'Back to State' at SIA

Back to State

Following a three-month comprehensive planning process involving more than 250 faculty, staff, and administrators across 16 task groups, Penn State officials have determined the University can meet or exceed the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s guidelines for colleges and universities to return to campus, and look forward to welcoming back faculty, staff, and students to resume on-campus, in-person classes and other activities this fall in a limited fashion. For more information, please visit virusinfo.psu.edu/back-to-state/.

More details on what this will look like at SIA are forthcoming. Information provided below for students, faculty, and staff will be updated as it becomes available. Information from Spring 2020 has been archived and can be found here.

Penn State School of International Affairs Community

02/08/2021 Email from Assistant Dean for Operations and Planning Russ Shaffer: Important Information on Katz Building Operations for Spring 2021

02/04/2021 Email from Dean Osofsky: Please Order Your Required COVID-19 Test Now If You Have Not Yet Done So

12/18/2020 Email from Dean Osofsky: Remote Start to Spring 2021 Semester

11/16/2020 Email from Dean Osofsky: Important Information on Fall 2020 and Spring 2021

10/30/2020 Email from Dean Osofsky: Reminder Regarding Off Campus Behavior and Invitation to Virtual Tailgate and Watch Party for Ohio State Game

10/22/2020 Email from Dean Osofsky: Important End-of-Semester Information

10/05/2020 Email from Dean Osofsky: Update on Spring 2021 Plan

09/09/2020 Email from Dean Osofsky: Update on Spring 2021

09/03/2020 Email from Dean Osofsky: Labor Day and Other Health and Safety Reminders

08/29/2020 Email from Dean Osofsky: Reminder Regarding Off Campus Behavior

08/19/2020 Email from Dean Osofsky: Update on Penn State Law/SIA Drinking Policy

08/19/2020 Email from Steven Hinckley, Assoc. Dean, Library and Information Services: Important Information on Library Policies & Services; Library/Non-Library Seat Reservations; New PSU Student Printing Services

08/13/2020 Email from Dean Osofsky: Further Clarification About Testing and Quarantining

08/11/2020 Email from Dean Osofsky: Important Information on Katz Building Operations During COVID-19

08/10/2020 Email from Dean Osofsky: Student Self-Screening Starting Today

08/05/2020 Email from Dean Osofsky: Clarifying Guidance on Self-Quarantine

08/03/2020 Email from Dean Osofsky: Update on Pre-Arrival Requirements and Testing, Contact Tracing, and Monitoring

FAQs: International Students and Remote Learning in Fall 2020 (document created by Penn State Law Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic and Global Penn State)

07/15/2020 Email from Director Gartner re: U.S. immigration policy update on July 14

07/08/2020 Email from Director Gartner re: U.S. immigration changes announced July 6

International Student COVID-19 FAQs

06/14/2020 Email from Dean Osofsky re: Announcement by President Barron About the Fall

The Penn State Office of the Physical Plant Environmental Health & Safety has released this guidance on cloth masks.

Information for School of International Affairs Students

Spring 2021 Pre-Semester COVID-19 Testing

Spring 2021 Pre-Semester COVID-19 Schedule and Checklist

Back to State FAQs

Virtual Wellness Services for Students:

  • You@PSUYou@PSU is a new online portal that gives students one place to access comprehensive resources, tools and information on a range of topics, including mental and emotional well-being, academics, career success, relationships and more. The portal also offers valuable content related to COVID-19 such as working and learning remotely, managing fears and anxieties, and staying connected while physical distancing. Students can create a confidential profile to discover hundreds of personalized tips and resources.
  • Life Hacks: Life Hacks sessions are now being offered remotely for all Penn State students. The free, drop-in gatherings are offered twice daily via Zoom, staffed by CAPS therapists and address transition-related stressors, positive coping strategies to reduce distress and tips to increase well-being.
  • WellTrack: WellTrack is an interactive, self-therapy tool available to students at any time of day, from any location. WellTrack features a wellness assessment that students can take one time, or on an as-needed basis, to help them understand the activities associated with when they feel better and worse, and to identify patterns in their daily activities and how they are feeling. WellTrack also includes programs that can be completed at a student's own pace with content focused on anxiety and stress, depression and public speaking.
  • Thriving Campus: Thriving Campus is an online directory that can help students find a mental health provider in their community. The site provides a list of off-campus, licensed mental health clinicians, many of whom specialize in working with students, and resources and tips for securing care.

Information for School of International Affairs Faculty & Staff

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