Penn is taking steps to protect the health and well-being of our community in response to the global coronavirus outbreak. Eliminating large gatherings and creating social distancing are important steps to help prevent the spread of the disease, so most on-campus public events have been canceled or postponed, while other events will take place online. After extending Spring Break by one week, the University has transitioned to remote learning. Classes resumed online on Monday, March 23, 2020.
The Penn website dedicated to Coronavirus issues, which is being continuously updated, is coronavirus.upenn.edu. Topics covered there include:
Health information and guidance
General workplace and home precautions
HR resources for supervisors and staff
Recommendations on domestic and international travel
Faculty guidance for teaching remotely
Government and regulatory information
The answers to some frequently asked questions—and information specific to Weitzman students, faculty and staff— appear below. Additional answers and information can be found on the website mentioned above.
In this stressful time, be aware that there are extensive support resources available to students. One call to the HELP LINE can assist you in finding personal and mental health support. Similarly, faculty and staff always have access to Penn’s Employee Assistance Program.
This page will be updated as new information becomes available.
Last updated March 23, 2020, 12:50pm.
Stay home if you’re sick. If you have symptoms of acute respiratory illness, you should stay home until you are free of fever (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or 37.8 degrees Centigrade).
Wash your hands throughout the day for at least 20 seconds using soap and running water.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, or with your upper sleeve if you don’t have a tissue.
We will be posting signs throughout Weitzman buildings to remind you about these habits and provide additional guidance.
Enhanced Environmental and Cleaning Procedures
The Office of Operations and Planning, with guidance from the University, has intensified the housekeeping procedures at all Weitzman buildings to hospital-grade standards, so that frequently touched surfaces (e.g., doorknobs, light switches, countertops) are treated with appropriate cleaning solutions and with greater frequency. Hand sanitizer that meets Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines is available on multiple floors in Meyerson Hall, and we have ordered additional supplies to be available at our other buildings.
Events and Public Programs
Among the mitigation practices that have been implemented in the interest of social distancing, gatherings of large groups and public events have been canceled or postponed. Visit the Weitzman Calendar of Events to learn about the status of previously announced events.
Travel Policies and Campus Restrictions
Effective immediately and until further notice, the University is prohibiting all University-related travel without exception. This includes both outbound domestic and international travel, as well as for all visitors coming to campus. In addition, all members of the Penn community are discouraged from any personal travel, which could result in quarantine upon your return.
Contact the Division of Public Safety 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 215.573.3333 or dial 5111 from a campus phone.
The PennComm operations center supports non-English speakers with the use of AT&T’s Language Line, which permits ESL speakers to contact the emergency number and communicate with an emergency dispatcher in over 120 different languages. Additionally, the Language Line can be employed by any UPPD officer in a face-to-face interaction, where the ESL speaker can request to communicate to the Penn Police in his/her own native language via a phone call.