Campus Events and Student Life

  • College is about more than classes and exams. At IUP, there are many ways to wind down when you need to, but how that will happen will change. Here’s information about athletics, concerts and performances, admissions events, and more.

    General Guidelines for Noninstructional Events

    All face-to-face gatherings should be limited to essential gatherings only, when possible.

    Students and employees are encouraged to use virtual meeting tools, including the phone and videoconferencing (Zoom), in lieu of in-person meetings, whenever possible.

    Facilities will identify areas and space for impromptu and planned social gatherings to help the campus community self-regulate.

    Essential face-to-face, noninstructional gatherings must follow up-to-date Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state, and State System social-distancing and group-gathering guidelines:

    • No more than 25 people in attendance at a noninstructional event or gathering.
    • Masks are required to be worn by all employees, students, and visitors when in buildings. Social distancing (maintaining a minimum of six feet between you and others) is encouraged, whenever possible, and required when a mask cannot be worn.
    • When outside, masks are required when social distancing (six feet between you and others) is not possible.

    For Event/Meeting Organizers

    Event/meeting organizers must do the following:

    • Remain aware of local and state regulatory agency policies related to group gatherings to determine if events can be held.
    • Reserve space for events and noninstructional meetings. This process will remain the same. Directions will be available soon.
    • If the request for reserving space is approved, submit work orders for needs such as table setup, tear-down, or sound or to enable appropriate pre-event preparation and post-event cleanup. Event organizers should request personal protective equipment for event attendees via IUP’s central reservation system.
    • Publicize safety requirements, such as the need to wear masks or to keep a safe distance from one another, and provide clear instruction to visitors as they arrive on site about how these things will be provided or accomplished.
    • Make hand sanitizer, face coverings, and no-touch trash cans available.
    • Post approved signage from IUP’s Marketing and Communications Division to promote protective measures. Request signage through
    • Take responsibility for any voluntary provision of safety kits or other handouts/giveaways to attendees. Safety kits can be ordered through IUP’s central reservation system.
    • Work with Aramark to determine options for food-service delivery, if needed, in compliance with dining guidelines. Buffet service is not permitted.
    • Record registration and attendance, including contact information. This will allow for notification of pertinent event information (such as safety requirements, rescheduling, and cancellation) and for contact tracing, if needed.

    Major Campus Events

    We will make decisions about major campus/university events as we get additional information from national and state officials about gatherings. Programming will continue to be offered with an increased virtual presence or option and reduced face-to-face performances/events.

    All campus events should be held in accordance with university, state, and health department guidance for group gatherings, social distancing, capacities, cleaning, and available protective equipment and use of face coverings.

    Based on current conditions and guidelines, event organizers will continually assess whether an event can proceed safely.

    Admissions Events


    All daily tours are suspended for the summer, but virtual events are available. We’ll follow up-to-date CDC, state, and State System social distancing and group gathering guidelines for the safety of all visitors, faculty, staff, current students, and the Indiana community as we plan visit options.

    You can always call the Office of Admissions to ask questions. We don’t want this situation to keep you from getting all the information you need to make your decision.

    If you are coming to IUP from high school or transferring from another college, call 724-357-2230 or email

    If you are a candidate for graduate admission, call 724-357-2222 or email


    If you’re interested in visiting the IUP Academy of Culinary Arts, call 800-438-6424  or email


    September 12 Ceremony Changed to Virtual Format

    Because of continued concerns about transmission of COVID-19 and more restrictive guidelines for large indoor gatherings, commencement ceremonies for May and August graduates, planned to take place on campus September 12, will be offered in a virtual format.

    Incoming Freshmen/Orientation

    IUP has transitioned on-campus orientation for summer 2020 to a virtual experience. Students begin the process by completing the Hawks 100 and 101 courses through MyIUP. Their orientation experiences continue to be held on the dates for which they preregistered. Those students should watch their IUP email for directions on how to connect to those meetings. Placement testing must be completed at least 72 hours before students’ orientation sessions. IUP will send reminders as those dates approach. Students will also be prompted two days before their orientation sessions to confirm their attendance.

    Incoming students will be assessed an orientation fee, which will cover the online orientation program and related costs. Please refer to Orientation FAQ for more information.

    Parents are encouraged to participate in the orientation program with their students. In addition, parents will receive emails about online information sessions.

    Find more information on the Orientation website. If you have questions, please email or call 724-357-5658.

    Welcome Week

    As the name suggests, we’ve created a week full of activities to welcome new students. You’ll discover everything you need to get the best start to your college journey—resources, opportunities, friends, and more. You’ll also find ways to be a leader—among your own friends, in class, or in an organization. Find more information on the Welcome Week website.

    IUP Athletics

    Following a decision from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, all mandated conference athletic events and championships are suspended for the fall semester.

    Student Activities

    The Student Cooperative Association will operate the Hadley Union Building and other Co-op facilities, such as the HUB Fitness Center and gymnasium, Co-op Recreational Park, and HUB meeting rooms, with modified hours and adjustments made according to the needs of the campus and in accordance with all university, state, and health department guidance.

    STATIC will adhere to all university, state, and health department/CDC guidance regarding events.

    Theater, Musical Theater, and Dance Arts


    IUP has extended the audition period through the summer. See how to send your video-recorded audition.


    Fine Arts programming should continue throughout the academic year following proper university, state, and CDC guidance.