Can students or employees be exempted from following COVID-19 health measures?

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 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 to request an exemption on religious grounds.