Welcome to the on-campus living community at Pennsylvania College of Technology. As you embark upon this new adventure in your life, the following information will assist you in preparing for move-in day and the days and weeks that will mark the beginning of your time as a Penn College student.
Below you will find information about your room assignment and roommates, information about housing check-in, things to take care of prior to arrival, a list of what to bring and what not to bring, and policies and procedures related to living on campus. If you are living on campus, you are responsible for reading through and familiarizing yourself with this information.
Housing Assignment & Check-In
Your roommate and apartment assignments is available on the Student Information System (SIS) under the Housing Status link. You will need your Penn College username and password to access SIS.
We suggest that you get in touch with your roommates prior to arriving on campus to discuss who is bringing what (e.g., television, radio, cleaning supplies). Check SIS frequently for roommate changes that may become necessary if students pursue other career options or decide to not attend Penn College.
New Student Check-In Times and Location
In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the need to reduce large crowds, check-in for new students will occur over a two-day period. Students residing in Dauphin Hall and York Hall will be checking in on Friday, August 14 and students who will be residing in Clinton Hall, Juniata Hall, Lancaster Hall, The Village and Campus View will be checking in on Saturday, August 15. On-campus housing and Welcome Weekend check-in will be at assigned dates and times between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Bush Campus Center. A card swipe check-in process will be utilized at the Campus Center during on-campus housing check-in. If you have been issued your Penn College ID, bring it to the Campus Center for check-in to expedite the check-in process.
New student check-in times (scheduled by last name):
- A-F: 8-10 a.m.
- G-K: 10 a.m.-noon
- L- Q: noon-2 p.m.
- R-Z: 2-4 p.m.
Returning Student Check-In Times and Location
Returning Students can check in on Sunday, August 16 between the hours of 9 am and 4 pm. Returning Students should report to the main gate of their assigned residence hall to check in. Students in Rose Street Commons should report to the Dauphin Hall Residence Life Office.
COVID-19 RELATED PROTOCOLS
We will follow strict check-in protocols prior to granting you access to the residence halls. As part of check-in, you and anyone in your party will have your temperature taken at check-in. Be advised that face masks are required in all public spaces throughout campus. In addition, there will be health and safety policies and guidelines implemented to help prevent the spread of COVID-19; this will include a restriction on any guests in your room/apartment after move-in. So as to keep crowding to a minimum, we ask that you bring no more than two family members or guests with you when you arrive on campus.
On Thursday, July 2, the Pennsylvania Department of Health added travel-related quarantine guidance for Pennsylvanians returning from specific states and locations where there are currently high levels of COVID-19 cases. The guidance states: "If you have traveled, or plan to travel, to an area where there are high amounts of COVID-19 cases, it is recommended that you stay at home for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania. If you travel to the following states, you will need to quarantine for 14 days upon return.
The current states are:
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
Therefore, before being permitted to move into campus housing or attend classes, any student who is returning to campus from the above list of states should quarantine at home for 14 calendar days before returning to campus. (If you reside in one of the listed states, quarantine may occur at your residence.)
These requirements are in effect for any student who traveled to or resided in one of these states on or after Thursday, July 2, 2020, at 3 pm, which is the date and time of the Department of Health's announcement.
Further, however, and in the interest of maintaining a healthy and safe environment, all students returning to campus, including those who reside in Pennsylvania, are encouraged to self-quarantine at their homes for 14 calendar days immediately prior to their return to campus.
College employees were issued their own similar instructions for quarantine upon return from these locations, out of an abundance of caution for our employees and students.
Absent further clarification from the Office of the Governor or the Pennsylvania Department of Health, students who are planning travel to any of the listed states in the coming weeks should fully consider their travel plans in view of the campus requirements above. The College will continue to monitor this guidance and will adjust.
NOTE: To reduce congestion in the parking lots, a limited number of cars can be unloaded at any one time. Volunteers will assist you in unloading your car. After unloading, you must exit the loading area and move your car to a designated long-term parking area.
Virtual Community Meetings
For those new to Penn College's on-campus housing community, welcome. We look forward to your arrival. For those returning, welcome back. We eagerly await your return.
To assist in your preparation, and in response to the current circumstances, we have prepared the following Virtual Community Meeting. Prior to arriving on campus, we ask that you take time to view this presentation to gain a better understanding of, and familiarity with, our community guidelines and expectations. After viewing, if you have questions, do not hesitate to contact our office at your convenience.
Policies, Regulations & Guidelines
You are responsible for reading, understanding, and complying with Residence Life and other Penn College policies. The College implements and upholds these policies, regulations, and guidelines to protect the rights of individuals, while ensuring the safety, well-being, and integrity of the entire College community.
All students who live in College housing are required to have received all immunizations per the College's Immunization Requirements and submit documentation prior to moving into on-campus housing, unless the College has granted the student a waiver for medical or religious reasons. Students who fail to satisfy the College's Immunization Requirements will not be permitted to reside in on-campus housing and will not be eligible for a refund of housing costs. Documentation should be submitted prior to arriving on campus for check-in to avoid lengthy delays during check-in.
What to Bring/What Not to Bring
Each student living area comes fully furnished. Click on the link below for a list of items you may want to consider bringing to supplement the furnishings that are provided in your living area. We suggest that you discuss with your roommates who will bring these items before arriving on campus.
If you are living on campus, your mattress will be 36" x 80" (slightly longer than most twin mattresses). As it is sometimes difficult to find fitted sheets to fit this mattress size, Penn College has contracted with Residence Hall Linens, which sells sheets that fit the on-campus mattresses. We provide this information to you as a convenience.
Mail & Package Services
Resident mail will be deliver to Mail Services in ATHS E138. Residents will receive a notification email when they receive mail. Letter mail will be held for 5 days. Mail can be picked up Monday- Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm in ATHS E138. Students must bring their student ID for letter pick up. If it is not picked up with that time frame, the mail will be returned to the sender as unclaimed. Outgoing mail can be dropped off to Mail Services in ATHS E138 or placed in the USPS Blue Box located at the South Entrance of the Campus Center.
Required Format for On-Campus Student Mailing Address
- Jane Doe(student name)
- BOX# ____(Use the student's unique BOX# as specified on the Student Information System.)
- 206 College Ave.(Use for all on-campus residents.)
- Williamsport, PA 17701-5799
- use the One College Avenue address for student mail;
- mail anything to your new address before August 1;
- use nicknames, abbreviations, etc.
- Students can purchase stamps (cash only) and get shipping boxes.
- Along with sending out packages through the Post Office; we can send out packages through UPS, if the package has the proper pre-paid label on it. We can send out Federal Express with a pre-paid label or credit card.
- Packages being sent to you should use your mailing address in the format listed above.
- Once a package has been received and is ready for pick up, you will be notified by email to your Penn College account. If you have NOT received an email from firstname.lastname@example.org, your item is not available for pick up.
- Packages can be picked up Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. in ATHS E138. You must bring your student ID for package pick up. Packages not picked up within two weeks of notification will be returned to sender as unclaimed.
- Mail Services is not responsible for damages to packages that occurred by the carrier.
Penn College Police may be notified if:
- a package raises suspicion;
- a package requires the signature of someone 21 or older;
- the box is stained, leaking, or has a powder residue;
- the package comes from a munitions or firearms company.
For more information, email email@example.com or call 570-321-5540.
On-Campus residents will receive a high quality Clear-QAM digital signal. If you have an older analog television, your television cannot receive the signal without use of a digital-to-analog converter box that has a Clear-QAM tuner. Make sure that your TV has Clear-QAM tuning capability (a lot of low-cost televisions don't).
Parking, Computers, Insurance
Other items to take care of before you arrive:
If you are bringing a vehicle, you must purchase a parking permit.
Learn the steps you can take now to protect your computer so that you can safely and securely connect to the Residential Campus Network (ResNet) when you arrive.
Fire/personal property insurance
While your belongings may already be covered under another plan and there is no requirement to carry theft/fire insurance, you may want to consider one of the companies that offer this protection to college students. Two such companies are National Student Services Incorporated and Arthur J. Gallagher & Company. Penn College does not endorse or have any connection with the companies listed. We provide this information to you as a convenience.
NOTE: Students who do not pay their tuition and fees by the College's established tuition deadline may be removed from housing at the College's discretion.
Penn College encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Disability Services at 570-320-5225 or TTY: 570-321-5528 in advance of your participation or visit.