COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information for Faculty and Staff
Updated Friday, April 3, 2020
- Penn State has extended remote course delivery through at least the end of the Spring 2020 semester.
- All 67 counties in Pennsylvania are under a Stay at Home Order through April 30, 2020. All Penn State campus operations are aligned with this order.
- Visit remoteteaching.psu.edu for tips, training, and FAQs related to remote instruction. Review the site regularly to see recent updates.
- Visit hr.psu.edu/covid-19-coronavirus to review guidelines and FAQs for University faculty and staff. Penn State Human Resources will update this webpage regularly, so bookmark it for easy access to the most current information.
- Penn State issued guidance to faculty members about academic instruction, grading and evaluation, and the promotion and tenure process as the University responds to the challenges presented by the novel coronavirus.
- Optional “alternative grading” plans have been implemented for Spring 2020 for undergraduate, graduate, Penn State Law, and Dickinson Law students.
- University leaders answered faculty and staff questions about the impacts of the novel coronavirus crisis during a virtual town hall on March 24. Both town halls are archived and viewable online.
- Human Resources has extended the timeline for the 2019-2020 staff performance management cycle.
- The U.S. Department of Education recently presented a webinar on “FERPA and Virtual Learning During COVID-19.” View the slide presentation to review information that may be useful to faculty.
- For up-to-date information on all University actions related to the COVID-19 crisis, visit psu.edu/virusinfo.
Dr. Nicholas P. Jones is the Executive Vice President and Provost of The Pennsylvania State University. Reporting directly to President Eric J. Barron, Dr. Jones serves as Penn State’s chief executive officer in the President’s absence, and he is involved in nearly all University operations.
As the University’s chief academic officer, Dr. Jones oversees all academic units (colleges, schools, and campuses) and major academic support units, such as the University Libraries and the Offices of Educational Equity, Affirmative Action, and Information Technology Services. He works closely with fellow administrators, deans of academic colleges and other units, and many others across the University to set academic priorities and allocate funds to move them forward. Dr. Jones also serves as Penn State’s chief budget officer and chair of the University Strategic Planning Council, which authored the current University-wide strategic plan.
Learn more about Provost Jones, including his robust background in higher education and his work as Penn State’s Executive Vice President and Provost since July 2013. Also, read recent news stories about and involving Provost Jones.
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