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.

Contractors and subcontractors working on or in connection with a federal covered contract are included under the executive order’s vaccine requirement. Other contractors and subcontractors who may perform work on campus, but not on or in connection with a federal covered contract, are considered visitors under the executive order and are not subject to the vaccine requirement. Fully remote contractors and subcontractors who do not work on or in connection with a federal covered contract are not subject to the vaccine requirement.

No. The executive order mandate for federal contractors does not have a clause that would allow ongoing testing in place of vaccination.

Penn State officials are continuously monitoring public health and government guidance and requirements. As federal guidelines and mandates change, the University will communicate with the Penn State community how these changes affect students, faculty and staff.

No, the executive order does not permit an exception for those who have previously had COVID-19.

The University is requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for faculty and staff at seven campuses to comply with a federal requirement. Unless they have an approved medical/disability- or religious-related accommodation, employees are expected to comply with the requirement. As with all University policies, there are disciplinary processes in place for failure to comply, with consequences up to and including termination from employment.

Guidance has been updated and released to inform faculty and instructors of on-campus work expectations and the work adjustments process for spring 2022. A document describing the work adjustment process and criteria is available here. Faculty with an approved work adjustment for fall 2021 may apply for an extension of their work adjustment to spring 2022 here. Faculty who do not currently have a work adjustment can request a work adjustment for spring 2022 here. The deadline to apply for a spring semester work adjustment is Oct. 29.

At this time, the vaccination requirement applies to employees who perform work at or with the following campuses: Altoona, Behrend, Brandywine, DuBois, Fayette, Harrisburg and University Park. The vaccine requirement applies to all employees at these campuses, including full-time and part-time faculty, staff, and technical service workers, even if they are working fully remotely. This requirement also applies to graduate and undergraduate students supported on wage payroll, as well as all students supported on graduate assistantships at these campuses.

While there have been processes in place since early in the pandemic for accommodating COVID-19 absences, a committee composed of faculty and administrators from across the University has generated a new guidance document to assist academic unit heads in planning for instances of extended faculty absences or multiple student absences in a single class.

Instructors may encounter situations when the instructor, a student or multiple students need to be absent for an extended time for reasons related to COVID-19, like quarantine or isolation. Such issues may strain unit instruction capacity or complicate course delivery, further generating questions on how to proceed.

Units across the University have put forth great efforts and found creative solutions to meet departmental needs for maintaining an optimal learning environment during such challenges. The new guidance aims to assist unit heads in their continued efforts of managing and supporting contingency planning for their faculty and instructors.

More information on the guidance is available via the Keep Teaching.

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.