Penn State remains committed to providing students with a robust learning experience during Summer 2022 sessions. Classes are being delivered in their regularly scheduled delivery format. Courses are being offered via one of the following instructional modes, as indicated in LionPATH:
- In-Person Instruction (COVID In-Person) — Students meet in the assigned classroom at the time assigned in the course schedule.
- Mixed-Mode Instruction (COVID Mixed Mode) — Instructors deploy a combination of instructional modes to meet social distancing requirements.
- Remote Synchronous Instruction (COVID Remote) — Students attend all classes remotely at the scheduled time.
- Remote Asynchronous Instruction (COVID Web) — Course material is made available for students to work through on their own schedules.
Masks are currently required indoors at campuses with high community COVID-19 levels. You can check the status of any Penn State campus here: https://virusinfo.psu.edu/university-status.
At other Penn State campuses, face masks are optional in most indoor spaces. However, 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.
Employees at Penn State who work in their own individual offices on mask-optional campuses 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. At this time, the College of Medicine will continue the mask mandate in alignment with Penn State Health to support patient care.
As of March 26, 2022 Penn State paused its required COVID-19 testing for students, faculty and staff.
Required COVID-19 testing is being paused; however, testing will continue to be available to students who believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19, are identified as a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19, or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
Students can check online to learn how to obtain and complete a test. Students are no longer able to order PCR tests online via Vault Health and are encouraged to use test kits they previously ordered.
Students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should not go to classes or other activities and seek out symptomatic testing through their health care provider.
As a reminder, free, at-home rapid tests provided by the U.S. government are available to be ordered online at covidtests.gov.
The University strongly encourages all students, faculty and staff to stay up to date with their vaccinations, including booster doses.
Students at University Park, Commonwealth Campuses and Dickinson Law who have received their booster shot can upload their vaccination records through myUHS. Faculty and staff who have received their booster shot can upload an image of their COVID-19 vaccination card into Penn State’s Salesforce Health Cloud, a secure online platform for collecting and storing health data.
All individuals are also still encouraged to practice appropriate hygiene, including:
- Coughing sneezing into your elbow, not your hands
- Refraining from touching your face
- Washing hands often, for a minimum of 20 seconds, with soap and water – or using hand sanitizer after coming into contact with common surfaces and after using the bathroom.
With required testing paused and anticipated low usage of voluntary and asymptomatic testing, the University also will pause updating the data on its public COVID-19 dashboard beginning April 7. Historical data will remain available.
The latest information on the University’s response to the pandemic can be found on the Coronavirus Information website.
For more information on sharing your vaccination status and the incentive program, go to: https://virusinfo.psu.edu/vaccine-information/#upload
For more detailed information, go to: https://virusinfo.psu.edu/university-status/
For more detailed information on all University coronavirus information, go to: https://virusinfo.psu.edu/?utm_source=banner&utm_medium=psumain&utm_campaign=virusinfo
We also encourage you to read University Park’s student and family FAQs in addition to those on this page.
This website will continue to serve as a resource for our students during the global coronavirus pandemic and will be updated regularly with critical information and links to key resources.
Daily Symptom Checks
Students can also self-screen for potential COVID-19 symptoms before coming to campus by completing a daily symptom checker to self-screen for potential COVID-19 symptoms before coming to campus. Students enrolled for in-person courses or scheduled to be present at on-campus facilities will need to sign in with their Penn State ID to complete the daily student COVID-19 symptom checker through the Penn State Go app.
The Penn State Go app is available to download in the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
Frequently Asked Questions for Students
Are there penalties for students, faculty or staff who don't follow health guidelines?
To help prevent the spread of coronavirus and support a healthy campus environment, all students and employees have a personal and collective responsibility to follow guidelines from the University, which are aligned with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Pennsylvania Department of Health.
Students are also being asked to sign a Student Compact which requires students to commit to following these health and safety steps and to acknowledge the risks of exposure to COVID 19 that exist even with the mitigation steps taken by Penn State and their compliance with the compact.
While we expect high levels of compliance, non-adherence to these guidelines in a way that elevates exposure and risk for others in the community will be addressed in a manner consistent with how other violations of University guidelines and policies are managed.
What if I'm an at-risk student or I start to feel sick?
Faculty are expected to be flexible in their interpretation and management of in-person class attendance so that sick students can stay home, and the University will work with immunocompromised and other at-risk students to develop appropriate accommodations.
For students who are unable to return to any campus this fall, there are flexible options so that they can continue to make progress toward their degrees.
Penn State is focused on supporting students and helping them to meet their desired educational outcomes no matter the method of delivery, and advisers will be available to assist students on crafting their individual class schedules and curricula options.
How will the classrooms and facilities be cleaned and sterilized?
You can find information about cleaning classrooms and facilities on the Campus Safety and Health Measures page.
Students are encouraged to check LionPATH for updated information about the instructional mode, meeting day and time, and meeting location for each of their classes. Students desiring to make changes to their course schedule can do so directly in LionPATH.
However, students should work with their adviser to make any possible adjustments to their schedule to accommodate their personal circumstances, with the possibility of enrolling in courses with an in-person component or changing to an entirely remote course load. Depending on their mix of courses and the requirements of their program, it may or may not be possible to adjust their schedule to include more in-person courses.
Where can I work or study on campus?
Check our Classroom Availability schedule to find a place to work or study in-between classes.
Where can I get assistance with technology?
Review the Computer Labs and Technology page for answers to your questions .
How can I contact campus offices?
Please check our campus directory for the business hours and phone number of the office you are trying to reach:
How can I access student services such as the campus nurse, and counseling and career services?
Student can visit the offices during normal business hours, call or email individual offices.
- Student Services: 570-963-2690, [email protected]
- Campus Nurse Jill Thoman: 570-963-2681, [email protected]
- Career Services, Jon Tobin: 570-963-2684 or [email protected]
Page last updated: May 24, 2022