Update to Undergraduates on Plans for the Fall Semester

July 31, 2020 - FromWendell Pritchett, ProvostCraig Carnaroli, Executive Vice President   When we announced our plans for the fall semester last month, we indicated that we would provide updates as new information became available regarding the pandemic and the University’s operations. Today we write to provide you with the latest information on our plans for the coming academic year.

Update of Important Information for Graduate and Professional Students

July 31, 2020 - Graduate and Professional Students –

Penn’s Response to Recent Federal Government Changes in Rules Governing International Students

July 7, 2020 - Penn is deeply disappointed by the most recent announcement that the federal government will not extend the online course maximum waiver that it put into place this spring. That waiver helped hundreds of thousands of international students across the U.S.

Information on Emergency Grant Assistance Fund

June 9, 2020 - The Penn COVID-19 Emergency Grant Assistance Fund is now closed. For questions regarding submitted applications, please email

Process for Retrieving Your Belongings

May 21, 2020 - We are writing to inform you of the next steps of the retrieval process for items in your College House.

A Message to the Community on Our Ongoing Planning Efforts

May 21, 2020 - With the semester’s end and our moving, bittersweet virtual Commencement for the Class of 2020 only days behind us, we are writing to update you on our planning and preparations for the fall.  At this time, predictions for the fall of the pandemic’s progression and our society’s capacities for testing, contact tracing and treatment are sufficiently uncertain that we cannot say with perfect clarity what the fall semester will look like.

Thanks to Penn Faculty for the Past Semester and Thoughts on Planning for the Fall

May 20, 2020 - With Commencement now behind us, we wanted to take the opportunity to once again thank each and every one of you for the absolutely outstanding job that you did in moving your coursework online and for ensuring that our students had a rich and fulfilling conclusion to their academic year. This was a monumental achievement, done on very short notice, executed with grace and unwavering determination. We have always been extraordinarily proud of Penn’s faculty, but never more so than today.

Thanks to Penn Staff for the Past Semester and Thoughts on Planning for the Fall

May 20, 2020 - With the spring semester and Commencement now behind us, we wanted to reach out to every member of the Penn staff to offer our profound thanks for the extraordinary job that all of you have done in helping the University navigate the enormous challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

University of Pennsylvania’s 264th Commencement

May 13, 2020 - In recognition of their achievements and the extraordinary circumstances the Class of 2020 has faced, we are committed to celebrating Commencement like we have never done before. On behalf of the Trustees, Officers, and Deans and their faculties, we would like to invite all members of the Penn community to join us in a very special – and fun – online celebration of the Class of 2020 at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 18, 2020.

An Update on Housing

May 11, 2020 - In order to prepare for the time when we will be able to safely unite you with your possessions, we have been working diligently to develop a thorough retrieval plan to address the wide variety of needs of our residents. We’ve been inventorying rooms, ensuring the safety of belongings, and coordinating with campus partners and outside vendors to inform our future direction, and our intention is to update you on our plan before the end of the month.

Message to Penn Faculty and Staff Regarding University Operations

April 29, 2020 - Since March 16, 2020, Penn has been operating in an unprecedented environment. We commend the dedication, ingenuity, and humanity demonstrated by members of Penn’s community. Thank you for all of your hard work and your patience as together we navigate this extraordinary time.

Planning for the Fall Semester

April 27, 2020 - As we approach the end of the spring semester, we write to update you with the latest information on our planning and the important elements that will influence the decisions about how we move forward during this pandemic.

Penn Will Not Apply for CARES Act Funding

April 23, 2020 - As is true for all universities in the United States, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant financial impact on the University of Pennsylvania. Penn has experienced a substantial increase in costs to support students in the move from campus to online learning, combined with lost revenue across many areas of the University.

A Message to Undergraduate Students Regarding Summer Savings Grants

April 21, 2020 - Around the world, individuals, families, businesses, and institutions are facing the immediate financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. We know that many of you have concerns about the summer. While some employers continue to offer remote work—including Penn’s summer work-study program—various other opportunities are no longer available, leaving undergraduate students and their families who are eligible for need-based financial aid without essential summer income that they had been anticipating.

Support for Graduate & Professional Students During the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 17, 2020 - We write today because we know that this crisis has also impacted graduate and professional students in other ways, and we want to share several new initiatives to address these broader issues and provide you with support both immediately and in the longer term.

A Message of Hope from Chief Wellness Officer Dr. Benoit Dubé and University Chaplain Rev. Charles “Chaz” Howard.

April 16, 2020 -  

Finding Meaning Amid Misfortune

April 14, 2020 - In an audio message, President Amy Gutmann urges the Penn community—from Camden to California, Canada to Kuala Lumpur—to make the very best of this new way of life.

A Message on Summer Programming and Budget Considerations for Fiscal Year 2021

April 13, 2020 - The guiding priority of the University, from the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, has been to protect the health and safety of Penn students, faculty, staff, postdocs, patients, and visitors. Moving to a virtual learning platform and depopulating the campus in a matter of days required an unprecedented effort. We are profoundly grateful to everyone at Penn who contributed to facilitate this extraordinary transition.

Dear Penn Healthcare Colleagues, Friends, Leaders, and Heroes

April 9, 2020 - Just like me, the world looks to your example. The everyday courage and stamina you show under intense pressure, the lives you save, and your unwavering commitment to clinical care, research, and education. Having exchanged leadership lessons and “war stories” with peers worldwide, I know for a fact that nobody in the world does it better than Penn Medicine.

A Message to Penn Undergraduates

April 9, 2020 - We have decided to extend the deadline for all undergraduate students, across the four undergraduate Schools, to change the grade type in any course for the Spring 2020 term.

An Update on Housing and Dining Credits

April 9, 2020 - We understand you have been waiting for an update on Penn’s approach to crediting housing and dining fees for the remainder of the semester. Penn has been working around the clock to support students in this challenging time, and we thank you for your patience while we determined the best approach to processing these adjustments.

A Message to Penn PhD students

April 9, 2020 -   To all Penn PhD students: I know that the past few weeks have been very challenging, and I am immensely grateful for your patience and mutual support of each other as we all navigate these unprecedented times. While I am encouraged by the ways in which our Penn community has come together to adapt to learning and teaching remotely, as well as balancing the demands that this pandemic has put on all of us, I also recognize that the disruptions to our semester have been, and will continue to be, substantial.

Letter to Penn Community Regarding COVID-19 Biased-Based Incidents

April 7, 2020 - We have been alerted to bias-motivated attacks against members of the Asian and/or Asian-American communities in the Philadelphia region that have occurred since the outbreak of the COVID-19 Virus. We are also aware of other incidents of bias-motivated street harassment that have occurred to members of our community and throughout the nation.

A Message to Students From Benoit Dubé

April 3, 2020 - As almost all of our Student Health, Campus Health and CAPS staff are considered essential personnel, we are able to continue to support our students’ physical and mental health needs amidst the stay-at-home order in the city of Philadelphia. We offer both in-person and telehealth services to our students, connecting with students regardless of where they are.

A Message to Penn Faculty Members

April 2, 2020 - We are writing, as an update to the Provost’s message of March 23, to set your minds at ease about several faculty affairs matters that we know are at the forefront of concern for many junior faculty members and their mentors: (1) 2019-20 mandatory reviews, (2) probationary period extensions, and (3) teaching evaluations.