Community Resources


There are many resources available to Penn State students - for a first step into seeking emotional, financial, or other support, check out the Basic Needs and Support guide.

For example, many students also take advantage of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to gain access to funding to buy produce and food that supports a healthy diet. There are also food pantries around campus for food support.

There is also a Broadband Internet Assistance program to help students pay for internet access, as well as the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) to help students experiencing trouble covering the cost of rental housing and/or utilities.

Penn State provides free financial counseling and psychological counseling services to students in need. 


Access GADI’s Graduate Student Resource Guide, a collection of useful tips & organizations to help you navigate life as a grad student at Penn State. You’ll find resources like:

  • A FAQ page for concerns like changing your PSU email address, finding a culturally competent therapist, changing your name/gender designation in the PSU registrar, and accessing financial assistance.
  • A resource guide that includes lists of:
    • Graduate student-led initiatives & community groups.
    • Non-PSU services such as affordable housing resources, a shelter for survivors of domestic violence, free tax assistance, and more.
    • State College advocacy groups like 3/20 Coalition, Democratic Socialists of America, and Centre County COVID-19 Community Response.
    • Campus-wide offices and initiatives that provide the PSU community with resources pertinent to marginalized groups.
    • Discipline-specific resources at PSU pertinent to diversity & inclusion.
    • Resources for undergraduate students from historically underrepresented groups.

This document is a living document, so if you have questions or would like to add resources please send us an email at with the subject line, “GADI Resource Guide.”


Finally, if you need to report something or request help from an office, there are several offices based on your needs.

If you believe someone has acted in a biased or discriminatory way, you can report them to the university if they are an employee or a student. To go outside of the university:

If they are a student: You can also report this person to the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, or the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission

If they are an employee: You can report them to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission

To report sexual or gender-based harassment or misconduct, you can contact the Title IX office or the Penn State Hotline at 800-560-1637.

To report suspected child abuse, contact the Pennsylvania Child Welfare Services (ChildLine) and email

To report hazards or ask questions about environmental health and safety, you can contact PSU's Department of Environmental Health and Safety.

To report an instance of hazing, you contact the Office of Student Conduct for student hazing, or Labor and Employee Relations at 814-867-0041 for employee hazing.

To report unsafe student conduct in general, you can contact the Office of Student Accountability and Conflict Response.



See this helpful table, created by GPSA:


Reporting Misconduct


University Ethics Office: Resources for Reporting Wrongdoing

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Penn State 24/7 Reporting Hotline

University Health Services

Penn State Policy AD85 (Sexual and/or Gender-Based Harassment or Misconduct)

Lion’s Pantry (food pantry for all Penn State students)

Report Bias or Intolerance

Campus Recreation and Fitness Facilities

Title IX (Office of Sexual Misconduct Prevention & Response)

Student Disability Resources


Diversity, Identity & Interest Groups

Graduate Writing Center

Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity

Career Services

Gender Equity Center

Media and Technology Support Services

Multicultural Resource Center

Student Legal Services

Center for Spiritual and Ethical Development

Student Parent Child Care Subsidy Program

Center for Performing Arts

Penn State Ride Smart by Lyft

Global Penn State


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