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.
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A dedicated website for students which offers support for remote learning, resources for academic advising and tutoring, and contact information.
Information for course instructors on effective teaching, technology training, webinars and support as they update and teach their courses remotely.
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.
In-Person Meetings, Events and Gatherings
Masking and Distancing Guidelines (as of March 23, 2022)
- Masking outdoors and physical distancing are not required.
- 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.
- Review the complete details on the University's current masking guidelines.
Information for Organizers and Visitors
Penn State has provided updated guidance for inviting visitors to campus, including guidelines for individual visitors, group events, employee travel between campuses and hiring. Units inviting visitors to campus should continue to evaluate whether remote options are available, as well as continue to follow all health and safety guidelines.
Please review the complete University guidelines on events and gatherings, including information for visitors, event planners, and facility coordinators.
- The University strongly encourages all students, faculty and staff to stay up to date with their vaccinations, including booster doses, and to share their vaccination status with the University.
- Vaccinations continue to be required for employees in health care facilities as required by law.
- Students at University Park, Commonwealth Campuses and Dickinson Law can upload their vaccination records through myUHS.
- Faculty and staff 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.
See the Penn State Vaccine Information website for more information.
The University has contracted with a COVID-19 testing company to conduct rapid turnaround testing for symptomatic or suspected positive students. Penn State Harrisburg students who believe they are experiencing symptoms will need to:
- make a telemedicine appointment with Student Health Services at Penn State Harrisburg
- or the 24/7 nurse advice line at 814-863-4463, for evaluation
After this health screening, if a student is deemed in need of a test, they will be directed to the symptomatic testing center outside, adjacent to the CUB.
The testing results will be shared with the student as well as University Health Services, to enact contact tracing if needed. Contact tracing is supported out of University Park, and all individuals (students and employees) that were potentially exposed will be contacted and provided further instructions.
Faculty and Staff
Faculty and staff who believe they are experiencing symptoms should consult with their personal health care provider. If an employee receives a positive test result, they or their supervisor should contact Penn State Occupational Medicine at [email protected] or 814-863-8492, and Occupational Medicine will provide guidance on the next steps to initiate any work adjustments that need to take place, as well as initiate the contact tracing process.
Student Care & Advocacy
WeCare Food Pantry
The on-campus Food Pantry is available to any Penn State Harrisburg student in need of food. To place an order, please complete the on-line order form on Engage. Please first complete the “Pantry Intake Form” if you haven’t already completed one for this year. Once your order is processed (within 2 business days), you will receive a notification of where and when to pick up your order.
Employee Support Resources during the COVID19 Pandemic
Penn State employees have access to many wellness services that could be especially beneficial during the current pandemic, a challenging time full of stress and anxiety. The Employee Support Team has compiled informational pieces to address a variety of needs, such as the Employee Assistance Program, tips for helping your child learn remotely, childcare resources, and more. Please visit the HR Health and Wellness page to see the resources available to PSU employees.