Update to all Graduate & Professional Students for Fall 2020
August 11, 2020
To: All Graduate and Professional Students
By now you may have seen the University-wide communication to undergraduate students with additional announcements about the fall semester. We’d like to follow up with information specific to graduate and professional students.
The 10% reduction in the University’s General Fee for Fall 2020 applies to all graduate, professional, and undergraduate students. While the University sets PhD tuition, professional schools and programs set their own tuition. If you have questions you should follow up with your program.
Graduate and professional students who have been already approved to live in Sansom Place will be accommodated in the Fall. Please also know that for those GAs in the College Houses with signed contracts, those contracts will be honored.
COVID testing will still be required for any student who is coming to campus during the fall semester. Students will be contacted by Penn Wellness with information about when and where free testing will be offered. These communications are being sent to small groups of graduate and professional students at a time, so please be understanding if you hear of students who are invited to testing before you have been. Additionally, all students are still expected to follow the Student Campus Compact.
We are striving to support our graduate and professional students through these disruptions. We will offer another round of Technology Grants for full- and part-time graduate and professional students; we expect to announce specific details very soon. Our long-standing Insurance Grants and Family Grants for PhD students are being offered earlier this year to help students with additional financial burdens.
The Center for Teaching & Learning has created several workshops specifically for students who will not be participating in TA training this fall, including: Facilitating Live Sessions, Facilitating Asynchronous Engagement, and Creating Community in Your Online Class.
Finally, we continue to provide virtual programs and resources for you. Grad Peer Accountability Groups, and workshops on virtual networking and interviewing are offered through our Graduate Student Center. The Family Resource Center is providing Adventure Time, Story Hour, and Science Saturdays for students with children.
We appreciate your flexibility as we work together to provide the best experience for our graduate and professional students under the current circumstances.
Wendell Pritchett, Provost
Beth A. Winkelstein, Deputy Provost