Penn Cares: COVID-19 Testing & Dashboard


Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Students who will be on campus for the Fall 2021 semester are required to undergo Gateway Testing. Students can schedule their Gateway Test beginning the week of July 26. New students may be unable to schedule their tests until the week of August 9th.

Summer/Fall 2021 Rules for Student Groups


Tuesday, July 6, 2021

These rules govern in-person activity that can be organized and/or funded by your student organization (for all undergraduate, graduate, and professional students) in Summer/Fall 2021.

Guidance is based on current university and city/state policies as communicated to the campus community via email on June 24, 2021. If these policies change during the semester, the guidelines for student organizations may also change.


Student group activities may be held in-person, both on and off-campus

  • While groups are eager to return to pre-pandemic operations, student organizations are encouraged to be mindful that not all members of the Penn community will be comfortable with, or able to engage in fully in-person activity. To that end, organizations are asked to:
    • Normalize the option of wearing a mask at in-person events.
    • Reduce the size of activities when possible.
    • Continue hosting events outdoors when possible.
    • The disease is still most highly transmitted in our community when people eat and drink together. Prioritize pre-packaged meal options whenever possible, promote good hand hygiene and always have hand sanitizer available. Be thoughtful of how food/beverages are served at activities.
    • Consider how hybrid modes of meeting/interacting can be utilized. Virtual activities are very inclusive and afford your members some opportunity for self-care instead of running across campus all day. Decide which standing meetings, activities that regularly conflict with mealtimes, or deliberations that run late into the night might be held virtually.
  • Facilities on campus will have their own rules of operation and may vary from site to site. Groups must follow all rules and expectations set forth by the facilities in which they are hosting activities.
  • Groups are no longer required to submit the event approval form or the food purchase request form before they can begin planning events, however, they must consult their financial coordinator at the beginning of the planning process to ensure compliance with Penn policies and best practices. Student organizations should continue to work with their financial coordinator/financial center early and often during the event planning process to spend money in accordance with the current financial policies.
  • Organizations may resume travel related to the mission of their organization. Public health guidance will vary by country, state, and locality. It is the responsibility of students to be aware of public health guidance wherever they travel.
  • Student groups may host guests on campus. Guidance for guests on campus can be found at the Penn Coronavirus website.
  • There are special considerations for activities that include children 12 and under. If your group typically hosts events with children on or off-campus, please consult with your advisor for guidance.

Student groups may not:

  • Track or ask members to disclose (verbally or written) their vaccination status.
  • Require students to show proof of a negative Covid test before participating in activities.
  • Force people to remove their mask.

Resources to Support Student Organizations

There are resources available to support student organizations in their efforts to host safer activities.

  • Public Health Ambassadors (PHAs) may be available to support events that are at higher risk for Covid transmission. Factors such as the size of an event, being open to the public, or the presence of food/beverage/alcohol may result in the recommended use of a PHA.
  • Individual students will retain access to their Zoom account provided through the University.
    • Additionally, the Office of Student Affairs will maintain licenses for free access to Zoom Webinars and BlueJeans Events, which can host up to 1000 participants at a time. Please be in touch with OSA to request access to these resources on an event-by-event basis.
  • PennOpen Pass is available for reporting symptoms and exposures. While no longer required for building access, group members can utilize this tool and ask members to display red or green passes as needed.

PennOpen Pass


Thursday, November 19, 2020

PennOpen Pass is a daily symptom tracker and exposure reporting system designed to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading within the Penn community.

  • PennOpen Pass is not required for entry into most University buildings. However, PennOpen Pass is required to enter health care settings at Penn Medicine and University facilities that serve patients, such as Penn Dental at the Schattner Center, and Penn Cares testing sites.
  • Only University faculty, postdoctoral trainees, staff, and students who are not fully vaccinated or have not recorded their fully vaccinated status in their appropriate system of record, Workday@Penn or Student Health Service, are required to use PennOpen Pass daily.
  • Fully vaccinated University faculty, postdoctoral trainees, staff, and students who have recorded their fully vaccinated status in their appropriate system of record are not required to use PennOpen Pass daily.
  • While fully vaccinated individuals are not required to complete PennOpen Pass daily, all University campus members should continue to use PennOpen Pass to report new symptoms and exposures to guide testing and clinical management according to the latest guidelines.
  • Penn Medicine faculty, postdoctoral trainees, staff, and students entering Penn Medicine health care settings are required to complete daily symptom checks using PennOpen Pass and show a Green Pass upon entering.

For individuals who are not fully vaccinated or do not report their fully vaccinated status, symptom checks must be completed in PennOpen Pass before the start of each day, including on weekends, to reduce the risk that any COVID-19 case could lead to an outbreak. Daily symptom tracking enables PennOpen Pass to act as an early warning system of potential COVID-19 infections on campus. If COVID-19 cases are diagnosed, clinical staff and contact tracers will respond quickly to contain spread and connect individuals at risk to care in an expedited manner. For persons working or learning remotely 100% of the time, PennOpen Pass still provides access to expedited clinical guidance should a need arise.

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

Campus Compact


Thursday, November 19, 2020

Student Campus Compact

During these challenging and unprecedented times, we, as members of the Penn family, have a shared responsibility to ensure the health and safety needs of our community, to the greatest extent possible, as we carry out the University’s core missions of education, research, and service.

Therefore, Penn puts forth this Summer/Fall 2021 Campus Compact (the “Compact”) that outlines our behavioral expectations for all Penn students regardless of where you are living during the Summer/Fall 2021 semester. As always, the university is closely monitoring public health guidance and will communicate updates to the Compact as needed.