Quiet Period

The University will open the spring term with a "Quiet Period," lasting until February 1. Because of high rates of infection across the country, it is likely that even with the best of efforts, some students will have either pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic coronavirus infections when they arrive at Penn. This period may seem long after much anticipation of returning to campus, but the Spring reopening will welcome approximately 3,000 Penn students to on-campus housing communities coming from all over the United States and the world. The following instructions are for ALL undergraduate and graduate students, regardless of where in Philadelphia they reside, to observe this quiet period for the greater collective good of the community.

Penn students living on campus (e.g. College Houses, Sansom Place East, Fraternity houses) who test negative at their Gateway/Day of Arrival test will be able to leave their campus residence for limited, essential movement. However, they cannot have contact with the community beyond Penn’s campus – including other students who are living off campus – during the time from the date of their arrival through the remainder of the “Quiet Period.” Allowable activities for on-campus students during the Quiet Period include:

  • Continuing research, lab, or clinical activities as approved by their schools
  • Engaging in outdoor exercise or recreation while wearing masks and keeping physical distance of at least 6 feet.
  • Spending time outdoors with no more than 10 students (who also live on campus). Masks must continue to be worn and physical distance of at least 6 feet maintained.
  • Ordering contactless food delivery directly to residential buildings while wearing masks and keeping physical distance of at least 6 feet.
  • Accessing grab-and-go dining from designated Dining facilities while wearing masks and keeping physical distance of at least 6 feet.
  • Going to University testing sites.
  • Seeking medical care and wellness support.
  • Working on roommate/suitemate agreement, pod agreements and quarantine plans in case they are exposed.
  • Gathering indoors with people outside of those students live with is strictly prohibited by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. This includes seeing intimate partners if they do not live together. Check here for updates.

Penn undergraduate and graduate students living OFF campus should also limit activities during the Quiet Period when returning to Philadelphia until February 1. These limited activities include:

  • Continuing research, lab, or clinical activities as approved by your schools
  • Engaging in outdoor exercise or recreation while wearing masks and keeping physical distance of at least 6 feet.
  • Spending time outdoors with no more than 10 students (who also live off campus). Masks must continue to be worn and physical distance of at least 6 feet maintained.
  • Ordering contactless food delivery directly to residence while wearing masks and keeping physical distance of at least 6 feet.
  • Going to the University testing sites.
  • Seeking medical care and wellness support.
  • Working on roommate agreement, pod agreements and quarantine plans in case they are exposed.
  • Gathering indoors with people outside of those students live with is strictly prohibited by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. This includes seeing intimate partners if they do not live together. Check here for updates.

The Campus Compact remains in effect throughout the semester. After the Quiet Period, if the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and Penn Community positivity rates allow, campus facilities will begin to reopen for students to access.