2018-19 Academic Catalog 
    Mar 26, 2023  
2018-19 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Resources and Services

Purdue Northwest Alumni Community

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 60,000+ alumni and 2 campuses, which makes us one unparalleled University. Purdue Northwest Alumni Community 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 Community 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
  • Access to Purdue Northwest Handshake
  • On Campus Student Employment


Monday through Thursday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Career Advising-By Appointment Only

  • 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

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

Handshake at Purdue University Northwest 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 Handshake is available to actively enrolled, degree seeking students and alumni of Purdue. You can create your Handshake account by logging onto www.hirePNWpride.com.

PNW Child Care

Purdue Northwest offers affordable childcare for the children of students, faculty, and staff.

Westville: Lion Cubs Child Care Center, 219-785-5242. Daycare for children ages 3-7, after school care for children K-5th grade. https://www.pnw.edu/dean-of-students/lion-cubs-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 Northwest 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

Hammond: GYTE 005, Westville TECH 101

219 989-2366, www.pnw.edu/counseling/
The Counseling Center offers a range of psychological counseling services free to enrolled students at Purdue University Northwest toward enhancing student academic and personal success. Services are provided in an individual, couples, or group format and which may include brief counseling and psychotherapy and psychological assessment. Referral, consultation and psycho-educational outreach presentations are also provided. These services are provided by licensed mental health professionals and doctoral 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 Campus: Room 313, Student Union Library Building
Westville Campus: Room 103, Library-Student-Faculty Building


The Dean of Students Office connects individuals to resources, provides support, administers student policies, and promotes initiatives which help strengthen the campus community. 

The Dean of Students Office 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:

  • Working collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff to create an ethical and safe environment in which scholarship may flourish
  • Promoting good citizenship among students and administer conduct standards in a fair, respectful, and equitable manner
  • Disseminating and interpreting University regulations and standards to students, faculty, staff, parents, and the general community
  • Promoting compliance with the spirit and intent of the Bill of Students Rights and University Code of Conduct
  • Serving as a resource and information agency for students, faculty, staff, parents and others concerning student rights and standards
  • Guiding students toward a greater sense of personal responsibility and mature and ethical behavior that enhances the quality of the University and community environment
  • Providing guidance and educational experiences to assist students in making appropriate choices concerning behavior
  • Encouraging students to understand the consequences of the decisions they make and the actions they take in an attempt to help their holistic development for good citizenry

Student Advocates

Student Advocates are located on each campus in the Office of the Dean of Students. Advocates work to address a wide variety of student needs and guide within university resources, policies and procedures. Referral to community resources can be made as necessary and appropriate.

Specialized support and advocacy is available to students who have experienced sexual assault, relationship violence, or stalking.

Respect Boundaries: Sexual Violence Awareness Program

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 students to receive primary prevention and education awareness about sexual violence. PNW provides Respect Boundaries online training to new incoming students and transfer students via our Learning Management System, Blackboard Learn. Respect Boundaries consists of four modules: Purdue University Policies and Procedures, Risk Reduction and Prevention, Relationship Violence, and Supporting Survivors: Resources and Services.

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

Office of Veteran Services

Hammond Campus: Room 335, Student Union Library Building
Westville Campus: Room 1002, Dworkin Student Services and Activies Complex Building


Along with University services including Priority Registration, Fee Deferment, and assistance with VA certification, the Office of Veteran Services offers a combination of services to aid in the successful degree completion by providing support in the transition from the military environment into the academic environment with referrals to appropriate University support services and guidance during military deployment. Both locations on the Hammond (SUL 335) and Westville (DSAC 1002) campuses offer a dedicated space with access to computers, CAC Readers, television, complimentary coffee and an informal location to network and study.  Purdue Northwest has been designated a Military Friendly institution, which means the University makes a commitment and effort to have a benefit to the campus and military community.  The Office of Veteran Services may be contacted at 219-785-5368 or email at veteranservices@pnw.edu.

Military and Veteran Certification Services

To ensure veteran educational benefits can be processed in a timely manner, veterans planning on using their educational benefits should communicate early with the Veterans Certifying Officials in the Office of the Registrar:

Hammond:  Lawshe Room 130, (219) 989-1109

Westville:  Schwarz Hall Room 40, (219) 785-5342                                               

Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

Office of the Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Lawshe Hall Room 352 and Schwarz Hall Room 136, 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: Undergraduate Admissions (including International Admissions), Financial Aid and Scholarships, Registrar’s Office, EMSA Reporting and Operational Intelligence, Housing and Residential Education, Office of the Dean of Students, Student Support and Advocacy, Campus Life and Student Activities, Student Organization and Leadership Development, Student Government, Counseling Center, Disability Access Center, Student Conduct, Career Services Center, TRIO/Educational Opportunity Program, Lions Cub Childcare Center, Office of Veterans Services, McNair Achievement Program, 21st Century Scholars Program, Upward Bound and College Bound Programs, New Student Orientation and Testing Services, and University Welcome Centers.

The Division of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs 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, 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 Purdue University Northwest.

Housing and Residential Education

University Village, located on the Hammond Campus, 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 a fully equipped and 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 the Hammond 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, email housing@pnw.edu 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

The Westville campus is primarily a commuter campus. Limited housing accommodations are available adjacent to the campus.

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 Campus: Powers Building 216; Westville Campus: Tech Building 265

Website:  http://www.pnw.edu/csc

Phone Number: 219-989-2888

Email:  csc@pnw.edu

For hours of operation, please visit our website.

The Customer Service Center is the single point of contact and the channel between users and Information Services for dealing with a variety of technology service activities.  This includes incidents, inquiries, outages, access and service requests for assistance.  The CSC logs and monitors incidents and service requests in the centralized ticket system.

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


  • http://www.pnw.edu/mypnw
  • The MyPNW portal is a one stop shop for all student, faculty and staff to access their email, Banner and Blackboard.


  • Each student is provided with a university email account.
  • 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 do not miss receiving important information related to your classes and status within the University.

Computer Labs

Locations: Various (see below)

Website:  https://www.pnw.edu/information-services/labs-and-classrooms/

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 Campus 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 Campus Locations:

Tech Building 265 & Tech Building 053

Library – Library Student Faculty (LSF) Building

Specialized computer labs available through your academic department

University Library

Locations & Telephones: 

Hammond Campus - Student Union & Library (SUL), 2nd floor 219-989-2224

Westville Campus – Library Student Faculty Building (LSF), 2nd floor, 219-785-5248

Website:  http://www.pnw.edu/library/

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

Learning Technologies

Location:                                Gyte 135, Hammond Campus

Telephone:                             219-989-2873

Website:                                 http://www.pnw.edu/learning-technologies/

Email:                                     oit@pnw.edu

About Us

  • Our mission is to provide faculty, staff, and students the resources necessary to use technology as a tool to achieve educational and operational goals
  • Please see the University Policy Office webpage for a comprehensive list of Information Technology policies

Software and Technology Resources

Adobe Flash

Adobe Reader

Adobe Shockwave

Alert Me




Mozilla Firefox


Google Drive



Microsoft Office 365




Safe Assign




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 basketball courts, disc golf course, group fitness classes, locker rooms, and indoor game rooms at both locations. The Westville campus’ facilities include tennis courts 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 as well as a dance team supports athletics and other campus activities. Additional club sports programs, such as men’s volleyball, exist or can be started if sufficient student interest and funding exists.

Intercollegiate Student-Athlete Academic Support Program

Student-Athlete Academic Support’s (SAAS) goal is to cultivate the development of student-athletes as they balance academics with athletics while pursuing a postsecondary and/or graduate degree. A number of services, such as academic monitoring, referral services, webinars, academic advising and academic/personal development workshops are employed within the Student-Athlete Academic Support to aid student-athletes in successfully pursuing their academic goals. The Associate Athletic Director of Academic Services/SWA asks for progress reports from each student-athlete’s professors, and will share that information with student-athletes and coaches once a semester during the mid-term. All student-athletes are subject to academic monitoring and may be referred to other service areas on campus for assistance in academic areas, Student-Athlete Academic Support strongly encourages student-athletes to become familiar with, and to utilize, all of the services and programs offered on PNW’s campus. This academic monitoring provides faculty with an opportunity to briefly evaluate the student-athletes’ overall performance. Student-athletes who receive a 2.0 or below are encouraged to meet with the Student-Athlete Academic Support Staff to develop programming which will help the student-athlete to receive the highest grade possible in the respective course. This programming may include faculty-student conferences, faculty-student-SAAS Advisor conferences, tutorial assistance and/or referral services.

Testing Center

Purdue Northwest offers testing centers at each location – Hammond and Westville. Both centers offer 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 the ACT Residual, proctored testing, make-up exams, distance education exams, and CLEP examinations, as well as providing national testing for the SAT, ACT, and GRE Subject. More information can be found at: https://centers.pnw.edu/testing-services/.

Our Locations: 

Hammond                                                              Westville

Lawshe Hall                                                            Library Student Faculty Building

Room 118                                                               Room 202

219/989-2504                                                         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 Schneider Avenue Building. Located at the corner of 169th St. and Osborne.  - 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