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PENN STATE TO START SPRING SEMESTER IN PERSON, AS PLANNED

Penn State will start the spring semester as planned, with in-person classes and activities held as scheduled with continued health and safety protocols in place. The University will continue to closely monitor the conditions around University Park and its Commonwealth Campuses and will alter its plans if necessary. Additional and/or enhanced protocols may be added in the coming weeks to reflect the circumstances surrounding the coronavirus omicron variant.

University leadership has been monitoring local hospital capacity, the spread of the coronavirus omicron variant and local, state and national pandemic conditions while considering whether the University would begin the semester in person or start remotely.

Based on advice from Penn State’s COVID-19 Operations Control Center, Penn State leadership has determined that, at this time, conditions do not warrant a move to remote learning and other activities to start the semester.

COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Strongly Recommended

The University is strongly recommending COVID-19 boosters for students and employees to help protect against severe illness from the omicron variant. Penn State 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.

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

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 are 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. Individuals are urged to wear well-fitting, multi-layered masks in accordance with the latest University and federal guidelines.

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.

Guests

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.

Dining

The University continues to make on-campus dining as safe and convenient as possible and, while students now have the option to dine in, mobile ordering through the Penn State Eats app and carryout options remain available at a variety of locations.

Residence Life

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 2022. 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. 

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