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For up-to-date information about University-wide actions, FAQs, measures, and resources, please visit https://sites.psu.edu/virusinfo

Remote Learning: 

  • Penn State has extended remote delivery of courses through at least the spring semester. Exams will be administered remotely. Spring commencement exercises will be postponed.

  • The shift to online learning does NOT represent the end of your academic responsibilities for the semester. Please don't allow distractions from this shift in learning environment to undermine your academic goals for this semester.

  • Undergraduate and graduate students at all campus locations are strongly discouraged from returning to campus, off-campus locations, and group dwellings (e.g., apartments and fraternities), and should return to, or remain at, home.

  • What you need to know about transitioning from the classroom — including tech support (with 24/7 chat), ebooks, and more. https://remotelearning.psu.edu/

  • For international students who are already on campus and students who must return to campus due to extenuating and/or compelling circumstances, Penn State will work with you on an individual basis to make special visit or housing arrangements. Students should contact their campus Housing office, and contact information is available at: hfs.psu.edu/campuses.

  • Please also be aware that residence halls and campus dining facilities will not be reopened for normal operation during this remote-learning period (beyond the facilities that are already in use). Students with on-campus housing who wish to pick up their belongings should not return to campus before receiving specific, individual instructions. The University will announce soon a schedule for students to return to campus to move out of their on-campus residence halls. It is essential that students know they will not be able to swipe into their on-campus residences until they receive specific information and detailed instructions regarding the schedule. This is critical to the University’s efforts to create as much social distancing as possible and maintain a low level of exposure risk to our students as well as all our local communities.  

  • For those students who do not have access to a computer and/or the internet from home or from alternate locations, please contact the IT Service Desk (ITservicedesk@psu.edu).

Undergraduate Advising

Undergraduate Advising: All advising appointments continue to be scheduled through Starfish and are being held via video conference or phone conversation using Zoom. Advisers will also continue to be available via email, but please know that there will likely be a delay in their response to emails due to the influx of emails they expect to receive. Additional instructions: https://voices.la.psu.edu/2020/03/16/a-message-from-liberal-arts-advising/ 

Career Enrichment Network

Liberal Arts students can schedule virtual career coaching appointments with the Career Enrichment Network staff. Appointments can be scheduled through Nittany Lion Careers. Make sure to select a career coach with "Liberal Arts" after their name. When you request the appointment, make sure to note that it is virtual and indicate if you prefer to speak via phone or video. If phone, provide your number in the ‘Additional Information’ section. If video, look for a follow up email confirming the appointment with further instructions.

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

These are uncertain times in the lives of our student, but it does not lessen the importance of your continued success in the college. Liberal Arts is committed to making sure that since we invited you to the party that we also offer you the chance to dance. Your education is about unlearning the traditions that maintain the status quo. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is available to you via Zoom (password 635385) on Wednesdays from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and May 6.
  • What if any concerns have you had in the online learning environment?
  • Have you reached about to your academic advisor during their available hours?
  • What decision have you made regarding grading options?
  • Is there anything you can share that works for you that may assist others?

Penn State Libraries

University Libraries are closed. Visit the libraries’ Remote Resources page for quick access library resources and services, and the libraries’ COVID-19 page for updates.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

CAPS at University Park is open for services. Students can receive services by calling CAPS at 814-863-0395 to schedule a phone appointment to discuss their concerns and review treatment options. If students have immediate urgent concerns, they can contact CAPS Monday through Friday (8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. EST), the Penn State Crisis Line 24/7 at 877-229-6400, or the CrisisTextLine 24/7 (Text “LIONS” to 741741).


Spring commencement ceremonies will be postponed while the University explores options for celebrating the achievements of our students. These decisions align with recommendations from the federal government that call for restricting of all gatherings of more than 10 people. Visit http://commencement.psu.edu/ the most up-to-date commencement information.

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