FALL 2021 TESTING FOR STUDENTS LIVING ON CAMPUS
During the semester, all students — living both on and off campus — who remain unvaccinated or do not submit confirmation of COVID-19 vaccination to the University will be required to test for COVID-19 weekly throughout the semester or until they share with the University that they have been fully vaccinated. Students at University Park and the Commonwealth Campuses can submit proof of vaccination status here.
More information about fall semester testing protocols and availability can be found on the Testing and Support page.
COVID-19 Vaccine Strongly Encouraged
The University continues to strongly encourage students to get vaccinated for COVID-19 and to share their vaccination status with the University as soon as possible. Students living on campus at University Park and the Commonwealth Campuses can upload their vaccination records through myUHS.
Information on how to receive a COVID-19 vaccine on campus is available on the Vaccine Information page. The Pennsylvania Department of Health website also features a map of vaccine providers that includes hospitals, urgent care centers, doctor’s offices and pharmacies, and also includes specific vaccine support and guidance for college students. Penn Staters in other U.S. states and territories should use the CDC’s vaccine finder tool to find a vaccination site near them.
Health and Safety
As announced Aug. 4, Penn State is requiring all students, faculty, staff and visitors — including those who are vaccinated and unvaccinated — to wear masks indoors at all campuses.
Community members will be required to wear masks indoors, including in all classrooms — regardless of size — as well as in meeting rooms, common areas in residence halls, and at any indoor events. All individuals on campus will be permitted to eat in designated food service areas, and students living in residence halls will not be required to wear a mask in their personal living space. In accordance with CDC guidance, all individuals also must wear a face mask while using public transportation.
Students living on campus should familiarize themselves with Penn State's latest health guidelines and testing protocols.
As a reminder, all students are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated for COVID-19 as soon as possible and to share their vaccination status with the University. Students at University Park and the Commonwealth Campuses can upload their vaccination records through myUHS.
Penn State Housing and the Office of Physical Plant continue to clean buildings, including campus residence halls, per their regular cleaning practices and schedule. The University has plans and tools in place to be able to sanitize spaces on a case-by-case basis, as needed.
Students are reminded that guests are required to follow Penn State health guidelines, including that all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask inside University buildings.
Throughout the pandemic, Penn State Residence Life remains committed to providing on-campus students a safe, comfortable, secure and nurturing environment to live and learn in as students pursue their academic studies and personal growth.
Residence Life student and professional staff members continue to live in the community and are available 24/7 to provide information and resources, offer help and support, plan social and educational activities, and address residents’ concerns. Residence Life is dedicated to fostering communities that are inclusive, engaging and caring.
Housing and dining
Many of the health and safety measures that have been put in place during the pandemic are continuing for fall 2021. Penn State will continue to align with CDC guidance for the cleaning and disinfecting of facilities, including classrooms and other on-campus spaces. The Office of Physical Plant (OPP) cleaning guidance is available on the EHS COVID-19 website for Cleaning Resources and will be updated as recommendations and expectations from the CDC and Pennsylvania Department of Health continue to evolve.
Units also have protocols and schedules to clean and/or disinfect high-touch surfaces and shared equipment within their areas and offices. As part of these efforts, employees should avoid sharing tools and equipment as much as possible. Supervisors should stagger shifts, if possible, for high-use shared equipment and establish cleaning protocols between uses. Individual employees also are responsible for helping to maintain a clean work environment for themselves and others by cleaning and disinfecting desks, equipment, and materials before and after use.
More information about cleaning protocols is available on the University’s Environmental Health and Safety website.
Violations of the University’s expectations for students or local or state laws related to COVID-19 will typically result in a referral to the Office of Student Conduct (OSC). Specific policy guidance has been posted to the Office of Student Conduct website.
For violations on or off campus, OSC will enact its conduct process, and students who are determined to be responsible for a violation will be subject to sanctions, up to and including separation from the University.