Departure Testing

Departure testing has concluded for the fall semester. Resources and information for students during the remote learning period are available on the University’s Return Home page.

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The following provides information about the availability of campus and local transportation offerings. To support social distancing is strongly encouraged that transit services be used for essential trips only. Students, faculty and staff who are able are urged to walk or bike.

Blue and White Loops, Green and Red Links: CATA Loop and Link service will be operating on a reduced service schedule beginning Nov. 23 with only Blue Loop and Red Link service. There will be no White Loop or Green Link service. Full service will resume on Jan. 16.

Campus shuttles: Campus shuttle service via College Avenue will operate with normal service Nov. 23-25, Nov. 30-Dec. 23 and Jan. 4-18. There will be no campus shuttle service via Beaver Avenue from Nov. 23 through Jan. 18. Full service for both routes will resume on Jan. 19.

Full details about CATA service can be found on its website

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Campus buildings and classrooms: For those students who were unable to return home for the remote learning period, general purpose classrooms in Boucke, Hammond, Osmond, Thomas and Willard buildings will be open for access beginning Nov. 30 through the end of final exams. Students that remain on campus are welcome to use these classrooms to attend online classes, study and attend exams as needed. Social distancing and masking protocols must be followed. The schedule will be as follows:

Monday, Nov. 30, to Friday, Dec. 4: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 7, to Friday, Dec. 11: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 12, to Friday, Dec. 18: 8 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.

All other Education and General Buildings will be locked/secured during this period of time, except for those individuals with card or key access. Faculty members who wish to continue teaching from a classroom after Nov. 20 must make arrangements in advance. Information on classroom use by faculty members during the remote learning period is available in this FAQ. Buildings that remain in use will continue to be cleaned in accordance with all Environmental Health and Safety guidelines.

At the Commonwealth Campuses, each campus will manage and communicate classroom availability directly to students and faculty.

Housing and Food Services: Market Pollock at Pollock Commons will be open during the remote learning period from Nov. 23 through Dec. 19 to accommodate students remaining on campus at University Park. Hours of operation for Market Pollock Kitchen and the Market can be found online. Penn State Go mobile ordering will be active for Market Pollock convenience store orders only. Other Penn State locations will communicate directly with their on-campus students about dining hours and availability. Contact information for Housing and Food Services is available by campus.

HUB-Robeson Center: The HUB will remain open 24/7, with the exception of Nov. 26-27 and Dec. 23 through Jan. 4, when the facility will be closed for Thanksgiving and the winter break. HUB Dining will be operating with reduced hours and menu availability.

University Libraries: Penn State University Libraries will be offering adjusted availability and hours after Nov. 20.

Libraries hours and locations at University Park

Libraries hours and locations at Commonwealth Campuses

University Health Services at University Park will continue to be available to students living on campus or in the local community. Use myUHS online to schedule an appointment. UHS will be operating on a modified schedule during the week of Thanksgiving, and the 24/7 nurse advice line at 814-863-4463 will continue to operate as normal. The advice nurse line is available to students at all Penn State campuses. Students living on or near other Penn State campuses should seek care at their campus’ health services or a local provider.

Campus Recreation: The following University Park recreation facilities will remain open, except as noted below:

IM Building: closed Nov. 21, 26-27, and Dec. 12-TBD

Hepper Fitness Center: closed Nov. 22-TBD

McCoy Natatorium: closed Nov. 21, 26-27, and Dec. 12-TBD

Tennis Center: closed Nov. 21, Nov. 25-28, and Dec. 12-TBD

— The schedules and availability of recreational facilities at the Commonwealth Campuses will be managed at the campus level.

Penn State Berkey Creamery: The Creamery is open from noon to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Nov. 27. Limited curbside pickup also available.

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For those students who were unable to return home for the remote learning period, general purpose classrooms in Boucke, Hammond, Osmond, Thomas and Willard buildings will be open for access beginning Nov. 30 through the end of final exams. Students that remain on campus are welcome to use these classrooms to attend online classes, study and attend exams as needed. Social distancing and masking protocols must be followed. The schedule will be as follows:

  • Monday, Nov. 30, to Friday, Dec. 4: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Monday, Dec. 7, to Friday, Dec. 11: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 12, to Friday, Dec. 18: 8 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.

At the Commonwealth Campuses, each campus will manage and communicate classroom availability directly to students and faculty. 

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There will be no random surveillance testing for students and employees at all Penn State locations, except Hershey, between Nov. 30 and Jan. 18.

Penn State Hershey will continue random surveillance testing for students and employees due to the campus’ clinical focus. Students at Hershey will be required to submit to COVID-19 testing upon return from the Thanksgiving break, and classes will be fully remote during the first week before returning to in-person instruction.

Additional details about the status of the University’s surveillance testing program will be announced prior to the start of spring classes.

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University Park walk-up testing: Walk-up testing will be available at the Hintz Family Alumni Center for all students — living either on or off campus — and for employees listed in the University’s Return to Work database from noon to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from Nov. 30 through Jan. 18. Regular use of the walk-up testing site is strongly encouraged for any student living off campus. Prior to Nov. 30, employees in the Return to Work database at University Park can opt to receive a Vault Health mail-in kit for asymptomatic testing.

Walk-up testing at other Penn State campuses: At Penn State Altoona, Behrend and Harrisburg, walk-up testing will be available to all students, living on or off campus, from Nov. 30 to Jan. 18. Walk-up testing will be available Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with hours varying by campus. Testing locations will be communicated directly to campus students. Voluntary opt-in testing via a Vault Health mail-in kit will be available for students living on and off campus at all other Penn State campuses, and for all employees listed in the Return to Work database.

Please continue to be mindful of wearing a mask, physical distancing, and hand hygiene, as these are the best prevention measures to avoid contracting COVID-19.

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The University recommends students not travel internationally between Nov. 20 and the start of the spring semester as re-entry to the United States is not guaranteed. If you still intend to travel over the break, however, a travel signature is required to return. Additionally, we ask you to complete the “Travel Plans and Signature” signature request in iStart. An international student adviser will review your request along with your travel plans and contact you if there is a need to review your plans. You may also call 814-865-6348 (option #2).

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Penn State’s quarantine and isolation space at University Park and the Commonwealth Campuses will continue to be available after Nov. 20 for students who need to quarantine or isolate over the Thanksgiving break or after courses resume remotely on Nov. 30. This includes students who test positive for COVID-19 through the University’s voluntary departure testing process and will need to isolate prior to leaving campus, per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. The University will continue to notify close contacts of infected individuals after Nov. 20 in the interest of public health.

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Undergraduate and graduate students are permitted to continue working in labs if they are in town. Students may not request to remain in an on-campus residence hall solely for the purpose of working in a lab. Undergraduate students, graduate students, external visitors, and visiting scholars must receive prior approval from the relevant academic dean for them to continue on-campus research. Those who are already approved to work on campus do not need to be re-approved. All students and visitors must adhere to the standard operating procedures of the lab and be part of the person-count for square footage, scheduling, and any other relevant considerations. Instructors cannot and should not require undergraduate or graduate students to come to campus, and undergraduate and graduate students who conduct on-campus research must be included in the research reductions and approaches to de-densification.

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Classrooms will be available at Commonwealth Campuses after the shift to remote learning on Nov. 20, but hours and availability will differ from campus to campus. Campuses will be communicating directly to their students and faculty about classroom availability. Students can also use the Penn State Go mobile app to find available classrooms or visit a campus’ website for more information.

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Market Pollock at Pollock Commons will be open during the remote learning period from Nov. 23 through Dec. 19 to accommodate students remaining on campus at University Park. Hours of operation for Market Pollock Kitchen and the Market can be found online. Penn State Go mobile ordering will be active for Market Pollock convenience store orders only. In addition, HUB Dining will be operating with reduced hours and menu availability.

Other Penn State locations will communicate directly with their on-campus students about dining hours and availability. Contact information for Housing and Food Services is available by campus.

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