The University of Pennsylvania has instituted mitigation practices and policies in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Student Campus Compact
ALL students enrolled during the 2020-21 academic year are expected to adhere to the expectations for physical distancing and public behavior detailed in the Student Campus Compact.
Please note: In addition to behavioral and COVID-19 testing expectations, the Campus Compact requires all enrolled students to receive a flu shot this year. PSIP and many other insurers cover the flu shot for free. Students can receive a flu shot at Student Health or your primary care provider.
The Penn Cares public-health response to COVID-19 for the Spring 2021 semester includes a comprehensive testing strategy. Developed in partnership with Penn Medicine, it uses three distinct channels. Gateway testing helps to minimize the likelihood that persons arriving on campus can transmit infection, and provides a statistical baseline for tracking positivity rates. The official Penn screening test program uses an FDA-approved protocol and state-certified labs on campus to analyze saliva samples collected noninvasively to monitor transmission rates in the Penn population. Symptomatic individuals, those testing positive in screening, and close contacts of positive cases are tested using nasal swabs. These results are used to isolate confirmed cases and perform contact tracing.
For the Spring 2021 semester, graduate and professional students engaged in research activities on campus or living in the area will be required to be tested for COVID-19 once per week. Screening testing is available by appointment only. Those enrolled in surveillance testing can make an appointment and indicate your consent to testing (view copy of the consent form) by visiting the new web-based scheduling application. If you need assistance, please consult this tip sheet (PDF).
Any Penn student who needs to schedule a one-time COVID-19 test can do so by following the instructions provided on the Wellness COVID-19 page. This includes students who believe they may have been exposed to or who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
Students can look up their own test results in the new student results portal at: https://sct.wellness.upenn.edu
2020-21 Academic Year Information
The University will be opening up limited on-campus housing and expanding testing during the Spring 2021 semester. Instruction will still continue to be virtual with limited exceptions. Graduate and professional students engaged in research activities on campus or living in the area will be required to be tested for COVID-19 once per week.
Wellness at Penn and Penn Public Health have partnered to create new social media accounts to serve as a central source of COVID-19 information for the Penn community.
Be sure to follow @COVIDPenn on Instagram & Twitter for the latest guidance & public health information from Penn!