In an email sent an email to faculty on Monday morning, top University administrators cited the increasing availability of vaccines and Biden's recent promise to make every adult in the United States eligible for vaccination by May 1 as reason to be hopeful about a nearing end to the pandemic.
Only seniors who have participated in Penn's asymptomatic testing program this semester and who have not had housing or access to campus revoked because of a Campus Compact violation will be eligible to participate.
As May approaches and the threat of COVID-19 still looms large, many universities are reconsidering their plans to hold in-person commencement ceremonies for the classes of 2020 and 2021.
University officials announced the three projects are all set to begin construction in 2022 and will carry steep price tags.
Although the University does not yet know when vaccines will be available for students, Pritchett said it is prepared for quick and seamless distribution.
Next year's cost of attendance will total $79,014. The increase is notably lower than the typical 3.9% annual tuition hike, a move Penn President Amy Gutmann said is intended to benefit families amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Brown University and Princeton University have recently canceled their plans to hold an in-person ceremony for the Class of 2020 this spring.
Project proposals must directly address at least one of three objectives: eradicating or reducing systematic racism, achieving educational equity, or reducing health disparities.
Eight of the 15 topics at Wednesday's forum covered a wide range of climate-related demands, including mitigating the climate risk for Philadelphians and supporting issues of race and the environment.
All classes will be held online, but COVID-19 testing will continue with a modified schedule at a limited number of sites.
Hundreds have taken to a Change.org petition to voice dissatisfaction with the policy. A petition calling for the cancellation of the policy garnered more than 400 signatures as of the evening of Feb. 16.
Penn President Amy Gutmann discussed the ethical and practical implications of the COVID-19 pandemic at a virtual event on Thursday.
The Summer Funding Program will offer financial aid to students with an annual family income of $65,000 to $140,000 to pursue summer internships.
If trends do not reverse, the University will move to Campus Alert Level 3: Safer at Home on the University's four-level alert system as early as next week.
Bon Appétit workers are subcontracted and not employed by Penn, which complicated providing them access to testing.
Student groups hoping to meet in person — either indoors or outdoors — must submit a request explaining why the activity cannot be held virtually.
Under the new format, classes will start at one of eight designated start times beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 8:30 p.m. Students will have at minimum 15 minutes between classes.
Irvine Auditorium is the only COVID-19 testing location set to open on Tuesday, for symptomatic and close-contact COVID-19 testing only.
SCUE releases a White Paper every five years recommending long-term changes to Penn's academic policies. This year's paper was set to be released in 2020, but was delayed due to COVID-19.
All classes will be held online, and select dining halls will remain open on Monday.