Faculty and Staff

Penn State classes at all campus locations have transitioned to their regularly scheduled mode of instruction for the spring 2021 semester. In addition to the information below, please review other pages on this site to learn more about Penn State’s plans for this semester, find comprehensive information about testing and support, and review University health guidelines.

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In addition to the links above, comprehensive information for students on a variety of topics is available on our students and families page. Answers to frequently asked student questions also are available on our students and families FAQs page. After reviewing information available on this website, students, faculty and staff from all campuses are encouraged to call Penn State’s COVID-19 Response Center – visit the contact information page to learn more.

Faculty and staff

The University’s priorities continue to be the health and well-being of its students, faculty, staff and local communities, and the plans for substantially expanded in-person classes have the flexibility built in to quickly respond to changing pandemic conditions, if necessary. Penn State is committed to notifying students, faculty and staff as quickly as possible if conditions require the University to pivot to a remote or hybrid teaching and learning model.

The University will continue to follow all virus mitigation guidelines from local, state and federal government and public health authorities. Testing will continue to be available under the University’s spring testing plan through May. More information on the testing strategy for the summer and fall will be communicated as the testing plans are finalized. It will continue to evolve as circumstances warrant and capabilities are enhanced.

As Penn State’s priority is the health and well-being of its students, employees and local communities, the University is preparing for a variety of scenarios if circumstances or guidance from the government and public health authorities requires a reassessment of the plan before the start of the summer and/or fall semesters. Expanded in-person learning is contingent on the latest health and safety guidelines, including physical distancing requirements, as they are adjusted over the summer and fall in response to the state of the pandemic.

The health and safety of our employees remains our priority, and the University is mindful that individual circumstances may make some faculty members or members of their household more vulnerable to the effects of the virus. Our expectation is that faculty members who are able to teach in person will return to the classroom, but a committee is currently being formed to define the exception process.

At this time, employees who are currently working from home should plan on continuing to do so under an order from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, “telework must continue unless impossible.” However, more guidance will be forthcoming for the summer and fall.

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