This site provides access to the most up-to-date information on Penn State's response to the coronavirus, as well as related campus-specific information.
Current masking guidance
Masking is no longer required in most areas on campus, with some exceptions. In addition to these areas, which will be marked with signage, and masking when sick or after testing positive for COVID-19, the University encourages anyone who wishes to wear a mask on campus to feel free to do so.
Per University directive students at Commonwealth Campuses should consult with their campus health center or Student Affairs regarding the availability of masks and tests. Individuals should contact their health insurance provider to determine coverage for COVID-19 testing.
Presently, Penn State does not require COVID-19 testing for students, faculty and staff.
Penn State will continue to closely monitor changing pandemic conditions nationally and in the areas surrounding Penn State campuses. The University will continue to monitor CDC guidance and adjust plans if necessary.
Students 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.
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.
The latest information on the University’s response to the pandemic can be found on the Coronavirus Information website.
KeepLearning.psu.edu: This dedicated website for students offers support for remote learning, resources for academic advising and tutoring, and contact information.
KeepTeaching.psu.edu: Course instructors visiting the site will find information on effective teaching, technology training, webinars and support as they update and teach their courses for the upcoming semester. The site also features a newly created guide for instructors specifically designed for preparing and teaching this fall.
VirusInfo.psu.edu: Penn State’s main website with links to the latest news and answers to frequently asked questions about the University’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. The site’s resources page also contains links to dedicated resources for students and employees; information on testing, contact tracing and monitoring for the campus community; classroom and office guidance; and policies on masking and social distancing.
Updated September 8, 2023
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