SIA COVID-19 Information

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 More details on what this will look like at SIA are forthcoming. Penn State has put together this helpful list of FAQs that you can review, also.

Penn State health and safety officials are closely monitoring the global outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a new strain of coronavirus. For the latest information about the presence of coronavirus in Pennsylvania, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health. For the latest coronavirus related updates at Penn State, visit the Penn State coronavirus website.

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

Beginning Tuesday, May 12, students residing in areas not currently under travel restrictions may retrieve belongings from the Katz Building at a pre-scheduled time. The building remains closed for all other purposes. For procedures and guidelines to retrieve your belongings, please review Dean Osofsky’s email of May 9, 2020.

SIA Community Information

06/14/2020 Announcement by President Barron About the Fall

05/11/2020 Continuing Information and Listening Sessions During the Summer
05/09/2020 Congratulations to Our Graduates and Update on Locker Clean Out
05/06/2020 Guidance on Building Access & Telecommuting
04/30/2020 Good Luck with Exams and Weekly Update of Support Services for Students
04/24/2020 Follow Up on Penn State Actions Through June 30: Penn State Law/SIA Implications
04/23/2020 Update from Penn State on Actions Through June 30
04/22/2020 Update on Mental Health and Wellness Resources
04/16/2020 Updates on Summer Instruction and on Stimulus/Student Support Funding
04/10/2020 Update on SIA Commencement and Graduate Recognition Ceremony
04/06/2020 Virtual Resources for Upcoming Religious Holidays
04/03/2020 Mental Health and Self Care Resources
04/02/2020 Update on SIA Grading Policy
03/28/2020 Update on Governor's Stay at Home Order
03/20/2020 Supplemental Guidance on Governor Wolf's March 19 Announcement
03/20/2020 Remote Access to Law Library Resources Information (This link will be updated on an on-going basis.)
03/18/2020 Extension of Remote Course Delivery, Postponement of Commencement, and Other Important Updates
03/16/2020 Supporting Each Other in Day 1 of Remote Instruction
03/14/2020 Building Access and Support for Students During Remote Instructional Period
03/12/2020 Student Information for Taking Regularly-Scheduled SIA Courses Online
03/11/2020 Update on SIA Plans to Support Remote Learning

SIA Spring 2020 Grading Policy

Optional Alternative Grading for Graduate Students in Response to the COVID-19 Outbreak

SIA Offices

During this period of remote learning, SIA's services are still available to students. If you need assistance in any of these areas, please reach out through the links provided. Keep in mind that while you may still email individuals within each department, utilizing the department contact will allow for faster response times.

Office Contacts & Related Links

Additional Resources

Penn State Remote Resources
Remote Religious Holiday Resources

Online Learning

Finances & Insurance

Student Affairs, Counseling, and Student Wellness

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