Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Penn Engineering thanks everyone for their continued vigilance in adhering to the University’s public health guidelines. In an effort to consolidate multi-sourced information in a single location, the topic areas provided below should succinctly address specific questions from students, postdocs, faculty and staff:

Testing

  • Fully vaccinated and boosted students, faculty, staff, and postdocs: Screening testing is not required at this time for those who are fully vaccinated and up-to-date with their booster vaccines.
  • Students, faculty, staff, and postdocs who are not up-to-date on vaccines and/or have not uploaded their vaccine information: University students, faculty, staff, and postdocs who are not yet fully vaccinated and boosted and/or have not uploaded their vaccine information into the appropriate system of record are required to take part in screening testing twice each week.
  • Optional Screening Testing for Vaccinated Individuals: All members of the Penn community will continue to have access to COVID-19 testing on campus for any reason as an added measure of comfort.

All University community members must schedule their Penn Cares screening test online: covidscheduling.upenn.edu/.

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Vaccination

All students, faculty, and staff are required to receive a COVID-19 booster shot. Anyone who is not yet eligible for the booster must receive the shot within 30 days of becoming eligible. Visit the Public Health Guidance page for more information.

All students should upload their booster documentation to their Student Health Portal. Faculty, staff, and postdocs should upload their information into Workday. Step-by-step instructions for uploading vaccine information into Workday can be found here: Self Service: Enter Vaccination Information.

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Masks

April 22, 2022

We are very pleased to let you know that, in alignment with the changes announced earlier today by the City of Philadelphia, our campus will now operate at Protective Measures Level 1. This level means that masks are no longer required in indoor public spaces on campus. They continue to be required in classrooms, healthcare settings, and Penn Transit.

The University’s masking guidance is based on the City of Philadelphia’s COVID Response Levels and rates of positivity on campus.

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Meals

Individual eating areas are clearly marked throughout the complex; unmarked areas should not be used for indoor eating. Indoor eating must be done with 6-foot distancing in place.

Outdoor eating spaces are available throughout the complex. Group eating can occur in outdoor eating areas. LEARN MORE

Events

Indoor events are allowed; masking is required of all attendees.

  • Gatherings with visitors (that are not course meetings in classrooms with members of the Penn Community) are strongly recommended to meet the following guidelines:
    • Held outside whenever possible
    • Require face covering
    • Discourage food unless it can be delivered in a responsible manner (i.e., grab and go, individual plating/portioning/boxed meals, no self-serve buffets)
    • Observe social distancing whenever possible
  • Students interested in holding events within the School of Engineering and Applied Science should visit the Student Room Reservation System to check availability and submit a request for review.  Submissions will be reviewed by Academic Services and Penn Engineering Space and decisions will be relayed to requestors.

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Student Illness

In the event that a student becomes sick or is in isolation over the course of the semester, the instructor should work out a plan with the student to maintain the student’s progress in the course. The plan should consider the health of the student and the possible duration of the illness. The instructor may decide to record their lectures, to use pre-recorded lectures, or to develop an alternative method to maintain the student’s satisfactory progress. LEARN MORE

PennOpen Pass

PennOpen Pass should be filled out by each of us, every day of the week, regardless of whether we come to campus. LEARN MORE

Using PennOpen Pass

Instructors and TAs may choose to ask their class or recitation to show their green Open Pass. However, students should not be singled out in a class to show their Open Pass. As a courtesy to the students, instructors and TAs should show students their green Open Pass if they ask students for proof of a green Open Pass. If a red Open Pass is discovered, instructors and TAs should ask the student to leave the building.

Staff meeting with students in offices may ask the student to show their green Open Pass. As a courtesy to the students, staff should show the student their Open Pass when asking students to show their Green Pass.

Visitors + PennOpen Campus

A vaccination, symptom check, and exposure reporting tool designed to reduce the risk of visitors spreading COVID-19 within the Penn community, PennOpen Campus is for use by University program participants, occasional visitors, and vendors who are not regularly on campus, and non-badged contractors.

PennOpen Campus should be used for visitor screening. Visitors can access information on how PennOpen Campus works. LEARN MORE

Remote Instruction

Undergraduate and graduate classes must be delivered using an in-person instructional format. Remote lectures can be used for students in isolation, and technologies are available for instructors to record their lectures under these circumstances.

Workplace Accommodation

Staff who desire special accommodations in the workplace should contact their supervisor and seek guidance. Students who desire special accommodations should contact their faculty mentor or supervisor for advice on how to proceed. Faculty and postdocs who seek special accommodations should discuss their situation with the department chair for guidance. For teaching accommodation, faculty should consult the provost guide. LEARN MORE

Contact Tracing

A person tests positive. Once the positive result is known, an interview is conducted by contact tracers. During that interview, contacts are gathered and activities (on and off campus) are assessed for risk. Once contacts are known, risk level for exposure is assessed (e.g. mask use, duration of contact). Those with identified risk are notified and offered guidance. Spaces on campus where the person who tested positive may have been during their infectious period are identified. The spaces are also assigned risk levels and EHRS is notified for cleaning. Not all people who test positive are on campus during their infectious period. If at any time someone believes they have been exposed but have not been notified, they can and should report that exposure to PennOpen Pass so contact tracers can offer guidance and next steps. While testing is not always recommended based on exposure risk, it is available as a benefit to the Penn Community. The person who tests positive is offered isolation guidance and next steps (e.g. notify manager/faculty/advisor). Close contacts are notified and provided guidance and next steps. LEARN MORE

Current Guidelines for Penn Engineering

Guideline Inside Outside
Masking required if fully vaccinated no no
Physical distancing required (no food) no no
Physical distancing required (while eating) yes no
Meetings and events allowed yes yes
Serving food at meetings or events yes yes
Eating spaces available yes yes
Visitors allowed yes yes
Undergraduate work/research yes yes
High School work/research yes yes

Building Access Information

All of our buildings are open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. You will still need your valid PennCard ID to enter buildings via card readers.

Visitor Information

Penn Engineering remains a School within a University that welcomes visitors from all areas of the world. Members of the Penn Engineering community who invite visitors should work with those individuals to adhere to the guidelines below.

At no point should visitors be required to provide their vaccination card, either to the host or any other person in the community.

Single-day Visitors

1) Visitors must provide contact information prior to their visit, including their name, an email address, a phone number, and the name(s) of people they will be visiting. In addition, visitors must complete an attestation form that indicates they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Acceptable vaccinations include:

  • Pfizer/BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • Johnson and Johnson/Janssen
  • AstraZeneca
  • Covishield
  • Sinopharm
  • Sinovac

The form containing this information is found through this link.

2) On the day of their visit, the visitor must complete the symptom check on PennOpen Campus to receive a green pass. The visitor must show their green PennOpen Pass to their host upon arriving.

3) Visitors must wear Penn-approved facemasks and wear them at all times during their visit. For more information on Penn-approved facemasks, please see guidance provided by the Penn Environmental Health and Radiation Safety (EHRS) office.

Infrequent Daily Visitors (no more than one visit per week)

The guidelines used for single-day visitors will apply, where visitors will need to obtain a green OpenPass for each visit date. They must provide contact information and attestation of vaccination. Use this link.

Frequent Visitors

1. If the individual will be visiting for a period of less than 6 weeks, they should fill out this form to describe the nature and frequency of their campus visits. All guidelines used for less frequent visitors apply.

2. Longer-term visitors, including scholarly visitors, adjunct faculty and national/international research collaborators, must follow all of the public health guidelines prescribed for daily visitors. If the visitor is unvaccinated, they must complete a vaccination regimen and work remotely until fully vaccinated. They must complete this form prior to their arrival on campus.

Visitors + Penn OpenCampus

A vaccination, symptom check, and exposure reporting tool designed to reduce the risk of visitors spreading COVID-19 within the Penn community, PennOpen Campus is for use by University program participants, occasional visitors, vendors who are not regularly on campus, and non-badged contractors. LEARN MORE

Academic Program Information

All students are required to be vaccinated and upload their vaccination information. All pre-pandemic policies and procedures for both undergraduate and graduate student programs will be in place for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Page last updated: May 13, 2022 @ 7:18 AM