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Penn Nursing Updates - Week of October 4th

Dear Penn Nursing Students,

Please take a moment to review important updates below.

Information Updates

  • COVID-19 REMINDERS: All Penn Nursing students are expected to:
    • SUBMIT PennOpen Pass DAILY to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread within the Penn community. In the event that you report symptoms, exposures, positive test results, or notification of quarantine, all students must also:
      • Email
      • Submit a Course Absence Report (CAR) to notify your faculty. Details about the CAR system can be found in the online BSN Handbook.
      • The symptoms in PennOpen Pass will be changing in the next week or so to reflect new information about COVID and the variants currently in the area. Please pay attention to those symptom changes as you log in to respond each day.
    • HONOR RED PENNOPEN PASS STATUS: If you receive a RED PennOpen Pass, you are not to attend in-person class, simulation, or clinical experiences. Students can call the telephone number provided by PennOpen Pass for questions or concerns. Faculty are working with students regarding missed classes, assignments, simulation labs, and clinicals.
    • WEAR MASKS. Consistent with the University’s message sent on August 5th, all members of the Penn community and visitors are required to wear masks while indoors or in public or shared spaces. Detailed information about the exceptions can be found on our Public Health Guidance page. Information about types of masks can be found at: Universal Mask and Cloth Face Covering Precautions. We have also implemented a process for reporting non-compliance with the mask mandate through a simple online form.
    • CONTINUE TO SCHEDULE YOUR SCREENING TESTING: Beginning the week of September 13th, all vaccinated undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in an on-campus program will be required to participate in mandatory screening testing twice a month. All undergraduates and graduates will test on alternating weeks. More information can be found here. Unvaccinated students with approved exemptions will continue their twice weekly screening testing.
    • STAY UP-TO-DATE to rapidly changing COVID-19 updates. The University is paying very close attention to COVID-19 cases and the spread of the Delta variant, and will continue to update University guidance based on the recommendations of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. Public health guidance on campus continues to evolve and the most recent University updates can always be found at the website. These updates include vaccination, testing, masking, PennOpen Pass and more. Monitor the Penn COVID Dashboard. The rates of positive cases decreased with the week ending 9/17/2021 though positivity remains very low at 0.38% after 16k+ tests were administered. We all need to do our part to keep the campus and our community healthy and safe.
      • What? Penn Wellness’s annual Flu Vaccine Clinic!
      • Why? Getting your flu vaccine is the single most effective way to prevent the flu.
      • When? October 7th 10am-6:30pm & October 8th 10am-3:00pm
      • Who? Everyone in the Penn community! Flu vaccines are required for all students, faculty, and staff.
      • Where? Gimbel Gym (Pottruck Health & Fitness Center)


  • CONTACTING THE OAA: As a reminder, we encourage students to refer to the contact table below for the 2021-2022 academic year. Similarly, in order to practice good public health measures, the OAA prefers to offer students with virtual meeting options. Appointment types may vary by individual, so please reach out to whom you may need via email, rather than dropping by in-person to any offices.



Financial Aid Packages, Scholarships, Student Financial Concerns

Prospective Students, Submatriculation Application Inquires

Academic Policies & Procedures: Course Load, Course Selection, Academic Support & Resources, General Student Advising

Exposure to known or presumptive COVID-19 positive persons, Nursing- specific COVID testing questions, report non-academic personal travel

Course Registration Questions, Switching Clinical Sections

Clinical Compliance: Immunizations, Clearances

Education Verification, Good Standing & Enrollment Letters, State Board & Certification Paperwork


Upcoming Events/Activities Updates

  • Wednesday, October 13 - Weekly Virtual Financial Aid Student Hours: Student hours can be found each week on zoom. Please save this information for your quick reference Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 941 6442 3058.
  • Wednesday, October 13 – Office of Nursing Research Colloquium: Lessons from Studying Low-Value Health Care – Deans’ Visiting Distinguished Professor, Aaron Schwartz, MD, PhD – Assistant Professor – Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy and Department of Medicine – Perelman School of Medicine. You must register to receive the event link at this site - For more details, visit their SharePoint site.
  • The National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations (NCEMNA) conference is scheduled for October 21st and October 22nd The conference is virtual this year. The student discounted rate is $25 and the School of Nursing Office of Equity and Inclusion will be able to support a few students who would like to attend. Students may apply for conference support here:


Appointments with the Office of Academic Affairs (OAA): The Office of Academic Affairs will be offering in-person and virtual appointments for the Fall 2021 semester. To maintain good public health practices, we will be offering in-person meetings by appointment only. Appointment types may vary by individual, so please reach out to schedule an appointment via email, rather than dropping by in-person to any offices.

As communicated in previous weekly updates, the Office of Academic Affairs has several open staff positions, so we appreciate your patience and support this Fall semester as we work to hire new members of our staff. It may take longer to respond to your emails and requests.

As always, these OAA emails can be found archived online. You can find a full listing of departmental contacts online here.

Make sure you take some time for self-care this week. I know many of you have exams and assignments due in your classes. We all need to ensure we are taking care of ourselves so we can continue to help others.



Christina M. Costanzo, EdD
Assistant Dean for Admissions & Academic Affairs