Resources & Activities

Fall Semester 2021
Content Last Updated 7/13/2021

Undergraduate School COVID-19 Pages 

Student Requirements

Event Registration

As part of the University’s community care efforts, all student groups must register events they would like to host on campus, at an off-campus residence, or at a third-party venue. This includes all events where alcohol will be served as well as dry events.

Registering events with alcohol

All members of the Penn student community, undergraduate, graduate, or professional, are expected to follow University policies and local, state, and federal laws at all times. These expectations extend to all event hosting, whether in on-campus spaces (such as fraternity houses or Houston Hall), off-campus residences, or third-party venues (such as clubs).

All student organizations are required to register social events with alcohol, regardless of where the event will be held. Registration helps student groups manage risk, since registered events require hosts to provide bartenders and security. Student group leaders should submit the registration materials and await response from University Life and/or an advisor (if applicable). Student groups should not publicize any event until they have received formal approval from University Life.

Many University undergraduate student organizations are subject to policies regarding the possession and consumption of alcohol imposed by a parent organization. If the policies governing an individual organization impose more restrictive regulations regarding alcohol possession and consumption it will be necessary for that organization to follow its parent organization's policies or risk sanctions. If, however, the parent organization permits the possession or consumption of alcohol where otherwise prohibited by University policy, the organization must comply with the University's policy, notwithstanding its parent organization's rules.

Costs associated with hosting events with alcohol

Student groups hosting events where alcohol is served must have professional bartenders serving at the bar and professional security checking IDs at the front door. Funding is available to all undergraduate and graduate student groups to assist with the cost of these services. All student groups will have these costs automatically subsidized for up to four (4) events per semester. There is no separate application process to receive funds; University Life will automatically book and pay for these services upon approval of registration forms. After those four events, student groups are responsible for the costs of bartenders and security where applicable. Please contact Emily Giffin, Program Coordinator for Community Care, with any questions.

Registering events without alcohol

Student organizations wishing to hold events without alcohol are required to register with University Life, regardless of whether the event will be held in an on-campus fraternity house, off-campus residence, or third-party venue. Registration of these events helps Event Observers and Penn Police identify and differentiate between activity each weekend. Student group leaders should submit the registration materials and await response from University Life and/or an advisor (if applicable). Student groups should not publicize any event until they have received formal approval from University Life. 


Keep in mind...

  • No registered events may be held in basements, whether in on-campus fraternity houses, off-campus fraternity houses, or private off-campus residences. Organizations may hold chapter-based activities and internal house gatherings in basement spaces, but for safety concerns, events must be held on the first floor if a larger group made up of non-members are attending.
  • Other organizations, such as athletic teams or performing arts groups, may be subject to additional expectations by coaches, advisors, or sponsors.
  • Organizations that live in, and host events at, private off-campus residences are subject to additional expectations set forth in rental agreements/leases and in personal communications with landlords.
  • Fraternities that are part of the North American Interfraternity Council (NIC) are subject to additional expectations set forth by their national organizations. These include:
    • Hard liquor may not be served at events in chapter houses
    • Events with alcohol are limited to a 3:1 maximum guest-to-member ratio, meaning the total guest list must not be greater than three times the chapter's total membership
    • Fraternities must keep a guest list for all events with alcohol


Register your event

If alcohol will be served at your event, please fill out the appropriate form based upon where your event will be held (on/off-campus or at a third-party venue). If alcohol will not be served at your event, please complete the dry events form. Please complete the form(s) using your Penn email address.


Contact Information

If you have any questions about the event registration process, please reach out to Emily Giffin, Program Coordinator for Community Care.

Penn Cares: COVID-19 Testing & Dashboard

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

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

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.

Penn Announcements & Campus Information

Financial Aid, Registration, & Student Employment

Student Registration and Financial Services offers comprehensive information and online resources for students and families navigating the semester. Examples include:

- Glossary of frequently used terms in financial aid and registration
- A guide to student employment, including how to search for a remote work-study position
- Registration, catalog, and calendar to assist with course selection

Public Safety

Penn’s Division of Public Safety supports the physical and emotional wellbeing of all Penn community members. Public Safety works closely with our city, state, and federal law enforcement and emergency services partners to ensure the safety of all of those who work and study at Penn. 

Penn students and family members are urged to create a contact for Penn Police’s 24/7 Emergency Communications Center (215-573-3333)Students are encouraged to download the Penn Guardian App, which can rapidly transmit information, including GPS coordinates, in the event of an emergency. 

Request a Walking Escort: Penn Public Safety and the University District Ambassador Program provide Walking Escorts from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. between 30th & 50th and Spring Garden Street to Woodland Avenue. Call 215-898-WALK (9255). 

University Notifications

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Move-in, Getting Settled

Class of 2025

College Houses & Dining

To contact College House staff: chas@collegehouses.upenn.edu

To contact Residential Service: living@upenn.edu

To contact Dining: dining@upenn.edu

Detailed online resources include:

-  Move-In
-  Dining
Residential Handbook

HUB@Penn

Find the support resources you need on and around Penn's campus!

Tutoring & Academic Support

The Weingarten Center is Penn’s hub of academic supports, tutoring, and disabilities accommodations. While the physical office is closed, staff are reachable by phone (215-573-9235) and all students can make appointments online using the MyWLRC portal.

Learning Resources academic supports include 1:1 study strategies, time management, and writing assistance. Popular workshop topics include Mastering the Ivy League, Academics Plus (for international students), and Resources for Online Learning. Students also can get help with exam prep.

Tutoring Services include satellite or drop-in virtual sessions (for one-time questions/occasional support) and small-group weekly sessions. Tutoring is available for many courses. 

Visit the Weingarten Center

Wellness Resources

Athletics & Recreation

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 DRIA-pennrec@pobox.upenn.edu.

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

Counseling and Psychological Services

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

CAPS is offering counseling sessions by phone or video conference, as well as in person. CAPS is available for students seeking drop-in or individual appointments. To schedule an appointment, dial 215-898-7021 and press 2 to speak to the Front Desk (M-F, 9am-5pm) or you can press 1 to talk to a clinician 24/7. For more information, visit https://caps.wellness.upenn.edu/

CAPS also provides support groups for students on various topics, including groups for those experiencing racial trauma and grief.

Your Mental Health and COVID-19: Tips and resources to help you cope with COVID-19, including dealing with issues of bias, coping skills, and more.  

Crisis Prevention (Student Intervention Services)

Student Intervention Services (SIS) collaborates with campus partners to provide support, advocacy, solutions, and coordination of services for individual students and the Penn community. SIS staff work with Penn schools, Counseling and Psychological Services, Student Health Service, College Houses and Academic Services, the Department of Public Safety, the Office of the Chaplain, and other University centers. 

Student Intervention Services staff are working remotely but are flexible with platforms and appointment times to meet the individual needs of students experiencing crises or complex concerns. SIS provides support, advocacy, intervention, and resource referrals. A staff member is on-call for emergencies 24/7.

To contact SIS staff: Students, families, staff, and faculty can send an e-mail to vpul-sisteam@pobox.upenn.edu or to specific SIS staff, or leave a voice mail message at 215-898-6081.

For urgent issues: Call 215-768-6527 to speak to the on-call staff member.

For emergencies requiring immediate response: Call the Penn police at 215-573-3333.

Emergency Grants & Financial Wellness

Any Penn student with a pressing financial need can apply for an emergency grant to cover expenses such as:

 - Laptops, academic technology, internet access
 - Tickets to travel home or to see family in an emergency
 - Medical bills (hospital, vision, dental)
 - Winter and professional attire
 - Academic course materials
 - Graduate school exam prep or application fees
 - Academic or pre-professional opportunity, such as conference participation or travel to reach an internship/job

Learn more about Emergency Grants

Financial wellness programs help students manage their money, from self-assessments on financial literacy to virtual budgeting workshops to education on debt, banking, and investing. All students are eligible.

Learn more about Financial Wellness programming

Penn Violence Prevention & the Title IX Office

Penn Violence Prevention (PVP) engages the Penn community in the prevention of sexual violence, relationship violence, stalking, and sexual harassment on campus. PVP fosters collaborative relationships across campus to ensure a survivor-centered, multi-faceted approach to support services and primary prevention. 

PVP staff serves as confidential resources for students affected by sexual violence, relationship violence, and stalking. Staff have daily virtual office hours and can also schedule 1:1 appointments: 

 - Rae: 12 pm-1 pm -  Zoom / Email 
 - Malik: 2 pm to 3 pm -  Zoom / Email 
 - Reema: 4 pm to 5 pm -  Zoom / Email 

For 24/7 crisis response, please call Special Services 215-898-6600.   

The Associate Vice President for Equity and Title IX Officer (AVP) provides strategic leadership of the University’s efforts to comply with Title IX and foster gender equity. The AVP also oversees the investigation of complaints against Penn faculty, staff, and enrolled students alleging violations of the Sexual Misconduct Policy (PDF). Throughout the investigative process, the AVP ensures that those making complaints and those responding to complaints are treated fairly and respectfully. Staff can be reached at  (215) 898-2887 or TitleIXofficer@upenn.edu.  

Religious & Spiritual Life

The Office of the Chaplain and Spiritual and Religious Life Center (SPARC) supports the academic mission of the University by facilitating and encouraging initiatives concerned with the moral, ethical, and spiritual dimensions of university life. Chaplain staff are available to students, faculty, and staff for pastoral support, guidance, or informal advising and counseling. The Office serves and supports a wide range of student organizations, fellowships, and religious communities on our campus, as well as programming to improve interfaith understanding and build meaningful, collaborative relationships across religious differences on campus and around the city. 

Student Disabilities Services

Student Disabilities Services (SDS) works closely with students who self-identify in order to ensure equal access to all University programs, activities, and services. Staff are available by phone (215-573-9235) and by email, meeting with students via virtual platforms and (if necessary) in-person to answer questions and provide information about accessibility and accommodations for Penn students.  

Student Health Service & Campus Health

Student Health Service
Student Health Services remains available for students in need of medical services. Visit their website for more information: https://shs.wellness.upenn.edu/ 

Students with medical emergencies should utilize emergency medical services and dial 911. 

HELP LINE
One call to the HELP LINE can assist you in finding personal and mental health support, 215-898-HELP.

Campus Health
Campus Health offers innovative and evidence-based public health programming to students on campus, off-campus, and learning remotely from afar. Programs include Refresh (online sleep intervention) and Sex Well Online, as well as online guided meditations, LIVE Mondays at 3 pm EDT and Thursdays at 12pm EDT or available “on-demand” for use at any time. Staff can be reached at (215)-746-3535. 

Get Involved

Calendar of Events

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

Career Services

Career Services staff is fully remote and best reached by email or phone (215-898-7531).  Career Services offers expansive 1:1 and group programming for all students, including plentiful same-day virtual appointments with staff or peer advisors.

Career Services offers a comprehensive suite of services for every student of every year, including industry exploration, resumés and cover letter review, and virtual interview prep. Thousands of jobs and internships are posted daily on Handshake.

Events like virtual job fairs, employer introductions, and graduate school information sessions are held weekly on Zoom.

Clubs & Activities

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  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
Sept 2, 2021
All questions can be directed to sacfair@sacfunded.net.

Community Engagement

Students studying remotely maintain many ways to engage in their community, through signature initiatives such as the Civic House, Netter Center, or Paideia Program.

Local, national, and global engagement opportunities can also be found in many Penn student organizations.

Cultural Centers

Penn is home to six cultural resource centers providing extensive virtual programming and supports to students whether on campus, off-campus, or studying remotely from afar.  

Greenfield Intercultural Center: The Greenfield Intercultural Center (GIC) fosters intercultural understanding on campus through cross-cultural activism, reflection, and dialogue.

The Center for Hispanic Excellence: La Casa Latina: La Casa Latina promotes greater awareness of Latinx issues, culture, and identity at Penn.

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center: The LGBT Center fosters the success of Penn’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students and increases the Penn community’s awareness, understanding, and acceptance of its sexual and gender minority members.

Makuu: The Black Cultural Center: Makuu seeks to enrich and support the principles of diversity and community in Penn student life, with an emphasis on students of African descent.

Pan-Asian American Community House: PAACH serves as the central resource for advising East Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander American students, student organizations, and their activities, as well as those interested in the Asian American diaspora.

Penn Women’s Center: PWC’s mission is to promote gender justice, and to empower, support, and advance personal and professional development.

DACA & Undocumented Student Resources

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 DACAinfo@upenn.edu. 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 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

First-Generation Students/ Penn First Plus

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:

- Academics
- Finances

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

- The FGLI Program at the Greenfield Intercultural Center
- PENNCAP
- 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.

Fraternity & Sorority Life; Greek Chapter Housing

Penn’s 47 recognized fraternity and sorority chapters will conduct virtual recruitment and activities for the Spring 2021 semester.

There are 32 official Greek chapter houses at Penn.

Information for Spring 2021 residents can be found here.

Learn more about virtual recruitment here. 

HUB@Penn

Find the support resources you need on and around Penn's campus!

International Students

International Students and Scholar Services (ISSS) provides comprehensive support to all international students at Penn, whether on campus, off campus, or studying remotely abroad.

Students are urged to connect with their personal ISSS advisor, and also to review updates to the website detailing COVID-19 implications for international students.

 

Performing Arts

The Platt Student Performing Arts House assists student performing groups meeting, learning, rehearsing, and making art during this virtual academic year.

Students also can interact directly with leaders of the Performing Arts Council and member groups, as well as independent arts organizations unaffiliated with PAC.

Research & Fellowships

The Center for Undergraduate Research & Fellowships offers comprehensive support for students on campus, off-campus, or at home in remote learning.

Students can meet virtually with staff to explore research opportunities, pursue fellowships or prizes  -- including the President’s Engagement Prize and President’s Innovation Prize.