COVID-19 Information

The foundations of our approach continue to be New Hampshire state guidelines, public health guidelines for supporting higher education on campus, and COVID-19 testing for the campus community. The health and safety of the campus community is our highest priority.

We are #PanthersUnited and follow the six important health actions that enable us to hold in-person classes and on-campus activities.

For health, safety, and other pressing issues that are not addressed on this webpage, please e-mail covid19@plymouth.edu or call the PSU COVID-19 Hotline at (603) 535-2409. The hotline is staffed Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  This hotline will also have the most up-to-date messaging regarding testing, contact tracing, etc., via a recorded message daily.

Fall 2021 Updates

  • With few exceptions, all classes and student activities will be in-person. 
  • Classrooms will return to their normal capacity. 
  • Campus offices will be open with employees working in person to serve the needs of the campus 
  • All students and employees will be required to have a negative COVID-19 test prior to the start of classes on August 30, 2021. 
  • Unvaccinated students and employees will be encouraged to participate in weekly COVID-19 testing. 
  • We will conduct weekly random COVID-19 testing throughout the fall – approximately 5%-10% of the campus population. 
  • We will continue to offer Rapid Testing through Student Health Services for any symptomatic students or employees. 
  • Contract Tracing will continue throughout the fall semester. 
  • We will be utilizing one of our residence halls as student quarantine/isolation space if needed. 

Summer 2021 Information

Every student participating in an in-person class is required to be tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours of your class beginning, unless fully vaccinated. Once tested, you can then participate in on-campus activities for one week from the date you were tested without needing to re-test. If the class is longer than one week, you will need to be tested weekly until the class ends or the in-person portion of the course concludes. Fully vaccinated students are exempt from this requirement if a copy of their vaccination record or certificate to the university has been submitted.

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Masks

Masks are no longer required indoors or outdoors at Plymouth State.

  • The CDC recommends that unvaccinated people wear masks indoors and we encourage the PSU community to do the same. 
  • In addition, we encourage individuals who are more comfortable wearing a mask to continue to do so.  
  • Faculty & staff in campus offices, classrooms and buildings can continue to require masks for those working in and entering specific spaces as they see fit. Signage will be made available as needed. 
Social Distancing

In classrooms, students are required to be a minimum of three feet from one another. This requirement is also regardless of vaccination status and will continue throughout the summer session.

We are following the updated CDC outdoor mask guidance beginning May 10, 2021.  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/participate-in-activities.html

Testing takes place on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Thursdays from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. at the Ice Arena Welcome Center. Individuals who cannot attend on campus scheduled testing are required to get a PCR test for COVID-19 on their own. We are not accepting rapid tests for this purpose. If you test outside the university, you must submit your results online here. This link can also be found in the sidebar of this page.

Employees and students who are fully vaccinated may submit their proof of vaccination to be excused from the weekly COVID-19 testing. Details on this process can be found here.

PSU is aligning with current state of NH public health guidance and will no longer require quarantine upon return to NH (regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status), for domestic travel within the U.S. This includes domestic travel to U.S. territories.   There are still specific requirements regarding international travel, including testing and quarantine requirements.  If you travel internationally you are required to notify covid19@plymouth.edu and we will guide you through any University related requirements.

Contact Tracing

Contact tracing will continue throughout summer.

Building Access

All campus buildings will continue to be card access only through August 1, 2021

There will be guided campus tours for incoming students and families that will include the interiors of select campus buildings beginning May 17, 2021.