Commuting Information Resource Portal Now Available

To support faculty and staff exploring what commuting and parking options are available, Penn Transportation and Parking has implemented a new commuting information resource portal.  This website, www.upenn.edu/commuting/updates, connects you to important information about discounted public transit and bike commuter options, how Penn Transit can serve commuters who reside near the University, campus parking options, and other valuable resources and updates. 

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Provide Your Vaccine Information in Workday by July 1

To help protect our campus and surrounding community from COVID-19, the University requires current and active faculty, staff, postdoctoral trainees to be fully vaccinated or to participate in weekly Penn Cares screening tests.

  • Login to Workday to access the video and tip sheet for a demonstration and instructions on entering your vaccine status.
  • Login to Workday and go directly to the vaccine form. If you are considered an academic affiliate in Workday, please follow the video/tip sheet instructions.

Effective July 1, those who have submitted their information on being fully vaccinated are no longer required to participate in weekly Penn Cares testing or complete daily screening through PennOpen Pass. Those who do not provide their vaccine information must continue/begin weekly testing and daily symptom checking.

On August 1, the University campus will be fully open; by this point, you must either provide your information on being fully vaccinated or begin/continue to participate in weekly testing. New hires, those returning from leaves of absence, and those not yet fully vaccinated can continue to upload their information on a rolling basis. Once your information on being fully vaccinated has been recorded, you will be exempt from screenings.

Visit coronavirus.upenn.edu and FAQs for more information. Contact the Penn Employee Solution Center at 215-898-7372 or solutioncenter@upenn.edu with questions on the Workday process or HR policies.

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A Message to Faculty, Staff, and Postdocs on Vaccination Status and Return to Campus

Repost of information at https://coronavirus.upenn.edu/announcement/message-faculty-staff-and-postdocs-vaccination-status-and-return-campus

As we look ahead to a vibrant fall semester, with a full resumption of in-person teaching, research, and University operations, maintaining a safe and healthy environment for the entire Penn community remains our highest priority.

Vaccine Requirement

The single most important measure each of us can take to protect ourselves along with those on campus and in our surrounding communities is to get vaccinated against COVID-19. With well-grounded confidence in the safety, effectiveness, and broad availability of COVID-19 vaccines, we previously announced that all students are required to be vaccinated for the fall semester with exemptions provided only for medical and religious reasons.

Today we are announcing that all current faculty, staff, and post-doctoral trainees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than August 1, 2021. Employees of Penn’s health schools must follow any additional school-specific guidelines.

In the next two weeks, we will launch a simple process in Workday for all employees and post-doctoral trainees to record their COVID-19 vaccination status securely and confidentially. Vaccinated faculty, staff, and post-docs should enter their vaccination information by July 1. When the process launches, you will receive step-by-step instructions and reminders on how to complete this task in Workday. New hires and those vaccinated after July 1 should update their record as soon as possible.

Effective July 1, individuals who have recorded being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in their Workday record will be exempt from regular Penn Cares screening testing. Individuals who report their vaccination status after July 1 will be exempt thereafter. Penn Cares testing remains a highly effective public health tool on campus. We thank those of you who have been participating diligently throughout the fall, spring, and early summer semesters.

We recognize that some individuals will choose not to obtain vaccines for medical and religious reasons, and some may choose not to disclose their vaccine status. Faculty, staff, and post-doctoral trainees who are not fully vaccinated will be required to continue to participate in daily symptom checks on PennOpen Pass and weekly Penn Cares screening testing, as well as to continue to wear masks indoors.

Vaccine Availability

There is clear evidence that vaccines are both safe and highly effective at stopping the spread of COVID-19. More than 1.7 billion vaccine doses have been administered worldwide and half of the adult population in the U.S. are vaccinated. The protection provided by the vaccines is proven to be very high. Unvaccinated individuals, however, still have a high COVID-19 case rate.

COVID-19 vaccines are now widely available through most retail pharmacy chains such as CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreens. You can also visit vaccines.gov to find a location near you or use a link on your Green PennOpen Pass to call the Penn Medicine COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduling Hotline for assistance.

Other Safety Measures

As we previously announced, for gatherings, classes, meetings, and returning to the office, we will follow the guidance of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. The City of Philadelphia will lift physical distancing restrictions tomorrow, June 2. Accordingly, classrooms, labs, and other University spaces will be used at 100 percent capacity.

While requirements for mask use while outdoors on campus for those who are fully vaccinated were lifted last week, mask use has been shown to be an effective disease prevention tool. Eventually, mask use will not be required indoors, but it will remain an effective preventative measure, especially during cold and flu season.

Beginning July 1, use of PennOpen Pass will be required just for employees who have not reported their vaccine status. PennOpen Pass will support testing compliance and daily symptom checking for those individuals, but it will no longer be used to enter campus buildings. Vaccinated individuals should expect to return to pre-pandemic conditions while on campus. We are actively evaluating when we can phase out other campus health measures instituted in the wake of the pandemic. These timetables will depend upon the widespread vaccination of our employees.

For more than a year, we have all worked tirelessly to fulfill our mission of delivering exceptional education and research, while keeping the Penn community and those around us safe from illness. We have followed the science and the guidelines established by federal, state, and local authorities. Vaccines have proven to be safe and highly effective in preventing hospitalizations, death, and the spread of the virus. Getting vaccinated and recording your vaccination status are the next and most critical steps in our collective efforts to end this crisis and return to normalcy.

We look forward to seeing you on campus very soon.

Amy Gutmann, President
Wendell Pritchett, Provost
Craig Carnaroli, Executive Vice President

Last Updated 06/01/2021 – 11:58

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Enhance your Career with Legal Knowledge as it Relates to Your Career

Enroll in Fall 2021 Master in Law courses with offerings covering a range of topic areas including Constitutional Law, Technology Law & IP, Corporate Compliance, Business Law, Health Law and more.

Visit our website for full course listings: https://www.law.upenn.edu/admissions/master-in-law/fall-courses.php

Questions? Contact master@law.upenn.edu

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Collaboration & Conflict: Leading Yourself, Others, and Teams

The critical and complex challenges facing ourselves and our organizations must be met with highly creative, capable, and agile teams. Unfortunately, effective teams don’t just happen. The Penn GSE Collaboration & Conflict Virtual Institute will help you and your team develop its capacity to take on complex problems and pursue critical opportunities.

Collaboration & Conflict: Leading Yourself, Others, and Teams
July 20 – July 22, 2021
Registration Deadline: July 17, 2021

Collaboration & Conflict Virtual Institute is designed for an interdisciplinary audience and is modeled after the popular graduate-level course at Penn GSE. In this program, you will explore why effective leadership is a cognitively demanding task requiring both high emotional intelligence and expert technical skill. You will practice concrete strategies and innovative approaches that will help you lead yourself, others, and your teams.

Academic Director
Dr. Zachary Herrmann
Executive Director, Center for Professional Learning
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Division
Penn Graduate School of Education

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Summer Group Exercise

We are excited to announce that our Fitness & Wellness group exercise programming will be continuing this summer!  Starting Monday, 5/24 through Friday, 8/6 we will be offering both virtual and outdoor programming options for FREE to the Penn Community! 

To claim your FREE Group Exercise Membership for the summer, Sign-up HERE today!  Note: Even if you had an active membership for the spring, you will need to sign-up again to activate your summer membership. 

Here is a link to the PDF of the summer schedule.  As always, please refer to the online schedule HERE for the most up to date information. 

We are continuing the registration system for both virtual and outdoor classes.  To sign-up for classes (up to 7 days in advance), follow the link HERE

In addition to our virtual and outdoor group exercise classes, we are extremely excited to be bringing back our Floating Yoga Premium Program!  Session 1 starts on 6/1 at Sheerr Pool in Pottruck. Limited spots available, sign-up HERE today! 

All in-person classes will continue to be limited capacity to allow for social distancing and mask wearing will be required until further notice. If you have any questions, please reach out to pennrecwellness@gmail.com

Looking forward to continuing to move together this summer!

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2021 Penn Supplier Diversity Forum & Expo Is Going Virtual

SAVE THE DATE – The 2021 Penn Supplier Diversity Forum & Expo Is Going Virtual! Learn more at https://cms.business-services.upenn.edu/purchasing/about/purchasing-events.html

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SCUBA

https://recreation.upenn.edu/sports/2019/9/25/certification-courses.aspx

Open now with limited spots available. Reserve yours today by visiting us online (or scanning the QR code above). Registration includes mask, fin, and snorkel set. https://www.recreation.upenn.edu/

PADI Certification: Get your scuba diving certification with the PADI Open Water Diver course. The course consists of three sections: Academics, Confined Water, and Open Water Certification Dive. You will complete the first two sections of the course here with Blue Crew Diver’s instructional team. Upon completion of this weekend course, you will be eligible to complete your certification dives anywhere in the world!
FEES: Members $475 / Penn Community $490 / Public $515

Course Dates:
June 2 – Orientation
June 23 – Academic Section
June 26 – Diving Session
June 27 – Diving Session
ALL SESSIONS MANDATORY

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2021 Green Purchasing Award Nominations Open until 7/30

This Green Purchasing Award recognizes the leading actions of any individual and/or team that advances the development of sustainable purchasing practices at Penn. Nominations remain open until Friday, July 30, 2021Read more…

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New Commuter Parking Card Now Available to Penn Parking Patrons

Penn Transportation and Parking has introduced a new option for faculty and staff who require occasional parking as part of their commutes. Read more …

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