What are Penn State’s plans for summer sessions, and for fall 2020? (UPDATED 5/1)
Given the continuing challenge and uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic and to protect the health of students, faculty and staff, Penn State has made the decision to extend virtual delivery of courses into the summer.
At this point, the University is planning to deliver all courses and programming virtually for the Maymester, Summer Session I and Summer Session II, through a mix of asynchronous online and synchronous remote course offerings. Grading methodology will revert to its typical form, with students receiving a letter grade for most courses. In addition, while the plan calls for online instruction for Summer Session II, the University is preparing in case health dynamics shift and students could safely return to campuses for in-person instruction. Any such decisions and related processes for welcoming students back will be made based on guidance from government and health authorities and include careful planning focused first and foremost on the health and well-being of students, faculty and staff. More information will be shared as the situation continues to evolve.
University leaders will keep the community informed, and plan to provide additional updates and information by June 15 or sooner. At this time, the University remains optimistic for a fall 2020 return to on-campus learning, in line with the latest directives and guidelines from the governor and other government and public health authorities. As the pandemic unfolds by the hour and day, our top priority remains the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and broader community. Penn State task groups are continuing to prepare for a coordinated phased return to on-campus working, learning and living for students and employees across each of the University’s campuses.
Updates on plans for each upcoming segment of the academic calendar will be provided as decisions are made, and in accordance with state and national health guidance.