Last updated on April 3, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.
This resource will be updated as information becomes available.
Please read your emails! To understand how the Penn State Berks campus is adjusting, please check and thoroughly READ all emails that come to you via Outlook. When you have questions, do not assume and do not ask a peer. Instead, it is best to ask a university employee who works in the department/area for which you have a question.
Health Services 610-396-6075
Food Services 610-396-6354
Residence Life 610-396-6290
Thun Library 610-396-6339
Police Services 610-396-6111
Student Affairs 610-396-6062
Strategic Communications 610-396-6053
All campus activities and events will be canceled, rescheduled, or offered virtually, regardless of the size of the event during this time. This includes Alumni events.
All Admissions events, visits and tours are cancelled.
The Link UP program that was scheduled to take place at University Park on Saturday, March 28 is cancelled.
The Career and Internship Fair scheduled for March 18 has been rescheduled to the fall semester.
The Beaver Community Center gym and weight room facilities will suspend operations as of 3/16/2020 and will remain suspended until further notice.
All intercollegiate athletic and club sport activities have been cancelled for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year.
The Freyberger Gallery is closed until further notice.
The One Button Studio will also be closed through April 6th.
Access to on-campus housing is unavailable at this time. In the near future, the University will announce a schedule for students to return to campus to retrieve their belonging from their on-campus residence halls. See "Questions about Housing and Food Services" in the Penn State Berks FAQ.
The Bookstore is closed for in-person shopping. The University Bookstore website is psu.bncollege.com. See the most recent information regarding free e-textbook access from both Barnes & Noble and VitalSource.
Thursday evening’s (March 19) announcement by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf closing all “non-life-sustaining businesses” across the commonwealth, effective at 8 p.m., necessitates the closing of all University computer labs and libraries.
Students with unmet technology needs should contact Penn State IT at 814-865-HELP (4357) or [email protected] for individual arrangements. The University is committed to helping you fulfill your responsibilities.
As of April 1 at 6 p.m. a new resource became available to the citizens of PA. A 24/7 mental health and crisis support line for people dealing with anxiety or other difficult emotions became available. Callers will be able to speak with staff who are trained in trauma-informed principles and will listen, assess the person’s needs, triage, and refer to other local supports and professionals as needed.
The Mental Health Support Line can be reached toll-free, 24/7 at 1-855-284-2494 from anywhere in PA.
While all events are cancelled at this time, we know that some of you will still need to utilize or seek assistance from counseling services. Counseling Services will not be disrupted. Any students actively involved in counseling or in need of services can contact the counselor for video counseling (depending upon student access/availability) or through phone counseling during normal business hours between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. Please contact the campus counselor, Colleen Tillger, through email at [email protected] or call the Health & Wellness Office (610) 396-6082 to set up an appointment.
Crisis Services will also remain available 24 hours per day. If you are in immediate crisis: Call 911 / The Penn State Crisis Line (877) 229-6400 / Or Text “LIONS” to 741741
The CDC has provided tips for managing stress and anxiety related to COVID-19.
SAMHSA's Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 to talk or text TalkWithUs to 66746.
Resources for faculty and staff:
The Penn State Berks Admissions & Financial Aid Team is available Mon.-Fri. from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. to meet with prospective students and families via phone or online Zoom meetings.
The Ask a Librarian service continues via online chat, text message, email and phone. Also, faculty subject specialists are available for consultations regarding advanced questions, and contacts by location and department are available. Reference and instruction also will be available remotely on Zoom by appointment.
Library users University-wide are encouraged to make use of the University Libraries’ robust online services and resources. A new Remote Resources for Library Users page, curated with links to a variety of resources and services, is now available. Content highlights include more than 850 online and expert-curated databases — including a variety of multimedia resources available for streaming — as well as 225,000 online journals and more than 2.2 million e-books.
Students can schedule a meeting with a DUS Advisor by calling 610-396-6280 or online through Starfish. (If you are not a DUS student, you will need to email your assigned advisor regarding appointments.) Advisors are able to meet with students over the phone (you will need to provide a phone number where you can be reached) or communicate through email. Any general advising-related questions can be directed to: [email protected]
If you want to be considered for any type of student aid or scholarships for the 2020-2021 school year, you must complete the FAFSA by April 1. Please note that you will need to use 2018 tax data for the 2020-21 FAFSA.
Also, it is time to complete the Scholarship Application for returning students to Penn State Berks only for 2020-21. Click here to complete the application online. The application is due NO LATER THAN MAY 1st. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered for all Berks scholarships. In order to be considered for all Berks scholarships, you must complete a 2020-21 FAFSA and a Returning Student Scholarship Application. If you have any questions on either process, please send Nettie Matz an email [email protected].
If you have any questions regarding Financial Aid in general, please call 610-396-6070, visit the Penn State Office of Student Aid website, or email anyone in Financial Aid at Berks:
Learning and Writing Centers
The Learning Center and Writing Center are currently accepting online appointments to support your academic success in many subjects.
If you could benefit for assistance in time management during this transition to online learning, please email Sonia Delaquito [email protected] or call 610-396-6138 to make an appointment.
Tutoring support is available to students by appointment with peers and with our faculty. Dr. Hassler is on the schedule and is available for individual appointments.
Student Disability Resources
Student Disability Resources will be holding all student appointments via phone beginning March 12, 2020. Please call 610-396-6410 to schedule an appointment as needed. Student Disability Resources staff will be unable to meet face-to-face during this time.
Students who received accommodations from Student Disability Resources for the spring 2020 semester should continue to have access to accommodations throughout remote delivery of courses. Please continue to use [email protected] for questions, concerns, or scheduling needs of tests/quizzes.
The Office of Career Services will be available, remotely, to all students and alumni. We are here to help you with: resumes, mock interviews, internship and job searches, graduate school, and all other career/internship related needs. You may schedule your virtual appointment via email, [email protected].