Remote Work Resources

Due to the coronavirus pandemic (i.e., COVID-19), and in an effort to promote social distancing as recommended by health officials and experts, the University is encouraging telework arrangements for employees whose work responsibilities can be, or modified to be, completed remotely. If you are planning to work remotely, here are some tools, resources, and FAQs to help you to stay connected from home.

Security-Related Work

Virtual Desktop (VDI)

Virtual Private Network (VPN)

  • Many PSU applications do not require a VPN connection, such as Office365 (Outlook, Teams, OneDrive...), Box, Zoom, university websites, enterprise applications (Canvas, Workday, Concur, eBuy, Maximo...). First, try connecting to the application or webpage without a VPN connection. If it fails, secure a VPN connection.
  • Click on your unit below for VPN instructions using a University laptop
  • If you must use a personal laptop, use the Penn State VPN

Cisco Jabber (use your desk phone from other devices)

  • With Cisco Jabber, faculty and staff can bring their Penn State phone number with them when they are away from their office. 
  • Enable your office phone number and PSU Access ID for Cisco Jabber services by submitting a request for 'Cisco Jabber'
  • Jabber FAQs and Setup Instructions
  • You may also forward your office phone to another phone.

Zoom (video conferencing)

 Teams (chat-based workspace)

  • You can also use this for video chat by clicking the 'video call' button in the upper right of the screen.

If you have any questions or technical issues, please email [email protected] visit our support page for additional contact information.