Summer 2022 in person
Although plans for a full on-campus experience for the summer remain unchanged, the health and safety of our community continues to drive the University’s decision-making, and Penn State is prepared to quickly respond to changing pandemic conditions, if necessary.
COVID-19 testing protocols
Penn State has paused its required COVID-19 testing for students, faculty and staff.
Although required COVID-19 testing is paused, testing will continue to be available to students who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
Faculty and staff should seek testing through their health care provider or other local COVID-19 testing options. Symptomatic employees should stay home from work and are advised to schedule an appointment with their health care provider for testing.
Free at-home rapid tests provided by the U.S. government are available to be ordered online at covidtests.gov. Additionally, individuals with private health insurance coverage or who are covered by a group health plan are eligible to have up to eight at-home COVID-19 tests covered by their insurance provider per month.
Face masks are optional in most indoor spaces. Masks continue to be required where mandated by law, regulation or rule — including under guidance particular to individual workplaces or health care settings and COVID-19 testing centers.
At this time, the College of Medicine will continue the mask mandate in alignment with Penn State Health to support patient care.
Employees at Penn State who work in their own individual offices may request that visitors wear masks while in their private offices, and faculty may request that their students wear masks during classes. The University asks that community members cooperate respectfully with these requests.
Resources for students, faculty and staff
Resources are available on our Students and Families page to help students have a successful semester. There, students will find important information on academic support, travel guidelines, student services, housing and dining, wellness and more.
Visit the Faculty and Staff page for comprehensive teaching resources, as well as guidelines for campus visitors, meetings and events; guidelines for working on campus; travel guidelines; and employee support resources. On-campus research-related activities continue to operate according to their established safety procedures.
On March 30, 2022, the federal government launched COVID.gov, a toolkit to provide information on resources for masks, treatment, vaccine, and testing related to COVID-19. The resources are searchable by county and are presented in English, Spanish, and Simplified Chinese. The federal government is also making the resources available over the phone through the National Hotline at 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489), which supports over 150 languages. More information can be found on this White House fact sheet.
The University asks that students, faculty and staff cooperate with requests that masks be worn in classrooms and individual offices, however it is up to each individual to make a decision about whether or not they wish to wear a mask. At this time, individuals cannot be required to wear a mask, except in situations where masks are required by law.
Faculty members and graduate teaching assistants who want students to continue to wear masks during their classes should communicate this preference directly to their students during class time or in advance via email or Canvas. It is recommended that faculty members and graduate teaching assistants provide the reason behind their request that students wear masks and communicate that the University encourages students, faculty and staff to cooperate with requests that masks be worn in classrooms and individual offices. Individuals who feel like they need an accommodation should contact the Office of Affirmative Action.
Yes. Faculty and staff at Penn State who work in their own individual offices may request that visitors wear masks while in their private offices and the University asks that community members respectfully cooperate with these requests. In other workspaces, employees are asked to be cognizant of others’ masking preferences when working in shared spaces and to consider wearing a mask themselves.
At all Penn State locations except the College of Medicine, Penn State Health and other facilities/buildings with specific masking requirements, masking is optional for in-person human subjects research that recruits healthy participants, as of March 23. For studies recruiting high-risk participants (as defined by the CDC), masking continues to be required for both participants and study team members at all indoor locations.
For more information, please visit https://www.research.psu.edu/covid_irb online.