The health and safety of Penn State students, faculty, staff, and surrounding communities are the University's top priorities. To that end, Penn State has developed a comprehensive spring 2022 COVID-19 testing strategy for all campuses. The University's spring 2022 COVID-19 testing plans include voluntary drop-in and mail-in testing, symptomatic testing (for students) and required testing.
Students who have not shared with the University that they are fully vaccinated will receive an email each Monday to remind them to be tested and have until the following Sunday to complete a University-administered COVID-19 test.
Students enrolled at a residential campus and taking in person classes or web courses—living both on and off campus—who remain unvaccinated or do not submit confirmation of COVID-19 vaccination to the University will be required to test for COVID-19 weekly throughout the semester or until they share with the University that they have been fully vaccinated.
If a student is not compliant (no test taken from Monday to Sunday) they will lose access to Canvas. Penn State gets a data feed from its testing vendor, Vault Health that is updated hourly – access to Canvas will be restored shortly after a test is completed in the Vault system.
A negative result from a test administered outside of the University will not be accepted.
Obtaining a COVID-19 Test
Tests will either be distributed from a location on campus or ordered via mail from Vault Health. Students can check online to learn how to obtain and complete a test on their campus.
The weekly email will also contain a link that provides students additional details for their campus testing process.
Who can I contact with COVID-19 questions?
- You can contact the Penn State COVID-19 Call Center at 814-865-2121 or submit an online contact form.
- You can also visit the University’s Virus Info site, which also includes a comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions section.
How do I upload my proof of vaccination?
You can submit your vaccine information here: Students - Proof of Vaccine Submission.
I can’t find my weekly testing email, how do I order a COVID-19 test in the mail?
Vaccination Requirements for Students on Wage Payroll and Graduate Assistantships
While the University is not currently requiring vaccinations for students who are not also working at the University, Penn State is not impartial when it comes to getting vaccinated. The University’s stance is that everyone who can get a vaccine should do so as soon as possible to attain high vaccination rates on all Penn State campuses.
Federal Vaccine Mandate
In compliance with President Joe Biden’s Sept. 9 executive order requiring COVID-19 vaccination for all federal employees, contractors and others, Penn State has determined that every Penn State employee—including students supported on wage payroll and graduate students supported on graduate assistantships—will need to be either fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved medical/disability or religious-related accommodation, regardless of whether or not they work on federal contracts.
This mandate is currently under an injunction and will not be implemented by Penn State at this time, however the injunction could be lifted in the near future. In the meantime, the University will continue with the current testing protocols already in place.
Requesting a Medical, Disability, or Religious Accommodation
Individuals who believe that their sincerely held religious beliefs, practices or observances prevent them from receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, may complete an online accommodation request form and submit it to the Affirmative Action Office (AAO) for consideration.
Undergraduate and graduate students supported on wage payroll, who have a disability or medical condition that they believe prevents them from receiving a COVID-19 vaccine can request accommodations by completing a Religious Accommodation Request form.
Please note: There are no accommodations to remove an individual from the testing protocol altogether. Individuals that are subject to the vaccine mandate that receive an approved accommodation will be required to test weekly as part of the accommodation process.