Penn COVID-19 Response
COVID-19 Vaccination at Penn
The University community must continue to follow Penn’s public health guidance on campus. Masking, distancing, washing, testing, and completing your daily PennOpen Pass are still required even if you are vaccinated. This may differ from state or federal guidance, but Penn’s public health program is based on evidence specific to our University population.
Class of 2021 Commencement
The University is thrilled to be able to provide an in-person Commencement for those undergraduate students in the Class of 2021 who qualify to participate. Get the eligibility criteria and the latest information on the 265th Commencement and Commencement FAQs webpages.
Actions to Keep the Penn Community Healthy
Penn tracks data and follows the latest science to make decisions in the best interest of public health. The University, together with Penn Medicine, draws on the world-class expertise of its faculty, staff, researchers, and clinicians to develop policies and deploy strategies unique to Penn.
Actions by individuals remain our primary tools to minimize virus transmission:
- wearing a mask,
- staying physically distanced, especially when eating, indoors or outdoors
- hand washing,
- staying home when feeling sick, and
- completing daily PennOpen Pass symptom checker and exposure reporting. The use of PennOpen Pass is required for those on campus.
The Penn community should remember that our decisions impact the lives and health of student pods, classmates, colleagues, and our West Philadelphia neighbors. Students are subject to the Compact Review Panel and the 10-day travel quarantine policy. Penn will not provide COVID-19 testing documentation.
As part of Penn's comprehensive public-health program, hundreds of institutional actions complement these essential individual behaviors. Among them are:
- extra cleaning and ventilation checks in campus buildings – the Office of Environmental Health and Radiation Safety is responsible for a range of campus safety programs including those for COVID-19,
- screening and testing programs,
- contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine, and
- a student Campus Compact and Principles of Responsible Conduct for faculty and staff that remind us that we're all in this together.
Screening tests are a public health tool used to reduce the spread of the virus. Saliva-based screening identifies infection quickly and allows contact tracing and isolation to be initiated before the virus spreads further. Regular saliva screening, as required by the University, is as sensitive as nasal PCR tests.
Guided by our commitment to education and research and to the health and safety of our community, Penn supports innovative remote learning and work while inviting students back to campus to live and learn. Being vigilant about public health at Penn helps preserve the health of our neighbors as well. We all pull together because Penn Cares.
Faculty and Staff Responsibility
Faculty and staff are expected to follow the Principles of Responsible Conduct, which articulate the basic expectations that should guide the way they work and conduct their activities for the University with the highest standards of integrity and ethics.Principles of Responsible Conduct
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.
April 22, 2021 - The widespread distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine now taking place and the many safeguards we have established across campus reinforce our expectation to return to an in-person teaching, research and residential environment for the fall of 2021.