Faculty and Staff Compliance with Testing

Thank you for your compliance with your assigned testing protocol and helping to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19. Compliance with testing requirements is automated through PennOpen Pass. The information below contains information on why you would receive a Red Pass for non-compliance and how to get back to Green Pass status.

FAQs for a Red Pass Due to Non-Compliance

  1. Who should enroll for screening testing?

    Screening testing is only for those who meet the screening testing criteria.  When participants consent and schedule a test, those two actions automatically enroll them in the screening program and in turn they are held accountable to comply.  The University will will enforce compliance to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19 in the University community.

  2. What if I do not fulfill my required screening testing?

    Faculty and postdocs who meet the testing criteria must self-identify. Those who do not comply with enrollment or do not get tested will not be permitted on campus. PennOpen Pass will generate a Red Pass for anyone who misses their required tests for a particular week.

    Staff who meet the testing criteria must self-identify. Those who do not comply and fail to enroll will be subject to a ten-day suspension, followed by voluntary resignation if they continue to refuse. Those who enroll but miss a required test will not be permitted on campus. Those covered by a collective bargaining agreement should check with their school/center designee on the specifics of their testing agreement.

    PennOpen Pass will generate a RedPass for anyone who misses their required tests for a particular week. Requests for reasonable accommodations should be made to the Office of Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Programs.

  3. Why did I get a Red Pass that states I am not in compliance with screening tests?

    You receive a Red Pass from PennOpen Pass if you are non-compliant with your testing requirement and your test records indicate you do not a have a test result in the past week.

  4. What happens when I have a non-compliance Red Pass?

    Until your PennOpen Pass clears from Red to Green for normal activities, you cannot access University or Penn Medicine buildings, although College Houses will admit residents with Red Passes. You cannot board Penn Transit. Until you once again have a Green Pass, you are requested to quarantine in your residence and avoid contact with others. You should also contact your manager or chair.

  5. What action do I need to take if I have a non-compliance Red Pass?

    Please schedule your next test as soon as possible. Your PennOpen Red Pass for non-compliance is cleared within 24 hours after you schedule your next test. The Red Pass protects you and others in the University community from the risk of the spread of COVID-19.

  6. How may I be removed from testing compliance?

    The program will announce the process and requirements soon.