UPDATED: Friday, May 20, at 4:05 p.m.
For the most up-to-date information on masking and vaccination requirements, please see the Health and Safety section.
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:
Students can get answers to questions about advising and class instruction modes on the Keep Learning website.
Are Summer 2022 classes being held in person?
Most Summer 2022 classes are being held in-person, although a range of course delivery options is being offered. As Penn State continues to prioritize the health of its students, faculty, staff, and local communities, 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 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.)
The University urges everyone who can get a COVID vaccine to do so as soon as possible, and to get a booster shot as soon as they are eligible to do so.
Are masks required on campus?
Masks are required in all shared indoor spaces at Penn State Behrend, due to elevated COVID transmission rates in Erie County.
Faculty and staff are not required to wear a mask while working in individual offices.
Is the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory at Penn State Behrend?
Penn State strongly encourages all students, faculty, and staff to get vaccinated and to share their vaccination status with the University as soon as possible.
Students who test positive will be referred to isolation, and any unvaccinated students who are identified as close contacts will be referred to quarantine. Students who do not comply with testing requirements will face significant compliance consequences through Student Conduct.
What should I do if I require health services or experience symptoms when I’m on campus?
Individuals who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home.
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.
COVID test kits are available at the RUB Desk in the Reed Union Building.
Here are answers to the most commonly asked questions about Housing and Food Services on campus.
Are masks required in dining halls? What about in on-campus residences?
Masks are required in dining halls, except when eating, and in common areas in residence halls, as long as Erie County's COVID-19 Community Level remains high (orange).
We offer many options to connect with us and learn more about Penn State Behrend, including in-person campus tours and virtual visits.
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. Visitors must follow necessary safety guidelines. Learn more on our Visit Us page.
For answers to any financial 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?
Collections, services, and study spaces in the John M. Lilley Library will be open for the Summer 2022 sessions. The University Libraries continues to 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.