Student Campus Compact


All of us in the Penn community have a communal responsibility, as we continue to navigate these challenging and unprecedented times, to balance the health and safety needs of our community with the University’s core missions. To carry on the educational, academic, research, and service missions of our University while minimizing person-to-person transmission of COVID-19 and protecting those most vulnerable to the disease, Penn puts forth this 2020-2021 Student Compact that outlines our behavioral expectations for all Penn students regardless of where you are living during the 2021-2021 academic year. By enrolling as a student in 2020-2021, you agree to adhere to the expectations for physical distancing and public behavior detailed below. Further, you agree to adhere to strict physical distancing and use of facial coverings for the 14 days prior to your return to Philadelphia and/or the University of Pennsylvania campus community, and we ask parents and families to discuss health and safety as it relates to off-campus spaces and personal relationships.

Penn is committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of students and those with whom they interact. We expect all students to follow public health guidelines for wearing masks, physical distancing, etc. Penn has created many new services and safety nets to help keep the members of our community safe. Among these is PennOpen Pass, which is a daily symptom check program offering easy access to clinical advice and/or COVID19 testing.


University of Pennsylvania Student Campus Compact 2020-2021

I understand, as a member of the Penn community during the 2020-2021 academic year, that I am an important part of the Penn community and that we are stronger as a community when we all do our part to keep our campus safe. I understand that the health and safety measures I am being asked to undertake are necessary to protect the health and safety of others in my community and beyond. I agree to abide by all federal, state, city, and University of Pennsylvania mandates, policies, protocols, and procedures related to COVID-19, and I agree to participate in any required training.

I understand that violations of this Compact will be handled by a Compact Review Panel, whose process is described below. I agree that, should the panel determine that my behavior jeopardized the health and safety of others in the Penn community, I may be directed to refrain from participating in any on-campus activities (while permitted to continue my academic program remotely), my access to campus buildings may be restricted, and my PennCard may be deactivated for a period of time as determined by the panel. I further agree that violations of the Compact may also be grounds for disciplinary review and action by the Office of Student Conduct.



  • To collaborate with Penn on daily wellness checks with the new PennOpen Pass program (, monitoring for symptoms, being tested as recommended by health professionals, complying with self-isolation and/or self-quarantine recommendations, and tracking my contacts should I test positive, as part of my public service to protecting my fellow students and Penn community members.
  • To maintain appropriate (6 feet) physical distance from others.
  • To wear a facial covering when I leave my place of residence.
  • To wash my hands frequently for at least 20 seconds throughout each day and before and after interactions with others.
  • To use alcohol-based disinfectant wipes provided throughout campus buildings to clean surfaces with which I come into contact, including but not limited to desks and seats in classrooms.
  • To be up-to-date on all vaccines.
  • To receive a flu shot.



  • To congregate only in designated outdoor and indoor areas of campus, wearing a facial covering, maintaining adequate physical distance, and complying with all signage.
  • To sit only in seats designated and clearly marked as available in classrooms and other campus buildings.
  • To follow procedures for entering and exiting classrooms and for entering and exiting rows of seating in classrooms, which will be clearly marked on signs in and around classrooms.
  • To follow procedures for entering and exiting campus buildings, which will be visible on signs near the entrances and exits of campus buildings.





  • To participate in student clubs, performing arts groups, intramural and club sports, and any other University-sponsored student life activity virtually as much as possible and, when not virtual, to observe the physical distancing guidelines and other COVID-19-related safety protocols adopted by the University.
  • To refrain from organizing, hosting, or attending events, parties, or other social gatherings off-campus that may cause safety risks to me and other members of the community.
  • To acknowledge that drinking alcohol and using other drugs will increase my risk of engaging in risky behavior and/or needing medical treatment, including the increased risk of being exposed to higher-risk contact with others. Alcohol consumption and recreational drug use will not be considered an excuse for unauthorized risky COVID-19-related behavior.



The expectations for Penn students in the Compact are guided by core values essential to every member of the Penn community in the 2020-21 academic year. We recognize that these challenging and unprecedented times call for changes in how we conduct both our institutional operations and our own lives. Penn’s core values remain constant, but these very values call for temporary changes which are necessary to protect everyone—our students, faculty, staff, postdocs, and community—to the best of our abilities. To provide everyone on campus with a reasonable sense of security, we must all agree—and know that everyone else on campus has agreed—to abide by certain behavioral guidelines. These guidelines may be modified and further specified over time as changes require.

Penn is committed to the health, safety and well-being of our students, staff, faculty, postdocs, and surrounding community. Therefore, all members of the Penn community are expected to follow public health guidelines for wearing facial coverings and maintaining adequate physical distancing at all times. Individuals experiencing symptoms of illness (fever, coughing, shortness of breath, etc.) will be required to follow recommendations of the Student Health Service or other health professionals.

Penn is committed to exceptional higher education. Students will continue to be challenged intellectually and engage in world-class scholarly opportunities. For the Fall 2020 semester, classes with more than 25 students will be recorded and have an online foundation. Classes with fewer than 25 students may have an in-person option, as space allows, and will be held in larger auditoriums or spaces with identified seating. Procedures for entering and exiting classrooms, as well as for entering and exiting rows of seating in classrooms, will be clearly posted in all classroom buildings. Class meetings will be recorded for students who need to engage in asynchronous learning for any period of time during the Fall 2020 semester.

Penn recognizes the importance of extra-curricular, social, and recreational activities as part of our educational experience, as long as they can be conducted safely both for their participants and for those with whom they may come into contact during and after those activities. To help ensure this safety, these activities must be conducted in accordance with all University safety protocols, including guidelines for physical distancing. Outdoor and indoor spaces across campus will provide a physical blueprint for students to safely gather and connect. Buildings will have signage with further information for students, designated social areas will be identified, and outdoor spaces will have identified seating and social configurations designed to maximize social connectivity while maintaining physical distance. Outdoor activities will be available to students as weather permits throughout the semester.


As a public health response group, the panel will be comprised of staff and faculty members with expertise in public health and student life. Any member of the Penn community may bring an alleged violation of the Compact to the panel for its review. The panel will gather the information it needs to assess whether a violation of the Compact occurred, the seriousness of the violation, whether prior violations have taken place, and other relevant circumstances to determine the appropriate public health response. As part of this information-gathering process, one or more members of the panel will interview the student charged with a violation, as well as any witnesses, and may also review relevant documents and other available information.

The panel will act quickly after completing its review of the information. There is no appeal of the public health response determined by the panel, as these decisions are being made to protect the health and safety of the community as a whole. A student who is found to be in violation of the Compact may also be referred to the Office of Student Conduct for possible disciplinary action pursuant to the University’s Code of Student Conduct. These actions may include suspension or expulsion depending on the egregiousness of the transgressions.


Last Updated - August 21, 2020 - 02:48pm