COVID-19 Response Plan

Face Coverings Required in Fall 2021

COVID-19 Face Coverings/Masks Policy Update

Effective Tuesday, August 17, IUP’s COVID-19 guidelines require face coverings/masks to be worn indoors in public spaces at all campuses and centers for all persons, regardless of an individual’s COVID-19 vaccination status.

COVID-19 Vaccinations

IUP, along with all universities in the State System of Higher Education, does not require COVID-19 vaccinations for students or for employees.

An August 12 message from the Pennsylvania State System Board of Governors, Chancellor, Presidents, and Union Leaders encouraged everyone to get vaccinated.

The IUP Health Service provides free COVID-19 vaccines and COVID-19 booster doses to students and employees. All members of the IUP community should consult their personal physician or health care provider about recommendations for vaccinations and booster doses.

We continue to share on our website Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s recommendation that all college and university students receive a vaccine: Wolf Administration Encourages All College Students to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine Before the Semester Ends.

Learn more on the Campus Health and Safety page.

COVID-19 Testing

Free testing for asymptomatic and symptomatic students is offered during the fall 2021 semester at the IUP Health Service.

Established testing hours of 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at IUP Health Service will continue to be offered through November 19 and will resume when IUP Health Services reopens on November 29 after the Thanksgiving recess.

IUP Health Service will be closed for COVID-19 testing and patient care during the Thanksgiving recess (November 22-26).

Free COVID-19 testing will continue to be offered at a number of community sites.


When preparing for the academic year amid a global pandemic, each university must do what's best for its situation and must be prepared to change course as new information becomes available.

IUP's plan follows guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,Pennsylvania Department of Health, American College Health Association,Pennsylvania Department of Education, and Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education. It applies to IUP's Indiana campus, regional campuses, and other sites.

The plan focuses on protecting our employees, students, and communities, while providing our students with the best educational experience possible.

If we are to be healthy and safe, we need every member of the IUP community to work together and follow the plan detailed on this site. Here's what you'll find:

The IUP COVID-19 Response Committee

The 50-plus member IUP COVID-19 Response Committee, after formulating plans and recommendations for the 2020—2021 academic year, continues as a core group of employees making recommendations for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Although we are navigating uncharted territory with this pandemic, we continue to focus on these core guidelines:

  • Being flexible and ready to act as new information becomes known.
  • Communicating new information and decisions as broadly and as quickly as possible (including on this website).
  • Providing a high-quality educational experience.
  • Protecting the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff members, and home communities.
  • Holding fast the ties that bind the IUP family together.

If you have questions or concerns about IUP's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please contact a committee cochair: Paula Stossel,, or Scott Moore,

Messages and Updates Related to COVID-19 Mitigation Plans and Guidelines

Messages from President Driscoll, Spring/Summer 2020

We Made It! Message to Students from President Driscoll

May 8 Heartfelt Commencement Greetings, Summer Work Driscoll's Weekly Update

Rounding the Final Stretch

May 1No Tuition Increase, Making PPE Driscoll's Weekly Update

Enjoying the Sweet

April 24 Looking Toward Fall, U-SOAR, Meet Bert Driscoll's Weekly Update

Caring for the Present and for the Future

April 17COVID-19 Partnership with IRMC, Stress Tips Video Driscoll's Weekly Update

Driscoll's Weekly Update: Campus Community Collaboration, Pass/Fail Option Aproved, Thanks Given to IT Services, and More

A Student-Centered University

April 10Vibrant Campus, Pass/Fail Grading Option: Driscoll's Weekly Update

A Family of Heroes

Driscoll's Weekly Update: Get Help via Technology, Credible Sources, Refunds, Commencement, and More

IUP Following Governor Wolf's Stay-at-Home Order

IUP Family Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Driscoll Announces Commencement Postponed; Polling Students for Alternative Date

Driscoll's Weekly Update: IUP Classes On, Thanks to Staffs, Student Emergency Fund

Update to COVID-19 Response Plan from President Driscoll

Message to Employees from President Driscoll, March 20

Message from President Driscoll, March 16

Message from President Driscoll, March 13

Message to the IUP Community from President Driscoll, March 12

Update to IUP Community About the Coronavirus

IUP in the Community, Spring/Summer 2020