A Message to Graduate and Undergraduate Students: Gateway Testing for the Fall Semester

July 20, 2021

Dear Quakers, 
 
We are just weeks away from a fully in-person campus experience! We are all eager to gather with old friends, meet some who are new, and take part in all the activities the University has to offer. We are thrilled to be seeing everyone in person again—some of you for the very first time. 
 
To help protect our fellow Quakers and those in our surrounding communities, and to keep our return to in-person activity on campus as safe as possible, all students will be required to undergo Gateway Testing upon arrival to campus (between August 9 and September 7), regardless of your vaccination status. 
 
You will not need to quarantine upon arrival to campus. However, in the event of a positive Gateway Test, you will be required to isolate for 10 days and cooperate with our contact tracing efforts, even if fully vaccinated.
 
All students should schedule their COVID-19 Gateway Test online within 24 hours of arrival on campus. This test must be completed through our own Penn Cares testing system in order to be compliant with our Gateway Testing requirement and will only be provided at the Tent at Du Bois.
 
If you haven’t done so already, please also be sure to upload your COVID-19 vaccination information, and all other required immunization records, to your Student Health Service portal.
•    Upload instructions for existing students
•    Upload instructions for new students
 
As a reminder, one of the responsibilities of Student Citizenship, as outlined in the University’s Code of Conduct, is to respect the health and safety of others. Failing to obtain a Gateway Test upon returning to campus, as it may result in the introduction of COVID-19 in our community, will be considered a violation of the University’s Code of Conduct. As a result, students may be brought before the Office of Student Conduct and may face disciplinary action if they do not complete their required Gateway Test. Similarly, students are reminded of the importance of following public health guidance, complying with isolation or quarantine, and cooperating with contact tracing efforts, as all of these fall under the Code of Conduct.
 
You can continue to visit coronavirus.upenn.edu and follow @COVIDPenn on social media for the latest COVID-19 updates. Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information specific to Gateway Testing.
 
We look forward to meeting you all as we stroll down Locust Walk soon. Until then, enjoy a safe and restful summer.
 
In good health, 

Mamta Accapadi
Vice Provost for University Life
 
Karen Detlefsen
Vice Provost for Education
 
Benoit Dubé, MD
Associate Provost and Chief Wellness Officer

Last Updated 07/21/2021 - 12:40