Across the country, more than 600 colleges are now requiring COVID vaccinations for those on campus this fall.
Penn State administrators this week have announced their updated COVID policies.
In recent days, hundreds of faculty staff and students have signed letters and petitions asking that Penn State have a COVID-19 vaccination requirement for those returning for the fall semester.
But university administrators say they’re not mandating vaccination, nor do they plan on remote learning for the fall semester.
If you plan to be on Penn State campus this fall, the administration really wants you to be vaccinated, but they’re not requiring it.
“This university is not impartial to vaccination,” said Penn State President Eric Barron. “We have numerous experts on this campus. We have data from millions who have been vaccinated. Vaccination is the best defense against COVID.”
Students returning to campus have until next Monday to submit proof of a COVID vaccination, or they’ll be tested when they arrive.
The university is stepping up testing procedures and will hold on-campus vaccination clinics.
It was March of 2020 when the pandemic forced the university to go to a remote learning format.
With thousands of students now set to return to in-person classes, administrators are optimistic they’ll be staying on campus.
“We don’t believe a move to remote education will be necessary as there are plans that we know are proven to be successful in keeping our students in the classroom,” said Nick Jones.
The university says, according to a recent survey most students and employees are already fully vaccinated against the virus.
But they admit less than half of the students surveyed submitted a response.
Fall semester classes at Penn State begin Aug. 23.