2021-22 Faculty Information

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 fully vaccinated faculty, staff, and postdocs who are accessing campus for any reason during the Fall 2021 term also are required to participate in an ongoing screening test program. Each week, a random sample of those faculty, staff, and postdocs accessing campus will be notified by email if selected and will be required to get tested within two weeks of selection.

Students, faculty, staff, and postdocs 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.

PennOpen Pass

For symptom tracking and contact tracing purposes, everyone on campus is now required to complete PennOpen Pass every day, including weekends.

Employee Assistance Program

These are challenging times, and Penn’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides eligible faculty and staff and their families access to free, confidential, 24/7 counseling and referral services for personal and professional life issues from any location. Learn more about the EAP here.

If You Are Sick

In accordance with current guidelines, if you are feeling unwell, seek medical guidance. If you are unable to work due to COVID-19 illness, please email dean@asc.upenn.edu.

Library Access

The Annenberg Library is open from 9am to 5pm on weekdays. It will be closed on weekends. 

For the latest on this and other library services, consult the Penn Libraries' Phased Service Availability FAQ. Please email Katie Rawson with any questions.

Penn HR Guidance for Managers

Faculty who supervise staff members may find helpful this page of human resources-related guidance for supervisors created by Penn’s Human Resources. Please consult the staff page for information on how the phased return to campus affects staff.

Research Resumption

Effective immediately, on-campus research can be resumed.


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