Coronavirus Information

Penn State has extended remote delivery of courses through at least the spring semester.  Exams will be administered remotely. Traditional spring commencement exercises will be postponed. 

For up-to-date information about University-wide actions, FAQs, measures and resources, please visit https://sites.psu.edu/virusinfo

 

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Bellisario College Community

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Students -- Faculty/Staff -- Families -- Alumni / Guests, Event Participants

Students

March 24 University Town Hall: Students and Families

This shift to online learning does NOT represent the end of your academic responsibilities for the semester. Please don't allow distractions from this shift in learning environment to undermine your academic goals for this semester.  Also, please to not hesitate to reach out to Bellisario College faculty and staff with any questions or if you need assistance.

Wedneday April 8 — Alternative Grading and Late Drop Webinars
University sessions for students. You must RSVP and only need to attend one of the three identical sessions.

11:30 a.m. / 6 p.m. / 7 p.m.

 

Office of Academic ServicesAcademic Services is available to provide students with support via phone and Zoom appointments. Students can schedule a Zoom appointment with their ASSIGNED adviser on Starfish; or, they can reach the office on the phone (814-865-1503) if they have a brief question/concern. Instructions: https://sites.psu.edu/starfishinfo/user-roles/student-users/#connect

Office of Diversity and Inclusion: The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is available to provide students with support via phone and Zoom appointments. Students can schedule a Zoom appointment with Gary Abdullah via Starfish; or, they can reach the office on the phone (814-863-6081) if they have a brief question/concern.

Office of Internships and Career Services: The Office of Internships and Career Placement is available to provide students with support by calling 814-865-4349. Students wishing to schedule an internship meeting, career advising meeting, resume review, mock interview, get answers to internship offers or any other matters, can schedule virtual meetings (Zoom or by phone) with Julie Miller and Bob Martin during the next three weeks (limited availability) through Nittany Lion Careers.

Penn State Libraries: University Libraries are closed but offers Remote Resources for library users.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at University Park is open for services by phone. Students can receive services by calling CAPS at 814-863-0395 to schedule a phone appointment to discuss their concerns and review treatment options. If students have immediate urgent concerns, they can contact CAPS Monday through Friday (8a.m.-5 p.m. EST), the Penn State Crisis Line 24/7 at 877-229-6400, or the 24/7 CrisisTextLine (Text “LIONS” to 741741)

  • For international students who are already on campus, and students who must return to campus due to extenuating and/or compelling circumstances, we will work with you on an individual basis to make special visit or housing arrangements. Students should contact their campus Housing office, and contact information is available at: hfs.psu.edu/campuses.
     
  • Please also be aware that residence halls and campus dining facilities will not be reopened for normal operation during this remote-learning period (beyond the facilities that are already in use). For students who need to retrieve belongings, arrangements for temporary access can be made. Students should contact their campus Housing office, and contact information is available at: hfs.psu.edu/campuses.
     
  • For those students who do not have access to a computer and/or the internet from home or from alternate locations, we will assist you in getting access from computer labs at campus locations. Please contact the IT Service Desk (ITservicedesk@psu.edu) at University Park to determine computer lab availability or for more information about those arrangements and the available locations.

Disabiliy Services: Disability Resources will be holding all student appointments via phone.  Please call 814-863-1807 to schedule an appointment as needed.  Student Disability Resources staff will be unable to meet face-to-face during this time. Students who received accommodations from Student Disability Resources for the spring 2020 semester should continue to have access to accommodations throughout remote delivery of courses.  The nature of any accommodations that were approved for spring semester 2020 in-residence courses may vary in the online format.  Student Disability Resources will collaborate with faculty on the provision of accommodations specific to the online environment as needed.

  • Student software support: Senior Sydney Herdle is available to help students with software issues in Adobe Premiere, Adobe Rush, Photoshop, and other Adobe products used by our photo and video students. She has a standing Zoom meeting room set up for every Monday from 4-7 p,m at https://psu.zoom.us/j/684756861 and can also meet one-on-one by appointment. Students may contact Sydney at herdles16@gmail.com
  • Transcripts: Unrelated to the virus situation but FYI, beginning April 1 th cost of requesting official Penn State transcripts will be $5 per electronic set and $15 per paper set.
  • Two-factor authentication: Effort to protect personal informatoin extended to students.
  • ESports legues: Several options through Campus Recreation.

Faculty/Staff

March 25, 2020 Panel Discussion: Dean Marie Hardin, Associate Dean Ford Risley, Chad Simpson, Shannon Kennan and Yu-Tai Chung 

March 24 University Town Hall: Faculty and Staff

  • Student, employee and community FAQs.
  • The University’s remote work site gets update regularly: https://sites.psu.edu/remotework/
  • Parking Access / Parking Office / Fleet Operations: The Parking Office and Fleet Operations offices are closed. Customers with questions may reach staff by emailing parking@psu.edu or fleet@psu.edu. Fleet customers who need to fuel their vehicles may use their assigned fuel card at any local fueling station.
  • CATA Bus Service: All available service will operate Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. and there will be no weekend service. CATA will cease the operation of all routes, with the exception of the HM (Nittany Mall/Toftrees), P (Tussey Mountain), NV (Harvershire/Martin/Vairo/Toftrees), RP (Waupelani Drive/Downtown), and W (Valley Vista) Routes, the Blue Loop, and the Red Link, which will operate on a modified service schedule with reduced frequencies. More info, www.catabus.com
  • Campus Shuttle and Hershey Shuttle: The services have been suspended.
  • Digital Security Best Practices, from Penn State's Office of Information Security

Mandated reporters: Even with students learning remotely, faculty and staff still have responsibility as mandated reporters. Penn State policy AD72 outlines responsibilities for reporting child abuse and is applicable to all Penn State employees, volunteers and independent contractors. The office of student care and advocacy recommends using https://redfolder.psu.edu/ for reporting.

  • Zoom backgrounds of campus facilities and locations (courtesy of John Beale), some with Bellisario College barnding (courtesty of Whitney Justice) and with some Penn State branding (courtesy of the University)
  • Zoom settings, general Zoom setup tips.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at University Park is open for services by phone. Faculty and staff can call for consultaiton as needed. Also academic units and deans can request an online workship. Students can receive services by calling CAPS at 814-863-0395 to schedule a phone appointment to discuss their concerns and review treatment options. If students have immediate urgent concerns, they can contact CAPS Monday through Friday (8a.m.-5 p.m. EST), the Penn State Crisis Line 24/7 at 877-229-6400, or the 24/7 CrisisTextLine (Text “LIONS” to 741741)

-- FACULTY --

All courses should be delivered synchronously at the time that they are scheduled. This is important for two reasons. First, it will avoid time conflicts that will otherwise arise if faculty are independently moving the time of their classes. Second, while there is confidence in the technology, spreading out delivery will maximize our technological resources. Third, students who receive financial aid through the Pennsylvania State Grant may lose access to this aid if courses are not delivered synchronously.

The University has multiple resources available to help faculty members successfully make this transition. These resources range from reaching out to your colleagues who have experience in teaching remotely and online, to having instructional design support to help you develop alternative methods and pedagogies at remoteteaching.psu.edu that offers a quick start to delivering courses remotely through tools such as Canvas, Kaltura and Zoom. Students will also be provided information designed to facilitate their ability to engage in learning remotely at remotelearning.psu.edu.

  • remoteteaching.psu.edu — offers teaching resourses that get updated (recently moving from tech how-tos to pedagogy)
  • https://sites.psu.edu/remotework — a remote work site to keep everyone that gets updated regularly
  • Information for Researchers, from the Senior Vice President for Research
  • Tech TAs: TLT has launched a program that assigns a student to work with a faculty member as the tech expert in their Zoom sessions. Faculty can focus on their teaching/content, the Tech TA will manage the technology in the course. More information here. And faculty may register here.
  • Student software support: Senior Sydney Herdle is available to help students with software issues in Adobe Premiere, Adobe Rush, Photoshop, and other Adobe products used by our photo and video students. She has a standing Zoom meeting room set up for every Monday from 4-7 p,m at https://psu.zoom.us/j/684756861 and can also meet one-on-one by appointment. Students may contact Sydney at herdles16@gmail.com

BELLISARIO COLLEGE LINKS

 

-- STAFF -- 

  • Penn State is not closed. However, everyone that can work from home should do so immediately and 100% of the time.
    Telecommuting Informaton
  • The University has launched a remote work site to keep everyone on the same page and it will continue to be updated. https://sites.psu.edu/remotework

Manager Expectations --- Employee Expectations --- Telework Guidance

 

Mandated reporters: Even with students learning remotely, faculty and staff still have responsibility as mandated reporters. Penn State policy AD72 outlines responsibilities for reporting child abuse and is applicable to all Penn State employees, volunteers and independent contractors. The office of student care and advocacy recommends using https://redfolder.psu.edu/ for reporting.

  • Zoom backgrounds of campus facilities and locations (courtesy of John Beale), some with Bellisario College barnding (courtesty of Whitney Justice) and with some Penn State branding (courtesy of the University) 
  • Zoom settings, general Zoom setup tips.

Families

For information about University-wide actions, FAQs, measures and resources, please visit https://sites.psu.edu/virusinfo
 

Alumni / Guests, Event Participants

These Bellisario College events have been canceled:

  • March 19-22, Short Doc Workshop
  • March 20, Penn State Sports Business Conference and 
  • March 26, Guest Lecture: "Advertising for Everyone" and "Happy Valley in Hollywood" (alumni networking reception in Los Angeles)
  • March 27, One-Day Law School for Journalists
  • March 30-April 3, Penn State Startup Week
  • April 1, Oweida Lecture in Journalism Ethics
  • April 3, "Films & Friends" (lumni networking event in New York City)
  • April 14, Award for Excellence in Coverage of Youth Sports
  • April 15, SciComm Speaker Series: Bernice Hausman
  • May 9, Undergraduate Commencement
  • May 10, Graduate Commencement
  • April 22, Central Pa. Networking Event
  • April 24, Faculty and Staff Awards
  • April 25-26, Penn State Powwow
  • May 11, Bart Richard Award for Media Criticism Presentaion

Guests or people who had registered to participate in those events will be hearing from event organizers about rescheduling as appropriate.