SIA COVID-19 Information

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 into the summer. Examinations will also be administered remotely. Additionally, 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 the restricting of all gatherings of more than 10 people. Visit this link to read more about these changesYou also can review this FAQ for more information.

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.

SIA will hold a Virtual Graduate Recognition Ceremony, in addition to Penn State's Virtual Commencement, on May 9, 2020.

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

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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