Mask Up or Pack Up // Fall 2020 - Spring 2021

Our Community.
Our Responsibility.

The Mask Up or Pack Up campaign has now concluded. Thank you to the 120K Penn Staters on 24 campuses who took this message to heart to protect the health of our community.

At the beginning of the fall 2020 semester, Penn State implemented a comprehensive, research-based campaign across all 24 campuses and in adjacent communities - creating one, unified town/gown message to rally students, along with faculty and staff, to take charge of their and the community’s health. “Mask Up or Pack Up” was highlighted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a model for campuses nationwide due to its rigorous approach to message testing and strategy.

A video backed by a high-energy percussion track, featuring images of Penn State community members wearing masks. This video was shared with the community at the start of the fall 2021 semester. On-screen text reads, "Across 24 campuses / welcome back to new safety measures / this year Penn State is committing to mask up or pack up / together let's keep our community safe / let's protect the most vulnerable / let's lead by example / it's up to us / wear a mask / physically distance / wash hands / quarantine if exposed / limit travel and visitors / follow testing protocols / together, we mask up so we don't have to pack up / for more information visit"

This campaign was just one piece of the many efforts across the University implemented to educate our community about the virus and promote guidelines for health and safety.

Remaining agile based on what the environment continues to present includes all of this:

Wear A Mask
On and off campus. And yes, that means over your nose.

Physically Distance
6 feet apart.
Or the length of two Nittany Lion tails.

Wash Hands
For 20 seconds.
Or (fun tip) sing one verse of the Alma Mater.

Quarantine if Exposed
For at least 7-10 days (depending on testing).
Seek medical attention if you start feeling symptoms.

Follow Testing Protocols
It'll help stay on top of cases, on and off campus.

Limit Travel and Visitors
The less exposure to people the better.

"What keeps me hopeful is how resilient people are in the face of this. Seeing how people have supported each other gives me a lot of promise for the future."

Sheridan Miyamoto
Assistant professor, College of Nursing and Child Maltreatment Solutions Network; principal investigator, Safe-T Center

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