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Remote Learning Period spring 2021

Students with extenuating circumstances who need to return to campus during the Remote Learning Period, identified as Tuesday January 19 - Friday February 12, may submit a Remote Learning/Break Housing Request to stay on campus during this time. 


Housing During the Remote Learning period

Housing for the Remote Learning period is available starting Friday January 15 for students with extenuating circumstances that substantiates why they need to move into on-campus housing. Students may also indicate an earlier date to arrive if necessary due to travel restrictions.

Students who are approved to stay on campus for the Remote Learning period may not be able to stay in their spring room assignment, as there are specific buildings which are open during the Remote Learning period. All buildings will re-open around February 12. If a student's spring room assignment is in a building that is not open during the Remote Learning period, the student may be temporarily reassigned to another available space for the Remote Learning period, and can then move to the spring room assignment after February 12.

Housing that is available during Remote Learning period:

  • Eastview Terrace (Brill, Curry, Miller, and Young)
  • Nittany Apartments
  • White Course Apartments
  • South Halls: Atherton, McElwain, and Simmons Halls
  • Pollock Halls: Beaver Hall
  • West Halls: Hamilton

The Undergraduate students living in Nittany and White Course Apartments need to Request Housing as well; the Remote Learning Period is not included in the fall HFS Contract. Family and graduate students with White Course Apartment Leases are not required to submit a request, as the lease includes housing during this time period.

During the Remote Learning period, all current practices and policies in place for fall semester will continue to be in effect:

  • Residence Life will have staff on duty 
  • Housing Operations will clean and disinfect residence hall buildings - public bathrooms, common space, study rooms, etc.  
  • Limited Food Service Operations will be available
  • Current Penn State protocols for social distancing, masks, etc. will be enforced
  • The "no guest policy" remains in effect


Request Housing Process

Students can submit a Remote Learning/Break Housing Request through eLiving, and students will need to indicate the reason that they are requesting to stay in on-campus housing between January 15 - February 12. Students who need to move in before January 15 should indicate this need when submitting the request.

Requests will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, but responses may be delayed and requests may not be considered. The University is officially closed for Winter Break December 24 - January 3, and will reopen on Monday January 4. 

Students who are approved to move in for the Remote Learning period will then receive a Housing and Food Service (HFS) Contract offer in eLiving that will need to be accepted by the student. Students will be required to follow the University's COVID testing requirements to move into University Housing.


Room and Board Rates

Students who live on campus during the Remote Learning period will be charged a nightly room and board rate based on the room type a student is assigned. The Campus Meal Plan is required for all room types, except apartments. Room and board charges will be applied to the student's LionPATH account for payment. Details on room and board rates will be finalized later.  Please check back for updates.


Food Services Options

Market Pollock will be open during the Remote Learning period to accommodate students living on campus. View hours of operations:

Some operations may also be open in the HUB-Robeson Center