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A letter of support was sent to all Penn State Students on Jan. 10, 2019 in light of the federal government shutdown. 


Dear Penn State Students—

The University administration is deeply concerned about the possible impact of the ongoing federal government shutdown, particularly as it may affect you and your families.  We have no way to know, of course, precisely how many Penn State students rely upon incomes that may be circumscribed for a time while the impasse in Washington, DC is being resolved.  But for those among you who find yourselves in that difficult circumstance and are challenged to persist with your usual student responsibilities because of it, we want to provide what support we can.

Among the University services available to respond in such circumstances are these.

  • Student Care and Advocacy provides support intended to lessen these challenges and help manage unavoidable difficulties.  Academic distress, loss of housing, or financial insecurity may be among the results of this shut down, especially if it continues for any meaningful time.  Students directly affected by the closure may contact the office at 814-863-2020 or by email at to discuss the support required.   
  • Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) is available to address emotional and psychological needs arising from stress and concern resulting from the shutdown.  Personal concerns that may benefit simply from talking to a counselor should be shared with CAPS, which can be found through resources at
  • Penn State Crisis Line is immediately available to anyone suffering a mental health crisis, or it can be used for consultation, if you know someone who is experiencing a crisis.  The line is available to students at every Penn State campus and can be reached 24/7 at 1-877-229-6400.

There are other University and community resources that may be helpful, too, so please know that we will do all we reasonably can to assist.  If you like, feel free to respond to this message from me, and I will see that the right attention is given to your need.  We want to help in ways we can, so please do not hesitate to contact us.


Damon Sims
Vice President for Student Affairs
The Pennsylvania State University

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