A Personal Message from Amy Gutmann

March 18, 2020 - In light of the disruption our graduating students are going through, we all want to do more, not less, to celebrate and honor you.  The day of your scheduled Commencement, May 18, should not pass without recognizing that you are now Penn graduates, which we will do virtually.  We also will celebrate and honor you in person with Commencement ceremonies on Penn's campus when it is safe and feasible to do so.

Penn’s EAP Behavioral Health and Work-life Services

March 17, 2020 - During this challenging time, Penn’s Wellness team would like you to remember Penn’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to assist you with behavioral health and work-life issues. Please feel free to contact EAP at any time.

An Update for Faculty & Staff on COVID-19 Exposure

March 16, 2020 - I recently informed Penn undergraduate, graduate, and professional students that three of our undergraduate students have tested positive for COVID-19. All had traveled internationally during Spring Break and were very forthcoming about details of their itinerary, allowing us to conduct a thorough contact investigation.

A Message to the Penn Community on Major Changes to Commencement

March 16, 2020 - To protect the health of our graduates, their families, alumni, and faculty and staff of the University—our highest priority in the face of this unprecedented coronavirus pandemic—we are cancelling this year’s on-campus Commencement events and moving them to a virtual ceremony that will be broadcast online.

2020 Penn Relays Cancelled

March 16, 2020 - Due to the coronavirus public health threat, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Penn Relays. We remain hopeful that the recent measures put in place by many health organizations, government officials, and academic institutions will prevent the spread of this disease and the world will slowly begin to return to normal.

Message to Penn Faculty and Staff Regarding University Operations

March 16, 2020 - Thank you to all of you who have followed our guidance regarding remote work and engaging in good and healthy practices both in and out of the Penn environment. We are writing today to clarify Penn’s guidance in the context of the recent announcements from federal, state and city officials.

An Update for Students on COVID-19 Exposure

March 16, 2020 - I am writing to share that three Penn undergraduate students have tested positive for COVID-19. Two students are home, away from campus. One was on campus and tested by Penn Medicine. Upon release from the hospital, that student will be quarantined and cared for in an undisclosed campus location following public health protocols.

Enhanced Penn Health Insurance Coverage and Care Access

March 16, 2020 - Penn’s insurance carriers, Independence (Blue Cross), Aetna, CVS Caremark, Keystone (IBC), and Penn Medicine’s Connected Health Virtual Care Telemedicine Practice are all closely monitoring the COVID-19 virus (Coronavirus) situation. They are committed to making sure that our participants can receive appropriate testing and treatment for this virus if needed. Here is an overview of the enhancements Penn’s insurance carriers have made to our plans to improve access for members. This information is also available at the Penn Health Plans and COVID-19 web page.

A Message from Penn Libraries

March 15, 2020 - Dear All, As the University’s and the world’s response to COVID-19 continues to shift at a quickening rate to offset the spread of the virus, effective immediately, all Penn Libraries, including the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, will be closed to the Penn community until further notice.

New Measures for Research at Penn in Response to COVID-19

March 15, 2020 - All researchers should immediately prepare to discontinue all non-essential on-campus research activities on or before March 17. Our research efforts to combat COVID-19 will continue, and they represent an example of the very limited essential research that should continue.

Important Message to Students

March 14, 2020 - The University has made several difficult decisions in the past week in the interest of our community’s health and well-being. Included in these decisions was a notice to all students to immediately practice low-density medical standard social distancing. This included a clear mandate to cease all student group activities, on or off campus. No parties. No events.

Important Message from the Provost for Penn Families

March 14, 2020 - We instructed all residents of University housing to leave by Tuesday March 17 and expect off-campus students to vacate their residences by the same time. We have communicated Penn’s position to local landlords and asked them to work with their tenants to support this public health necessity.

A Statement on Limited COVID-19 Exposures on Campus

March 13, 2020 - The Montgomery County Office of Public Health has confirmed to the University of Pennsylvania that some members of its community have had a confirmed COVID-19 exposure.

Message to Penn Faculty and Staff Regarding University Operations

March 13, 2020 - Public health experts advise social distancing for containing the spread of this virus. As a result, we are depopulating the campus for the remainder of the semester by transitioning to virtual teaching and dramatically reducing the number of students residing in the College Houses. 

Update from Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Wendell Pritchett on Campus Planning Regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic

March 12, 2020 - We are deeply committed to the safety and health of our students, faculty, postdocs, staff, patients and visitors.  That is why we announced our intentions yesterday to move as many people as possible off campus as quickly as possible and to complete the semester with virtual classes.

Message from Residential Services

March 12, 2020 - Residential Services understands that you have questions concerning the University’s recent announcement on actions being taken in regards to the unprecedented health emergency related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). This is a rapidly evolving situation, and we appreciate your patience as we work to provide you with information.

Coronavirus and Important Changes to Our Operations for the Remainder of the Semester

March 11, 2020 - The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, presents our world, country and University with a unique public health challenge that is all the more disquieting because of the uncertainties associated with its spread. We write today with the latest update on the additional steps we at Penn will take in dealing with this unprecedented challenge, guided by current data and expert advice. We will continue to communicate with you and update our plans as new data and evidence emerges.

An Important Update from Penn Admissions

March 6, 2020 - Dear Colleagues,

Planning to travel over spring break?

March 3, 2020 - Spring Break is imminent, and I know many families are debating students’ travel plans in light of the fast-evolving global coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Yesterday, Penn advised all community members against travel to China, Italy, Iran, and South Korea. Any student visiting these countries must self-isolate for two weeks upon return, missing class and assignments.

Penn’s Latest Coronavirus Update

March 2, 2020 - We are writing with an update on important new developments in Penn’s response to the global outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). This is a fast-evolving situation that is understandably causing high levels of concern.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

February 26, 2020 - We are writing with an update on Penn’s response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). There is an understandably high level of concern as this virus spreads, and we are closely monitoring the evolving situation. Dr. Benoit Dubé, our Chief Wellness Officer, is leading these efforts, partnering with Penn Medicine, Penn Global, and public health leaders across the campus, city, and state.

Novel Coronavirus Outbreak Update

February 5, 2020 - We are writing with an update on Penn’s response to the novel coronavirus outbreak that originated in Wuhan, China. We are continuing to monitor the situation with our partners on campus, including Penn Medicine, and remain in constant communication with public health officials at the local, state and federal levels. There continue to be no cases of the virus on our campus or in Philadelphia, and the risk to our community remains low.

Coronavirus Update

January 30, 2020 - We are writing with an update on Penn’s response to the novel coronavirus outbreak that originated in Wuhan, China. We are working closely with partners across campus, Penn Medicine, and the City of Philadelphia to monitor this evolving situation. There are currently no cases of the virus at Penn or in Philadelphia, and health officials continue to stress that the risk of infection remains low.

An Update on Coronavirus

January 24, 2020 - We are writing to share information about the new strain of coronavirus that has been making the news and to inform you of the steps the University is taking to monitor the situation and keep our community healthy.