Penn State Reverses Course, Will Use Eastview Terrace As Isolation Space
Following a change of plans, Penn State will use Eastview Terrace housing to isolate students this fall, the university announced Thursday.
Back in June, Penn State said it would use the Nittany Lion Inn to quarantine, isolate, and house students affected by the coronavirus. Instead, it’ll now use the inn as a classroom space and single-occupancy housing for on-campus residents.
According to the university, administrators are still evaluating which Eastview halls will be used for isolating students. However, Penn State confirmed that “entire buildings will be utilized to keep isolated students separate from others.”
Housing’s Assignment Office plans to release room assignments on July 28. Students who were slated to live in Eastview should receive direct communication from the university about options for on-campus housing.
Meanwhile, the Nittany Lion Inn, which has 233 guest rooms, will likely absorb a number of former Eastview residents. According to Housing’s website, the inn will keep RAs on-site and provide regular services such as mail cleaning supplies, and board games, among others.
At this time, it’s unclear whether Nittany Lion Inn staff will still face layoffs previously announced in late June. During a town hall, Penn State President Eric Barron estimated 79 employees would be laid off when the hotel was slated to be converted into a quarantine space.
We’ll update this post with more information as it becomes available.
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