Message from the Director of Student Affairs

Penn State Wilkes-Barre students:

I am pleased to share with you the latest updates regarding vaccinations, testing, and masking at campus. Please continue to follow these guidelines to prevent COVID-19 from spreading and to protect the health of our campus community.

Vaccinations. Penn State University is strongly encouraging all students to get vaccinated for COVID-19. Visit this web page to find vaccine locations near you. Students who receive the COVID-19 immunization should submit their vaccination record to the University through myUHS.

Testing. Mandated Covid-19 testing for students has been paused. Free Vault test kits will continue to be available to students who believe they may have been exposed to Covid-19, are identified as a close contact of someone who tested positive for Covid-19, or are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms. Test kits are available in the Student Affairs office, Hayfield House room 101, Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Masking. Penn State is following CDC recommendations on a county-by-county basis; Penn State campus COVID protocols depend upon the risk level of the county in which the campus resides. Luzerne County is now GREEN (the lowest risk level) and therefore, effective immediately (6/17/2022) masks are optional in all indoor spaces on the Wilkes-Barre campus. Any individuals who wish to continue wearing masks are encouraged to do so, and employees who work in their own individual offices may request that visitors wear masks while in their private offices. Faculty may also request that their students wear masks during classes. The University asks that community members cooperate respectfully with these requests. View the CDC county indicator for COVID cases.

Thank you for doing your part to keep you and your campus community safe!

Wanda L. Ochei
Director of Student Services and Engagement