Students are required to participate in COVID-19 testing and have a negative COVID test result on file prior to returning to campus. These self-test kits are being provided to you at no cost. All students taking remote or online classes who will be living within 20 miles of a Penn State campus and all students who live in Centre County are required to participate.
Steps required before coming to campus:
- You can log into the Know Your Status portal to track your test status. Log in with your Penn State Access Account to check your “test status” and track your progress through the testing process. You need to complete testing before you return, unless you have a COVID-positive test result from the last 90 days on record in the portal. You can also upload a positive test result from the last 90 days from a third-party PCR test.
- If you have not already done so, please order your at-home test kit. Ideally, this will be done 14 days before you plan to arrive on campus. Vault Health will mail your test kit to your current place of residence, along with detailed instructions to complete the test with a Vault Health representative virtually.
- Five days before your planned return date, take your test using instructions provided and mail it back. A pre-paid expedited shipping label is included. During the period beginning several days before being tested until you arrive on campus, you should take extra precautions. As much as possible, limit your interactions with others to only the essentials.
- You should receive test results from Vault Health within 72 hours of the test arriving at the lab. Test results will be automatically uploaded to the University’s portal.
If your test result is positive: Isolate at home and do not return to your campus community. Contact tracers from Penn State will reach out to you to offer support and guidance on the time period for isolation.
If your test result is negative: Continue to limit interactions with those outside your household and take health and safety precautions during your travel to your campus community.
To prepare to arrive on campus:
- Self-quarantine for at least seven days immediately prior to your arrival.
- Comply with travel requirements: The University’s pre-arrival test plan will enable students who complete pre-arrival testing to meet Pennsylvania travel requirements to be tested within 72 hours of entering the state and help them avoid a travel quarantine.
- Ensure you are not COVID-19 positive, do not have symptoms of COVID-19, and have not been in close contact with someone who has tested positive or is suspicious of having COVID-19; if you are or have been, do not return to your Penn State campus community.
How do I know if I need to take a COVID-19 test?
All students are required to log in to the Know Your Status portal to make sure they have completed the testing requirement. The University requires students to have a test result on file within 72 hours of their intended return.
The following provides guidance for certain groups; however, students also can contact the COVID-19 Response Center at 814-865-2121 with specific questions about testing or the portal.
- Students, including graduate students, international and off-campus students who remained in a campus community over winter break or returned early are required to participate.
- Undergraduate and graduate students who have received a positive test result at walk-up testing on campus within the last 90 days, including over the winter break, must still check their test status in the Know Your Status portal, but do not need to complete testing.
- All students taking remote or online classes who will be living within 20 miles of a Penn State campus and all students who live in Centre County are required to participate.
- All World Campus students who are living within 20 miles of a Penn State campus are required to participate.
- Students who have an approved internship, clinical, practicum or other in-person learning experience are required to participate.
- As of Jan. 26, individuals who are traveling to the United States from abroad will be required to show a negative COVID-19 test — completed within 72 hours of departure — before being permitted to board their plane to the United States. International students will also be expected to complete the Penn State COVID-19 testing when they arrive at their campus or campus community.
- Students who have received a COVID-19 vaccine are still required to participate in the University’s testing programs this spring.
If you have any additional questions you can contact the COVID-19 Response Center at 814-865-2121.