Spring 2021 In-Person Events
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In accordance with the Campus Compact, all students agree to participate in student life activities virtually unless otherwise given explicit, official approval by a Penn staff person to convene in person and to refrain from organizing, hosting, or attending any events or gatherings that do not comply with university and government public safety protocols and guidelines.
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 groups should not request consideration more than two weeks before the desired date, as all requests must be evaluated based on the prevailing public health guidance at the time of submission.
- 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 proposed event.
- Requests may be denied for myriad reasons. Approved events are not guaranteed and may be cancelled if public health guidance necessitates.
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 Office of Student Activities has put together a Frequently Asked Questions page for Student Groups in response to altered University operations during the pandemic.