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A student scans their ID card to enter Hill College House. Guests entering Penn buildings are also required to show their PennOpen Pass upon entering.

Credit: Kylie Cooper

With the opening of on-campus housing this spring, many buildings and facilities have expanded their hours and on-site offerings in accordance with University and city-wide public safety regulations. 

This semester, the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center will be available to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students living on campus and participating in the Penn Cares COVID-19 testing program. Additionally, Counseling and Psychological Services and Student Health Service will allow students to book both in-person and virtual appointments during the semester.

Residents will occupy 11 of 12 college houses this spring, in comparison to the five college houses that were open to undergraduates with outstanding circumstances in the fall. In order for students to enter a college house or any other campus building, they must present a green PennOpen Pass, verifying that they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms and have not been exposed to someone who tested positive.

Counseling and Psychological Services & Student Health Service 

Both CAPS and SHS are offering remote and in-person services to students on an appointment-only basis during the spring semester. 

Students can be evaluated for in-person appointments with CAPS Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. by calling 215-898-7021. To schedule a virtual appointment, students can call CAPS any time between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m on Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. 

SHS is open for in-person appointments Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students must book appointments in advance by calling 215-746-3535, and same-day appointments are available. SHS is also offering telehealth services from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

College Houses & Dining Halls

All rooms are single occupancy, and bathrooms cannot exceed a six-to-one ratio of students to bathroom, Penn President Amy Gutmann wrote in an email to the Penn community in October. Gregory College House is the only college house that will remain closed this semester as Penn finishes installing air conditioning, Penn Business Services Director of Communications and External Relations Barbara Lea-Kruger wrote in an email to The Daily Pennsylvanian.  

Hill College House and 1920 Commons offer three meals a day Monday to Friday, with brunch and dinner options available over the weekend. Falk Dining Commons and Lauder College House will be open with more limited hours. The Cafe at McClelland will only open for Quad residents, and Kings Court English House will be closed entirely. Dining halls will offer a combination of prepackaged meals and hot food that can be chosen by the student when they arrive, Lea-Kruger wrote. Students are strongly encouraged to use the Penn Eats app to reserve a pick-up time in order to observe COVID-19 physical distancing and occupancy requirements.

Houston Hall 

Houston Hall will operate as a COVID-19 testing site for the spring semester. The testing hours of operation are 8 a.m. through 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. 

Students should enter from Spruce Street to take the saliva-based test. Asymptomatic individuals must schedule an appointment by 9 p.m. the night before their test. Symptomatic and close-contact tests are performed at Irvine Auditorium.

Huntsman Hall 

Huntsman Hall will open for limited academic purposes in the coming weeks, Senior Director of Media Relations and Reputation Management at the Wharton School Peter Winicov wrote in an email to the DP.

"As the spring semester continues it is possible Wharton building usage may evolve," Winicov wrote.

Wharton will conduct various hybrid scenarios for the full-time MBA program beginning on Jan. 20, with other programs starting their hybrid models shortly thereafter, Wharton Dean Erika James wrote in a message to the Wharton community on Jan. 15.

Penn Libraries 

Van Pelt will allow a limited number of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students to reserve seats for individual study beginning on Feb. 1. In order to enter the library, students must display a green PennOpen Pass.

Students, faculty, and staff can request to pick up books from a designated area on Van Pelt's lower level using the Pickup@Penn library service. Those in North America may use Books by Mail to have books shipped to them. International requests for Books by Mail will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. 

Penn Museum 

The Penn Museum reopened on Jan. 8 for in-person and virtual visits following a temporary closure at the end of November.

For in-person visits, the museum allows up to six people per tour group, and all visitors over two years of age must wear face coverings and undergo a COVID-19 symptom check. Capacity limits for each gallery are posted throughout the museum.

Pottruck Health and Fitness Center 

Pottruck is closed for in-person activity through Jan. 31 during the Quiet Period. Campus Recreation will provide virtual group exercise programming and e-sports leagues beginning Jan. 20, with the goal of eventually offering modified in-person training, Senior Associate Athletic Director Kevin Bonner wrote in an email to the DP. 

Penn Campus Recreation also plans to resume open recreation on the Franklin Field track, as well as the operation of the tennis and squash facilities. 

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