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Fall Semester 2020

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

The University is excited to welcome students back to campus for fall 2020! As the University announced that in-person classes will resume for fall semester, staff in Housing, Food Services, and Campus Dining are making preparations to have students living in University Housing. Please understand that there may be updates to statements or practices as things progress. 

Housing and Food Service (HFS) Contracts and Room Assignments

  • The majority of students will be assigned to a double-occupancy room. Although some students may be assigned to a triple, quad, or supplemental housing room, the capacity will be limited to two students.
  • Students who require a single room for a medical need may submit a housing accommodation request
  • Students who are interested in a single room are eligible to add their name to the single-room Waitlist available in eLiving to be considered for reassignment.
  • Learn more about requesting an HFS Contract Cancellation
  • Fall Room Assignments will be posted in eLiving at Noon Tuesday July 28; the Room Exchange eBoard will open at the same time and is available through Noon Monday August 3.


Fall Arrival

  • Details about Fall Arrival will soon be available at

  • Penn State is reviewing PA Governor Wolf's recent announcement about travel and quarantine from various US States, and will provide an update once information is known.

  • Penn State is in the midst of finalizing housing assignments and the move-in schedule and plans to reach out to students and families soon to provide specifics. In an effort to promote the health and safety of the campus and local communities, the University plans to stagger move-in dates, as it normally does. However, it will be over a longer time period to provide more physical distancing.


Student Responsibility

  • Students are required to wear masks while in public spaces, practice social distancing, and regularly wash hands. Masks must be worn all times, with the exception of when in their residence hall room.
  • Students will be expected to follow posted capacity restrictions within public spaces: commons buildings, laundry rooms, lounges, kitchens, lobbies, etc.


Living Environment

  • A "No Guest" policy is in effect for the beginning of fall semester. Students may only have guests present to assist with the initial move-in at the beginning of fall semester. Once a student has moved in, no guests will be permitted in the building or in the student's room. This includes visiting friends and family members. The "No Guest" policy includes no short visits in the building or lobbies, and no overnight stays, even if the other individual is a Penn State student.
  • The "No Guest" policy will be in effect for the first several weeks of the semester. The "No Guest" policy will continually be reviewed by Residence Life throughout the semester to determine if the policy may be relaxed. 
  • Residence halls, commons buildings, and dining facilities will be cleaned on a daily basis by University staff.
  • High-touch points will be given additional focus throughout the day.
  • The cleaning products used by the University are effective against COVID-19 and other viruses.



  • HUB Dining in the HUB-Robeson Student Union, features National Brands (Burger King, Chick-fil-A, Sbarro, Starbucks, Jamba Juice, and McAlister's Deli) will be open utilizing Mobile Ordering options and increased grab 'n go sandwich, salad, and snack selections. Payment options will be cashless and contact-free payment options. Limited seating will be available.
  • Residential Dining areas will feature buffet-to-go, offering a rotation of menu favorites.
  • Penn State Eats, a new mobile ordering and pickup option application, will be available for added convenience and contact-less ordering and payment.
  • Residential Markets will offer a large variety of convenience items, including grab 'n go, grocery, and fresh produce, with Scan-and-Pay self-checkout.
  • Enhanced safety measures will be in place, such as modified dining room areas, frequent cleaning focused on high-touch areas, and employee wellness checks.
  • Learn more at


Community Space

  • Students will need to follow posted social distancing guidelines while using public space, meeting rooms, laundry rooms, study rooms, and kitchens in the residence hall and Commons buildings. 
  • Lounges will have reduced-occupancy limits, which will be posted on the lounge door, to support social distancing expectations. 


Programming & Events

  • In the residence halls, programs and events will be limited to small groups; no large group events will be held. 
  • There will also be opportunities to connect through virtual programs and events.


Additional Information


Updated: July 16, 2020