Community Connection Policies

On this page, you will find important information about policies, procedures, and Frequently Asked Questions about Community Connection at Penn State Abington.


Classes are held at Penn State Abington, whether in on-campus classrooms or off-campus event sites. Most classes are offered at Penn State Abington @611, our event site off of Old York Road.

Directions can be found here.

Instructors & Courses

All instructors for Community Connection programs are Penn State-approved faculty. Instructors are a mix of University faculty members and local experts in their fields. The information, views, and opinions provided by Community Connection instructors are those of the instructors and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Penn State Abington Community Connection organization.

All courses are non-degree courses. No credits are earned, and no grades are assigned for the completion of the courses.


Enrollment is limited to ensure a quality learning experience for everyone involved. We encourage you to register early. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. Prior registration is required.

Once a class is full, interested participants can call 215-881-7339 to add their name to the waiting list. Waiting list participants will be notified on a first-come, first-served basis if a spot does become available.


New as of Spring 2019, the membership allows students to enroll in 5 courses for the flat fee of $165. All course selections must be emailed to Alina Raskopin at [email protected] at least two weeks prior to the start of the course.

The membership fee is non-refundable or transferable. In the event of a course cancellation, the member will be refunded the amount of the course.


Penn State Abington reserves the right to cancel or postpone any Community Connection program due to insufficient enrollment or unforeseen circumstances. If a program is cancelled by Penn State Abington, a full refund will be given.

If you need to withdraw from a course, a full refund will be given two weeks (14 days) prior to the start date of the course. No refunds will be given after that date. All refund requests must be made in writing to Alina Raskopin at [email protected].

In the event of a snow or weather cancellation, class will be rescheduled at the listed date on your registration. Cancellations will be based off of Penn State Abington and the Abington School District closures. If Penn State Abington or the Abington School District cancels classes, Community Connection classes are cancelled. If a delay is announced, Community Connection programs will be held if after the delay time (for example, in a two hour delay, a 10AM course will still run. In a four hour delay, a 10AM course will not run). Please check the main webpage for notices of cancellations or delays. An email notice will go out to all participants in the event of a cancelled or postponed class.

Releases & Waivers

All participants waive, release, and discharge Penn State University, its trustees, officers, employees, agents, volunteers, and other representatives from any and all responsibility or liability for injury, loss, or damage suffered directly or indirectly to themselves or other participants as a result of their voluntary participation in Community Connection at Penn State Abington.

If participants register for a course or an event that involves a physical activity, they are responsible for wearing the proper attire and using the proper equipment (if applicable). It is highly recommended that all participants consult their physicians before participating in any activity. Community Connection at Penn State Abington disclaims any and all liability for each individual's participation in any course that involves physical activity.

Community Connection at Penn State Abington reserves the right to take photographs or videos during the operation of any program and to use them, whether taken by a representative of Community Connection at Penn State Abington or by other participants, for promotional purposes. Participants consent and agree that any photography or video taken of them in connection with previous or future participation in Community Connection may be used in advertising, publications, promotional email campaigns, websites, and other materials or media. In giving consent, participants release the photographer and Penn State University from responsibility for any violation of personal or proprietary rights they may have in connection with the use herein. Participants who prefer that their images not be used are asked to contact the Community Connection office at 215-881-7339.