UPDATED: Friday, July 2, at 6:30 a.m.
This site provides access to the most up-to-date information on Penn State's response to the coronavirus, as well as related campus-specific information. You also may find the following websites useful.
Summer 2021 classes began May 17. Fall 2021 classes begin August 23. Students can get answers to other questions about advising and class instruction modes on the Keep Learning website.
Are Summer 2021 classes being held in person?
Penn State Behrend is planning a phased return to on-campus classes this summer in preparation to a full on-campus academic experience in the fall. Summer sessions will include remote and mixed-mode course delivery options, while maximizing opportunities for in-person courses. Please contact the instructor of your courses if you have any questions.
Will Fall 2021 classes be held in person?
You can expect mostly in-person classes in Fall 2021, though a range of course delivery options will be offered. As Penn State continues to prioritize the health of its students, faculty, staff, and local communities, plans for expanded in-person classes have built-in flexibility to allow the University to quickly respond to changing pandemic conditions, if necessary.
Where can I go to attend a remote class if I'm on campus?
You are free to use quieter public areas and classrooms that are not in use. You are expected to follow masking and distancing requirements in all of these areas and wear headphones.
To provide additional on-campus remote learning spaces, outdoor WiFi has been extended to the top level of the Burke Parking Deck and the Nick Lot. The Nick Lot is reserved weekdays for commuter student wireless access only. (Parking permits are required.)
For those who have been vaccinated, being on campus this fall should be pretty much like it was before COVID—no need for masking, social distancing, or quarantining.
Are masks still required on campus?
As of Monday, June 28, fully vaccinated individuals no longer have to wear face masks indoors at Penn State locations, including Behrend. Physical distancing and outdoor masking have also been lifted for all individuals. Masks continue to be required indoors for unvaccinated individuals. See these FAQs for more information on masking requirements.
Is the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for Penn State students or employees?
For now, Penn State is strongly encouraging everyone in the University community to get vaccinated as soon as possible. The University will continue to monitor developments and vaccine availability carefully and may alter this approach in the future if it is determined to be in the best interest of the community or called for by public policy.
What should I do if I require health services or experience symptoms when I’m on campus?
Before visiting the Health and Wellness Center, any member of the Behrend community requiring services of the center must first make an appointment in advance by calling 814-898-6217 or making an online appointment. If you experience COVID-19 symptoms, you should contact the center immediately for instructions to be tested.
Here are answers to the most commonly asked questions about Housing and Food Services on campus.
When can students move in to on-campus residences?
Welcome Weekend is August 20-22. New student arrival and commuter check-in is Friday, August 20. Log on to eLiving starting July 20 to view room assignments and schedule your arrival date and time. More information on fall move-in can be found on the Behrend Arrival website.
We offer many options to connect with us and learn more about Penn State Behrend, including virtual visits and in-person campus tours.
I'm interested in Penn State Behrend. Can I visit campus?
We're happy to be able to offer campus visits, including an hour-long tour, to students who have been accepted or who are in the process of applying to Behrend. Visitors must follow necessary safety guidelines. Learn more on our Visit Us page.
Here are answers to common questions about tuition and bills. For answers to other questions you may have, contact the Penn State Behrend Bursar’s Office at 814-898-6224 or fill out a form online.
Can I talk to someone about my semester bill and financial aid?
Here are answers to the most commonly asked questions about student support services, including tutoring and counseling, on campus.
Where can I get help with computer technology?
The University can support students' remote learning technology needs through phone, email, and 24-7 online chat. Visit the Remote Learning Support page for details.
How can I get materials from Lilley Library?
Students, faculty, and staff are not able to physically browse collections at Lilley Library. Print materials are being quarantined for 96 hours between uses and must be requested for pickup through the “I Want It” button in the Libraries Catalog. Some materials are only available electronically and are not available in print form through the “I Want It” button. Those items can be checked out electronically by clicking the "Check out digital copy through HathiTrust" link in the catalog record. The University Libraries also offer access to electronic journal articles, streaming video, electronic databases, and more. For the most current notices and information, visit the Lilley Library website.
What if I’m having trouble adjusting to courses delivered in a remote format?
Peer tutors have experience learning online, both as students and tutors. They can help you meet the challenges related to different virtual formats, find gaps in your understanding of concepts, prepare for tests, get the most out of your textbooks, and study for your courses. Visit Behrend's Learning Resource Center page to learn more.
Is help available if I want to speak to a personal counselor?
If you’re feeling stressed or having any other problem, our Personal Counseling office is here to help—even remotely. Virtual appointments can be made by calling 814-898-6504.