Students with incomplete pre-arrival COVID tests may have registration canceled

August 20, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Students who were selected for -- but have not yet taken -- a pre-arrival COVID-19 test, must complete the process and share a negative test outcome by 8 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 24, if they wish to attend classes or participate in other activities on any Penn State campus. 

Approximately 24,000 Penn State students who were chosen for pre-arrival COVID-19 testing were notified via their Penn State email address and provided with instructions on how to complete the at-home spit testing process through Vault Health. 

Those who have not completed their test will be receiving an email from Penn State Executive Vice President and Provost Nick Jones indicating that they will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct for potential violation of the Student Code of Conduct. If students still have not completed testing by Friday, Aug. 28, their semester registration is subject to cancellation if recommended by the Office of Student Conduct.

The testing is part of Penn State’s requirements and expectations for students to meet prior to returning to campus and local communities this semester

Students can find answers to frequently asked questions about the pre-arrival testing process at

Last Updated August 21, 2020