Summer required testing: On campuses that have more than 25 students living in residence halls, students living on campus who are not fully vaccinated will be required to complete a COVID-19 test weekly starting after summer session begins and continuing through the summer. These students will receive a weekly reminder to complete the test at a designated site on their campus. Students who are fully vaccinated should upload their vaccine information to myUHS to be excused from required testing.
Penn State is strongly encouraging all students to get the first COVID-19 vaccine available to them. The Pennsylvania Department of Health website 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.
All vaccinated students at University Park and the Commonwealth Campuses are encouraged to upload their COVID-19 vaccination record to University Health Services.
Students who plan to live in on-campus residence halls may begin scheduling their required move-in dates starting at noon on Tuesday, July 20, via eLiving once fall room assignments are posted.
At all residential campuses, first-year students will move in first, followed by returning students. Move-in dates for first-year students and returning students will vary from campus to campus. Move-in dates for all campuses, as well as details on the arrival process, what to pack and other key information and resources, are available at arrival.psu.edu.
Health and Safety
In addition to required weekly COVID-19 testing for students in residence halls this summer, all students living on campus should familiarize themselves with Penn State's latest health guidelines..
At this time, masking outdoors and physical distancing are not required. Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear face masks indoors, however, individuals who are not fully vaccinated are expected to wear masks inside University buildings. Additionally, all individuals must wear a face mask while using public transportation, in accordance with CDC guidance, and in some additional settings such as when visiting on-campus health care facilities and when conducting in-person research involving human subjects.
Penn State’s ongoing health and safety measures for students, staff, faculty and visitors include extensive, daily cleaning of high-touch surface areas, classrooms, labs, offices, restrooms and other common spaces across the University.
Students are reminded that guests are required to follow Penn State health guidelines, including that individuals who are not fully vaccinated are expected 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
The University will continue to follow all virus mitigation guidelines from local, state and federal government and public health authorities. During the summer semester, residence hall occupancy will continue to be limited to two occupants per room, and to the extent possible, single rooms will be provided to students who are immunocompromised or at higher health risk. Information on residence halls and the arrival schedule for the fall semester will be communicated closer to the fall semester.
To help keep students and employees healthy, the Office of Physical Plant is taking a multi-pronged approach to help reduce the potential spread of COVID-19 in classrooms, labs, offices, restrooms, residence halls and other indoor spaces. This includes increased cleaning and disinfecting of buildings and high-touch surfaces. All desks, podiums, doorknobs, elevators, restrooms and other high-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected daily with EPA-approved disinfectants.
OPP also has placed additional hand-sanitizing stations at building entrances and other common areas, installed plexiglass shields where warranted in areas of close personal contact, increased signage and reminders of health and safety requirements, and reduced occupancy limits for 1,700 instructional spaces.
In addition, units have cleaning protocols and schedules to disinfect high-touch surfaces and shared equipment within their areas and offices. Guidance is available on the Environmental Health and Safety website. 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 disinfection protocols between uses. Individual employees also will be 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.
From a building systems perspective, OPP has carefully evaluated all building mechanical and life safety systems to determine that they are fully functional and ready for occupancy, meeting or exceeding all of the building systems requirements of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and undertaking intensive corrective and preventive maintenance for every building at every campus.
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 in the residence halls, 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 loss of housing or separation from the University. It is important to note that any gathering exceeding residence hall restrictions (typically only two guests allowed per room) will be considered to be a serious violation and will likely result in a loss of housing, at minimum. Students should also be aware that guests from other residence halls are not permitted, and they may not visit other residence halls. In addition, as stated previously, visitors from other areas, universities, regions, etc. also are not permitted in the residence halls. This includes parents and family members. Violations of these expectations will be considered a serious violation.
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. It is important to note that any large gathering in violation of local ordinances will be considered a serious violation and will likely result in a suspension.