A Message to Penn Students
January 12, 2022
We are enormously appreciative of your patience and resilience as we mark the first day of classes. In these highly challenging circumstances, we are determined to sustain our community and our shared commitment to education and research. In that light, we are writing today with updates on campus and academic life for the opening weeks of the semester.
Move-In and Credits
Spring Move-In begins at 9 AM on Saturday, January 15. You are not required to select a specific arrival time. You can find full information about Move-In on the Residential Services website.
Undergraduate students impacted by the one-week return to campus delay who live in University College Houses or Greek houses and/or participate in University meal plans will receive a credit on their student account in early February. New graduate students living in Sansom Place who were impacted by the one-week return to campus delay will also receive a credit on their student account in early February.
Campus Events & Gatherings
Indoor events are temporarily suspended until in-person classroom instruction resumes. Penn clubs and organizations are encouraged to meet virtually and/or utilize outdoor Grab n’ Go events, which must be registered through the University Life Event Registration process.
Student organizations and/or individual residences are not permitted to host parties during this time. The registration process for events with alcohol and/or events held at third party venues has therefore been temporarily suspended. University Life will be hosting several Grab n’ Go events in the first weeks of the semester. You can access the University Life Calendar to stay up-to-date on campus events.
Full event guidelines for Spring 2022 can be found on the University Life homepage.
Full and continually updated COVID-related guidance for Spring 2022 can be found on the comprehensive Coronavirus website.
Virtual Shopping Period
We will again offer a virtual shopping period on Canvas, available from Wednesday, January 12 (the first day of classes) through Tuesday, January 25 (the last day to add a class). Students in graduate and professional programs should consult with their program for more information.
Please remember that visiting a course’s Canvas site during the shopping period is not the same as being registered for the course. You will not be able to participate in course discussions or submit assignments in Canvas, and you will need to ask the instructor for permission to “sit in” on any virtual synchronous class sessions.
During this period of online instruction, online course content can be provided synchronously (live sessions for the entire class at the same time), asynchronously (recordings or material that can be watched or completed at any time), or by a combination of both methods. If your instructor chooses to provide synchronous online content, it must be offered on the same day(s) and time(s) as your course is regularly scheduled during the semester (in Eastern Time). If you will be participating from a different time zone, please alert your instructor. Instructors must make sure that all students can engage with course materials, even if they cannot participate synchronously. For more information and frequently asked questions about academic issues, please visit the Academic Information and Resources page.
Postponed Final Exams from Fall 2021
Final exams postponed from Fall 2021 will be conducted in the same format as the original exam. Students should consult with their instructors for more information, and a detailed schedule with times and room assignments will be posted on the Registrar’s Final Exam Information page. All postponed final exams must be concluded no later than February 4. In-person postponed exams will be held from January 26 to February 4; online postponed exams should be completed as quickly as possible, and instructors may use the time noted on the original final exam make-up schedule or determine a mutually agreeable time to conduct the online exam. Students who have been approved through SDS for accommodations on final exams should consult with SDS for further information.
We wish you all a great start to the semester, and we will continue to keep you updated as we move forward together in the weeks ahead.
Mamta Accapadi, Vice Provost for University Life
Karen Detlefsen, Vice Provost for Education
Benoit Dubé, Associate Provost and Chief Wellness Officer