis/basketball courts, group fitness classes, locker rooms, and indoor game rooms at both locations. The Westville campus’ facilities include a disc golf course and walking/jogging trails. Both locations have a dedicated fitness center, including the one located in the James B. Dworkin Student Activities Center in Westville, and the Fitness & Recreation Center (FNRC) in Hammond.


Purdue University Northwest fields teams in men’s baseball, men and women’s basketball, men and women’s cross-country, men’s golf, men and women’s soccer, women’s softball, men and women’s tennis, and women’s volleyball. A cheerleading squad supports athletics and other campus activities. Additional club sports programs exist or can be started if sufficient student interest and funding exists.

Intercollegiate Student-Athlete Academic Support Program

The Intercollegiate Student-Athlete Academic Support Program is a program designed to aid student-athletes in achieving success through providing personalized academic guidance, appropriate tutoring by subject, special interest workshops and referrals to other necessary services as needed. Through collaboration and integration with campus resources, programs and services are designed to enhance student athletes’ overall development, well-being, and undergraduate experience.

Testing Center

Purdue Northwest offers two testing centers, one at each location – Hammond and Westville. Each center offers placement testing for English, Math and Foreign Languages (French, German and Spanish). Placement testing for English is completed in the center at both locations. Please call ahead regarding appointment and identification requirements. Math and Foreign Language placement testing may be completed remotely through the MyPNW Portal.

The Testing Center also offers proctored accommodated testing, make-up exams, distance education exams, and CLEP examinations, as well as providing national testing for the SAT, ACT, and GRE. More information can be found at: http://centers.pnw.edu/testing-services

Hammond: Lawshe Hall, Room 118, 219/989-2504
Westville: Library Student Faculty Building, Room 202, 219-785-5326

University Police

The PNW University Police Department conducts motorized, foot and bike patrols throughout the campus and responds to all calls for service. Our officers embrace community policing while patrolling the area around campus. The department is equally responsible for traffic and parking enforcement and investigating all suspicious or criminal activity, motor vehicle accidents, and medical emergencies. Motorists in need of assistance may call the police department.

Escorts on campus are handled on request, University Police also oversees building access control, staff ID’s and transportation services. The University Police, in conjunction with University Facilities Services, creates, approves and distributes key cards for offices and rooms.

Hammond: University Police Building - Emergency; (To report emergencies dial 911. If using a campus phone dial 9-911) 219/989-2220; Business, Email - UNPOL@pnw.edu . Business Lobby Hours: 8:00AM to 5:00PM, Police Department Hours - 24/7

Westville: University Police Building - Emergency; (To report emergencies dial 911 from a campus phone. Dial 219/785-5220 from a cell phone.) 219/785-5220 - Business, Email - campus_police@pnw.edu. Business Lobby Hours - 8:00AM to 10:00PM . Police Department Hours - 24/7