Penn State Berks Coronavirus FAQ

Updated: March 26, 2020, 5 p.m.

Penn State Berks FAQs about novel coronavirus for students, employees and community members

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For comprehensive FAQs that address University-wide questions, see the Penn State Student, Employee, and Community FAQ.

Based on evolving federal guidance and statewide mitigation plans announced by Gov. Tom Wolf around the growing coronavirus pandemic and the global efforts underway to stop its spread, Penn State has extended the remote-delivery period for all classes through at least the spring semester. Examinations will also be administered remotely.

ATTENTION GRADUATES: 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. More information is available.


General Information about the Coronavirus

What is novel coronavirus?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, is a respiratory illness with confirmed person-to-person spread — believed to occur from the exchange of respiratory fluids. The CDC recommends prevention techniques like social distancing, washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and avoiding your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Common signs of coronavirus include mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. Symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure.

What should I do if I feel sick?

Penn State urges students, faculty, and staff to contact their health care provider immediately if they have respiratory symptoms with a fever and have recently traveled or think they have been exposed to COVID-19. If you are sick, stay home until you are feeling better. See CDC recommendations.

Penn State Berks Health Services can be reached 610-396-6075. Students will be triaged via telephone and referred to local healthcare providers as necessary.

What should I do if I am experiencing stress and anxiety related to coronavirus?

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 crt5292@psu.edu 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.

The Institute for Disaster Mental Health's Tips for Managing Stress during this Anxious Time

Resources for faculty and staff:

What are some tips for social distancing, quarantine, and isolation during the coronavirus outbreak, as well as tips for handling stress, frustration and depression?

Visit these SAMHSA resources for more comprehensive information.

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Information on Penn State Berks preparedness

What is the best way to get up-to-date, timely information on Penn State Berks’ response to COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)?

Please check your emails daily and refer to the Penn State Berks COVID-19 web page as well as the University’s dedicated COVID-19 website for the most up-to-date information. We are committed to keeping these resources current for the campus community.

In light of the most recent (March 19) announcement by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, all University Libraries and computer labs will be closed. Students with unmet technology needs should contact Penn State IT at 814-865-HELP (4357) or ITservicedesk@psu.edu for individual arrangements. The University is committed to helping you fulfill your responsibilities.

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Information on Student Services

What campus services are available to students while classes are being delivered via remote teaching and learning?

Penn State Berks places the highest priority on the health and safety of its college community. Students should not come to campus. The following offices will offer services remotely.

Counseling Services

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 crt5292@psu.edu 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.

The Institute for Disaster Mental Health's Tips for Managing Stress during this Anxious Time

Resources for faculty and staff:

Academics

Office of the Registrar

Students are encouraged to contact the Registrar’s office at 610-396-6085 or via email at BK-Registrar@psu.edu for assistance.

Academic Advising

Contact information for your assigned adviser is available in LionPATH (Icon in top right corner “My advisers” and in Starfish icon for “Network”). Email your assigned adviser. Your adviser will be able to work with you remotely over telephone, email, or a Zoom advising appointment.

If you had already scheduled an appointment with a professional adviser during this time, your appointment will be changed to a Zoom appointment. You will receive an updated iCal invitation with the new location information and the link to your adviser's Zoom room. Find out more about using Zoom.

Any general advising-related questions can be directed to BKAdvisingCenter@psu.edu.

Financial

Office of the Bursar

Students are encouraged to contact the Bursar’s office at 610-396-6040 or via email at bkbursar@psu.edu for assistance.

Office of Financial Aid

Financial Aid deadlines are not affected by COVID-19. Students who want to be considered for any type of student aid or scholarships for the 2020-2021 school year 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 1. 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 acc16@psu.edu.

Our business hours remain the same, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

We are also available via phone and Zoom for appointments and meetings, or to simply answer any questions that you have. Please call or email Ryley Daniels at 610-396-6070 or rbd5264@psu.edu to set up a time to speak with a Financial Aid team member.

Campus Resources

Computer Labs

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. Students with unmet technology needs should contact Penn State IT at 814-865-HELP (4357) or ITservicedesk@psu.edu for individual arrangements. The University is committed to helping you fulfill your responsibilities.

Thun Library

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 closure of all Penn State University Libraries locations, effective immediately and until further notice. University Libraries virtual library services and resources remain open and faculty and staff are available remotely to assist with Penn State academic and research needs.

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.

Additional Student Support Resources

Learning Resources

The following resources are available for students:

  • Linked In Learning: Useful study videos about writing papers and an excellent suite of resources for anything related to Excel or other Microsoft products
  • Information Literacy Videos: Videos offer solid introductions to paper writing, library resources, and developing good research habits.

Writing Center

The Writing Center tutors are offering online tutoring sessions. To schedule an appointment, visit berks.mywconline.com.  To ensure that your online tutoring session will be a success, here are some tips:

You'll need a computer with a microphone (a camera is useful but not necessary).

  • If you don't have access to a microphone, your session will take place over text chat.
  • To save time during your session, paste the assignment / prompt and upload any writing you have done. You can do this after you make the appointment.
  • A few minutes before the session is scheduled to begin, log in and click the box that represents your appointment, and then click START OR JOIN ONLINE CONSULTATION.
  • You will probably be asked to allow WCOnline to access your mic and camera. Click “ALLOW.”

Feel free to contact Holly Ryan (HLR14@psu.edu) if you have any questions.

Learning Center Information

Tutoring support is available to students by appointment. Sessions are held with peers and with faculty online at berks.mywconline.com.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Lisa Zackowski at LKZ3@psu.edu, 610-396-6288 or Sonia Delaquito at SCD14@psu.edu, 610-396-6138.

Now more than ever, it is essential for students to be mindful of how they are spending their time, especially on academics. For faculty, if you notice that a student has not been active online throughout this transition or that he or she is struggling with submitting assignments on time, please refer them to Sonia Delaquito, Learning Center Coordinator, who is available via Zoom or talk to students over the phone and develop strategies for success. She can be reached at SCD14@psu.edu or by calling 610-396-6138.

Student Disability Resources

Penn State Student Disability Resources is in alignment with the University’s concern over the global coronavirus outbreak.  Switching to alternate forms of instruction will require us to ensure academic accommodations are provided within the spirit of federal guidelines, all the while being as flexible and creative as we can in response to this unprecedented circumstance.

As a result, 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.  The nature of any accommodations that were approved for spring semester 2020 in-residence courses may vary in the online format.  Student Disability Resources will collaborate with faculty on the provision of accommodations specific to the online environment as needed.

If faculty have questions related to accommodations, please contact Student Disability Resources. Michelle Peasley, SDR Coordinator may be reached at 610-396-6410 or via email at mns136@psu.edu Jennifer Gurwitz, SDR Staff Assistant, may be reached at JLG6512@psu.edu or 610-396-6205.

Please continue to use BkDsTest@psu.edu for questions, concerns, or scheduling needs of tests/quizzes.

Student Support Services

If you find yourself in need of support, food, or other resources, please reach out to Alexa Hodge, Coordinator of Student Support Services, at AEH221@psu.edu

Students in need of emergency assistance are encouraged to review support resources available through the Student Care and Advocacy Office within Student Affairs. Please see the link to the Student Emergency Fund Application. Students also are encouraged to contact the office by email at studentcare@psu.edu and to visit https://studentaffairs.psu.edu/studentcare

Office of Career Services

Staff members in the Office of Career Services will be available, remotely, to all students and alumni to help 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 at jlh424@psu.edu.
Students who were planning to attend the Career Fair on March 18 may contact employers on their corporate websites. Visit the Career Services Office website for a directory of employers.

Bookstore

The Bookstore is closed for in-person shopping. Bookstore staff will be available to answer questions via phone at 610-396-6100 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mon. through Thurs., and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fri. or by email at SM440@bncollege.com. The Bookstore is also continuing online services without interruption.  The University Bookstore website is http://psu.bncollege.com. Information about Barnes & Noble's and VitalSource's effort to support students impacted by the recent COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic is also available.

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Questions about Tuition and Housing and Food Services

Now that you have switched to remote learning for the entire semester, will you be offering tuition refunds?

We understand the concern over tuition and the financial strain that this pandemic is putting on so many. Even during this unprecedented national and global challenge, our outstanding faculty are meeting the course and program learning objectives for our students by continuing to deliver a world-class Penn State education. University staff and educators are working around the clock. The full effort of the University is focused on getting all students into the remote environment to preserve their credits and enable them to finish the semester, and to graduate on time, which is important financially to students and families.
 
Unfortunately, we believe the cost of fulfilling our educational commitment in a remote setting is likely higher, and there are no plans to issue tuition refunds. Lab experiments are being video streamed, technical, research and operational infrastructures needs are being met, training and technology solutions are being delivered on an unprecedented scale, and more. The University is delivering on our educational promise to our students and will continue to do so.

What is the direction for students returning to on-campus housing?

Students 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.

What is the direction for students returning to off-campus housing?

Students with leases in off-campus residences, including fraternities, also must understand the critical importance of social distancing and the risk they may pose to both peers and others in our communities with whom they interact. The University is partnering with local authorities and landlords to develop coordinated guidance for those students who wish to return to their off-campus residences to secure belongings. More information about this process will be forthcoming soon. Meanwhile, any student who does not need to return to an off-campus residence should be discouraged from doing so in the interest of public health and their own.

What is the amount students will be refunded for housing and meal plans?

Students will be refunded for their prorated University room and board rates through the rest of the academic year. The full resources of the University are behind meeting student learning objectives and classes will continue remotely so students can complete their semesters successfully.

We know with this new announcement that many in our community have important questions about room and board refunds, on-campus jobs, internships, research projects and other topics. It’s important to understand that this transition comes at considerable cost, organization, and support by the University, which is working nonstop to meet learning outcomes through the remote learning process.

Are you offering housing refunds to students who live off campus in apartments or fraternities?

The University will work with local authorities, landlords, and student leaders, where we can, to encourage strategies to minimize the impact on students. These are separate contracts and leases between landlords and students that the University cannot ultimately control.

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Questions for Students

What about seniors who need lab credits to graduate?

The full resources of the University are behind meeting student learning outcome and course objectives, and faculty are working to deliver the most critical information for student success. In laboratory courses, the University is working with faculty to prioritize that learning objectives are met with flexibility. Some examples of ways faculty are doing this include livestreaming demonstrations of experiments then providing data to students to analyze. Innovations are emerging daily.

What about students who need internships in order to graduate – like in K-12 schools, OT, nursing, etc.?

The University is working with accreditors and state and federal agencies to provide appropriate guidance on requirements related to internships as part of the educational curriculum. Additionally, academic leadership of all units at Penn State are carefully evaluating how internships or other practicum, or requirements can be achieved for students in a timely manner. Cases may vary, depending on circumstances, like different accreditation requirements, and we will continue to work with students individually to address needs. The administration, faculty and staff are doing everything we can to limit disruptions to learning as much as possible, given these extraordinary circumstances, and will work with students to keep them on track.

What about individuals who depend on student wages income?

We understand and share this concern. This is a complicated issue because of considerations like state and federal work-study regulations, which are being reviewed to address hourly employees that have federal or state work-study requirements. And some students who were employed at their campus location are now home. However, these students may be able work from home, and we are encouraging that to happen – and indeed it already is in some cases. Overall, our general intent is to treat student employees like we do other employees, and further guidance will be coming soon.

What do you say to graduating seniors who are missing commencement after four years of hard work?

Graduation is a significant milestone for our students and while it may not be the same as our traditional ceremony, we are committed to finding the best way possible to recognize the achievements of our graduates. The University is exploring options for an alternative celebration and will share more information as those details come together. As our graduates enter the new careers that they have worked so hard to achieve, we look forward to seeing their impact on and important contributions to society and hope to invite them back to campus as alumni.

Why doesn’t the University just close?

Consistent with Governor Wolf’s statewide mitigation efforts, the University must continue to provide services essential to our community. Our main focus right now is providing the best education possible under the current circumstances, so we have faculty teaching and staff working remotely. Further, vital research projects must continue, the maintenance of animal and research facilities must be upheld, and the University remains committed to assisting the few students who remain in on-campus housing who have no other housing option. The University must continue to work with these individuals to address their needs. University Health Services (UHS) also remains open and is treating students by appointment only.

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Campus and Community Resources

How do I contact campus offices?

Please contact campuses offices by phone.

  • Health Services: 610-396-6075
  • Housing: 610-396-6353
  • Food Services: 610-396-6354
  • Residence Life: 610-396-6290
  • Thun Library: 610-396-6339
  • Police Services: 610-396-6111
  • Admissions: 610-396-6060
  • Student Affairs: 396-6062
  • Bookstore: 610-396-6100
  • Strategic Communications: 610-396-6053

For a complete list of offices and contact information, visit https://berks.psu.edu/contact-us

What can students do if they don’t have access to the Internet at home?

Comcast is offering an "Internet Essentials" package free for low-income customers for 60 days. To sign up, applicants can simply visit www.internetessentials.com. The accessible website also includes the option to video chat with customer service agents in American Sign Language. There are also two dedicated phone numbers 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish. See more information.

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. Students with unmet technology needs should contact Penn State IT at 814-865-HELP (4357) or ITservicedesk@psu.edu for individual arrangements. The University is committed to helping you fulfill your responsibilities.

Berks IT has provided a list of remote tools for students to support on-line learning.

College Student Travel Assistance from Enterprise Rent A Car.

Uhaul is providing free temporary storage for students.

Penn State Berks has identified a nearby storage facility that can be used to store your belongings from now through the summer.

Storage World  
211 N Wyomissing Blvd
Reading, PA 19610
Phone 484-709-1128

Below are the step to take to reserve a unit. Reserve it today!
Note: units are large enough to hold the belongings of multiple students.

  •  Use this link to reserve the unit you https://www.storageworldonline.com/self-storage/pa/reading/3/
  •  Scroll down and click on reserve beside the size unit you would like to reserve.
  •  Enter the date you would like to  begin storing your belongings.
  •  Fill out the form and provide your payment option.
  •  You will receive your storage unit number and personal access code for the gate to the facility. (share this with others who will share the unit with you)
  •  Your unit will be closed with a green tag on it. Break off this tag and open the door.
  •  Your padlock (1), keys (3) and storage instructions will be in the unit.
  •  Put your belongings in, lock the door and put on the padlock.
  •  You will need to use your access code to open the gate to leave the facility.
  •  Your credit or debit card will be charged each month until you vacate the storage unit.

Transportation to the Storage Facility:

  • Students who will be leaving in the next week- please meet Mr. Joe Webb at the Ivy Circle tomorrow, March 21, 2020 at 10:00 am to have your belongings transported to the storage facility.
  • Email him at  jjw26@psu.edu to let him know you need transportation.
  • Students leaving later in the semester - email Mr. Webb to make transportation arrangements.

Size and Cost of Units
5 x 5 feet  $47.70/month
10 x 5 feet  $61.48/month
10 x 15 feet  $130.38/month

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Commencement and Campus Events

What services will not available be during this time?

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.

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.

All Admissions events, visits and tours are cancelled. The Penn State Berks Admissions & Financial Aid Team is available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. to meet with you via phone or on-line Zoom meetings. Schedule an admission or financial aid appointment.

The Link UP program that was scheduled to take place at University Park on Saturday, March 28 is cancelled.

The Beaver Community Center gym and weight room facilities will suspend operations as of 3/16/2020 and will remain suspended until further notice.

The Freyberger Gallery is closed until further notice.

All intercollegiate athletic and club sport activities have been cancelled for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year.

Undergraduate students who are doing research for credit may not continue to work in labs and other areas on campus to complete their work. Faculty are asked to identify alternative ways of achieving the learning outcomes for the experience.

If a student is completing a research thesis, faculty will work to navigate best practices for completing the thesis. If an undergraduate student taking research for credit is essential to the research mission, an academic unit executive must approve an exception for the student to continue research and ensure safe social distancing in the lab. Undergraduate students who are employees performing essential work may choose to continue work on campus if good social distance practices can be maintained.

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Tips for Student Success

How can I be a successful student during this time?

  • Create a structured SCHEDULE. Set limits around being interrupted or rescheduling your work time to accommodate others. THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO PICK UP MORE HOURS AT WORK OR TRAVEL! You want to give full concentration to your studies.
  • Create a WORK SPACE. Create a work area that is free from distractions and commit to staying there for at least one to two hours. If you get side-tracked, remind yourself how this activity will help you to meet your goals.
  • Invest TIME in your classes. Ensure that you are still committing 2-3 hours “outside” of class for each hour “in” class. Budget 6-9 hours a week for each 3-credit class to make sure you are spending enough time on your assignments, readings, projects and studying.
  • Use SUPPORT services. If you are struggling with the transition to the new environment and set up, connect with the Learning Center staff and tutors to direct you to helpful strategies and resources. In a “virtual” classroom setting, time management and organization are essential for success!

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Questions for Faculty and Staff

How can I continue to process financial transactions during this time?

At this time the finance/bursar staff are available virtually Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For student account related issues please contact bkbursar@psu.edu or 610 396 6040. For faculty/staff finance related issues please contact bkfinance@psu.edu or call 610 396 6042

What does this remote learning period mean for faculty and staff? 

The University continues to operate. With the extension of remote course delivery, faculty will continue fulfilling their teaching obligations. Staff who are able to telecommute will continue to do so. Some staff are still needed on campus to fulfill critical roles. The University will work individually with staff whose particular job responsibilities make telecommuting difficult and are taking into very serious consideration the health and financial wellbeing of our employees.

Will there be layoffs or furloughs?

At this time, there are no plans to implement furloughs or layoffs.  We are taking into very serious consideration the financial wellbeing of our employees.

When will people be notified if their pay or jobs will be impacted after April so they can prepare financially?

It is important to note that there are not plans for a sudden transition on April 30. The University shared information about the decision to pay employees and student workers through April 30 in order to help members of our community manage their short-term financial needs. This decision enables the University to take time to think through how to best conduct financial planning to minimize the potential need for further actions should this situation and a challenged economy continue. Further, it gives the University time to consult with the Board of Trustees, and to take active steps, like advocating for stimulus support, and determining how available state or federal funds may help Penn State navigate these challenging times. The University anticipates being able to share with our community by mid-April decisions regarding any pay changes, furloughs and/or lay-offs, which, if necessary, would not take effect until May, at the earliest.

What categories of employees does this commitment apply to? Does it include part-time employees, work study students and paid internships, for example?

To help mitigate the potential financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on employees, Penn State has made a commitment to pay the salaries of all employees, including student workers, through at least April 30, in the face of revenue losses in the University’s auxiliary units. This includes full and part time faculty and staff, technical service employees, union employees, hourly wage workers, work study students, and paid student interns.

How are faculty members impacted by this?

The academic mission of the University is paramount as we engage in a strategic budgeting process in response to COVID-19. Our faculty are core to the implementation of that mission and we aim to support faculty to the extent possible as we move forward. Faculty, like all Penn State employees, will be compensated for any work performed. Any faculty member engaged in teaching a course will receive full compensation for the course taught. Those faculty members who have a 36-week appointment period and are paid over 12 months will receive their salary as specified in their offer letter.

If salaries are not paid, will faculty and staff have access to benefits, like health insurance and retirement, after April?

At this time, the University’s focus is on working through various strategies and potential options with the goal to minimize impacts for employees where possible. As soon as more information is available we will share it.

Is tech service under the same guidelines as staff, in terms of pay and benefits until the end of April, pending re-assessment?

The University’s commitment is for all employees, including essential and non-essential technical service employees. The University is developing financial plans given closures and losses in self-generated revenue that fund auxiliary and other units’ operations, including Penn State’s two hotel and conference centers, the airport, and housing and food services. More information will be shared as soon as available.

Does this commitment include union workers?

Yes. The University’s commitment is for all employees, including union employees.

Can you clarify whether staff/faculty who continue to work remotely beyond April will be paid?

Penn State is directing all faculty and staff who can work from home to continue to do so through at least the end of the spring semester. During this time, faculty will continue to teach their courses and most staff will continue to perform their job responsibilities remotely. Faculty and staff will continue to be paid normally while performing their job responsibilities remotely.

This measure is a continuation of the guidance the University provided last week after Governor Tom Wolf ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania to close. Recognizing that telecommuting is not possible for every employee and that each campus, college and unit has different needs, the University said that every employee who can work from home should do so.

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Questions for Alumni and Friends of the College

Will alumni events be held on or off campus?

All Berks Alumni Relations, Alumni Society and Alumni Chapter events are canceled at this time. For more information, contact Heather Angstadt, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations at 610-396-6052 or HLA2@psu.edu.

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