Following a three-month comprehensive planning process involving more than 250 faculty, staff and administrators across 16 task groups, Penn State officials have determined the University can meet or exceed the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s guidelines for colleges and universities to return to campus and look forward to welcoming back faculty, staff and students to resume on-campus, in-person classes and other activities this fall in a limited fashion.
Considering the views expressed in survey results and other feedback from students and employees, the groups’ overarching goal has been to develop a plan to continue the research and educational mission of the University while providing for the physical and psychological health and well-being of students, faculty, and staff.
Penn State will begin to have students and employees return to campuses in phases, starting this summer, and will have comprehensive prevention and public health procedures and strategies in place—including mask-wearing and social distancing—to protect the health and safety of students and employees. For students who are unable to return to any campus this fall, there are flexible options so that they can continue to make progress toward their degrees.
Information for New Kensington Faculty and Instructors
Canvas Group for Remote Teaching and Resources Group for New Kensington Faculty
- A Canvas group has been created for faculty and instructors looking for resources in moving classes to remote, virtual environments.
Remote IT Support
- Connect with us via Zoom
- IT support will be available remotely through Zoom over the summer months beginning May 11, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Our Zoom room is staffed M-F 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Connect will us via ServiceNow IT Forms
ServiceNow IT Forms is a great way to put something in our queue after-hours
Visit https://newkensington.psu.edu/assistance to put something in our queue
- Connect with us via Zoom
University Resources for Online Learning
- There is information provided by Teaching and Learning with Technology and Undergraduate Education to help faculty move and teach classes remotely using online resources like Canvas. If you have specific questions, please contact Penn State New Kensington's Director of Academic Affairs at 724-334-6031 or [email protected].
WebLabs is a new offering that provides students remote access to Penn State lab computers so that they can connect to the technology resources they need to complete coursework. This includes specialty software located on lab computers, such as programs used in engineering and other scientific disciplines. It is available to students and faculty at Penn State New Kensington. To access the resource, connect through the new Penn State WebLabs website. Students must also enroll in two-factor authentication before using WebLabs, if they have not done so already. It is highly recommended that you enroll more than one device in two-factor authentication (2FA). If you have any additional questions regarding WebLabs, please contact your local IT support.
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University FAQs for Faculty and Instructors
- Faculty and instructors can view a listing of FAQs at https://sites.psu.edu/virusinfo/faqs/#faculty.
Cisco Jabber can be used to receive PSU phone calls on cell phones and computers. Pre-registration is needed.
- If interested, please visit https://pennstate.service-now.com/sp?id=kb_article_view&sys_kb_id=ebb83ba4db53530497c9ffe61d96193b
- Use the request link under Step-by-Step Instructions to request the service from Enterprise IT
- If you have a department line that you support, you can also ask to have this added in your request (be sure to mention the phone number associated with this line).
- Cisco Jabber is currently installed on all faculty/staff laptops. If you want to add it to your cell phone, instructions are included in the above link. Your VOIP number is your 10 digit office number.
- During this time, the University Libraries' physical locations are closed, but will continue to provide services remotely. Librarians and staff will be available via email for any academic and research questions or needs. Check the Library web page for contact information.
- The University Libraries has also created a Remote Resources for Library Users page, curated with links to a variety of resources and services. It is available at https://libraries.psu.edu/remote-resources-penn-state-library-users.
- The Ask a Librarian service will be maintained via online chat, text message, email and phone. Details are available at https://libraries.psu.edu/ask.
- Monitor the University Libraries Coronavirus Updates and Resources page
- Library due dates/fines: No one will be penalized for returning books late, given the current situation. Accounts will be adjusted when the book is returned. You may return the book when you are able. You may also call Lending Services at 814-865-5429 or email [email protected] with any concerns or fines that haven't been removed.
- The University community is asked to monitor the University Libraries Coronavirus Updates and Resources page.
What is the Student Care Form?
The Student Care form is an online form that provides employees an opportunity to share a concern about a student’s academic progress, wellness or safety. The main purpose of the program is to be proactive in assisting students of concern and intervening early with students who appear to be having academic or health/safety issues.
The Red Folder initiative is a guide to help faculty, staff, and others who interact with students to recognize, respond effectively to, and refer distressed students at Penn State.
- Penn State New Kensington faculty and instructors can contact Andrea Adolph, Director of Academic Affairs, at 724-334-6031 or [email protected] with any department-specific, employment-related questions or concerns.
- All employees can reference the Penn State Human Resources Coronavirus Information and Policy Page for updates at https://hr.psu.edu/covid-19-coronavirus.
- Penn State Human Resources Remote Work Resources Website
Students, faculty and staff in need of counseling services, and those with regularly scheduled counseling meetings, can make arrangements for virtual appointments or discussions by reaching out to Kendra Kitko at 724-334-6744 or [email protected].
Additional Mental Health Resources:
For free interactive self-help therapy, the Penn State community can also access the Penn State Well Track portal at: https://psu.welltrack.com/.