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Penn State Monitoring Recurring LionPATH Outages

Scheduling your classes is always frustrating, but a non-cooperative LionPATH system can make the experience truly unbearable.

Penn State is now monitoring its online systems following two widespread LionPATH outages reported last Friday and Saturday.

A university spokesperson confirmed LionPATH’s servers were down beginning at 12 a.m. both nights, exactly when select students’ enrollment windows would open. According to an investigation, each outage lasted between 30 and 45 minutes.

Penn State confirmed the outages were not a result of high user volume. Instead, a spokesperson said they’re a result of a “technical issue” with LionPATH’s database and server.

Before Friday, Penn State said it hadn’t detected any issues with students’ LionPATH access since priority registration opened earlier this fall.

Penn State said LionPATH’s servers held up fine Sunday and Monday night when students registered for their spring courses. A spokesperson estimated more than 1,500 students successfully enrolled between midnight and 12:15 a.m.

Nonetheless, the university will conduct “further research” to look into the issue and boost LionPATH’s operations.

Friday and Saturday’s outages were particularly frustrating for students, who vented the only way they know how: posting disparaging tweets on the internet.

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Matt DiSanto

Matt proudly served as Onward State’s managing editor for two years until graduating from Penn State in May 2022. Now, he’s off in the real world doing real things. Send him an email ([email protected]) or follow him on Twitter (@mattdisanto_) to stay in touch.

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