Penn COVID-19 Response


Planning for Penn’s Spring 2021 Semester

October 30, 2020 - We write to provide you with the University’s current plans for the spring semester, which will begin on January 20, 2021.



The University of Pennsylvania remains committed to following data and science and making decisions that are in the best interest of public health. The University has utilized the expertise across its faculty and staff, as well as Penn Medicine, to develop recommendations and strategies unique to Penn. 

Our primary tools to minimize person-to-person transmission remain:

  • wearing face coverings,
  • staying physically distanced,
  • washing our hands, and
  • completing daily PennOpen Pass symptom checker and exposure reporting. The use of PennOpen Pass is required for those on campus. 

Additionally, the Office of Environmental Health and Radiation Safety is responsible for various campus safety programs including those for COVID-19

Student Campus Compact

The 2020-2021 Student Campus Compact outlines our behavioral expectations for Penn students in re-opening living and learning in our campus community.

Student Campus Compact FAQ »

Report Violations of the Campus Compact »

PennOpen Pass

PennOpen Pass is a daily symptom tracker and exposure reporting system designed to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading within the Penn community. Daily symptom checks and exposure reporting on PennOpen Pass are required of those who are on campus. 

For information on how it works, answers to frequently asked questions, the privacy policy, and other resources, visit the PennOpen Pass website.


Penn President Amy Gutmann meets with students who are being helped at a testing clinic in Houston Hall.