Fall 2021 at SIA

After a phased return over the summer semester, Penn State is continuing to plan for a robust on-campus learning and working environment for fall 2021. However, with COVID-19 cases rising in Pennsylvania and across the country and the more aggressive and more transmissible Delta variant of the coronavirus becoming the dominant strain, Penn State is adjusting its health and safety plans for the fall 2021 semester.

Information from Spring 2020 has been archived and can be found here.

Penn State School of International Affairs & Penn State Community News & Updates

2021-22

08/26/2021 IMPORTANT REMINDER: Masks Required; Food Prohibited

08/18/2021 Important: Things to Know with the Start of the Fall Semester

08/04/2021 Penn State Announces Immediate COVID-19 Masking for all Campuses

08/03/2021 FAQs Specific to the University's Fall 2021 Plans

2020-21

04/08/2021 Email from Assistant Dean for Operations and Planning Russ Shaffer: Vaccination clinic coming to Bryce Jordan Center

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

As the state’s vaccination campaign continues, please click here for guidance from Penn State’s Virus Information website. University Park students who have recently traveled, interacted with individuals outside of their pods, or believe that they have been exposed are urged to take advantage of Penn State’s free, on-demand testing.

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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