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Penn State students who are not vaccinated for COVID-19 and those who have not shared with the University that they are fully vaccinated will be required to test weekly for COVID-19 throughout the fall semester, or until they share with the University that they have been fully vaccinated.

Students who fail to test by the weekly deadline will receive an email with a warning that the student will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct and be placed under a registration hold, which prohibits future course registration, if they fail to test within the required time window a second time.

Students who fail to test within the required window a second time during the fall semester will immediately be placed under a registration hold and will be referred to Student Conduct. More information on registration holds is available online.

Students who fail to test a third time within the required window during the semester will immediately be placed on interim suspension. The student’s instructors will be notified of the interim suspension and the student will not be permitted to enter any campus building or participate in any class, activity or program of the University, including Penn State football games. In addition, students living on campus who are placed on interim suspension must vacate their residence hall. The interim suspension will be lifted if the student gets tested; however, the Student Conduct process will continue.

There will be additional accountability for students who continue to disregard their testing obligations after their third instance of noncompliance. At the conclusion of a formal student conduct process, the student may face consequences up to and including immediate suspension from the University.

Additional details about required testing and consequences for noncompliance can be found on the Testing and Support page.

​Information on fall 2021 required COVID-19 testing for unvaccinated faculty and staff can be found on the Testing and Support webpage.

No, it is the employee’s responsibility once they receive the weekly email regarding testing to act upon the invitation.

Yes, employees will need to complete the required testing through Penn State to be compliant.

For questions about COVID-19 topics at the University, faculty, staff, students and families across all Penn State campuses can contact the Penn State COVID-19 Response Center at 814-865-2121 or submit an online contact form. Employees should contact the COVID-19 Call Center for questions related to the testing process. If you have questions related to the exemption or exception process, please contact your unit Human Resources representative. If you have submitted your status previously and received this email, please confirm by logging back into Salesforce and confirming your submission was completed. If you are having technical issues, please submit a ticket by clicking this link.

Vaccinated employees will not be included in weekly testing notifications. All employees may seek testing through their health care provider or other local COVID-19 testing options.

At any Penn State location, employees working on campus may order a Vault Health mail-in test kit.

Employees working on campus at University Park also may utilize the drop-in testing available on campus. However, they are strongly encouraged to use the at-home, Vault Health mail-in test kit as the best test option.

In situations where an employee is refusing to adhere to testing requirements, the steps below should be taken:

  • The manager should have a conversation with the employee to remind them of the testing requirements.
  • If the employee does not comply with the requirement a second time, the employee will be sent home and must utilize accrued vacation or personal time (if available) or be placed in an unpaid leave status until the test is taken.
  • The manager should discuss the situation with their HR strategic partner, who will in turn consult with Labor and Employee Relations. Upon the employee’s return to on-site work, steps should be taken to document the violation using HR78, Staff Employee Failure to Meet Acceptable Standards of Performance, in consultation with their HR strategic partner.
  • In cases of repeated noncompliant behavior, managers should discuss continued utilization of HR78 in consultation with their respective HR Strategic Partner, which could lead to termination of the employee.

No. At this time, the science behind the presence of antibodies and level of protection against COVID-19 is still uncertain. Based on the advice of infectious disease experts at Penn State and guidance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the University is not accepting serology (antibody) tests in lieu of vaccine evidence or for exempting individuals from testing protocols this fall. To learn more about serology testing for COVID-19, visit the FDA website.

Employees should upload their information to the Salesforce portal as soon as possible. Employees who are not vaccinated or have not shared that they are vaccinated with the University will be required to test weekly for COVID-19 throughout the fall semester.

All students — living both on and off campus — who are unvaccinated or do not submit confirmation of COVID-19 vaccination to the University will be required to test for COVID-19 weekly throughout the fall semester or until they share with the University that they have been fully vaccinated. Students at University Park, Commonwealth Campuses and Dickinson Law can upload their vaccination records through myUHS.

Learn more about Penn State’s fall testing plans and available testing options on the Testing and Support page and in this Penn State News story.

All COVID-19 testing data are stored in software/databases that are approved for this level of information, per Penn State’s Information Assurance and IT Security Policy (AD95) and Privacy Policy (AD53), and in accordance with all applicable federal and state laws. Testing data are only shared to inform individuals of their status, and as necessary to accomplish legitimate business purposes/needs, including, but not limited to, diagnostics, treatment, contact tracing, and public health and safety activities.

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

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.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days and are not in a current isolation period, you have developed antibodies to the virus and your next test result could continue to appear as positive, even though you are no longer symptomatic or contagious.

Students who have a positive test result in the myUHS portal from within the last 90 days do not need to participate in required University testing and should not seek testing within this time period. Students, except for World Campus students, can upload evidence of a positive third-party COVID test from within the last 90 days. Negative test results may not be uploaded.

If you received a positive result from a test administered by Penn State, your result is on record with the University and you do not need to submit it through myUHS.

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