As we are all aware, this is a constantly evolving situation. We have compiled coronavirus information that you may find useful into one place. Please check back often for updates.
As of June 28, social distancing is no longer required.
As of August 4th, masks are required inside buildings for all faculty, staff, students and visitors, regardless of vaccination status.
Ventilation systems in all buildings had been modified where possible. They are being left as is, at least until the end of the fall semester. This included upgrading from Merv8 to Merv13 filters, increasing airflow into rooms where possible, and extending the hours that the rooms were in "occupied" mode for more air circulation.
Hand sanitizing stations provided by OPP will still be left in place. Disinfecting wipes are still planned to be provided in GPCs for now.
Penn State has lifted the requirement of prior approval for travel for all faculty, staff, students and post-docs. We are to return to pre-COVID travel processes, so please work with your respective department staff to coordinate travel. If you are traveling internationally, you must be fully vaccinated by the date of their departure and must register your international travel in the Travel Safety Network (TSN) at least 30 days in advance or as soon as possible.
OPP has changed cleaning products to a disinfectant that is even more effective in killing this virus and are being very thorough in cleaning the restrooms and public areas. There is a difference in the residue left by this new cleaner, which might be noticed as a little bit stickier than the previous cleaner.
OPP Area Services
OPP technicians are responding to maintenance requests as usual. Please contact your department or institute’s facilities coordinator about any issues in your area, and they can request service.
Mail service is proceeding normally right now.
Please limit ordering to only items needed for essential research or business.
If virus cases rise and classes are switched to all remote instruction again, the buildings may be locked and mail services will switch to a limited delivery schedule.
Please feel free to contact Diane Ault (865-7659 or email@example.com) if questions come up.
Gas tank Deliveries for Research
Gas bottle delivery service is proceeding normally right now.
Shared Gas Tank Area for Hosler, Deike, and Steidle in the Hosler Loading Dock:
Due to the reduction in research and the limited staff availability right now, this gas bottle storage area is locked, and researchers should plan ahead for their needs. If gas bottles are required for essential research, the lab support staff in Hosler, Deike, and Steidle have a key for access, and will work with you for access.
If new or replacement gas bottles need to be ordered, please include your contact information on the order, and plan to be available meet the delivery person to accept the new gas bottles.
Waste Chemical Pick-up and EH&S services
Waste chemical pick-up service is proceeding normally right now.
Environmental Health and Safety offices are fully staffed and responding to requests and issues.
Remote desktop capability requires authorization; please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request this access. You will connect to your desktop so will need to know the computer's network name. IT can help you find this information (just ask). Instructions for remote desktop can be found here: https://it.ems.psu.edu/node/734.
On-site staffing throughout the college will be available Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cleaning Guidelines - Computer and Related Products
As a reminder, the college operates a network firewall between computers in the college and the rest of the University networks. While some computer resources are available through this firewall, others require the use of the University's Global Protect VPN service. Information about the VPN service can be found at KB0013431.
Resources which require the Global Protect VPN
MATLAB and other license servers
Resources which do not require the Global Protect VPN
Office 365 suite (Outlook, OneDrive, Teams, etc.)
FTP Secure Shell (SSH) to login hosts such as laurasia.ems.psu.edu and idocrase.geosc.psu.edu