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Penn State to resume on-campus work and learning in fall semester

Following a three-month comprehensive planning process involving more than 250 faculty, staff and administrators across 16 task groups, Penn State officials have determined the University can meet or exceed the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s guidelines for colleges and universities to return to campus and look forward to welcoming back faculty, staff and students to resume on-campus, in-person classes and other activities this fall in a limited fashion.

Considering the views expressed in survey results and other feedback from students and employees, the groups’ overarching goal has been to develop a plan to continue the research and educational mission of the University while providing for the physical and psychological health and well-being of students, faculty, and staff.

Penn State will begin to have students and employees return to campuses in phases, starting this summer, and will have comprehensive prevention and public health procedures and strategies in place—including mask-wearing and social distancing—to protect the health and safety of students and employees. For students who are unable to return to any campus this fall, there are flexible options so that they can continue to make progress toward their degrees.

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