How do I know if I am required to participate in the University’s asymptomatic random testing program?

Penn State is conducting a randomized COVID-19 testing program to identify asymptomatic carriers of the virus and monitor the prevalence of COVID-19 across all campuses. The University will perform daily random testing of between 1% and 2% of the University’s population of students and employees living, learning or working on campus as well as those who access campus. This includes all employees who are working on campus and students who are taking in-person classes or living within 20 miles of a campus. Except for Penn College, all Penn State campuses will be included, including Dickinson Law and College of Nursing and College of Medicine students at Hershey.

Students and employees who are learning, working or living on campus will be selected randomly and contacted by email and text message to answer a few screening questions and to schedule an appointment at University Park or to participate in their campus location’s specific random testing process. If selected, students and employees are required to complete the free testing and should plan to do so within 48-72 hours after being contacted.

Learn more about random testing on the Testing and Support page.