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At Penn State University, 117 students have been placed on interim suspension for failure to comply with the university’s weekly COVID-19 testing requirement.

Students at University Park who are subject to required weekly COVID-19 testing and who have missed at least three weeks of testing have been notified by Penn State that they are out of compliance with the university’s health and safety policies and have been placed on interim suspension through the Office of Student Conduct, a statement from Penn State said.

Students on interim suspension may not participate in classes, in-person or remotely; are not allowed on university property; and may not attend any Penn State-sponsored events, programs, and activities, including football games. On-campus students on interim suspension also are temporarily removed from their residence halls.

Students who have not informed the university that they are fully vaccinated receive weekly emails instructing them to complete the required testing. Students who missed two weeks of tests had a registration hold placed on their records, which prohibits them from registering for future courses.

Last week, to keep as many students as possible from being placed on interim suspension, Penn State staff called every student who had three missed tests to assist with any issues the students might be experiencing, the statement said. These efforts brought several hundred students into compliance.

“It’s important that both students and employees comply with our testing requirement, and we have done everything we reasonably can to ensure that these students are aware of their obligation and do what they must to honor it,” said Damon Sims, vice president for Student Affairs, in the statement. “The last thing we want is to suspend them. I’m sorry these students did not follow our repeated admonitions and warnings, and I hope they will make the correction necessary. Others should not repeat their mistake, and everyone who can be, should be vaccinated and should upload their data to us as soon as possible.”

By Beth Brelje

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