Coronavirus and Return to Campus Information

This site provides access to the most up-to-date information on Penn State's response to the coronavirus, as well as related campus-specific information.  
 
KeepLearning.psu.edu: This dedicated website for students offers support for remote learning, resources for academic advising and tutoring, and contact information.  
 
KeepTeaching.psu.edu: Course instructors visiting the site will find information on effective teaching, technology training, webinars and support as they update and teach their courses for the upcoming semester. The site also features a newly created guide for instructors specifically designed for preparing and teaching this fall. 
 
VirusInfo.psu.edu: Penn State’s main website with links to the latest news and answers to frequently asked questions about the University’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. The site’s resources page also contains links to dedicated resources for students and employees;  information on testing, contact tracing and monitoring for the campus community; classroom and office guidance; and policies on masking and social distancing.
 
Penn State COVID-19 Compact: Before returning to campus, students are asked to verify that they understand the behavioral requirements and guidelines, via LionPath.
 

In June, Penn State announced Back to State, a comprehensive plan for returning to face-to-face instruction at all Penn State campuses for the fall 2020 semester. 

Back to State was informed by medical, scientific and public-health data and recommendations and is a comprehensive plan that includes universal masking, social distancing and flexible learning options. 

The fall semester will begin on Monday, August 24 and end on December 18 as originally scheduled. On-campus instruction and residency will end on Friday, Nov. 20 and the remainder of the semester will be delivered remotely following the Thanksgiving break. To help reduce travel and the risk of exposure to COVID-19, classes will be held on Labor Day, Monday, September 7.  

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have identified social distancing, wearing face masks, and handwashing as critical to mitigating the spread of COVID-19. To ensure that we can continue face-to-face, on-campus instruction through November 20, all campus community members must follow these guidelines. It is the University’s expectation, in accordance with CDC guidelines and Gov. Wolf’s universal masking order, that all students, faculty, and staff will practice social distancing and wear masks when on campus, including in classrooms and labs, public spaces, restrooms, the Mill, the library and when traveling across campus. 

For returning students, it won’t look or feel like quite like the Mont Alto you know; for incoming college students, your first year isn’t going to be as you imagined it. The precautions and safety measures we are taking are for your health and safety. What won’t change is the world-class education that Penn State is known for and that we deliver every day at Mont Alto. We will continue to be here for you every step of the way. 

The latest Penn State news about coronavirus is available online.
 

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For Students and Families

Important Dates and Reminders For Students

  • Classes begin August 24
  • Labor Day: Monday, September 7, classes will be held to reduce travel during the fall semester
  • November 20: In-person instruction ends
  • November 21 - 29: Thanksgiving holiday
  • November 30 - December 18: Remainder of the semester, including finals, delivered remotely
  • December 18: Last day of finals and end of the fall 2020 semester 

Remote Classrooms
When not in use, classrooms in the General Studies Building and the Science and Technology Building will be available for students to use in between face-to-face classes and to access courses being delivered remotely. It is important that students pay attention to and abide by the COVID-19 safety occupancy for classrooms posted on all classroom doors. If a room is at capacity please do not enter and look for another available room. Room availability will be available on the Penn State Go App and will be updated throughout the semester. 

Asymptomatic Surveillance Testing
On August 24, Penn State began asymptomatic surveillance testing of students, faculty, and staff across all Penn State campuses. 

Students and employees who are learning, working, or living on campus will be selected randomly and contacted by email and text message to answer a few screening questions and to schedule an appointment at University Park or to participate in their campus location’s specific surveillance process. If selected, students and employees are required to complete the free testing and should plan to do so within 48-72 hours after being contacted.

Penn State COVID-19 Compact
As part of our shared responsibility to look after each other and keep our campus and supporting communities safe and healthy, students are asked to acknowledge the Penn State COVID-19 Compact. The Compact is a pledge which indicates that students have read, understood and have agreed to uphold each of the referenced requirements and understand the additional guidelines. 

Useful Links for Students

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For Faculty and Staff

Information Technology Services

  • To ensure business continuity, and to protect the privacy of your personal contact information, Information Technology Services strongly recommends that you use Jabber to receive calls to your campus telephone number, instead of forwarding calls to a personal device.
  • If you use a token for Duo authentication, please remember to take it home with you.

 

Requesting additional masks and COVID-19 supplies

  • Email Mont Alto's Pandemic Safety Office Anne Miller at [email protected] and copy Brad Kendall, [email protected], and your supervisor when making your request. 
  • Please remember that if supplies need to be ordered there will be a delay in fulfilling your request. 
  • If your request is urgent, please mention that in your email and the team will do all it can to expedite your request. 
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Mask Up Or Pack Up

Mask Up Or Pack Up Public Health Campaign

On Aug. 13, Penn State launched Mask Up or Pack Up, a campaign designed to remind every member of the Penn State community to do their part to limit the spread of COVID-19, on or off campus, and across the commonwealth.

Mask Up Or Pack Up because it’s about more than you. Our actions no longer affect just us; they impact the people and communities around us, especially those who are most vulnerable. To create a safer environment for everyone, we must practice COVID-19 prevention measures like wearing a mask, physically distancing and washing hands. It’s vital to abide by safety measures on our campuses, but also off campus in the larger community where Penn State families and community members may be at greater risk of developing COVID-19 complications.

Follow #MaskUpOrPackUp on Instagram to hear why Penn Staters across the commonwealth wear their masks. 

Don't Forget To Cover Your Nose
Properly wearing your mask is just as important as wearing your mask. For a mask to be fully effective, it should be wide enough to cover the wearer's mouth and nose and fit snugly. In this video, Dr. Elixabeth McGraw, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics, explains the science behind covering both the nose and mouth and a recent study that proves that proper mask-wearing reduces transmission