November 1, 2021

Message from the Dean – Medical and Disability-Related Accommodations

To: Liberal Arts Faculty, Staff, Graduate Students, and Post Docs
From: Clarence Lang

Dear Colleagues:

Please take a moment to read the following important updates.

As a follow-up to the mass message sent on Friday, the process for requesting medical or disability-based COVID-19 vaccine accommodations is now open. The online request form is here. If you are not a student, your request must be submitted electronically to Occupational Medicine no later than Friday, November 12, and preferably sooner. Those requesting accommodations will receive written notification if the request is granted or denied, or if more information is necessary. The University will vet and process accommodation requests on a rolling basis until the deadline. Contact if you need an alternative format of the request form. For additional details, view the recent Penn State Newsannouncement about medical/disability-based COVID-19 vaccine accommodations ​in its entirety.

Students supported on graduate assistantships who are seeking medical or disability accommodations to the vaccine mandate must submit this form to University Health Services as soon as possible, and no later than Friday, November 12. Graduate assistants can log into myUHS and click “Immunization Upload” to load an image of their completed request form. The University will vet and process accommodation requests on a rolling basis until the November 12 deadline. Please contact if you need an alternative format of the request form. For further relevant details, I also encourage you to view the recent Penn State News announcement about medical/disability-based COVID-19 vaccine accommodations.

As an additional reminder, the University previously announced the process for requesting religious accommodations for the vaccine mandate, which can be submitted online to the Office of Affirmative Action through the extended deadline of Friday, November 5.

Unless granted an accommodation for religious- or medical/disability-related reasons, all employees at University Park and eight Commonwealth campuses are required — in compliance with the recent federal executive order — to upload documentation that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible and no later than Wednesday, December 8 (which entails receiving their final dose by Wednesday, November 24). This mandate includes part-time and full-time employees working in person or remotely, undergraduate and graduate students supported through University employment, and students supported on graduate assistantships. 

Thank you in advance for your close attention to, and observance of, these University policies and procedures geared toward our common health and safety.



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