Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impact

Fall 2020 Information

As stated in the announcement from President Gutmann and Provost Pritchett,  Tuesday, September 1 will mark the start of the academic semester, as scheduled. Due to the inherent disease transmission risks associated with travel to and from campus, there will be no Fall Break and the last day of instruction on campus for undergraduates will be Friday, November 20. Classes will only be offered online beginning Monday, November 23 and will remain fully online through the end of the semester, including final exams which conclude on Tuesday, December 22.

Penn Engineering has created a Fall 2020 Information page to answer questions for new and returning students. This page will be updated as information and plans evolve.

Resumption of Research Activities:

As we now look ahead, Penn Engineering is working to gradually resume on-campus operations as approved by President Gutmann and in conjunction with the Office of the Vice Provost for Research. This page will be updated as information becomes available.

The School is currently in Phase 1 of Resumption of Research Activities, which began on June 8, 2020.

The School now has a Covid-19 Research and Academic Safety Reporting Committee who will serve as ears and eyes on campus and make it easy for community members to report egregious conduct or coercion in any form.

Access to Penn Engineering Buildings:

Access to all buildings in the Penn Engineering Complex is restricted to approved personnel. All laboratories and classrooms inside the complex are locked and accessible only to individuals who have had their activities approved as part of the Phase 1 reopening. To request access, please contact Access is currently prohibited for undergraduate students.

What to do if you feel ill:


Call Student Health with questions about COVID-19 or health-related travel questions at 215-746-3535. They have increased staff capacity in anticipation of increased call volume. Students are strongly discouraged from using the Emergency Department except for emergency situations (e.g. difficulty breathing, chest pain). More information can be found here.

Faculty + Staff:

Please contact your routine healthcare provider. Penn Telemedicine services (215-615-2222) are also available via OnDemand. More information on this benefit can be found here. Do not come to campus if you are feeling sick. If you are essential personnel, please communicate immediately to your leadership so that back-up personnel can be engaged. More information about COVID-19 can be found here.

Page last updated: Jul 1, 2020 @ 1:13 PM