We’re in this together.

As we navigate a world full of uncertainties, one thing remains abundantly clear. Tomorrow needs you. Whether that’s lending a hand in healthcare or engineering a quick-turn manufacturing solution, our future relies on the hearts and minds of problem solvers. Creative thinkers. And go-getters pursuing their passions in essential careers. Today, more than ever, we must do what we do best. We must rise to the challenge. Stay the course. And master the technical skills that matter. Because that’s what it means to be a tomorrow maker.

The labs are calling.

We know you can’t wait to get back to the labs where you belong. We’re with you. Hands-on learning is what it’s all about. Things will be normal again soon. Until then, we’re working hard to facilitate the best possible learning experience.

Page updated 5/15/2020

COVID-19 Updates

Academic Support

Remote instruction began on Monday, March 23. All courses that could be completed remotely, and on-time, finished by Friday, May 8. A limited number of courses will continue remotely, concluding no later than Friday, May, 29.

Despite our best efforts, we learned that our plan for a select group of students return to campus on May 11 was not approved by state officials, and so we promised to provide you a revised Spring 2020 course-completion plan by May 15. Linked below, please find a completion plan for our extended coursework that requires in-person lab and/or clinical time.

Course Completion Plan

Our faculty and academic schools were tasked to be creative in the development of these plans in order to make up necessary lab times within a compressed schedule. Therefore, the times of day and days of the week for make-ups may not align with your Spring 2020 schedule.

For academic questions that require immediate attention, contact your school office or academicaffairs@pct.edu.

Important Dates

  • 3/23 – Remote instruction begins
  • 5/1 – Last day for W grade
  • 5/8 – End of semester for online classes
  • 6/30 – Last day to convert grades to pass/fail

Information Technology Services

ITS is providing support virtually to the College community including:

  • A process to submit service tickets for help with online instruction and more.
  • Enhanced information and assistance with P.L.A.T.O. support.
  • Tips on using online instructional resources.

Academic Success Center

Offering remote services, including:

  • Online tutoring through Smarthinking
  • Remote tutoring in math, writing, and sciences with Penn College staff
  • Project Success workshops
  • Mentoring

Madigan Library

Even though the physical library building is closed, there are still services available remotely for you to continue your studies. Review the Library Guide for details.

Grades/Academic Information

When permitted by accreditation, students will have the option to convert each respective course letter grade to Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory at the conclusion of the spring semester. Students seeking entry to a selective admissions program should consult their academic adviser, at the conclusion of the semester, prior to choosing Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading options.

Miscellaneous

  • As a last resort, students unable to complete coursework due to extreme circumstances associated with COVID-19 (lack of technology/remote access, caring for others, etc.), may petition for a voucher at the conclusion of the semester to complete their coursework in the next academic year at no additional cost.
  • The Summer Mini-mester is canceled, but the College will continue with our May and June Summer Sessions. The May session will be taught remotely/online.

Scheduling

Scheduling for current students began Monday, March 30. Students can web schedule on the time and date provided by their adviser. Students who are not able to web schedule may call the Registrar’s Office (570.327.4772) during their scheduling time. Academic schools are also available by phone.

All students will need their scheduling access number to schedule. More information can be found on the Registrar portal page.

Registrar Portal Site

Commencement

Spring 2020 Commencement ceremonies originally set for May 15-16 are postponed. All students who were expecting to graduate in May are invited to the Summer 2020 Commencement celebrations, scheduled for Friday, August 7 and Saturday, August 8.

While we cherish commencement as a milestone in our students’ accomplishments, and a touchstone for shared memories of their time at the College, we nevertheless remind all students that they become graduates of Penn College when they complete their coursework and program requirements, grades are assigned, and the graduation audit confirms their status. The commencement ceremony can occur anytime, and our priority remains the health and safety of our students and their families, as well as our faculty and staff in attendance.

Students who complete graduation requirements in the Spring 2020 semester will receive a diploma that indicate May 16 as their graduation date. Students who complete academic requirements during Summer 2020, will receive a diploma with August 8 as their graduation date.

Learn more

Financial Aid

Starting May 18, the Financial Aid Office will be open normal business hours (Mon.- Fri., 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.). Ongoing efforts will be taken to practice social distancing, including requiring face masks. While the physical office will be open, we continue to have a variety of virtual ways you can contact Financial Aid.

Covid-19 Financial Aid Resources

Student Support

Starting Monday, May 18, campus offices will be open Mon.-Thur., 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and Fri., 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Ongoing efforts will be taken to practice social distancing, including requiring face masks. Many offices will still be offering virtual appointments. Please call or email the office for details. If you're not sure who to contact, reach out to Student Affairs at studentaffairs@pct.edu.

Counseling Services

Students may request to speak with a counselor by contacting Counseling Services at 570.327.4765. Counselors will provide triage, and refer them to the resources and referrals that are best for their circumstances and/or location.

To assist with ongoing self-care, here are some resources that outline anxiety and stress management techniques for this challenging time:

Disability Services

Starting May 18 Disability Services will be open normal summer business hours (Mon.-Thurs., 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and Fri., 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m.). While the physical office will be open, ongoing efforts will be taken to practice social distancing. It is strongly encouraged to schedule an appointment to discuss services ahead of time. Virtual appointments will also be continuing. Please reach out to Disability Services at 570.320.5225 or disabilityservices@pct.edu if you have any questions or concerns. Students who are eligible for services can also view a collection of guides and resources for Online Courses and Accommodations while navigating the online learning environment.

College Health Services

Beginning Monday, May 18, College Health Services is available by appointment only Mon.-Thur., 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and Fri. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Call 570.320.5234 or email collegehealth@pct.edu for an appointment. The temporary discontinuation of walk-in appointments is part of the ongoing effort to maximize social distancing, reduce wait times, and ensure that well and ill patients do not occupy the same physical space whenever possible.

Campus Services

Starting Monday, May 18, campus offices will be open Mon.-Thur., 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and Fri., 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Ongoing efforts will be taken to practice social distancing, including requiring face masks. Many offices will still be offering virtual appointments. Please call or email the office for details. If you're not sure who to contact, reach out to Student Affairs at studentaffairs@pct.edu.

Career Services

Career Services is dedicated to connecting you, our Tomorrow Makers, with employers, as well as with the many helpful services and resources that we continue to offer while our physical campus is closed. We are diligently working to find, create, and deliver safe and healthy (remote/virtual) alternatives, which will enable you to stay on track for all of your career-planning activities.

Housing

Resident who have not moved out may do so Mon.-Thurs., 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., or Fri., 8 a.m.-1 p.m., or by scheduling an appointment. Additional refunds were issued to on-campus residents on May 15 for the remaining proration of their housing and meal plans.

If students need to return to campus in May, June, or July to complete Spring 2020 lab or clinical courses, on-campus housing will be made available at no cost.

If students need to return to campus prior to the beginning of the Fall 2020 semester in August, those students with 2020-21 on-campus housing contracts will be permitted to move into their rooms early at no additional cost.

Dining Services

Keystone Dining Room is open for the summer Mon.-Thurs., 8 a.m.-1 p.m., and Fri., 8-10 a.m.

Local food pantries or food banks provides assistance for those who may be having a difficult time purchasing enough food to avoid hunger for them and/or their family. Some local resources:

Tool Pick-up

Students may pick up tools from classrooms and labs by scheduling an appointment with their School Office, Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., or Friday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Students should contact their School Office at:

The College Store

Beginning Monday, May 18, The College Store will resume operations including in-store textbook buyback and rental return. Store hours will be Mon.-Thurs., 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and Fri., 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

For your convenience, you may also mail textbook returns to: The College Store, One College Ave., Williamsport, PA 17701. Please include student name and contact information when returning books to The College Store.

The textbook rental return period has been extended through May 29 with no penalty.

 

Mail & Packages

If you are ordering packages, we ask that you have them shipped to your home address so that you receive them without extensive delay. At this time, packages will no longer be received/accepted by Mail and Document Services.

Novel Coronavirus & the Census

Families across the U.S. are currently receiving their Census forms. As a reminder, the Census Bureau wants students living away from home at school to be counted at school, “even if they are temporarily elsewhere due to the COVID-19 pandemic.” Please make your parents and guardians aware, if applicable.

Check the COVID-19 page for the latest information about the disease and Penn College’s response.

COVID-19 Details