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Purdue President Mitch Daniels announced the creation of a “Safe Campus Task Force” Tuesday, charged with rethinking how the school might function as COVID-19 continues its spread. 

“This fall, as always, there will be a flu season,” Daniels said in a statement. “But this fall, the COVID-19 strain will be a part of that season. Most faculty, students, and staff will not have acquired a natural immunity to it, and there will not yet be a vaccine.”

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Purdue President Mitch Daniels says the university is planning for all the ways future life on campus could change as the novel coronavirus outbreak continues to spread. 

“We will be dealing with a different environment, and with different ground rules, even in the circumstance we’re all hoping for -- which is that we do get life re-started again, and fairly soon,” Daniels says.

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Purdue University’s in-person spring commencement ceremonies have been officially cancelled. 

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Purdue University President Mitch Daniels and Provost Jay Akridge announced significant new restrictions Tuesday in response to the escalating threat of coronavirus, including moving all courses online before classes resume after spring break. 

“We recognize that these actions will raise many questions about specific situations,” Daniels and Akridge wrote.

According to the statement, the pause in classroom instruction will last “as long as in-person instruction seems inadvisable,” possibly through the end of the spring semester. 

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Purdue University’s President Mitch Daniels and Provost Jay Akridge have announced a series of precautionary measures the school plans to take in case of a coronavirus outbreak. 

“It is our hope that we are preparing for many eventualities that will never occur,” Daniels and Ackridge wrote in a letter Monday.  

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On last month’s conversation with Purdue President Mitch Daniels, we chatted about the way the school is now tracking incidents involving electric scooters and motorized skateboards. Now, the school has convened a task force to determine whether new rules need to be made regarding their use – to keep both riders and drivers safer.

We cover that on this edition of WBAA’s Monthly Conversation with Mitch Daniels, as well as how the school’s interest in bulking up its contracts with global defense companies aligns with a newly-announced directive by Governor Eric Holcomb to triple the number of federal dollars coming to Indiana for defense.

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Purdue University President Mitch Daniels is retracting and apologizing for a comment in which he called African-American scholars, in his words, rare "creatures.”

The apology was addressed to five campus organizations, all representing students or faculty of color.  One of the organizations receiving his apology is the Purdue chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, or NAACP. Purdue NAACP President Carey Walls says he and other students shouldn’t have had to ask for an apology.  

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The Purdue University Board of Trustees has adopted a new policy prohibiting students and staff from wagering on Purdue sports teams.

This decision comes following the legalization of sports gambling in Indiana on September 1. Purdue President Mitch Daniels says athletes could have been influenced if their peers or teachers were placing bets on them.

“If people around them or their classmates were betting for or against them or their team that it might make them feel very apprehensive maybe intimidated,” Daniels says.

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Out-of-state Purdue University students who want to vote in local elections will soon have a free way to get a valid Indiana ID without giving up other forms of identification.

Speaking Tuesday on WBAA’s Monthly Conversation with Mitch Daniels, Purdue’s president says the school will waive the fee normally charged to students to get a new ID – which now have expiration dates and comply fully with Indiana’s vote ID law. But he notes the plan only applies to non-Hoosiers.

For months, Purdue faculty have sparred with President Mitch Daniels about his desire to make passing a civics test a graduation requirement – even if both sides broadly agree students don’t know enough about government.

Next week, incoming freshmen will set the baseline for what Purdue students know by taking a voluntary questionnaire as part of Boiler Gold Rush, Purdue’s orientation program. WBAA’s Stan Jastrzebski sat down with Purdue Senate Chair Cheryl Cooky to find out about the test – which was still being written with less than a week before students arrive, and which she’s hesitant to call a “test.”

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