Individuals who were vaccinated in Pennsylvania and have misplaced their vaccination card can visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health website for information on how to obtain vaccine evidence. Individuals who were vaccinated in another state and need vaccine verification information can call the local vaccine provider that administered the vaccine or contact the state health department. Information on how to obtain a new vaccination card or other evidence of vaccination also can be found on the CDC website.

Masking is required while inside University buildings and classrooms, regardless of vaccination status, by all individuals, including guests and speakers. For large events and press conferences, however, if the speaker is on a stage, at a podium or otherwise physically distanced from the audience, the speaker may remove their mask while delivering their remarks; however, the speaker must mask to and from the stage, podium or microphone. Groups of two or more speakers may follow the same protocols as individual speakers as long as they are positioned at least six feet apart from each other. If the event takes place outdoors, speakers may be unmasked, as masking outdoors is not required at this time.

All Penn State employees must follow the University’s masking protocols. Failure to comply with masking requirements after an initial warning will result in the employee being sent home on paid vacation (if available) or unpaid leave. Upon the employee’s return, supervisors will document the violation using HR78 Staff Employee Failure to Meet Acceptable Standards of Performance in consultation with their HR Strategic Partner. Repeated noncompliant behavior will result in continued utilization of HR78 Staff Employee Failure to Meet Acceptable Standards of Performance which could lead to termination of the employee.

Students and employees with a documented need can submit an application for a medical or religious waiver; however, there are rare instances in which an application for an exemption will be granted by the University.

Technical services employees and other represented employees should check their applicable collective bargaining agreement and work rules for the requirements applicable to them.

Employees exhibiting symptoms are expected to notify their supervisor immediately. Symptomatic employees are expected to not come to work and will be sent home if symptoms begin while working on-site. Supervisors will refer employees to Occupational Medicine for an evaluation and determination of when the employee is safely able to return to work. The employee will be expected to use accrued sick, vacation or personal time (if available) or be placed on an unpaid leave status for the absence to cover any time off until they are released to return to work by Occupational Medicine. The employee may work remotely during the isolation period (with approval from their manager) if their symptoms are mild and their position permits.

During gatherings and events, the goal is to minimize groups of unmasked people before, during and after eating indoors. Rely upon your campus food service provider to help you navigate all your food safety needs.

Key approaches for such gatherings:

— Wear a mask except when you are actively eating or drinking. Masks help protect both you and those around you.

— Shift to outdoors whenever possible for the program and/or dining.

— Limit alcohol consumption. Consuming alcohol may make you less likely to follow COVID-19 safety measures.

— Follow basic personal hygiene and food safety practices.

If indoors:

— Plan for speed of service and limit queuing and contact by providing pre-packaged or served meals.

— Display appropriate signage about masking, as well as message in advance that masking is required when not actively eating or drinking.

— Limit the period of unmasked contact, as well as the amount of time and the number of individuals you are in contact with.

— Plan and limit capacity based upon a determined capacity.

— Use disposables and trash receptacles to allow attendees to quickly and easily depart.

Review the University’s “In-person Meetings, Events and Gatherings” guidance for additional planning and approval information. See additional CDC guidance on eating and large gatherings.

The following provides guidance for employees on eating in the workplace, including in break areas:

Basic guidelines:

— Wear a mask except when you are actively eating or drinking. Masks help protect both you and those around you.

— Limit the period of unmasked contact, as well as the amount of time and the number of other individuals you are in contact with.

— The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated there is no evidence that handling or eating food spreads COVID-19, but it is always important to follow good personal hygiene and basic food safety practices.

Eating in the workplace and break areas:

— To limit unmasked occasions while actively eating or drinking, we recommend that you eat at your desk, outdoors or designated break areas.

— Minimize extended periods of contact with multiple employees eating within the same space or limited seating capacity in break areas by staggering mealtimes.

— Further, practice good personal hygiene by washing your hands before and after eating, as well as cleaning and sanitizing your food preparation surfaces and high-touch areas before and after.

Review the University’s “Working on Campus” guidance and Human Resources “Back to State” guidance for additional information. See additional CDC guidance on eating and small gatherings.

The University’s fall COVID-19 measures are intended to support the well-being of the Penn State community given the current COVID-19 outlook and rising levels of the more virulent Delta variant across the country and in Pennsylvania. This fall semester, students, faculty and staff will be required to follow health and safety measures, including for masking and COVID-19 testing.

Students and employees with a documented need can submit an application for a medical or religious waiver; however, there are rare instances in which an application for an exemption will be granted by the University. Individuals who previously had COVID-19 are not exempt from health measures such as required masking and COVID-19 testing. Review of applications may take up to a week following submission. While requests are being reviewed, students and employees must continue to comply with all University measures.

For medical exemptions, students with a documented need can apply for an exemption by contacting UHS-HIM@psu.edu. Students will be asked to upload supporting documentation provided by their treating medical provider to myUHS. Faculty and staff with a documented medical need can contact Penn State Occupational Medicine to begin the process. For religious exemptions, students and employees can contact the Affirmative Action Office at aao@psu.edu to request an exemption on religious grounds.

Effective immediately (Aug. 4), all students, faculty, staff and visitors — including those who are vaccinated and unvaccinated — are required to wear masks indoors at all campuses.

In alignment with CDC guidance, community members will be required to wear masks indoors, including in all classrooms — regardless of size — as well as in meeting rooms, common areas in residence halls, and at any indoor events. All individuals on campus will be permitted to eat in designated food service areas, and students living in residence halls will not be required to wear a mask in their living space. In addition, employees with individual offices are not required to wear a mask in their personal office. Additional guidance regarding masking in offices is available here. All individuals must wear a face mask while using public transportation and in some additional settings such as when visiting on-campus health care facilities and when conducting in-person research involving human subjects.

At this time, all on-campus activities will continue as regularly scheduled with required indoor masking in place. This shift to masking does not change the return-to-work process for faculty and staff. The new measure applies to all Penn State campuses except the College of Medicine, which has already implemented specific guidance for its community.

Students, faculty, staff members and visitors should plan to wear masks indoors on campus until the current COVID-19 surge subsides; the University will provide an update when masking is no longer required.

Yes, unvaccinated individuals who have been in close contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive or suspected of having COVID-19 must quarantine for 7 to 10 days. They must quarantine for 10 days without testing if no symptoms have been reported during daily monitoring, or after seven days with a negative test on or after day five of quarantine and if they have no symptoms.

Fully vaccinated people who have had a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 need to be tested 2-5 days after exposure and should wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test. Regardless of vaccination status, any person with new or unexplained symptoms of COVID-19 still needs to isolate and be tested for COVID-19.  

Employees can find detailed information and guidance on the Health Guidelines, Contact Tracing, and Quarantine and Isolation pages.

At this time, masking outdoors and physical distancing are not required.

In alignment with CDC guidance, all individuals, regardless of their vaccination status, are required to wear face masks while inside buildings on Penn State campuses. Community members will be required to wear masks indoors, including in all classrooms — regardless of size — as well as in meeting rooms, common areas in residence halls, and at any indoor events. All individuals on campus will be permitted to eat in designated food service areas, and students living in residence halls will not be required to wear a mask in their living space. In addition, vaccinated employees with individual offices are not required to wear a mask in their personal office. All individuals must wear a face mask while using public transportation and in some additional settings such as when visiting on-campus health care facilities and when conducting in-person research involving human subjects.

Additional information about masking and physical distancing is available on the Health Guidelines page.

Many of the health and safety measures that have been put in place during the pandemic are continuing for fall 2021. Penn State will continue to align with CDC guidance for the cleaning and disinfecting of facilities, including classrooms and other on-campus spaces. The Office of Physical Plant (OPP) cleaning guidance is available on the EHS COVID-19 website for Cleaning Resources and will be updated as recommendations and expectations from the CDC and Pennsylvania Department of Health continue to evolve.

Units also have protocols and schedules to clean and/or disinfect high-touch surfaces and shared equipment within their areas and offices. As part of these efforts, employees should avoid sharing tools and equipment as much as possible. Supervisors should stagger shifts, if possible, for high-use shared equipment and establish cleaning protocols between uses. Individual employees also are responsible for helping to maintain a clean work environment for themselves and others by cleaning and disinfecting desks, equipment, and materials before and after use.

More information about cleaning protocols is available on the University’s Environmental Health and Safety website.

Faculty, staff members, students and families across all Penn State campuses can call the Penn State COVID-19 Response Center at 814-865-2121 or submit an online contact form. The center’s hours of operation (all Eastern Time) are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Before calling, individuals are encouraged to review the University’s official coronavirus information website to see if their questions are answered there. The site includes links to Penn State COVID-19 resources, as well as a comprehensive list of COVID-19 FAQs for students and families, faculty and staff, and members of campus communities.

Click here for more information about the Penn State COVID-19 Response Center.

Students can find detailed information and guidance on the Health Guidelines, Contact Tracing, and Quarantine and Isolation pages.