Inviting visitors to campus
With Penn State returning to campus for a full in-person learning, teaching and working environment for the fall 2021 semester, the University has provided updated guidance for inviting visitors to campus, including guidelines for individual visitors, group events, employee travel between campuses and hiring. Units inviting visitors to campus should continue to evaluate whether remote options are available, as well as continue to follow all health and safety guidelines.
Individual visitors still bear responsibility for adhering to guidelines and protocols to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 during travel and while on campus.
Units hosting individual visitors must share information with visitors about COVID-19 guidelines, including mask requirements inside all University buildings for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, and the acknowledgments of risk should be shared with all visitors to communicate policies and expectations. Signatures are only required for visitors under the age of 18.
The COVID-19 Operations and Control Center (COCC) team must be notified by either the event organizer or the unit executive if a campus visitor, either visiting campus alone or attending a meeting or event, subsequently tests positive for COVID-19.
All individuals, regardless of their vaccination status, are required to wear face masks while inside buildings on Penn State campuses. This applies to classrooms, meeting spaces and other shared public indoor areas. More information on this change is available on virusinfo.psu.edu. Masking outdoors on Penn State campuses and physical distancing are not required at this time.
Additionally, all individuals must wear a face mask while using public transportation, in accordance with CDC guidance, and in some additional settings such as when visiting on-campus health care facilities and when conducting in-person research involving human subjects.
Visitors should consider and evaluate how their own vaccination status impacts the level of risk they are comfortable accepting before visiting campus. While Penn State has adopted guidelines and protocols recommended by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, there is no way to entirely eliminate the risk of exposure or infection.