Can employees opt out of masking requirements?

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.