Coronavirus Campus Information

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. This dedicated website for students offers support for remote learning, resources for academic advising and tutoring, and contact information. Course instructors visiting the site will find information on effective teaching, technology training, webinars and support as they update and teach their courses for the upcoming semester. The site also features a newly created guide for instructors specifically designed for preparing and teaching this fall. Penn State’s main website with links to the latest news and answers to frequently asked questions about the University’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. The site’s resources page also contains links to dedicated resources for students and employees; information on testing, contact tracing and monitoring for the campus community; classroom and office guidance; and policies on masking and social distancing.

Penn State COVID-19 Compact: Before returning to campus, students are asked to verify that they understand the behavioral requirements and guidelines, via LionPath.

Course Delivery | Flexible Instructional Modes | Spring Registration | Contact Information | What Should I Do if I Feel Sick?

The health and well-being of the Penn State community is our first priority as we look forward to welcoming students back to Penn State Great Valley this fall. Penn State has taken a robust public-health- and science-based approach to inform how it will manage social distancing and provide learning environments that are as safe as reasonably possible. Penn State will meet or exceed the expectations for colleges and universities that have been outlined by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for returning students to campus.

In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and public health guidelines, wearing face masks, and adhering to social distancing practices, including six feet of physical distance between people, are critical components in helping to maintain the health and safety of the entire campus community. Students, faculty, and staff are expected to practice social distancing and wear face masks in classrooms, public spaces, and on campus.

Course Delivery

Due to the number of students registered for courses and the size of classrooms, necessary changes are being made to the academic schedule to focus on enhancing safety and lowering the risk of spread of the virus. Course delivery will occur through a highly flexible mix of in-person, remote, and online instruction throughout the semester.

Flexible Instructional Modes

All instructional modes are designed to help you reach key learning outcomes and allow you to engage with faculty, peers, and course content.

Remote Synchronous Instruction (COVID Remote): Students attend all classes remotely at the scheduled time. Faculty will identify the communication and collaboration tools appropriate for real-time student interaction and engagement in their course.

Mixed-Mode Instruction (COVID Mixed): A combination of instructional modes is used to meet social distancing requirements in physical spaces, while also providing students with opportunities for face-to-face interaction and access to specialized on-campus spaces and equipment.

Review the information about each flexible instructional mode to make the best decisions if adjusting your schedule or selecting your courses in LionPATH.

Faculty will communicate how assessments will be delivered. This may be a mix of in-person and remote assessments, regardless of the delivery method of the course itself. All courses, exams, and assessments will be remote after November 20, 2020.

For those students who are immunocompromised or at-risk, the University will work with you to develop appropriate accommodations. For students who are unable to return to any campus this fall or are unable to wear a face mask due to medical conditions, there are flexible options so that you can continue to make progress toward your degree.

Please note: When checking your courses in LionPath, please review all components of the course to ensure you are viewing the complete mix of delivery formats. In LionPath, click on “Class Schedule,” the word “More,” select “Fall Term,” and then continue to see all components for your class(es).

Spring Registration

For spring 2021, each course offered in COVID Mixed (CM) mode will also have a parallel section offered in COVID Remote (CR) mode. If you are planning on coming to campus for any of a course’s synchronous in-person meetings, you should enroll in the CM section. If you are not planning to come to campus for any reason — whether it be for in-person instruction or to use campus facilities — you should enroll in the CR section.

Contact Information

If you are a returning student and would like to discuss your options, please contact your academic department at Penn State Great Valley.

Please note our updated hours of operation for the fall 2020 semester. The Registration and Admissions Offices will be open Monday - Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Offices of Student Aid, Career Management Services, Writing Specialist, and Mental Health Counseling will continue to operate virtually, and appointments for one-on-one counseling are required.

If you are a new student who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident or if you are a new international student, please contact the Penn State Great Valley Admissions Team at [email protected].

Penn State is focused on supporting students and helping them meet their desired educational outcomes no matter the method of delivery, and advisers will be available to assist students in crafting their individual class schedules and curricula options. More information can be found on the Keep Learning website.

What should I do if I feel sick?

Penn State urges student, faculty, and staff to contact their health care provider immediately if they have respiratory symptoms with a fever and have recently traveled or think they have been exposed to COVID-19. If you are sick, stay home until you are feeling better.

According to the CDC, anyone who feels sick should:

  • Seek medical advice — Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about any recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Stay home and avoid contact with others.
  • Not travel while sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to avoid spreading the virus to others.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water immediately after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose. If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

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