Penn State has announced that remote course delivery is extended through the end of the spring semester. Spring commencement ceremonies will be postponed while the University explores options for celebrating the achievements of our students. Read the March 18 announcement from the University and see the University’s Coronavirus Information updates website for the latest information.
As you may have heard, this afternoon the Governor issued a “stay-at-home” order to individuals in York County, effective at 8:00 p.m. tonight through April 6. This order, as well as new instructions from University Park, underscores the need to implement new guidelines for access to campus. These changed procedures are based on the need to provide a safe work environment and to promote the health of all members of the campus community. They will go into effect at 7:00 p.m. today, Friday, March 27.
We are continuing to address strategies that will remove the need for any staff or faculty member to come onto campus during the course of this public health emergency. If you are having difficulties, please alert Loren Brewster if you have not done so yet.
Please contact me if you have any questions.
Penn State York is providing a campus-specific set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to help provide information during this global coronavirus outbreak. The FAQs will be updated as information becomes available. We realize that our students, faculty, staff, and the community have specific questions about how the campus will handle modified operations.
Also visit the University’s FAQs page concerning coronavirus for more information.
Buildings and offices at Penn State York are locked down, with all business being conducted remotely. The campus is not open to the general public for face-to-face services. Please refer to the contact list for information on how to reach departments for services.
Students are no longer permitted on campus, and all classes are being taught remotely. Students who need assistance accessing a remotely delivered class should contact Penn State IT at 814-865-HELP (4357) or ITservicedesk@psu.edu. The University is assisting students who lack a computer and/or access to broadband internet.
Faculty members are still permitted to come to campus to continue their teaching and research but they are strongly encouraged to teach from home. If teaching from home is not possible, faculty members should be teaching from their computer in their office. Only as a final resort will classrooms be unlocked for instructors to deliver their classes. Faculty members will be able to teach from a limited number of classrooms, as each room needs to be cleaned after each class.
Staff members (including technical service employees) are permitted to come to campus only if they receive permission from their immediate supervisor. Telecommuting is being promoted and, when necessary, supervisors will identify alternative work assignments that can be completed at home.
Visiting Remote Learning at Penn State is a good place to start! Your professors can also provide you with specific information about the courses they are teaching.
Yes, the Nittany Success Center (NSC) is offering Synchronous Online Tutoring at this time. We will return to in-person tutoring when classes resume on campus.
Request a Tutor online to view our tutoring schedule, make appointments, review instructions for online tutoring, reset password directions and also watch a video demonstrating how online tutoring works. Contact information for the NSC is also listed there.
Start by emailing your professor directly using the email address on the course syllabus that you were given at the beginning of the semester. If you don’t hear back from the professor within twenty-four hours, please contact YK-Academic-Affairs@psu.edu.
Until the campus reopens for face-to-face instruction, students may not come to campus for this purpose. The hope is that students and their faculty mentors will be able to once again collaborate in person at the beginning of the first summer semester.
Commencement exercises at all Penn State campuses have been postponed. The University is expected to release information soon about the timing and the format this very important milestone event.
No, we are excited to work with you on the steps to become a Penn State student starting summer/fall 2020.
Yes, we continue to process applications on an ongoing basis.
Most staff are working remotely, so we recommend transcripts be sent electronically via fax (814-863-7590), Parchment, eScrip-Safe, the National Student Clearinghouse or SCOIR directly to Penn State from the institution where the course work was attempted. These records cannot come direct from the student. More information regarding sending transcripts
Based on guidance from state and federal health mandates, all on-campus admissions events between March 16 and May 15 will be delivered electronically. The health and safety of all students, families, visitors, and employees are our top priority. The global coronavirus outbreak has caused an actively evolving situation. The following programs will be offered virtually:
Admissions office staff will provide updates on our virtual events on our Schedule a Visit page and communication via email to students who previously registered for one of these events.
Yes, we are working normal business hours, from 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. However, we are be working remotely until further notice in alignment with federal and state health mandates. We offer individual student appointments by phone, Zoom, or in-person. Please call 717-771-4040 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a meeting or with any questions.
Currently, we are unaware of any financial aid impacts except for students receiving federal work study.
Students who have the option to work remotely can receive their hourly work-study stipend. Please contact your supervisor for more information.
During this time, advisers will be able to work with students remotely such as online meetings using Zoom, phone appointments, via email, etc. Preferences will vary from one adviser to another, so if you are unsure, contact your adviser to confirm.
Contact information for your assigned adviser is in LionPATH. Select the “My Advisors” icon in top right corner of the student home base.
The first day you can schedule classes for the fall semester is listed on the student home base when you login to LionPATH under the “Enrollment Appointment” section.
The 2020 baseball season has been cancelled by the conference. Please visit the athletics website for more details.
All athletic facilities at Penn State York are currently closed for use. This includes all outdoor spaces as well as indoor facilities in the Ruhl Center.
The bookstore is closed to the public as of Mach 17, but bookstore staff is still working in the store. Web orders can be filled with shipping fees being waived if students need textbooks. Visit www.psu.bncollege.com to place an order.
The bookstore has also partnered with VitalSource to provide Penn State students free access of up to seven eBooks while their classes are using remote instruction. While not every textbook publisher’s eBook is available through VitalSource, many publishers are included. Visit https://press.vitalsource.com/vitalsource-helps to learn more and access eBooks.
During this time, you will be able to pay your balance through CASHNet by echeck or credit card.
Please complete the following steps to pay through CASHNet:
If you pay by echeck, there are no additional fees. Credit card payments will be charged a 2 percent service fee.
Please call 717-771-4122 to receive assistance with questions you may have about your account or making a payment.
For additional questions regarding Bursar services and information, please visit the University’s FAQs.
Currently, all scheduled noncredit classes are running via Zoom. Emails were sent to all registered students. If you are a current student and did not receive communication, email email@example.com or call 717-771-4032.
Please contact your instructor of record or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The upcoming 15-hour Assisted Living Administrator (April 24–25) has been postponed. The date is to be determined. All those currently registered are being issued a full refund and will be contacted by Continuing Education.
At this time, the Accelerated Personal Care Home Administer (May 28–June 26) training will run as scheduled. If there are any changes in the schedule, registered students will be notified via email.
No, the April 30 workshop, Serving Transgender Communities in Health Care, is being rescheduled for the Fall. All those currently registered are being issued a full refund and will be contacted by Continuing Education on the future date.
The April 25-May 16 course has been cancelled. A refund will be issued, and you will be contacted by Continuing Education concerning future dates.
The CAPS office will continue to provide coverage for necessary counseling services to students at Penn State York. Services will be facilitated through Zoom and telephone meetings in order to support social distancing efforts to address COVID-19 concerns.
If support is needed for urgent or emergency concerns when the counseling office is not open, it is recommended that individuals reach out to Penn State Crisis Line available 24/7 to students, staff, and faculty of Penn State at 1-877-229-6400. National CrisisTextLine.org will also continue to be available by texting “LIONS” to 741741. Emergency assistance is also available through local Crisis Intervention Resources (York Hospital 717- 851-5320 or 1-800-673-2496; True North Wellness 1-866-325-0339 or 717-637-7633).
Students are encouraged to access additional support resources including WellTrack (available at WellTrack.com or in the iPhone and Android App Store). WellTrack has tools for assessing stress, anxiety, and depression as well as mood check tools and educational information on self-management of anxiety and depression.
Additionally, students can seek out the Columbia Protocol App for support with assessing for suicidal ideation and concerns (available in the iPhone and Android App Store). If there is ever concern about immediate risk of harm to self or others, students are encouraged to seek out immediate support through crisis resources (see above) or 911.
External telehealth counseling services are available including the following programs:
Educational information is also available for working to address distress that is experienced in relation to current concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic:
All in-person events are canceled during the face-to-face suspension, March 16 through April 5. Graham candidates will receive email communication regarding requirement completion and future events. Please contact Allan Lehman, director of the Graham Fellows Program, at email@example.com or 717-771-8408.
No, the computer labs on campus are closed until further notice.
Beginning March 20, 2020, the library will be closed until further notice.
Library staff and faculty will be available from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. to handle online consultations and assistance, as well as appointments by request. Please call 717-771-4020 or email UL-YORK@lists.psu.edu.
Joel Burkholder, reference and instruction librarian, will be available via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), phone (717-771-4024), and Zoom. If you are unable to reach him, please call 717-771-4020 or email UL-YORK@lists.psu.edu. The Libraries’ Ask a Librarian service, offering live chat and email support, is available.
Due dates for most materials, including interlibrary loans, will be extended during this period.
If there is an acceptable e-book option for a textbook currently on course reserve, the e-book is being purchased by the Libraries in order to help students during this period of remote learning. Please check the Library Resources in your Canvas course to see if your textbook is there.
Students are also eligible for 7 free e-books from VitalSource by creating an account at https://bookshelf.vitalsource.com using their PSU email (it must be a .edu email to gain access).
Student Government Association (SGA) and the University Programming Board (UPB) are making plans to continue meeting virtually for the remainder of the semester. If you are a club leader and are interested in holding virtual activities/meetings, please contact Sarah Guillen, associate director, for assistance. The Student Affairs staff can help clubs and organizations keep connected with students.
All on-campus activities have been cancelled through April 6.
At this time, the Ruhl Center is closed. The Student Affairs Office is available virtually and staff will respond to email messages and phone calls.
Penn State has Student Emergency Funds that can help students experiencing financial difficulty. Contact Scott Simonds for more information.
Details about the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP), including coverages, customer care contact information, and a provider directory, are available through the First Student website. For more information, students may contact the Student Insurance Office at 814-865-7467 or e-mail email@example.com.
The Penn State Talent Search York and the Educational Opportunity Center main office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. by appointment, email, and phone. The office is in room 326 in the Lee R. Glatfelter Library of Penn State York until September 1, 2020. Please call 717-771-4146 to speak with a representative or to schedule an appointment.
Penn State York is committed to providing information and support to the campus and community during the coronavirus pandemic. Most faculty and staff members are working remotely to help contain the spread of the coronavirus as recommended by the state and federal government. The campus will continue to provide quality services throughout this crisis. Please continue to call campus offices and communicate via your Penn State email. Phone calls and emails will be answered between 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Those calls and emails placed after hours will be answered the next business day. If face-to-face meetings are necessary, please schedule an appointment with the appropriate office.
Buildings on campus are locked, but those who must visit campus will be able to gain access. If there are not people working in the building, visitors can call Police and Public Safety at 717-771-8444.
Please see the list of contact people and departments in each building.
Please email Loren Brewster at firstname.lastname@example.org
All activities, events, and meetings on the Penn State York campus have been cancelled or postponed until further notice.