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What are the pre-arrival requirements for students?

The University has developed requirements for students to meet prior to returning to campus and local communities this fall semester. Before returning to Penn State, all undergraduate and graduate students at every campus location must:

—Read and sign the new required “Penn State Coronavirus Compact” that outlines expectations for the semester.

—Complete mandatory pre-arrival COVID-19 testing, if notified. Select students living in counties across the United States with high infection rates will be contacted by the University on an individual basis in August to complete mandatory testing.

—Self-quarantine for at least 7 days immediately prior to arrival. International students should also quarantine for at least 7 days after their arrival in the U.S. and prior to participating in on-campus activities and/or beginning classes. However, this may not be possible for every international student depending on their planned date of arrival in the U.S., which may mean they need to quarantine at their current location, take precautions (such as mask wearing and social distancing) during travel, and then continue their 7-day quarantine once they arrive in the U.S. Students should plan accordingly.

—Review Penn State and local requirements for masking and social distancing.

Students who are already living on campus or have moved in to off-campus housing should also complete these steps before the start of classes.

To reduce the risk of widespread virus transmission, students, employees and visitors are required to practice social physical distancing, avoid large gatherings, and wear face masks/coverings at all times in campus buildings; outdoors when they cannot be physically distant from others; and whenever state or local laws require.

For more information about these pre-arrival requirements, read this story in Penn State News.