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Psi Chi COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Updates

Many student and faculty members have contacted the Psi Chi Central Office with questions regarding the COVID-19 global outbreak. Check back here often for the latest Psi Chi-related announcements, tips, and delays/cancelations. Further questions may be addressed to membership@psichi.org.


Latest News

04/02/2020: SEPA 2020 and SWPA 2020 have been officially canceled.

04/01/2020: Psi Chi released a new Virtual Induction Ceremony video in order to assist chapters switching to online-only ceremonies. Chapters are invited to play the video during their online or in-person ceremonies.

03/27/2020: Psi Chi Executive Director Dr. Martha S. Zlokovich extended work from home for Central Office Staff members to May 4. Read more.

03/19/2020: To help support online classes, Psi Chi made all subscription-based materials free to nonmembers for a limited time. Learn more about online Psi Chi resources.

03/17/2020: RMPA 2020 has been canceled. Learn more.

03/17/2020: APS 2020 has been canceled. Learn more.

03/17/2020: WPA 2020 has been postponed to fall 2020. Read more.

03/16/2020: MPA 2020 has been canceled. More information.

3/12/2020: New COVID-19 Statement from Psi Chi President Dr. Regan A. R. Gurung.

3/12/2020: Psi Chi Executive Director Dr. Martha S. Zlokovich announces that Central Office Staff members will be working remotely from home. Read more.

3/9/2020: EPA Convention in Boston canceled due to COVID-19.


Advice for Chapter Leadership

Plan Ahead. Advisors and officers are encouraged to consider their geographic area and then notify all local members of their plan via email, social media, etc. Follow your school’s specific rules and restrictions, and consider hosting events online (example events provided below).

Practice and Advocate Safety. If you do continue to host in-person events, make reasonable adjustments such as not shaking hands, providing a hand sanitizer nearby, etc.

Inducting New Members. The Central Office staff will continue to process memberships with only a short delay in shipping of certificates and graduation regalia. Chapters unable to meet in person should consider switching to Psi Chi’s new online Individual Member Submission Process. This will allow members (who are approved by the advisor) to pay their lifetime membership fee by credit card online without the need for the advisor to collect checks or cash from students.

Induction Ceremonies. Chapters are encouraged to continue with plans to host spring induction ceremonies. Although not ideal, it may be wise to postpone your ceremony until it can be hosted in person. Or, you may choose to host your induction ceremony online using Zoom or GoToMeeting aps.


Example Online Events

Monthly Psi Chi Webinars. Chapters seeking new online activities due to the disruption caused by COVID-19 are invited to direct their students to attend upcoming Psi Chi webinars. Future topics include Putting Some TLC Into Psychology Education (3/30), Why Skills Matter So Much, and How to Tell Your Skills Story (4/22), and What to Expect During the Research Process (5/11).

Psi Chi Podcast. Although some or all regional conventions may be canceled, you will still be able to listen to many of Psi Chi’s 2020 Distinguished Lecturers (e.g., Steven Pinker and Ira Hyman) at PsychEverywhere. Go ahead and invite your chapter members to subscribe!

Movie Discussions. Invite everyone to watch a psychology-related film (e.g., Inside Out on Disney+ or Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile on Netflix) from the comfort of their own homes. Then, host a candid discussion via Zoom or another video conference platform.


COVID-19 Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. COVID-19: What You Should Know

World Health Organization. Rolling Updates on Coronavirus Disease


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Jesse E. Purdy

Regan A. R. Gurung, PhD

Psi Chi President

“The health and safety of the Psi Chi community is our highest priority during the COVID-19 global outbreak.”

Read the full statement.

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