University updates guidance on visitors to campuses during pandemic

Penn State has updated its guidance for employees concerning when to invite visitors to campuses during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Credit: Michelle Bixby / Penn StateCreative Commons

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State has updated its guidance for employees concerning when to invite visitors to campuses during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

The University’s overarching pandemic response strategy has entailed limiting the density of its on-campus population to reduce the chances of person-to-person contact that spreads the virus. During this time, the University has focused on critical activities that could continue to be performed in person, such as some classes, student support functions, and essential research work. In support of this strategy, units are strongly encouraged to continue to engage with visitors remotely whenever possible. 

Any visitor to a Penn State campus is responsible for adhering to the University’s guidelines and procedures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. An individual’s vaccine status does not impact their obligation to adhere to these guidelines. 

Administrators who are inviting guests to campus or hosting in-person programming must first receive unit executive approval and are strongly encouraged to consult with Risk Management and the Office of General Counsel prior to the visit. The COVID-19 Operations Control Center must be notified by either the event organizer or the unit executive if a campus visitor, either visiting campus alone or attending a meeting or event, subsequently tests positive for COVID-19. 

The visitor guidance includes guidelines for individual visitors, group events, employee travel between campuses and hiring. The guidance, which is effective as of today (March 19) can be viewed online at

For more information about the University’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, visit Penn State’s official virus information website.

Last Updated March 23, 2021