Kutztown University is mask-optional for all individuals, including all classrooms and private offices. KU supports all members of its community who choose to wear a mask. Please respect and honor the comfort level and choice of all members of our campus on whether to wear a mask.
The COVID-19 vaccine is not required for any student, employee or visitor of Kutztown University. Kutztown University strongly encourages members of its campus community to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Use www.vaccines.gov to find a location near you, then call or visit their website to make an appointment.
In an effort to try to prevent any contagious illness,
- Wash hands frequently and before eating with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid sharing cups, water bottles, utensils and other personal items.
- Stay home when sick and avoid others who are sick.
Personal Protective Equipment
Kutztown University has personal protective equipment (PPE) available for students and employees. Students and employees can pick up a mask or face shield at the KU Card Office, 107 Academic Forum. Employees can also request PPE in advance through their department office. Departments and offices can request PPE by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Available supplies for employee requests include black cloth masks, disposable masks, KN95 masks, 16 oz. hand sanitizers with pumps, 90- or 100-count wipes and face shields. Supplies ordered in advance will be delivered by the mailroom/storeroom directly to your department.
Students experiencing COVID-like symptoms should contact the KU Health Center, Beck Hall, for examination and testing at 610-683-4082. The hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. When the Health Center is closed, students can seek care/testing at LVHN ExpressCare-Moselem Springs (14351 Kutztown Road, Fleetwood, PA 19522-9273). If you have an emergency, call 911.
The university will continue to cover all costs associated with symptomatic student COVID-19 testing through the KU Health Center.
Students who are sick should stay home and not attend class until they are no longer experiencing symptoms. Students should contact their professor(s) to work out a plan for absenteeism.
Students who test positive for COVID-19 must return home and contact the KU Health Center at 610-683-4082. Per CDC guidelines, students will be advised to isolate at home for five days from the date of symptom onset, or from the positive test date if no symptoms are present. Students may end isolation after day five if they are 1) fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and 2) their symptoms are improving. Once removed from isolation, students must wear a mask on campus through day 10. Note: students who live in a shared bedroom on campus will not be permitted to return to their residence hall through day 10.
Employees experiencing COVID-like symptoms must contact their healthcare provider for diagnosis, testing and/or treatment. If an employee is advised to quarantine or isolate due to possible COVID-19 exposure, tests positive for COVID-19, or believes they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, they should contact Human Resources by phone (610-683-1353) or email (email@example.com). Details can be found on the HR website.
Employees who test positive for COVID-19 and feel well enough may request to work remotely for the length of their isolation – up to 10 days. Supervisor approval of such requests should be forwarded to HR. Details can be found on the HR website.