October 28, 2021

Important Message from Dean Lang Re: Vaccinations

To: Liberal Arts Undergraduate Students 
From: Dean Clarence Lang 
Subject: Important Message from Dean Lang Re: Vaccinations 

Dear Liberal Arts Undergraduates: 

First and foremost, I want to thank the overwhelming majority of you for getting vaccinated and adhering to the University’s testing and masking requirements. There have only been 27 positive COVID tests at University Park reported in the past week (15 students, 12 employees) for an overall positivity rate of 0.4 percent. There is little doubt in my mind that 88.5 percent of students being vaccinated (91.4 percent living on campus and 87.4 percent living elsewhere in the community) has played a key role in keeping the positivity rate low, so I appreciate your diligence in that regard. 

For University Park students who also work for Penn State, let me remind you that you must provide proof that you have been fully vaccinated no later than December 8 in order for the University to comply with federal guidelines. This requirement applies to all full-time and part-time faculty, staff, and tech workers, including all undergraduate and graduate students who are supported through part-time employment and assistantships; it also applies whether you are working in person or remotely. Neither regular COVID testing, nor an antibody test, will be a substitute for, or an alternative to, the requirement for full vaccination. 

In order to meet the December 8 deadline, students employed by the University who have not yet been vaccinated should make arrangements to do so immediately. Please visit Penn State’s COVID-19 website for additional details on how and where to schedule an appointment. If you have been fully vaccinated but have not yet uploaded your information, please do so as soon as possible at myUHS. If you have already uploaded your information to myUHS, you do not need to do anything further at this time. 

Those of you who may have lost your vaccination cards should visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health website for information about how to recover evidence, while those who received their vaccination out of state and lost their cards should contact their local vaccine provider or state health department. If you were vaccinated outside the United States, your vaccine might qualify if it was approved by the World Health Organization. 

Events are churning rapidly at our University as we continue to meet the evolving demands of this moment. I appreciate everyone’s resilience and your ongoing efforts to keep yourselves and everyone else out of harm’s way. 


Dean Lang  

Clarence Lang 
Susan Welch Dean of the College of the Liberal Arts 
Professor of African American Studies 

The Pennsylvania State University 
111 Sparks Building 
University Park, PA 16802