Penn COVID-19 Response

Vaccination Status and Return to Campus

The University has announced the vaccination requirement for faculty, staff, and postdocs, as well as for students. Beginning July 1, and in accordance with the latest Philadelphia Department of Public Health guidance, fully vaccinated students, faculty, staff, and postdoctoral trainees will no longer be required to participate in weekly Penn Cares COVID-19 screening testing. For COVID-related guidance for visitors to campus, consult the Visitors page.


Actions to Keep the Penn Community Healthy

Penn tracks data and follows the latest science to make decisions in the best interest of public health. The University, together with Penn Medicine, draws on the world-class expertise of its faculty, staff, researchers, and clinicians to develop policies and deploy strategies unique to Penn.

Actions by individuals remain our primary tools to minimize virus transmission:

  • getting vaccinated
  • wearing a mask when required (see the lastest guidance)
  • hand washing
  • staying home when feeling sick, and
  • completing daily PennOpen Pass symptom checker and exposure reporting.

The Penn community should remember that our decisions impact the lives and health of student pods, classmates, colleagues, and our West Philadelphia neighbors. Students are subject to the Compact Review Panel. Penn will not provide COVID-19 testing documentation. See the latest travel guidance for students and faculty, postdocs, and staff.

As part of Penn's comprehensive public-health program, hundreds of institutional actions complement these essential individual behaviors. Among them are:

Screening tests are a public health tool used to reduce the spread of the virus. Saliva-based screening identifies infection quickly and allows contact tracing and isolation to be initiated before the virus spreads further. Regular saliva screening, as required by the University, is as sensitive as nasal PCR tests.

As the understanding of risks evolves, many members of the University community may choose to continue wearing masks in various campus settings, whether they have completed their vaccination or not. Your respect, empathy, and understanding are greatly appreciated during this transitional time when individuals may opt to use additional personal precautions.

Guided by our commitment to education and research and to the health and safety of our community, Penn supports innovative remote learning and work while inviting students back to campus to live and learn. Being vigilant about public health at Penn helps preserve the health of our neighbors as well. We all pull together because Penn Cares.

Student Campus Compact

The 2020-2021 Student Campus Compact outlines our behavioral expectations for Penn students in re-opening living and learning in our campus community.

Student Campus Compact FAQ

Report Violations of the Campus Compact

Student Campus Compact

Faculty and Staff Responsibility

Faculty and staff are expected to follow the Principles of Responsible Conduct, which articulate the basic expectations that should guide the way they  work and conduct their activities for the University with the highest standards of integrity and ethics.

Principles of Responsible Conduct

PennOpen Pass

PennOpen Pass is a daily symptom tracker and exposure reporting system designed to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading within the Penn community. Daily symptom checks and exposure reporting on PennOpen Pass are required of those who are on campus. 

For information on how it works, answers to frequently asked questions, the privacy policy, and other resources, visit the PennOpen Pass website.

PennOpen Pass

Vaccination Status for Faculty, Staff, and Postdocs and Return to Campus »

June 1, 2021 - Today we are announcing that all current faculty, staff, and post-doctoral trainees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than August 1, 2021.