Penn will continue remote instruction for summer academic sessions starting May 26 due to the coronavirus outbreak.
In an email sent Wednesday afternoon to the Penn community, Provost Wendell Pritchett and Vice Provost for Education Beth Winkelstein wrote that the "current remote learning plan" will continue for credit-bearing courses for Penn's first six-week summer session and its 11-week session. The six week session runs from May 26 to July 1, and the 11-week session spans May 26 to Aug. 7. The email made no mention of the second six-week summer session, which is scheduled to start July 2.
"This decision, while not taken lightly, arises from the indefinite stay-at-home order in Philadelphia and the need to resume campus activities only when it is considered safe do so," the email read.
These remote summer sessions will offer many of the courses that were scheduled for on-campus instruction, the email read, and stressed that the summer roster is subject to change and depends on enrollments and available instructors.
Pritchett and Winkelstein encouraged undergraduates to check Penn InTouch for information about specific courses, and advised graduate and professional students to consult their individual program leaders.
"Our work of teaching, learning, and research at Penn will carry on, as we together face this ongoing global crisis," the email read. "We greatly appreciate the partnership of every member of the Penn community, and we will continue to update you as the situation moves forward."