Student Campus Compact FAQ

 

Health & Wellness

  1. Do I have to wear a mask the entire time I’m on campus?

    You are required to wear a face covering any time you leave your place of residence, including when you are outdoors on campus.

  2. What is PennOpen Pass? Do I have to use it?

    PennOpen Pass is part of Penn’s strategy to reduce the risk of COVID-19 to the Penn community. The purpose of this program is to:

    1. Identify individuals whose health may be at risk and/or may pose health risks to others due to COVID-19
    2. To ensure that individuals at risk receive appropriate assistance and follow up, which may include COVID-19 testing, self-isolation, contact tracing, and medical care
    3. To monitor trends related to COVID-19 to ensure timely allocation of resources for campus health and safety

    The entire community is healthier when PennOpen Pass is used daily—even on the days you’re NOT coming to campus.

    Enroll in PennOpen Pass here.

  3. I’m worried about my privacy using PennOpen Pass. Who sees the results?

    We are committed to protecting your privacy. See the PennOpen Pass Privacy Statement for more information.

  4. What do I do if I feel sick?

    If you have concerns about your health, a health care provider is available to speak with you. You may reach out to Student Health (215-746-3535) to discuss your concerns with a medical provider via telehealth. They can give you medical advice as well as determine if an in-person appointment is necessary. In order to maintain the safety of all students and staff, and under CDC guidance, Student Health Service is NOT taking walk-in appointments. Please CALL FIRST: 215-746-3535. If SHS is closed, on-call providers are available for urgent telehealth consultations.

    You should also stay home and away from others to minimize opportunities to make others sick. Continue to wear a face covering.

    On a daily basis, you will be asked to complete a health questionnaire on PennOpen Pass. Based on that questionnaire you may be directed to call the PennOpen Pass Call Center (215)573-6355 for further guidance. 

    Depending on the nature of your illness, Student Health and/or Campus Health will work with you to determine when you should return to any in-person activities, including classes.

    The usual policies and procedures around absences apply for both in-person and online classes. If you are sick and cannot participate in classes or finish assignments, notify your instructor via email or Canvas as soon as possible. Undergraduate students should use the Course Absence Report system to report absences for both online and in-person classes.

  5. What is the University’s plan if there are cases on campus? Or a significant resurgence in Philadelphia?

    There will be cases of COVID-19 on campus. We can mitigate them quickly by utilizing the safety measures outlined in the Student Compact: wear a mask or face covering, physically distance, use PennOpen Pass daily, and participate actively in public health activities such as contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine.

    Penn has a panel of public health experts who will be continuously reviewing the state of the disease on campus and in the local community, will be assessing trends, and will make any necessary adjustments in the academic schedule or student life directives based on this evidence.

  6. What happens when a student tests positive?

    Student health and wellbeing, student privacy, and the student’s ability to maintain an active role in the public health process are of utmost importance to us. It is also important to know that no student is ever in trouble or penalized for being sick or exposed to a communicable illness.

    Penn has seen many cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic started in the Spring. We are prepared to support a student through the infection, regardless of the levels of symptoms. Our focus is on getting you better and managing the well-being of your friends and contacts in the process. A contact tracer follows up with any student who tests positive to ensure the student isolates and gets the needed healthcare. The notification of contacts is performed without identifying the student source, and notifies others who have had high-risk exposure.

    If you have concerns about your health, a health care provider is available to speak with you. You may reach out to Student Health (215-746-3535) to discuss your concerns with a medical provider via telehealth. They can give you medical advice as well as determine if an in-person appointment is necessary. In order to maintain the safety of all students and staff, and under CDC guidance, Student Health Service is NOT taking walk-in appointments. Please CALL FIRST: 215-746-3535. If SHS is closed, on-call providers are available for urgent telehealth consultations.

  7. What is a close contact?

    With COVID-19, close contacts are identified as housemates, roommates, intimate partners, and those who spent 15+ minutes within 6 feet of a confirmed case. That last definition could identify many contacts. In the case of clinical and lab settings, PPE often mitigates the risk of proximity+length of exposure. To ensure this is the case, the case investigation asks very detailed questions about these interactions to ensure the appropriate risk is assigned.

  8. What happens to the close contact?

    Any close contacts identified as at risk of exposure to a suspect or confirmed case are notified to quarantine. Isolation and quarantine lengths are subject to change, but guidelines often dictate up to 14 days. Students in quarantine or isolation receive continued care and support from Student Health and CAPS clinicians as needed or requested.

    For close contacts of a confirmed case, testing is offered on Day 7 post-exposure. The incubation period for COVID-19 is 2-14 days. Testing a close contact on Day 7 post-exposure allows us to capture most new cases related to the initial exposure.

    Penn Environmental Health and Radiation Safety and the Center for Public Health Initiatives are responsible for contacting staff and faculty with high-risk exposure, also without identifying the student.

  9. Do you notify my school about my need to quarantine or isolate?

    Because we want students to feel empowered to participate in these important public health activities, students are encouraged to notify the School (or program) themselves of their need to be out of class or clinicals. If that is not an option for them, or if they feel uncomfortable doing so, the contact tracers will notify the school on their behalf.

    There are additional protocols in place for students with in-person clinical requirements: the contact tracers coordinate patient outreach with the school if the student has had recent patient interactions. The contact tracers will coordinate patient outreach with the school if a student in a clinical setting tests positive and has had recent patient interactions.

    There are also additional protocols for students in field placements and internships: those students testing positive will be required to report their COVID-19 status to the local health department where the field placement is located; the Philadelphia Department of Health can help coordinate this communication.

    Students in quarantine or isolation receive continued care and support from Student Health and CAPS clinicians as needed or requested.

  10. What happens if a student was exposed to someone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19?

    If you have had a recent exposure to someone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 (excluding contact during patient care with appropriate personal protective equipment or PPE), you will be asked to take the following steps:

    1. Call Student Health at 215-746-3535 to speak with a provider.
    2. Wear your facial covering. Return home once you’ve been tested and avoid contact with others, including the people you live with. Campus Health will work with you to determine when you should return to any in-person activities, including classes.

    Notification of illness and participation in contact tracing efforts is one of the top ways students can help support the health and safety of the Penn community.

  11. Am I required to get a COVID test? When/how often? Will I have to pay?

    Students will be tested upon return to Penn in the Fall. There will be no charge to the student for the testing done upon arrival. This is above and beyond what is recommended by the CDC. Contacts of confirmed cases are offered testing on Day 7 post-exposure. At this time, broad scale testing of anyone other than confirmed close and high-risk contacts is generally not recommended.

    PennOpen Pass will also identify students, staff, and faculty meeting the criteria for COVID-19 testing.

    If you have concerns about your health, a health care provider is available to speak with you. You may reach out to Student Health (215-746-3535) to discuss your concerns with a medical provider via telehealth. They can give you medical advice as well as determine if an in-person appointment is necessary. In order to maintain the safety of all students and staff, and under CDC guidance, Student Health Service is NOT taking walk-in appointments. Please CALL FIRST: 215-746-3535. If SHS is closed, on-call providers are available for urgent telehealth consultations.

  12. How will the University be conducting contact tracing?

    Campus Health oversees contact tracing for students. Cases or reported exposures come to Campus Health from many data systems and sources including a referral from SHS, a self-report from a student, and PennOpen Pass.

    Penn Environmental Health and Radiation Safety and the Center for Public Health Initiatives are overseeing contact tracing for faculty and staff.

  13. I have an underlying medical condition that puts me at higher risk, or someone in my family/household does. What should I do?

    Follow the same public health precautions recommended for everyone. Wear a mask, use PennOpen Pass daily, monitor your health, and refrain from your normal activities should you feel sick or have been exposed to someone who may have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

    If you have concerns about your health, a health care provider is available to speak with you. You may reach out to Student Health (215-746-3535) to discuss your concerns with a medical provider via telehealth. They can give you medical advice as well as determine if an in-person appointment is necessary. In order to maintain the safety of all students and staff, and under CDC guidance, Student Health Service is NOT taking walk-in appointments. Please CALL FIRST: 215-746-3535. If SHS is closed, on-call providers are available for urgent telehealth consultations.

  14. Are students required to get a flu shot?

    Yes. Students on campus will be required to get a flu vaccine.

  15. I’ve become aware that another student is not complying with the Campus Compact. What should I do?

    Compliance with the public health requirements specified in the Student Compact is a shared responsibility. Each of us is accountable to everyone else. People may need reminders to wear a facial covering or provide adequate physical distancing from time to time. Any member of the community should feel empowered to provide that reminder in the moment as needed. For non-compliance that you cannot address with a reminder in the moment, you may bring a case to the Compact Review Panel for investigation and action.

  16. Will the University provide masks?

    Many programs and offices will provide facial coverings for students. However, you are encouraged to bring your own facial coverings with you when you come to campus.

  17. Will there be increased mental health resources for the community during this time?

    CAPS continues to be available to the Penn community, both in person and virtually. Additionally, any student in isolation or quarantine is checked in on regularly by the clinicians in Wellness and offered additional care and support.

  18. What cleaning protocols are in place for campus buildings?

    In addition to our Standard Operating Procedure, Penn maintains, cleans, and disinfects in accordance with CDC guidelines. We use a Hospital Grade Disinfectant when disinfecting buildings daily and have implemented a fluorescent marking system that allows us to verify cleaning techniques. We are also using electrostatic sprayers in athletic areas.

 

Campus Movement

  1. What will be required to get into buildings?

    The PennOpen Pass program is a daily symptom checker to reduce the risk of COVID-19 to the Penn community. After enrollment, users complete a quick survey. If you have no symptoms and have not been in recent contact with someone who may have COVID-19, you get a Day Pass to enter Penn buildings. Otherwise, the tool will direct you to next steps. Anyone who plans to enter campus buildings must have a Day Pass through the PennOpen Pass program.

    Enroll in PennOpen Pass here.

  2. Where can I hang out with my friends?

    You must abide by public health guidelines at all times. You should minimize face to face contact with others and must maintain proper physical distancing at all times (at least 6 feet of separation) and must wear a facial covering whenever you leave your place of residence or are in physical proximity to other people (even in your place of residence).

    Meal times remain the highest risk setting because it creates more respiratory secretions and your mask or facial covering is removed. It is essential students maintain physical distancing during all meals.

  3. I don’t live on or near campus, where can I hang out or eat in between classes?

    You must abide by public health guidelines at all times. You should minimize face to face contact with others and must maintain proper physical distancing at all times (at least 6 feet of separation) and must wear a facial covering whenever you leave your place of residence or are in physical proximity to other people (even in your place of residence).

    Meal times remain the highest risk setting because it creates more respiratory secretions and your mask or facial covering is removed. It is essential students maintain physical distancing during all meals.

  4. Will Penn Transit be operating?

    Yes, Penn Transit will be operating, but you are encouraged to walk to your destination if you are able to do so since vehicles cannot and should not accommodate large numbers. Be sure to check PennRides on Request for schedules and wait times as they are likely to be longer than usual.

 

Travel and Guests

  1. I normally commute to campus using public transportation. Will that be allowed?

    Yes, students, staff, and faculty are permitted to commute to campus using public transportation. You must wear a facial covering and allow for adequate physical distancing on public transportation.

  2. I normally commute to campus from outside of Philadelphia, or another state. Will that be allowed?

    Yes, students, staff, and faculty are permitted to commute to campus from outside of Philadelphia. However, only come to campus for study or work as is necessary. You are encouraged to study and work remotely as much as possible.

  3. I need to travel to conduct my research. Will that be allowed?

    All domestic and international Penn-affiliated travel is currently suspended. Visit Travel Guidelines and Procedures for more information.

  4. I would like to travel home to visit my family a few times during the semester. Will that be allowed?

    Personal travel is strongly discouraged and should be undertaken only when necessary. Depending on the travel destination, you may need to self-quarantine for 14 days upon return to Philadelphia. Unnecessary social trips, whether outside of the Philadelphia area or within the city limits, do not comply with the Student Compact.

    Students will commit to stay on or close to campus between the beginning of the semester and the Thanksgiving break. Students should also not plan to travel on the weekends.

  5. If I do travel, will I be required to quarantine when I return to Philadelphia?

    You may be required to quarantine depending on where you travelled. Quarantine requirements are imposed by the city and state regulations, not just Penn.

  6. Can I have guests in my on-campus residence?

    No. Guests will not be permitted on campus during the Fall semester.

  7. Can I have overnight guests in my off-campus residence?

    It is strongly discouraged to have guests visit during the Fall semester.

 

Social Life and Recreation

  1. Are student groups allowed to meet?

    Students should 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, must observe the physical distancing guidelines, facial covering and other COVID-19-related safety protocols adopted by the University.

  2. Can I perform with my student group?

    Yes, you may synchronously practice and perform with your performing arts group online and virtually whenever possible and must observe physical distancing and facial covering requirements if you are in-person.

  3. What is going to happen if I go to a party?

    There should not be any parties on or off campus. Any student who holds or attends a party is in violation of the Compact.

  4. Will Pottruck and Fox Fitness Centers be open?

    The Pottruck and Fox Fitness Centers will resume activity in a phased approach for operating hours, programs, and services.  However, in order to comply with health standards, the facility capacity will be reduced to ensure appropriate physical distancing and reservations will be required.

  5. Can I use Penn Park?

    Penn Park walkways remain open during normal Park hours for walking and light jogging with proper physical distancing measures. All athletic fields remain closed but Outdoor Tennis is scheduled to resume activity in August. Recreational use of the Franklin Field Track will be made available to the campus community at a later date as part of a phased programming plan.

 

Other

  1. Is there a Faculty/Staff compact?

    The public health requirements concerning physical distancing, facial coverings, access to campus, travel and other COVID-19-related safety protocols apply to faculty, staff, and students. Staff and faculty have distinct return to work protocols that are handled through Human Resources as well as the Schools.

  2. What is the Compact Review Panel?

    The Compact Review Panel is a public health response group 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. The Panel is not part of the University Disciplinary structure, though it may refer a case to the Office of Student Conduct or other disciplinary group as appropriate.