Updated 8/6/2020, 2:25 p.m.
We are … ready to begin Fall 2020. Though it may look and feel very different this semester, be assured, your Penn State family has been hard at work preparing for your selected experience. And whether you’re taking classes remotely, onsite or through a combination of the two, there will be plenty to do, see and enjoy as you make your mark during this historic period in time.
We simply ask that you read the FAQs below to get the most up-to-date information, check your email and follow Penn State Lehigh Valley on social media for regular updates! pennstatelehighvalley (Instagram) or @psulehighvalley (Facebook).
Top Topics for Penn State Lehigh Valley Students:
What is the Penn State COVID-19 Compact and do I need to sign it?
Am I required to wear a mask in class?
Can I wear a clear face shield instead of a mask?
No. All students must wear masks; wearing a clear face shield does not satisfy the requirement.
Do I have to wear a mask at all times during class?
In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and public health guidelines, wearing face masks and adhering to social distancing practices, including maintaining six feet of physical distance between people, are critical components in helping to maintain the health and safety of the entire campus community. Students, employees, and visitors are required to practice social distancing and wear face masks/coverings when inside campus buildings, including in classrooms, labs, offices, and other public spaces, and the University is expecting that individuals also will wear a mask when outdoors on campus and in the community.
What should I do about my classes if I am quarantined?
If you are quarantined, you will be able to attend class remotely. Once you know you need to be quarantined, you should contact your instructors and your academic adviser.
Will the Lion’s Den be open for meals?
Will there be space for me to participate in zoom classes on campus?
Will there still be student activities on campus?
For community resources this summer, visit the Resources for Students page.
We are working on our re-opening plans and will share updates as soon as possible. In the meantime, we’re still here for you! Contact us!
- How to get help: Contact librarians and staff with your questions about library materials/services, for research consultations, and more. Email Elizabeth Nelson at [email protected] or Jen Jarson at [email protected]. The Libraries' Ask a Librarian chat service is also available online.
- Due dates: All checked out materials have had due dates extended to 8/13/20. We will cancel any fines that may have accrued during this period. Please email [email protected] if you have questions/concerns.
- Textbooks and course materials: If you have concerns about your ability to access textbooks and other course materials, please email Elizabeth Nelson at [email protected] or Jen Jarson at [email protected] or consult with your instructor so that we can help get you what you need.
The Bookstore will open with limited hours and capacity starting on Monday, August 10.
- The week of August 10: Monday - Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
- The week of August 17: Monday - Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Friday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Please note there are some changes to keep everyone safe:
- Visiting campus requires you to sign in when you come into the bookstore.
- Masks are required at all times.
- Social distancing is required.
- The textbook section is closed. Bookstore staff will gather your course required materials for you.
- Maximum occupancy is six customers at one time.
- Hand sanitizer is available throughout the store for customer use.
- Follow directional arrows while in the Bookstore.
- The Bookstore will be frequently cleaned throughout the day.
- We also offer contactless payments and e-receipts for your convenience.
We are excited to see you back! You can always order your textbooks at: https://psu.bncollege.com/shop/psu/page/find-textbooks
Email Maureen Yoachim ([email protected]) with any questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Find answers to frequently asked questions about the fall 2020 semester.
In what circumstances would a Leave of Absence be appropriate?
Leave of Absence would mean you are not planning to be enrolled in any courses for the fall 2020 semester. If you are considering a break in your Penn State studies just for the fall 2020 semester, learn more about the Leave of Absence request and consult your academic adviser.
I don’t want to take courses during the fall semester. Can I defer my offer of admission to spring 2021?
Newly admitted students should contact the admissions office at their assigned campus to defer their semester of admission to spring 2021.
How do I get additional help with a course when I have questions?
Will alternative grades be offered for the fall semester?
Will attendance be required for all courses regardless of mode?
Will entrance-to-major requirements be relaxed due to these changes to our courses?
I struggled with remote courses in the spring. How do I get help in the fall?
How can I make changes to my schedule if I don’t like the way my course is being taught?
What do I do if my class locations changed and now I don’t have enough time to get from class to class?
Please contact your academic adviser to discuss your current schedule and options for adjustments.
How can I make changes to my schedule if I don’t like the way my course is being taught?
Please contact your academic adviser to discuss your current schedule and options for adjustments.
Will academic advisers be available for walk-in appointments during the first week of classes?
Academic advisers will be available to meet with students during the first week of classes. Given the need to ensure broad access to academic advising, it is likely that advising appointments will be held via Zoom, especially during periods of high demand.
Will I meet with my academic adviser in person or online?
Access to academic advisers will be maintained throughout the fall semester. Please check with your academic adviser to learn more about how they will conduct advising appointments.
CLASS FORMAT/INSTRUCTIONAL MODE
If I change my mind, can I switch to remote learning in the middle of the semester?
May I borrow technology from the University this fall?
How will final exams be administered?
Will lectures be recorded?
How will mixed-mode courses work? Will I get to choose when I attend?
How will lab-based courses work?
Should I not return to campus if most of my courses are remote?
You may elect to remain at home and take your remotely delivered courses. However, there will be opportunities for those students that do return to campus to engage in on-campus academic and non-academic activities that will occur in addition to their courses. For some students, the additional access to libraries, internet, computer labs, and other services and facilities available on campus may help them reach their academic and personal goals.
What technology requirements will I need to successfully complete any remote course?
If my course is offered remotely, will I have to attend at a certain day/time?
When will I find out if my courses are in-person, remote, or a combination of the two?
Will the classrooms I have on my schedule stay the same?
How will I be informed if/when the format of a class I’m enrolled in changes?
Why are the enrollment limits different for courses that must shift to remote learning?
I am an international student. What are my options for fall 2020?
LEARNING AT HOME FAQs
Do I need to notify the University if I plan to learn at home?
Are there reasons why I may not be able to learn at home?
How can first-year students who have not yet been through Virtual New Student Orientation make an informed decision about their Start at Home options?
What do I need to do to learn at home?
Do I have to participate in Start at Home or Continue at Home?
What are course controls, and will I be able to schedule a controlled course?
If I am not able to register for a course at my temporary campus or through multi-campus registration, who should I contact for enrollment assistance?
If I participate in Start at Home or Continue at Home, would I be keeping the same class schedule, or would I need to reschedule my classes?
If I make a temporary change to my new fall campus, is my scholarship portable to that campus?
Will I be able to keep my scholarship if I take classes remotely?
Will I be able to keep my scholarship if I attend less than full time?
Will my federal or state aid be portable if I change my fall campus?
Will my PLUS loan or private loan that is already awarded be impacted by a change to a campus with a lower tuition rate?
When will I see an updated student aid package as a result of my temporary change of campus for the fall?
Can I still have my work study job if I choose remote learning or temporarily change my fall campus?
Who should I contact if I am interested in changing campuses and I have GI Bill questions?
Who should I consult regarding any changes to my costs or aid if I temporarily change my campus for fall?
What is Flex Start?
I am enrolled in summer 2020, can I still do Flex Start?
How is temporary change of campus different from Flex Start?
Can I change from Flex Start to the temporary change of campus so I can go back to my original campus after 1 semester instead of the year?
Are students admitted to UP for summer 2020 who selected Flex Start eligible for Start at Home?
I am a first-year student and I am moving from a campus with housing to one without housing, will my housing deposit be refunded?
What will food services look like on our campus?
What is multi-campus registration?
Can I take courses through my current campus and World Campus?
If I change my campus, can I retain one or more courses from my original campus?
Can I register for any course at any campus?
STUDENT SERVICES AND SUPPORT
If I change my campus to Penn State World Campus, what co-curricular programs and academic and student support services will be available to me?
If I am a University Park student and attend a Commonwealth Campus, what student services will be available to me?
Can I still participate in on-campus events or sports if I choose remote learning for fall?
If I am a Commonwealth Campus student and enroll at World Campus, can I still use the student services of my original assigned campus?
Will libraries have textbooks available if I study remotely and can’t afford to purchase books?
TEMPORARY CHANGE OF CAMPUS
If I do a temporary change of campus, who will my academic adviser be?
If I request a temporary change of campus, will it automatically be approved?
If a course is open at another campus, does that mean a temporary change of campus student automatically can enroll in it?
How will I know if my temporary change of campus request is approved?
I was in the process of moving to another campus for fall 2020. Can I now decide to remain at my original assigned campus?
Will my spring 2021 campus assignment automatically change back to my current campus?
If I do a temporary change of campus to World Campus, can I stay enrolled in one or more of my courses from my current campus?
What will I need to include in a temporary change of campus request?
What should I consider when deciding whether a temporary change of campus is right for me?
Can residential students request a temporary change of campus to World Campus?
What is the deadline to initiate a temporary change of campus?
What is a temporary change of campus? Why would I want to make one?
TUITION AND FEES
What options and tuition rates are available for students for fall 2020?
Will my tuition costs change if I decide to take courses remotely while retaining my original campus of University Park or a Commonwealth Campus?
If Penn State has to move entirely remote in the fall will I be charged the same tuition as World Campus students?
I am a Commonwealth Campus student. I want to take one in-person course at University Park, along with my Commonwealth Campus remote courses, because I live near the University Park campus and want to learn at home for the semester. What tuition will I pay?
What will be the cost savings if I take advantage of temporarily changing my fall semester campus?
Why is the in-state and out of state tuition a different rate even if all my courses are remote?
What will my tuition rate and campus activity fee be if I am taking all web-based course work from home?
Stay enrolled at your assigned campus
Temporarily enroll at another Penn State campus
Temporarily enroll at World Campus
Will I have to pay an activity fee if I am studying remotely?
Does World Campus have any activity fee?
How will tuition be impacted if a student temporarily changes their campus or participates in multiple campus registration?
If a World Campus student chooses to take a remote course through a different Penn State campus, will their tuition rates change?
UNIVERSITY HEALTH SERVICES
If I learn at home, from what campus will I receive health services?
Who do I contact if I have questions about UHS telemedicine or other services that are offered?
Who do I call if I have questions about the Penn State Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)?
Does the Penn State Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) cover intramural and club sports injuries?
Who can I talk to about health insurance?
I am a new student. Am I still required to submit the necessary immunization records if I start from home or take my classes through World Campus?
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Penn State Lehigh Valley Specific Information
For additional university-wide information, including FAQs and a message from Penn State President Eric J. Barron, please visit the COVID-19 Information Website.
For information specific to Penn State Lehigh Valley, including details about campus classes, operations, and events, see below. This will be updated as information and resources become available. Please check back regularly.
What you'll find on this page:
- Penn State Lehigh Valley campus-specific information
- Course Delivery
- What to do if you feel sick
- Events on Campus
- Admissions Event Update
- PSUAC Fall Sports
- Student Emergency Fund
- Continuing Education Course Updates
- Lehigh Valley LaunchBox Updates
- International Student Enrollment Updates
Penn State Lehigh Valley Information:
On June 14, Penn State announced its plans to resume on-campus work and learning in the fall semester in a limited fashion. The plan calls for flexible and adaptable schedule with classes, and activities will convert to remote on Nov. 20.
You can also review this FAQ for more information. Check back regularly for updates.
- For a list of departments and contact information, visit https://lehighvalley.psu.edu/contact-us
- Campus-specific questions related to COVID-19: [email protected]
- Press inquiries: Dennille Schuler, [email protected] or 610-285-5018
- Crisis Lines: Penn State Crisis Line (1-877-229-6400) and the Crisis Text Line (text “LIONS” to 741741
- WellTrack: free app and online self-evaluation tool that offers tips for managing stress and anxiety, self-help videos, and guidance in determining next steps.
- Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at Penn State: https://studentaffairs.psu.edu/counseling
- Additional resources may be found through the CDC, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/coping.html
- Student Care & Advocacy: Dedicated to ensuring students are well connected to resources when going through crisis. [email protected]
Admissions Event Update:
Given concerns about the spread of COVID-19 and the safety of our guests, on campus events have been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.
We will be hosting virtual admissions events throughout the summer for those students interested in learning more about Penn State and how to apply for spring and fall 2021. Prospective students can register on our admissions events page.
Please contact our admissions department at 610-285-5035 or email [email protected] with any questions.
Athletic Conference (PSUAC) postpones fall sports for intercollegiate athletics
In response to the unprecedented challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and with the health, safety and well-being of our campus and athletic communities being paramount, the Penn State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC) Executive Council has unanimously voted to postpone all fall sports athletics competition and championships.
Student Emergency Fund
Students facing financial concerns may be eligible for a Student Emergency Fund award. Funds are intended to provide short-term financial assistance to students who are managing demanding academic requirements while struggling with debilitating financial circumstances of an unforeseen nature. More information can be found on the Student Emergency Fund website. Questions can be directed to Tom Dubreuil at [email protected].
Arts Project: The Arts Project in-person classes have been canceled. Arts Project ONLINE will host its third virtual session on July 9 featuring “A #MeToo Project: Amy Arbus and Martha Posner.” Register at the Arts Project Online registration link.
SHRM certification training class: Please check our SHRM website for fall, in person classes
SAT Review: Unfortunately, the SAT Review is on hold until we feel we can safely bring youth back to campus.
Project Management: Please check our Project Management website for fall, in person classes
LPN: We will be delivering our fall program via a blended format. Please call our office for more information. Heather Clark 610-841-0359
Career Pathways Grant: Details coming soon.
Medical Interpreter: We have a new program beginning in August via remote delivery. Please call our office for more information. Cindy Evans 610-285-5133
SAGE: Unfortunately, our SAGE program is being rescheduled once we can safely bring our lifelong learners back to campus. Please contact our office if you are interested in registering for any of our online speaker sessions. Donna Reed 610-285-5009
External Events on PSU-LV Campus
At this time, events held by external organizations cannot be held on campus. Requests for outside events will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.
Lehigh Valley LaunchBox
For details regarding the COVID-19 policy for our co-working space at Velocity, review the City Center Building COVID Policies document. If you have any questions about our co-working space or our LaunchBox programs, contact Janel Hanna at [email protected] or by phone at 610-285-5208.
Lehigh Valley Writing Project
The writing project is here to support educators during this time of distance learning. They ask that educators use the hashtag #LVWPdistancelearning across all media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) to share ideas, ask questions, provide thinking partnerships, and tap into the expertise that is our community.
Additional campus-specific questions related to COVID-19 can be directed to [email protected].