Jun 19, 2024  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Student Services

Purdue Fort Wayne provides a wide variety of support services for its students. Information on some of the more widely used services is listed below. For a complete listing of services, please consult the Student Handbook and Planner. Included in this section are descriptions of:

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Purdue Fort Wayne’s Regulations and Policies for Graduate Students; Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct; and Ethical Guidelines for Student Computer Users appear in Regulations .

Purdue Fort Wayne’s Undergraduate Academic Regulations appear in the Purdue Fort Wayne Undergraduate Catalog.

Alumni Relations and Mastodon Alumni Association

More than 60,000 degrees have been granted by Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (Purdue Fort Wayne) since opening in 1964. More than 54 percent of our alumni remain in northeast Indiana and their work is seen in the growth and economic development of the state.

A new, independent, local alumni association called Mastodon Alumni Association began in 2017.  Our goal is to create and maintain connectedness between the alumni of the Fort Wayne campus, whether IU or Purdue, to each other and back to this campus.

The Alumni Relations office supports departments in their efforts to remain connected to those who graduate by maintaining the alumni database and offering the usage of the beautiful Steel Dynamics Keith Busse Mastodon Alumni Center for events.

Purdue University Fort Wayne students are supported each day by alumni.  Alumni donate their time, treasures and talents to the university by serving on advisory boards for departments and programs, making donations to the university, attending events and countless other ways.

Scholarships: Students who are children of a graduate from Purdue Fort Wayne (Legacy students) are eligible to apply for a scholarship from the Mastodon Alumni Association. Applications are available at the beginning of the spring semester and are evaluated by our Alumni Association Board.  Parents must be a dues paying member of the Mastodon Alumni Association.

The Alumni Relations office is located in the Steel Dynamics Keith Busse Alumni Center, 1528 East California Rd., 260-481-6807


Athletics (Athletic Center 270, 260-481-6643) administers NCAA sports-related university activities and manages the Athletic Center facilities. Contact Athletics for further information about programs and fees.

Intercollegiate athletics are open to all qualified students. Purdue Fort Wayne competes in the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Division I and is a member of The Summit League and the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA). Purdue Fort Wayne offers the following programs:

  Basketball   Baseball   Volleyball   Golf
  Cross Country   Soccer   Softball
  Indoor Track (Women’s)   Outdoor Track (Women’s)

Information about athletics participation is available on gomastodons.com, or by contacting the specific sport coach.

The Athletic Center houses the fitness facilities on campus. The fitness factilites are open to all Purdue Fort Wayne students with valid Purdue Fort Wayne ID cards. Memberships are also available to Purdue Fort Wayne student spouses, faculty, staff, alumni and family members. The newly built field house offers both a 1/9 and 1/8 mile indoor mondosurfaced walk/running track, strength training room, and cardiovascular conditioning area. Racquetball courts, wallyball courts, basketball courts, core conditioning area, and a fitness class room are also available. Outdoor facilities include 5km and 10 km cross country courses, soccer fields, baseball and softball fields, and tennis courts. Fitness services include fitness assessments, fitness classes, “getting started” fitness consultations, nutrition consultations, personal fitness training packages, free education/awareness handouts, and special events such as fitness workshops and walk/run events. For membership costs and more facility information, call 260-481-6655, 260-481-6647 or visit Purdue Fort Wayne.edu/fitness


Follett’s Purdue Fort Wayne Bookstore (Walb Student Union, 260-481-0300) has served the academic community at Purdue Fort Wayne for more than 40 years, fulfilling students’ needs from freshman classes to purchasing graduation apparel. Conveniently located in Walb Student Union, the bookstore offers course materials in several formats, general books, computer hardware, apparel, gifts, and more. In addition, the bookstore gives you the convenience of ordering your course materials and other items online at pfwshop.com.  You can contact the bookstore at 260-481-0300 or by e-mail at bookstor@pfw.edu.

Career Services

Career Services (Kettler 109, 260-481-6595), provides career support for all Purdue Fort Wayne students. Services include counseling and career information; inventories and assessment; a resource library; employer referral; and résumé, interview, and related job-search preparation. Your academic department may also house career information. Students entering graduate school should also contact Testing Services (Kettler 232, 260-481-6600) early to investigate the various tests required for post-graduate study and when the tests are administered.

Center for Women and Returning Adults

The Center for Women and Returning Adults (CWRA) (Walb 120, 260-481-6029) serves as an advocate for women and non-traditional students by providing academic, financial, and personal assistance while simultaneously familiarizing them with the network of services available on campus or in the community. The CWRA provides a continuum of services directed toward an extremely diverse subculture within the campus community. The nature of our services extends beyond the campus or student life spectrum into the life-planning arena that is specific to non-traditional students or individuals and family members. Our involvement in child care, housing, financial, and domestic abuse issues requires that our services be directed from the campus to the community. Special ongoing efforts designed to meet the needs of our subculture include Flying S.T.A.R.T. (Starting, Transfer, and Returning Students) orientations, Sexual Assault and Prevention Programming (SAPP) and Students with Families workshops and entertainment.

Child Care

Purdue Fort Wayne partners with The Learning Community to provide child care for Purdue Fort Wayne faculty, staff, and students at a discounted rate. The Learning Community is located at 2041 Reed Road. Hours of operation during fall, spring, and summer semesters are 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. TLC provides care for infants to children 12 years old. For registration and fee information, contact TLC at 260-424-8852 or visit www.tlckidsfirst.com.

Computer Resources

Purdue Fort Wayne’s computing environment includes access to networked computers and a variety of software, from word processing to discipline-specific applications.  Also included are support services for multimedia creation and delivery, classroom technology and activities capture, and teleconferences.

Student accounts (includes e-mail, goPFW, student-access labs, wireless access). Accounts for student computing resources are created upon your admission to Purdue Fort Wayne. You must complete an activation process before using the account including sending or receiving e-mail. Your e-mail accounts are accessible from any student-access lab or the Web. Student accounts remain active as long as you are enrolled. However, if a student infects our network with a virus, we may disable their account.

Training.  All students will be able to access free software training videos, through lynda.com, on and off campus using their student email account as their username.  Students may also request training through the IT-Services helpdesk by calling 481-6030 or emailing at helpdesk@Purdue Fort Wayne.edu.

Web space. Each student receives web space through Google Sites when their account is activated.  This space is accessible through their Gmail account.  Student organizations can request to have web space.

Computer labs. All student-access computer labs and computer-equipped classrooms are capable of accessing many software applications, student e-mail, and the Internet. The student-access computer labs are in Kettler Hall 217; Neff Hall B71 and B73 (a shared-use lab); Science Building G15; Helmke Library (3 labs -  first floor -  24 hour lab on the first floor -  440A (a shared-use lab)); Visual Arts 205; Student Housing, Clubhouse; Liberal Arts 42 (a shared-use lab); Walb 220 (Studio M curriculum Lab); and Walb Student Union 221. Besides these student-access labs, some schools and departments provide their students with access to additional specialized labs. The sponsoring departments define their availability and hours.

Getting help. For the most current campus computing information and software documentation, visit IT Services’ Web site at pfw.edu/its. Student consultants are available in person to assist students in some labs during most open lab hours. Student consultants cannot do assignments for students, but they can answer general computing questions. In addition, IT Services provides assistance to students at the Help Desk in Kettler 206, 260-481-6030. Help Desk technicians can answer questions about specific computer services and facilities available to students.

Continuing Studies, Division of

The Purdue Fort Wayne Division of Continuing Studies (Kettler 145, 260-481-6619) provides lifelong learning opportunities through its credit programs and public courses for professional development and personal enrichment. The division manages approximately 52,000 student enrollments annually.

The division increases student access to internationally recognized Purdue University degrees by partnering with Purdue Fort Wayne’s academic departments to provide the alternative delivery of college credit courses, minors, certificates and degree programs. The division manages online learning delivery, high school dual credit, the university’s Weekend College program, the Accelerated M.B.A. program through the Doermer School of Business, and the M.S. Educational Leadership through the College of Education and Public Policy.  Continuing Studies also manages special workshops for teachers that provide graduate credit and IDOE professional growth points applicable towards relicensure.

The Division of Continuing Studies also provides noncredit options, many of which yield continuing education units. These include public courses for personal and professional development and customized corporate training for regional businesses. For more targeted, in-depth training, selected professional development courses are grouped into certificate programs. These options offer students concise, career-related education.

For more information about the Division of Continuing Studies and a listing of available courses, see pfw.edu/dcs.

Dean of Students

The Dean of Students Office (Walb 111, 260-481-6601) may be contacted regarding any questions or concerns you are experiencing. Either direct assistance or referral to the appropriate individual or office will be provided. In addition, the dean and associate dean handle student conduct issues and advise faculty, staff, and students on Purdue Fort Wayne policies and procedures governing student rights, responsibilities, and conduct,  provide assistance to students  pursuing late full withdrawals, grade appeals, and student complaints, and serve as  advocates for students and their issues. The dean also oversees Career Services, Personal Counseling Services, and Services for Students with Disabilities.

Disabilities, Services for Students with

Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) coordinates Purdue Fort Wayne’s programming for students with disabilities, as required by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Persons with qualifying disability conditions per these regulations are eligible for specialized academic support services and other assistance through SSD.

SSD provides free and appropriate academic aids and services including reader and sign-language interpreter services, accommodated test-proctoring facilities, disability-specific career/academic/personal counseling, coordination of the use of accessible computer workstations across campus, and more. SSD also serves the campus community as advocate/consultant on disability-related issues.

Purdue Fort Wayne does not provide personal attendant care or transportation services. You must be able to attend to your personal care and needs or you must arrange independently for such services if needed. Although a personal escort may be provided during times of inclement weather, you are responsible for your transportation to and from campus and between classes and other facilities. You are responsible for attending classes as required by your class instructors’ attendance policy.

To request services on the basis of disability or to receive further information, call 260-481-6657 (VOICE/TTD) or visit the director of SSD in Walb 113.

Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (Walb 118, 260-481-6608) provides a vital support system for African American, Asian American, Hispanic, international, Native American, and other underrepresented students enrolled at Purdue Fort Wayne. Evening appointments can be arranged for students who cannot visit the office during regular hours.  Services include networking opportunities, cultural/heritage programs, educational and personal counseling, leadership development and enhancement, mentoring, workshops, and study tables.  Diversity and Multicultural Affairs also assists in the development, administration, and evaluation of student recruitment and retention efforts; sponsors outreach and programs for early access to higher education; and provides cultural diversity training for Purdue Fort Wayne faculty and staff.

First-generation and Nontraditional College Student Support Services (Walb 118, 260-481- 6847). Academic-success programs, academic and personal advising, and general support services are provided.

African American Student Support Services (Walb 118, 260-481-6604). Academic-success programs, cultural heritage activities, and academic and personal advising are provided. Many activities are planned in cooperation with the Black Collegian Caucus.

Hispanic Student Support Services (Walb 118, 260-481-6847). Individual academic and personal assistance, scholarship and internship information, and information regarding campus and community events are all available. Many programs are coordinated with Hispanos Unidos, which is open to all members of the campus community interested in Hispanic culture.

Asian American Student Support Services (Walb 118, 260-481-6608). Academic support, academic and personal advising, and cultural activities are available. Activities are coordinated with various Asian American student organizations.

Native American Student Support Services (Walb 118, 260-481-6847). Cultural heritage programs and academic and personal advising are provided. Many activities are planned in cooperation with United Native American Students.

Emergency Health and Security Services

For life-threatening emergencies, dial 911 from any university office telephone.

For routine healthcare needs, you are expected to remain under your personal physician’s care while attending Purdue Fort Wayne.

Escort service to and/or from classes for safety reasons are available any time by dialing 16827 from any campus telephone or 260-481-6827 from a cell phone.

University Police (Support Services Building 102, 260-481-6827) and its officers are empowered to enforce state and local laws, as well as campus traffic and conduct regulations, and provide 24-hour emergency services on campus. The department conducts continuous patrols, furnishes disabled-vehicle assistance, and maintains lost-and-found articles. Students and staff are urged to report all suspicious activity or other hazards to the department. Crime prevention policy information, crime incidence, and arrest statistics are available from University Police.


All fees are subject to change by action of the trustees. Fees for the 2018-2019 school year are shown below:

Course fees (may not apply to continuing education courses):
  Graduate residents
Graduate nonresidents
  $347.25 per credit
$786.00 per credit
  Students who audit classes are assessed regular course fees.
Other fees The following fees are in addition to the course fees listed above.
  Admission application fee
Re-admission application fee
Late registration fee
$8.50 per credit, $100 maximum

Refunds Whenever enrollment for a specific class is insufficient, Purdue Fort Wayne reserves the right to cancel the class and refund all fees assessed. Course withdrawals for all other classes will result in course fee refunds according to the schedule on the next page.

If you are receiving federal Title IV financial aid (Stafford, Pell, Perkins, SEOG) and you make a full withdrawal or do not attend classes, a calculation will be made to determine the amount of unearned aid that you will be required to repay. Specific information about this calculation may be obtained at the Financial Aid office, 260-481-6820.




Percent of Refund



Last Day to Withdraw

No. of Weeks






At the end of:


Days 1-7

Days 8-14

Days 15-21

Days 22-28


9th Week

12 or 13

Days 1-7

Days 8-14

Days 15-21

Days 22-28


7th Week

10 or 11

Days 1-7

Days 8-14

Days 15-21

Days 22-28


6th Week


Days 1-7

Days 8-14

Days 15-21

Days 22-28


5th Week


Days 1-3

Days 4-7

Days 8-10

Days 11-14


5th Week


Days 1-3

Days 4-7

Days 8-10

Days 11-14


4th Week


Days 1-3

Days 4-7

Days 8-10

Days 11-14


4th Week


Days 1-3


Days 4-7



3rd Week


Days 1-3


Days 4-7



3rd Week


Days 1-3


Days 4-7



2nd Week


Days 1-2


Days 3-4



1st Week


Day 1


Day 2



3rd Day

Less than 1

Day 1






Refunds are not transferable from one student to another. To qualify for a refund, your class withdrawal must be processed during the periods specified above. The refund schedule for off-campus credit classes offered through the Division of Continuing Studies may differ from the one above and appears in registration materials published by the Division of Continuing Studies.

Requests for exceptions to the refund schedule are considered for documented errors made by university representatives, other circumstances that are clearly the responsibility of Purdue Fort Wayne, student recent medical condition, or death or severe illness of a student’s immediate family member.  Requests and supporting documentation must be received by the registrar’s office no later than the end of the semester following the semester for which the relevant tuition and fees were assessed. After this, all refunds will be determined by the published tuition and fee refund schedule.

Financial Aid

Purdue Fort Wayne attempts to meet the demonstrated financial needs of all applicants. For graduate students, the Purdue Fort Wayne Financial Aid Office uses Federal Direct Stafford Loans, Federal Work-Study, department assistantships and scholarships, and alternative loans through lenders based on several eligibility factors. Contact Financial Aid (Kettler 102, 260-481-6820, TTY 260-481-6082) for specific information about eligibility requirements, application procedures, types of aid available, and regulations related to financial assistance. Financial aid information and answers to most of your questions is available online at pfw.edu/financial. Federal financial aid information is also available online at studentaid.ed.gov.  

For financial aid purposes, graduate students are considered to be full-time students when enrolled in at least 8 or more credit hours during a semester, three-quarter-time  when enrolled in at least 6-7 credit hours during a semester, and a half-time student is defined as enrolled in at least 4-5 credit hours. Students enrolled in less than 4 credit hours are not eligible for a Federal Direct Stafford Loan but might be eligible for an alternative student loan through a private lender.

Most graduate financial aid programs at Purdue Fort Wayne are based on the premise that you are responsible for paying the cost of education with consideration given to your financial circumstances. Purdue Fort Wayne financial assistance is awarded to supplement the resources potentially available to cover educational costs. Your ability to contribute toward educational costs is determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You must complete the FAFSA each year.

To apply for federal assistance, the FAFSA must be completed and filed listing Purdue Fort Wayne’s school code (001828) as the college that you are planning to attend. Online filing is available at FAFSA on the Web: fafsa.ed.gov. Information about specific financial aid processes and assistance with filling out the FAFSA are available in the Financial Aid office, the Financial Aid Web site at pfw.edu/financial, or on the FAFSA Web site. It is recommended that the FAFSA be completed before March 1 each year to give the maximum time for processing but can be filed anytime during the enrollment period. It is recommended that the FAFSA be completed at least a month prior to the time loan funds are needed.

Graduate scholarships, assistantships, and alternative loans require a separate application process from the FAFSA. Most graduate scholarships and all assistantships at Purdue Fort Wayne are offered through the specific program in which you are admitted. There are also free, Web-based scholarship searches at fastweb.com or finaid.org.

Alternative or private educational student loans require an application to be completed with a private lender; a credit check is part of the application process.  Alternative loan information is available online at pfw.edu/financial/aid-sources/loans.html

Acceptance of financial aid is made through the student web portal, goPFW, complete instructions are available at pfw.edu/financial/basics/awarding.html. Alternative loan applications are only processed after a current year FAFSA has been received and all Federal Direct Stafford loans that have been accepted through my.Purdue Fort Wayne.

An important point to remember about course enrollment, courses are not automatically dropped at the beginning of the semester for non-attendance. It is your responsibility to officially withdraw from classes whether financial assistance is awarded or not to avoid tuition and fee charges. If classes are not dropped before the end of the 100% refund period then you will incur and be responsible to pay tuition and fee charges 

If you have experienced a change in income or resources compared to the information reported on the FAFSA, you may request a review of the FAFSA information, contact the Financial Aid Office about requirements for filing a Special Conditions Appeal.

Financial aid can also be impacted by the Satisfactory Academic Progress standards that are monitored for financial aid eligibility. These standards are based on three criteria covering 67% credit hour completion rate, minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.00 or better, and a 150% maximum time-frame to receive financial aid for a graduate program. Information on Satisfactory Academic Progress may be reviewed online at pfw.edu/financial/policy/sap.html.

The Federal Ombudsman Office is a final resource for student loan borrowers to informally resolve loan disputes and problems after first seeking help through other customer service avenues. The Ombudsman Customer Service Line is 877-557-2575, or online at ombudsman.ed.gov 

Housing Information

Purdue Fort Wayne Student Housing (260-481-4180) provides apartment-style living for full-time students at Purdue Fort Wayne. The Purdue Fort Wayne Student Housing community encourages the freedom of apartment-style living without sacrificing the convenience and comfort of off-campus living. Each unit is furnished and has a fully equipped kitchen including microwave, trash disposal, and dishwasher. Bedrooms are individually keyed for privacy, and each bedroom is set up with high-speed Internet and cable. Community amenities include 24 hour computer labs, community lounges, a fitness room, and 24-hour laundry facilities. Additional information is available from the Student Housing office or by visiting the Student Housing Web site at pfwstudenthousing.com.

International Education, Office of

Office of International Education (Kettler 104, 260-481-6034) oversees international student services and international programs.

International Student Services  recruits, admits, enrolls, and retains international students. The office provides a host of admissions services including foreign degree certification, academic credential review, and transfer credit evaluation. ISS organizes an extensive international orientation one week prior to the start of the fall and spring semesters. For more information, call 260-481-6494 or e-mail iss@pfw.edu.

Purdue Fort Wayne is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant students. ISS attempts to ensure that Purdue Fort Wayne complies with all applicable laws set forth by the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of State, and other government agencies. ISS offers a variety of immigration services including assistance with change of status, extension of status, on- and off-campus employment, visa counseling, and others.

ISS helps enrolled international students with obtaining a social security number, state ID, and driver’s licenses. The office also pre-registers new incoming international students, administers the required international health insurance policy, and assists with non-resident tax preparation assistance. The office co-sponsors various trips and activities, campus and community ethnic and cultural celebrations, and serves as the advisor for the International Student Organization (ISO).

International Programs (Kettler 269, 260-481-6494) promotes and coordinates all aspects of international education on campus.  It provides or sponsors:

  • Information and advising for students interested in Study Abroad
  • Information for faculty about research and teaching opportunities in other countries
  • Events related to International Education and the internationalization of the Purdue Fort Wayne campus

Library Services

The Walter E. Helmke Library is a virtual and physical environment that supports the Purdue Fort Wayne community in discovering and accessing information for class work, research, career and the job market. 

The library building is undergoing a major renovation during 2016 and the building will be closed to the public until January 2017. However, throughout 2016, the same great library services are available: find services, librarians, book request forms, reserves and answers to your questions online or at the first floor Library Services. Follow the renovation progress.

The majority of our resources are online 24/7/365 on our website. We provide high-quality information resources, coordinated information services and expertise, and innovative instruction fully integrated with the educational goals of Purdue Fort Wayne so that you are able to:

Ask the right questions:

Find the best resources:

Evaluate the quality of your sources:

Credit your sources:

  • Use the Library’s collection of research and style guides and consult with a librarian and make an appointment with the Writing Center for questions on organizing your paper, creating bibliographies and using information ethically and legally
  • Check out a laptop or an iPad in the Library Services Center

Watch for announcements of the annual spring Student Research and Creative Endeavor Symposium to present your research on a poster to peers and faculty


Military Student Services

The Office of Military Student Services (OMSS) (Kettler 104, 260-481-0207) provides support services for students who are currently serving in the military as well as veterans transitioning from the military to academic life. Services include access to Military transcripts, assistance with pre-deployment and return from deployment processes , GI Bill education benefit information, CAC Reader access to IPERM, AKA, CCAF, Veterans Affairs issues, transfer credit, referral to campus and community resources, advocacy and support through the Veteran Student Organization which is an organization of faculty, staff and students. An Purdue Fort Wayne MSS Facebook page provides resources and information on campus activities and military support programs. Further information may be found on the goPFW channel for veterans.


Campus safety and security information. Purdue Fort Wayne strives to provide a safe and secure environment for students, staff, and visitors. The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report details a variety of safety services, policies, and information available to students, staff, and visitors. To obtain a copy, contact Admissions, University Police, or Human Resources. To view the report, go to 2018 Police Safety Report .

The Purdue Fort Wayne University Police department has fully sworn officers that are on duty 24 hours per day.  University Police is located in the Support Services Building with office hours from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. All business transactions, including ticket payments and parking permit requests, can be made during regular office hours.  A payment drop box is available 24/7.  For additional information, go to www.Purdue Fort Wayne.edu/police.

Emergency Procedures

First aid. In life-threatening emergencies, dial 911 from any telephone to summons assistance for an Ambulance, Fire, or Police.  For non-emergencies, University Police can be contacted by dialing 260-481-6827 or 16827 from a campus phone.

Escort service. Dial 260-481-6827 or 16827 from a campus phone to provide students location and request service.

Fire emergencies. Fire alarm pull boxes are located in all campus buildings. If students suspect a fire emergency, pull a fire alarm at once. Whenever students hear this continuous horn sound, use the nearest exit to leave the building quickly and as safely as possible. Once outside, move away from the building. Don’t use elevators during fire emergencies or when students are in an otherwise unoccupied building.

Weather emergencies. The All-Hazards Outdoor Emergency Warning sirens will be activated in the event a TORNADO WARNING is in effect (a tornado has been sighted nearby). Take shelter in one of the following areas until notified by university officials it is safe to leave:




Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science Building ground-floor corridor
Gates Sports Center basement
IU Medical Building basement corridor
Kettler Hall basement or ground floor of south and east wings
Liberal Arts Building basement
Helmke Library basement
Life Sciences Resource Center-ground floor
Neff Hall basement
Parking Garage Ramp B Gold
Parking Garage Lower-Level Interior Ramp
Parking Garage 1st Level against west block wall
Instrumental Rehearsal Room
Science Building ground floor corridor
Visual Arts Building ground floor restrooms or corridor
Williams Theatre to Visual Arts Building ground-floor restrooms or corridor
Walb Student Union ground-floor stair areas

If students are in the Support Services Building or Printing Services/Warehouse, go to the Liberal Arts Building basement.

Adverse weather. Snow emergencies and snow recesses are occasionally unavoidable during winter months. During an adverse weather closing, classes are canceled, and only essential personnel are to report to the university. If students suspect that an adverse weather closing has occurred, please monitor radio and television stations for announcements or call the Purdue Fort Wayne Weather Line at 260-481-6050.

Emergency Notification

Alert Contact Information. Purdue Fort Wayne Alert, the Emergency Warning Notification System, allows the university to contact students by phone, e-mail, and/or text regarding any campus situation that may affect students. Log on to goPFW and locate the “Alert Phone Number” heading on the right side of the Web page. Click on the “Edit” button and enter the methods by which students would like to be contacted. (Student university-issued e-mail address is mandatory.) 

Students may be contacted for the following possible scenarios:
    -Weather conditions have closed the campus
    -Utility problems have affected all or specific parts of the campus
    -A hazardous material incident is affecting the campus
    -A hostile activity is affecting the safety of people on the campus

Once students have registered, student contact information will not be used for any other purpose than what is listed above. Messages delivered to students will always be brief, informative, and provide students with the directions necessary to ensure student safety.

Traffic Parking Rules Summary

Authority. These regulations are adopted pursuant to the authority conferred by the laws of the State of Indiana upon the Boards of Trustees of Purdue University.

The respective boards deem it necessary and desirable to make and enforce these regulations for the safety and welfare of students, staff, and visitors in protection of property and the safe operation of the Purdue Fort Wayne campus.

University police are empowered to enforce state laws and campus regulations under the supervision of the vice chancellor for financial affairs.

Definitions. When used in these regulations, the following words and phrases have these meanings:

Parked vehicle. This is a motor vehicle with no licensed driver at the wheel.

Permit. This is a parking placard issued by University Police or its designees.

Restricted hours: Classes are in session between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 10 a.m. and 11 p.m. on Sundays. During restricted hours, students must display a valid permit to park in designated “Employee Permit” or handicapped parking areas. Appropriate coins must be placed in meters during these hours.

Vehicle. This is any propelled device with two or more wheels.

Visitor. This is a person who is neither a student nor a staff member, including people attending meetings or conferences.

Parking Permits

Registration procedures. Parking permits, including information about the annual fees associated with them, are available from University Police in the Support Services Building.

Parking permits issued for cars and trucks are to be attached to the rear view mirror post with the permit number visible from the vehicle front. Only a current permit should be displayed. The parking permit is for use only by the purchaser and is the property of Purdue Fort Wayne.

Parking Regulations

“Employee” parking lots (designated by green lined spaces) shall be used during restricted hours only by motor vehicles with an “Employee Parking Permit”. Some, but not all, “Employee parking” lots change to open parking after 5 p.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m.-11 p.m. on weekends. Signs in each lot will indicate if and when the lot will change to open parking. The parking garages have areas designated as “Employee Parking Permit” parking and metered short-term parking in Parking Garage #1. All undesignated areas (white lined spaces) are considered open parking and no permit is required.

Special and temporary parking permits may be obtained from University Police when extenuating circumstances exist. If students arrive on campus and realize they do not have a permit, students may pick up a temporary permit at University Police.

Authorization to leave a vehicle on campus overnight must be obtained from University Police. Unauthorized vehicles left on campus 72 hours or more will be considered abandoned and will be removed. An accumulation of unpaid fines or improper parking will also provide cause for towing at owner’s expense. Dock parking is only for loading and unloading vehicles. People who need to use the dock for more than 10 minutes must obtain authorization from University Police.

People operating motorcycles may park in a vehicle stall or on motorcycle pads. Vehicles shall be parked between painted stall lines or in front of bumper blocks that indicate individual parking spaces.

The Allen County Extension office’s parking lot is for clients only, and not for use by the campus community.

Traffic Regulations

Campus vehicle operators must:

  • Obey all state and local regulations, including signs, signals, markings, and other traffic-control devices.

  • Not maintain a speed of more than 20 m.p.h. unless otherwise posted. In parking lots, the maximum speed is 15 m.p.h. Parking is never permitted within 15 feet of a fire hydrant or in designated fire lanes. People parking on grass will be ticketed and be responsible for any damages.

Pedestrians have the right of way in all crosswalks. If a pedestrian enters or is about to enter a marked crossing, approaching vehicles must stop while the pedestrian is in the crossing.

All traffic accidents that occur on campus must be reported immediately.

All bicycles must be parked in bicycle racks. Bicycle registration is available at the University Police Department from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Bicycles chained to trees or signs or taken inside buildings may be impounded.

Skateboard use on campus is prohibited.

Violations and Fines

  Meter Violation
Failure to display a permit in “A” lot
“Employee parking” permit holder who forgot permit
Improper Parking
Moving Violation
Handicapped Parking Only
Fire Lane
Displaying lost/stolen/counterfeit permit
Bicycle Violation
Smoking/Tobacco Policy Violation
(There is a charge to replace a lost or stolen permit.)
  $ 15
$ 25
$ 5
$ 25
$ 60
$ 50
$ 50
$ 5
$ 25

Appeals. Appeal forms are available at University Police (in the Support Services building). Campus tickets may be appealed to the Traffic Appeals Board, which consists of faculty, staff, and students. Board decisions are binding and final.

If a ticket recipient does not respond or pay the fine within five working days from the date of issuance, University Police shall notify the recipient by mail that unless the ticket/fine is appealed in writing or is paid within 10 working days after the date of notice, the ticket recipient has forfeited any appeal privilege. An administrative encumbrance fee shall be added to each unpaid fine. No appeals will be accepted or considered by any university appellate body unless filed within the 15-day period.

Failure to satisfy delinquent fines may result in denial of future academic registration, denial of parking privileges, and/or removal of vehicle from campus at owner’s expense.

Purdue Fort Wayne Campus Health Clinic

The Purdue University Fort Wayne Center for Healthy Living: Campus Health Clinic and Wellness Programs offers comprehensive health and wellness services for students, staff, and facultyfaculty, retirees, and general public.

Location. The clinic is conveniently located in Walb Union, room 234. Parking is available in parking garage #2 (next to Athletic Sports Center).

Contact Information: Phone: (260)-481-5748.  Website: pfw.edu/clinic.

Hours. The clinic is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The clinic is closed when the university is officially closed.

Staff. The center is staffed with a two nationally certified nurse practitioners and, a medical assistant.

, wellness coaches, registered dietitian, and personal fitness trainers.

Appointments. Appointments are suggested and available for your convenience. Call or stop in to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are accepted until 4:00 P.M. daily as scheduling permits.

Services provided:

  • Treatment for  minor and acute illnesses, as well as chronic health problems like diabetes and high blood pressure
  • Physical examinations including sports and school physicals
  • Order and interpret diagnostic testing such as lab work and x-rays
  • Immunizations
  • Gynecological exams, birth control, and sexually transmitted disease screenings
  • Tobacco cessation support
  • Prescribe medications and consult with physicians and other health care providers, when needed
  • Promote healthy living through patient education and counseling

Allergy injections. Allergy serum may be stored at the clinic. Allergy injections can be given between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m

Health and wellness education. Health and wellness education includes screenings, assessments, consultations, workshops, classes, resources, presentations and events to help individuals gain awareness and opportunities for better total wellness. Health education and health counseling can include, but are not limited to, weight management, heart-healthy living, sports performance, eating disorders, diabetic control, smoking cessation, and stress management. Registered dietitians and certified physical fitness instructors are on staff.

Fitness Services:

The Purdue University Fort Wayne Athletic Center is the fitness center on campus for all Purdue University Fort Wayne students with valid Purdue University Fort Wayne ID cards.   Memberships are also available to Purdue University Fort Wayne student spouses, faculty, staff, alumni, and family members.  The fieldhouse offers both a 1/4 and 1/9 mile indoor mondosurfaced walk/running tracks, strength training room, cardiovascular conditioning room, racquetball courts, wallyball court, basketball courts, core conditioning area, and a fitness class room.  Outdoor facilities include 5km and 10km paved and cross country courses, soccer fields, baseball and softball fields, and tennis courts.  Fitness services include fitness assessments, fitness classes, “getting started” fitness consultations, nutrition consultations, personal fitness training packages, free education/awareness handouts, and special events such as fitness workshops and walk/runs.  For information, call 260-481-6655 or visit pfw.edu/fitness.

Hours: Monday - Thursday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm, Fridays 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm, Saturdays 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, and Sundays 12:00 pm - 8 pm.

The hours are subject to change due to summer schedules, campus holidays and special events.


The Purdue Fort Wayne Schedule of Classes is published online at goPFW. The Web site provides detailed current information about

  • Course offerings
  • Registration days and times
  • Fees and refunds
  • Semester/session calendar
  • Important deadlines
  • Final exam schedules
  • General policies and procedures

Before you meet with your advisor, you should carefully examine the Schedule of Classes and make a tentative selection of classes in which you wish to enroll.

Enrollment status. Graduate students are considered to be full-time students when enrolled in 8 or more credits during a semester, and part-time students when enrolled in 7 or fewer credits during a semester.

Enrollment status certification. The registrar’s office is the ONLY university office authorized to officially certify your enrollment status. All requests for enrollment certification should be directed to that office. Your enrollment status for a specific semester can be certified only AFTER classes for that semester have begun and will be reported only as of the date requested.

Student Assistance Program (SAP) - Counseling Services, Purdue Fort Wayne/Parkview

Purdue Fort Wayne/Parkview Student Assistance Program (SAP) provides free and confidential short-term services to all currently enrolled Purdue Fort Wayne students. SAP works with a variety of concerns, including but not limited to, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, substance abuse, and eating disorders. SAP is available for consultation, outreach, and workshops upon request. They are located in Walb 113. Please call  260-266-8060 or 800-721-8809 to schedule an appointment.

Student Handbook and Planner

The Student Handbook and Planner is published each fall semester to inform students of the services, programs, and activities available at Purdue Fort Wayne. It also contains important information on university policies and the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct. The handbook is available at the Kettler Hall Information Desk, the Dean of Students office (Walb 111), Follett’s Purdue Fort Wayne Bookstore, and other campus locations.

Student Life and Organizations

Student Life (Walb 210, 260-481-6609) promotes co-curricular and extracurricular programs, serves as a planning resource for student organizations, offers leadership training, creates and authorizes the co-curricular transcript (CCT) program, formulates and recommends policy for student organizations, serves as a liaison between university administration and student organizations, coordinates the new student orientation program (SOAR) and supervises the campus posting policy. For more information, visit pfw.edu/stulife.

Intramural Sports are open to all eligible Purdue Fort Wayne students, faculty, and staff and include the following sports: basketball, flag football, powder puff football, team tennis, ping pong, billiards, euchre, racquetball, table tennis, volleyball, sand volleyball, soccer (indoor and out), fall golf league, dodgeball, corn hole, ultimate Frisbee and wally ball. Annual tournament events include a 5K run/walk event, Dodgeball tournament, 3 on 3 Holiday Hoops basketball tournament, and a spring golf scramble. Events are added as popularity grows. For more information, please visit us online at pfw.edu/intramurals.


The Office of the Registrar (Kettler 107) can provide official transcripts for students who have been enrolled at Purdue Fort Wayne or any Purdue campus.

If your record is not encumbered for any reasons described herein, you will (upon application to the Office of the Registrar and payment of any prescribed fee) be entitled to receive an official transcript of your complete record, including any major(s) and minor(s).

NOTE: The registrar’s office is the ONLY university office authorized to issue official transcripts. All requests for these documents must be directed to that office.

Veterans Education Benefits

The Purdue Fort Wayne Veterans Education Benefits coordinator provides educational support services for veterans of the U.S. military.

Veterans’ benefits information and counseling for first-time, continuing, or transfer students is available from the VA-benefits certifying official in the Military Student Services office (Kettler 104, 260-481-6126). If you are receiving veterans benefits, certification of your enrollment status is required each semester and should be requested at the registrar’s office.

Voter Registration

Recent changes in the 1998 reauthorization of the U.S. Higher Education Act require colleges and universities to make available voter registration forms to all enrolled students. Any student not registered to vote may obtain an Indiana Mail-In Voter Registration Application (VRG-7) form, which is available at convenient locations throughout the campus. Please visit the Office of the Registrar’s Web site at pfw.edu/registrar, and click on Voter Registration for more information.

The forms will be available at:

  • Bursar Office-Kettler Hall
  • Diversity and Multicultural Affairs-Walb Student Union
  • Financial Aid Office-Kettler Hall
  • Office of the Registrar-Kettler Hall
  • Office of the Dean of Students-Walb Student Union
  • Gates Sports Center
  • Information Center-Kettler Hall lobby
  • Information Desk-Walb Student Union lobby
  • Each college and school dean’s office

To be eligible to vote in Indiana, you must

  • Be a citizen of the United States;
  • Be at least 18 years old on the day of the next general or municipal election;
  • Have lived in your Indiana precinct for at least 30 days before the next election;
  • Not currently be in prison after being convicted of a crime

Writing Center

The Writing Center (Kettler G21, 260-481-5740) serves students with any writing project in any course.  Consultants help writers focus, organize, and develop their ideas as well as learn how to cite sources and revise and proofread their own drafts.  Students should sign up through TutorTrac.  Walk-in consultations are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Students may also receive online consultations. 

For further information, visit pfw.edu/casa/writing.