Penn COVID-19 Response

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A Message to the Penn Community

December 3, 2020 - We would like to share some important news about the University’s new saliva-based screening test. Starting Monday, December 7, we are inviting students, faculty, staff and post-docs who are enrolled in the Fall testing program and are still living in the Philadelphia area to experience Penn’s new saliva-based screening test for the remainder of the Fall.


Screening testing starting December 7 will now be by appointment only; the nature of this test does not allow us to do walk-in screenings. Testing if you are asymptomatic will only be available if you are currently enrolled in the Fall screening program. Using PennOpen Pass will continue to help those who need testing based on symptoms or a notification of exposure to COVID-19.

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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.

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Student Campus Compact

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

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.

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


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