Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impact

Spring 2021 Information

The Spring 2021 semester is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, January 20. Penn Engineering has created a Spring 2021 Information page to answer questions for students. This page will be updated as information and plans evolve.

To reach departments and offices that are operating remotely, please access this list. Members of the school community who will be on campus can also access and download the Penn Engineering Campus Community Guide 2020-21. This document contains helpful information for navigating the Penn Engineering campus during this time.

Resumption of Research Activities:

Penn Engineering is engaging in on-campus operations as approved by President Gutmann and in conjunction with the Office of the Vice Provost for Research.

The School is currently in Phase Fall Semester of Resumption of Research Activities, which began at the start of the Fall 2020 term.

The School 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 reopening. To request access, please contact

Community Information:

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).

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: Jan 15, 2021 @ 3:37 PM