Athletics & Recreation

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Potruck is now opened from 9 am to 6 pm on weekdays. Reservations can be made on the Campus Recreation Member Portal. Only the first-floor cardio room, second-floor weight room, and second-floor multi-purpose room will be open. Minimal occupancy restrooms will be open, while the locker rooms will remain closed.

Reopening dates for other Pottruck facilities — including the Sheerr Pool, the Gimbel basketball courts, and the third and fourth floors — will be announced soon.

The Penn Squash Center and Hecht/Hamlin Tennis Centers are also closed.
On-demand exercise resources can be located here.
Virtual group exercise programming is available via Zoom. 
Contact Campus Recreation directly by emailing

All Penn athletic facilities, including the Palestra and Franklin Field, are closed until further notice.

In-Person Event Request Form

Monday, February 1, 2021

Beginning February 1, 2021 Penn undergraduate, graduate, and professional student organizations may submit requests for in-person meetings, rehearsals, and/or events (“events”) which the group hopes to hold this semester, indoors or outdoors.

  • Student organizations must make a compelling case why the activity cannot take place virtually.
  • Groups proceeding with unapproved in-person events risk referral to the Campus Compact Review Panel.
  • Each request will be sorted into one of three tiers based on the nature and complexity of the proposed event.   
  • Requests may be denied for myriad reasons. Approved events are not guaranteed and may be canceled if public health guidance necessitates.
  • Activities should be held outdoors to the extent possible.
  • All events require periodic supervision by University faculty/staff or Public Health Ambassador.
  • Requests for events held off-campus must also include a University faculty/staff chaperone who will be present for the entirety of the event.
  • Participant name, email, Penncard # and time of participation must be recorded in the event it is needed for contact tracing.
  • Groups must check Open Passes for all attendees. Only those with Green Passes may participate. No exceptions.

Note: In-person events with students proposed by faculty or staff will be reviewed by the appropriate school or center. 

Tier 1 Events

  • Tier 1 requests support a virtual activity. 
  • Example: A grab-and-go, where students meet at a designated space, indoors or outdoors, to pick up individually packaged materials (craft projects, goodie bags, apparel) for use in a Zoom event. 
  • Tier 1 requests will be quickly evaluated.  

Tier 2 Events

  • Tier 2 requests must demonstrate a compelling reason to be held in person, indoors or outdoors. 
  • Examples: Religious ceremonies, in-person medical training, or campus filming. 
  • Tier 2 requests require additional review and groups should expect a slight delay in response.

Tier 3 Events

  • Tier 3 requests are for complex or major events potentially including a large number of students indoors or outdoors. 
  • Examples: Modified class or University tradition, community engagement activity. 
  • Tier 3 requests will be thoroughly reviewed, necessitating the longest evaluation time.


Wednesday, January 13, 2021

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The Quiet Period: What Is it? What Can I Do?

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

The “Quiet Period” will last from January move-in until February 1, 2021. This is a time for students to focus on COVID-19 testing and keeping the community safe and healthy. Students may engage in only limited, essential movement. After the Quiet Period, if the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and Penn Community positivity rates allow, campus facilities will begin to reopen for student access. 

College Houses: During the Quiet Period, essential spaces such as bathrooms and laundry rooms will remain open. Large, open spaces – such as rooftop lounges, living rooms, courtyards, mezzanines, and some large study spaces will remain open for individual studying during the Quiet Period. Computer labs, lockable lounges, and tech spaces will be closed during the Quiet Period. 

Allowable Quiet Period activities for undergraduate students living on campus, in College Houses, includes: 

  • Continuing research, lab, or clinical activities as approved by schools.
  • Engaging in outdoor exercise or recreation – wearing masks, the physical distance of at least 6 feet. 
  • Spending time outdoors on campus – wearing maskskeeping a physical distance of at least 6 feet – with no more than 10 students who live in College Houses 
  • Accessing grab-and-go dining from designated Penn Dining facilities while wearing masks and keeping a physical distance of at least 6 feet. 
  • Ordering contactless food delivery directly to residential buildings while wearing masks and keeping a physical distance of at least 6 feet. 
  • Going to University COVID-19 testing sites. 
  • Receiving care and support from Wellness Services. 
  • Working on roommate/suitemate agreement, pod agreements, and quarantine plans in case of exposure. 

Undergraduate students living off-campus, in private residences, may participate in the same above allowable activities – as long as off-campus students restrict activities to those they live with off-campus.

Regardless of whether students live on campus in College Houses or off-campus in a private residence, gathering indoors with people outside of those you 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. 

First-Generation Students/ Penn First Plus

Friday, January 8, 2021

Penn First Plus (P1P) is the hub of activities and services for students who are first in their families to attend college and/or who come from modest financial backgrounds.

P1P offers an extensive living resource document to assist students with any concerns or challenges this semester or beyond.

Additional support can be found navigating:


Students may also seek comfort and assistance in related campus offices or organizations including:

The FGLI Program at the Greenfield Intercultural Center
Penn First, the student umbrella organization
FGLIQ, for queer first-generation students

Online Learning Initiatives Hub@Penn provides comprehensive resources for the Class of ’24.

Clubs & Activities

Friday, January 8, 2021

Penn is home to more than 700 registered student organizations – featured and searchable at the Penn Clubs website. Student groups continue to operate and grow remotely, following the Campus Compact and related guidelines for organizations.

Office of Student Affairs staff is available via email, and an FAQ may answer many student questions about club activity this semester.

Spring Activities Fair
Jan 26 – 28 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Jan 27 from 8:00am – 10:00am
All questions can be directed to

What is a Pod?

Friday, January 8, 2021

“Pod” is a small and consistent group of students who associate with each other based on agreed upon, shared practices. Pods must be used in conjunction with other primary prevention strategies (masking, hand-washing, physical distancing) to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the community while maintaining social connection.  

The safest Pod is within a household—those who share a kitchen and/or bathroom. Because household sizes vary so much across the student population, a maximum pod number cannot adequately be defined; however, the smaller the pod, the better. 
A pod should agree to the following: 

  • Maintain a 6-foot physical distance from any individuals not in the pod, and to wear face coverings when interacting with others and when physical distance cannot be maintained. 
  • Wear face coverings in all indoor spaces other than those where permission to go without a face covering has been explicitly given (for example, student rooms and pod lounges). 
  • Continue to practice recommended hand hygiene and avoid sharing utensils and drinks with anyone, including members of the pod. 
  • Have open and honest conversations about activities, behaviors, and expectations of one another. 

A pod demonstrates the shared responsibility for one another’s safety and the safety of the greater Penn community, and also holds all members accountable for their behaviors and activities. 

DACA & Undocumented Student Resources

Thursday, December 3, 2020

The University of Pennsylvania benefits greatly from the rich diversity of all undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. As part of that commitment to inclusion, Penn provides access and support to undocumented students, including those with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) status.

We have established a phone number and email address for questions and referrals to DACA resources and support: 215-573-3222 (3-DACA) and If you require immediate assistance – e.g., if you or someone you know has been taken into custody by immigration or law enforcement – contact 215-898-4357 (215-898-HELP) for 24-hour assistance to be connected to necessary services.

Office of the Chaplain: 215-898-8456
Office of the Vice Provost for University Life: 215-898-6081
Student Health Service: 215-746-3535
University HELP Line: 215-898-HELP (215-898-4357)
Counseling and Psychological Services: 215-898-7021

Class of 2024

Monday, November 23, 2020

Spring Activities Fair – Jan. 26

Penn Traditions

Calendar of Events

Monday, November 23, 2020

An updated calendar of student-focused events on campus and virtually