2020-21 Undergraduate Student Information
The following information applies to undergraduate Communication majors as well as other undergraduates enrolled in Communication classes through the end of Summer 2021. The College of Arts and Sciences also regularly posts information for students.
Vaccine & Testing Requirements
As announced by the University on August 25, all current students. faculty, staff, and postdocs are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than October 15, 2021 unless you have a religious or medical exemption. You can record your COVID-19 vaccination status securely and confidentially in Workday. Those who do not record a vaccination will face disciplinary action up to and including termination. Visit the University's vaccination page for more details.
All students are required to participate in an initial gateway test upon arrival to campus. More information on how to schedule a test can be found in this scheduling tip sheet.
All students enrolled in an on-campus program will be required to take COVID screening tests twice a month. These are saliva-based tests.
Students who have not yet reported being fully vaccinated must continue to test twice a week unless they submit vaccine documentation. After October 15, those who have been granted a medical or religious exemption from vaccination will be required to continue to test twice a week.
In addition, any member of the Penn community who wants to access a COVID screening test for any reason may participate in volunteer testing by scheduling a screening test.
For symptom tracking and contact tracing purposes, everyone on campus is now required to complete PennOpen Pass every day.
Penn’s and Annenberg’s normal grading and course registration (add, drop, withdrawal, and pass/fail) policies will resume.
Undergraduates can now sign up for virtual advising appointments with Kim Woolf or Litty Paxton
The Annenberg School building is now open to undergraduate students. Please show your Penn ID to the security guard at the door. Please remember that you must wear a mask at all times in the building.
In-person classes have begun for the Fall 2021 semester.
If You Are Sick
Any student who is showing COVID-19 symptoms, has tested positive, or has health-related questions, can call Penn’s Student Health Service at 215-746-3535 for guidance. Students outside of the Philadelphia region can still contact Student Health, or they can contact their provider closer to home. Penn Student Health Insurance covers students anywhere they go.
Students who are unable to participate in classes remotely due to illness should email their instructors.
Beginning Monday, August 30, the Annenberg Library will be open from 9am to 5pm on weekdays. It will be closed on weekends.
If Communication majors or undergraduates enrolled in Communication classes have any other concerns not addressed here, please contact Basha Starr, Registrar and Associate Director of Student Services.