Remote Resources & Activities

Spring Semester 2021
Content Last Updated 2/24/2021

Undergraduate School COVID-19 Pages 

Student Requirements

Campus Compact

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

Penn Cares: COVID-19 Testing & Dashboard

All students will be required to undergo COVID-19 testing this semester. Undergraduates must complete two tests per week.  

Students will take saliva-based tests. In contrast to familiar nasal swabs, used for symptomatic and close contact testing, saliva samples are collected non-invasively. Samples are analyzed on or near campus, allowing for more rapid results. 

PennOpen Pass

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.

Spring 2021 In-Person Event Request Form

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-hosted events are restricted to class days and may not be hosted after April 29th. 
All requests should be submitted by April 22 for full consideration.


  • 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.

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 Spring 2021 semester. Examples include:

- Spring 2021 Financial Aid updates
- 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

View recent Penn notifications.

Move-in, Getting Settled

Class of 2024

Spring Activities Fair - Jan. 26

Penn Traditions

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:

- Spring 2021 Move-In
- Spring 2021 Dining
- Residential Handbook

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Spring 2021 In-Person Event Request Form

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-hosted events are restricted to class days and may not be hosted after April 29th. 
All requests should be submitted by April 22 for full consideration.


  • 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.

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

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. 

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

What is a Pod?

“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. 

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. A FAQ guide regarding interpersonal violence resources and COVID is available here (PDF).  

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 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 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 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

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. 

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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.

Spring Activities Fair - Jan. 26

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.

Resources by Class

Class of 2021

Penn Traditions

Resources and guidance for seniors can be found on the Class of 2021 Facebook page, Instagram

Class of 2022

Penn Traditions

Resources for juniors can be found on the Class of 2022 Facebook page and by email.

Class of 2023

Resources for Sophomores can be found at: 

- Class of 2023 Board 
- Second Year Experience, including signature events like Sophomore Day and U-Night.
 - Penn Traditions

Class of 2024

Spring Activities Fair - Jan. 26

Penn Traditions