Campus Events and Student Life

  • Students with masks in the Oak Grove

    College is about more than classes and exams. At IUP, there are countless lectures, panels, theater and music productions, and many ways to wind down when you need to.

    We are offering many programs in dual formats, both online and in-person, while following appropriate social distancing guidelines. From exciting concerts from the student activity committee STATIC to multicultural programming with the Multicultural Center for Student Leadership and Engagement (MCSLE), along with activities to support your mental health and well-being through the Center for Health and Well-Being, we’ve got you covered.

    Student Activities

    Looking for something to do in your spare time? Follow these resources to find the most up-to-date information on activities sponsored and organized by event programmers in the IUP community.

    And of course, you can always reserve a space, visit the bookstore, or take part in leisure activities at the IUP Student Co-op.

    General Guidelines for Noninstructional Events

    All meetings and events should be remote if possible, unless face-to-face meetings are mission-critical. For face-to-face events, Pennsylvania gathering limits (in effect starting April 4, 2021) must be followed:

    • Indoor events: 25% of maximum occupancy, regardless of venue size and only if attendees and workers are able to comply with the 6-foot physical distancing requirement.
    • Outdoor events: 50% of maximum occupancy, regardless of venue size and only if attendees and workers are able to comply with the 6-foot physical distancing requirement.

    For any in-person events, face coverings are required to be worn by all in attendance 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.

    For Event/Meeting Organizers

    The COVID-19 pandemic has made planning and scheduling events more difficult. We want to help whenever possible.

    Any physical event on campus should be scheduled through 25Live Pro. This online platform is designed to help IUP to monitor the “people footprint” for the safety of the IUP community. It tracks COVID-19 capacity, PPE resources, custodial services, and other important health and safety factors. The program is open to any member of the IUP community, both students and employees.

    When scheduling and planning events, please keep the following in mind:

    • Follow local and state regulatory agency policies and guidelines related to group gatherings to determine if events can be held.
    • Enter your event in 25 Live. This service will house all on-campus location usage for a given day (classroom activity and these events).
    • After 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. You can 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.
    • 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. You can 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 possible or permitted at this time.
    • 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

    Major events on campus follow all relevant national and state guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Event organizers will continually assess whether an event can proceed safety based on current conditions and guidelines, and adjust accordingly while informing the community of any changes.

    Admissions Events

    The IUP Admissions office offers virtual visits and limited weekday campus tours for future students and families. The Graduate Admissions office also has several visit options for students interested in master's and doctoral degrees.

    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.


    IUP is planning in-person commencement ceremonies for May and August 2021 graduates on Friday, May 7 and Saturday, May 8. Learn more details about the schedule and safety precautions on the IUP Commencement web pages.

    IUP Athletics

    IUP is following a modified plan for spring 2021 varsity sports, with regular student athlete testing and safe competition environments.