Responding to COVID-19: Spring 2022

Overview

The University’s success in limiting the spread of COVID-19 over the past two years has demonstrated the effectiveness of using a multi-layered public health approach and of working together to promote the health of our community. We have also learned that plans often need to be modified based on changing conditions, and this remains true for the Spring 2022 Semester.  

For more information about the University's response to COVID-19 and Penn resources, visit coronavirus.upenn.edu. If you are not already receiving Weitzman community announcements about changes to our operations at your Penn email account, contact ithelp@design.upenn.edu.

Masking Requirement

As of May 18, 2022, masks are not required indoors in public and shared spaces, including classrooms. Masking is always an option for anyone who chooses to mask for any reason. Individual instructors may decide to require students to wear masks in their classroom and those who do should make that clear on their syllabus and to their students in the classroom. For more information, visit the University’s Public Health Guidance page.

Mandatory COVID-19 Testing

Students, faculty, postdocs, and staff who are not yet fully vaccinated or who have an approved COVID-19 vaccine exemption must test twice a week. (Members of the Penn community who have had a positive COVID-19 test in the past 90 days are exempt.)

More information about the Penn Cares Testing Program is available on the Penn COVID-19 Response website. 

Boosters

All students, faculty, and staff are required to receive a COVID-19 booster shot and to document it in Workday (faculty and staff) or the Student Health Portal (students). Effective March 14, 2022, those who have not yet uploaded their information, or are not yet booster-eligible, are required to undergo screening testing twice a week. This requirement will be lifted once the information is uploaded. Faculty and staff who are not boosted will not be eligible for COVID pay should they become ill.

As a reminder, the current guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that individuals are eligible for a booster five months after their second dose of a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine and two months after receiving the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Those who received a vaccine listed on the World Health Organization’s emergency use listing are eligible for a Pfizer-BioNTech booster shot five months after completion of their vaccination series.

For more information about the booster requirement, please visit the Public Health Guidancepage on the Penn Coronavirus website.

PennOpen Pass (for Students, Faculty, Staff) & PennOpen Campus (for Visitors)

Not feeling well? Know someone who has COVID-19? Think you might have been exposed? PennOpen Pass will guide you through next steps. When it doubt, fill it out!

Daily use of PennOpen Pass is encouraged, but not required, of all members of the Penn community. PennOpen Pass should be used by all students, faculty, postdocs, and staff to report new symptoms, exposures, and to schedule testing. In addition, faculty may ask students to show their Green PennOpen Pass as part of course meetings. For answers to frequently asked questions about PennOpen Pass, or to provide feedback, please visit the PennOpen Pass website. You can also direct questions to the PennOpen Pass Call Center: 215.573.6335.

Effective September 16, 2021, visitors are required to complete the PennOpen Campus symptom checker on the day of their visit and present a Green Pass upon request.

Essential Resources

We are stronger when we all do our part to keep our campus and our community healthy.

Penn Cares Coronavirus Website

Student Health and Counseling
215.746.3535

PennOpen Pass Call Center
215.573.6335

Penn Cares COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

Vaccines are one of the greatest tools in the fight against the pandemic. To find out about upcoming vaccine clinics at Penn and schedule an appointment, visit coronavirus.upenn.edu. To locate the closest retail pharmacy offering COVID-19 vaccines near you, visit vaccines.gov/search.

All students, faculty, staff, and post-docs are required to be vaccinated and boosted; exceptions will be provided only for medical or religious reasons. Students should submit their vaccine record to Student Health Portal; faculty, staff, and post-docs should submit their information to Workday. 

All members of the Penn community who do not have an approved exemption are required to get a COVID-19 booster by January 31, 2022 or within 30 days of becoming eligible, and to document their latest dose in Workday (faculty and staff) or the Student Health Portal (students). For more information about the booster requirement, please visit the Public Health Guidance page on the Penn Coronavirus website.

Individuals with a medical and religious exemption will be required to continue to participate in daily symptom checks on PennOpen Pass and weekly Penn Cares COVID-19 screening testing, and continue to wear masks indoors.

Penn COVID-19 Information and Resources

The Penn website dedicated to Coronavirus issues is coronavirus.upenn.edu. This site is being continuously updated, and topics covered there include:

  • Past University Announcements
  • Tools and guidelines for working remotely
  • Guidance for teaching remotely
  • Health information and guidance
  • Workplace and home precautions
  • Resources for supervisors and staff from Penn HR
  • Travel
  • Resumption of research

The COVID Resource Call Center provides assistance with testing, PennOpen Pass, contact tracing, and more. You can reach a call center representative Monday through Friday from 9:00am - 5:00pm (EST) at 215.573.7096 or covidresource@upenn.edu. Please visit Penn's COVID Resource Website for more information.

In this stressful time, be aware that there are extensive support resources available to students. One call to the HELP LINE (215.898.4357) can assist you in finding personal and mental health support for yourself or others in distress. It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

In addition, faculty and staff always have access to Penn’s Employee Assistance Program.

Healthy Habits

  • Stay home if you’re sick and report any possible COVID-19 symptoms when you complete your daily PennOpen Pass questionnaire. 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.

Weitzman Buildings: Eating and Drinking

Effective March 1, 2022, eating and drinking is again permitted inside Weitzman buildings for those who are fully vaccinated. You should wear an approve face covering at all times, except when you are actively eating and drinking. In addition, the following activities are  permitted in Weitzman buildings:

  • ​Indoor gatherings, including those with food and drink
  • Receptions for lectures, symposia, and events (Attendees must attest to being vaccinated against COVID-19 and register their contact information.)
  • Student social events, including Happy Hour (Attendees must attest to being vaccinated against COVID-19 and register their contact information.)
  • Meetings with food and drink
  • Eating and drinking within studios
  • Eating and drinking within offices

Public Events

Effective March 15, 2022, masking is optional in Penn buildings. However, visitors are required to complete the PennOpen Campus health screening questionnaire on the day of their visit and may be asked to present their Green Pass.

University-Related Emergencies

Contact the Division of Public Safety 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 215.573.3333 or dial 511 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.

UPenn Alert

If you are not already subscribed to receive UPenn Alert electronic notifications, you are urged to do so by visiting the Office of Public Safety website.

Previous Weitzman School Announcements

July 1, 2021, 10:52am
March 4, 2021, 11:27am
January 19, 2021, 2:33pm
November 2, 2020, 12:44pm
August 12, 2020, 4:43pm
May 27, 2020, 5:57pm
March 5, 2020, 9:13am