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Penn Nursing Updates - Week of October 25th

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:
  • The symptoms in PennOpen Pass have changed 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: 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. Please review the email I sent on Wednesday about ensuring you complete your required testing by 10/30/2021 to avoid a red pass on 11/2/2021.
  • STAY UP-TO-DATE: 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. Monitor the Penn COVID Dashboard. The rates of positive cases decreased with the week ending 9/17/2021 though positivity remains very low at 0.18% after 16,500+ tests were administered. We all need to do our part to keep the campus and our community healthy and safe.


  • CONTACTING THE OAA: As a reminder, we encourage students to refer to the contact table below for the 2021-2022 academic year.




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, November 3 - 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.



  • Thursday, November 18 – Office of Nursing Research Virtual Dialogue: Dr. Shannon Zenk, Director of the National Institute of Nursing Research – You must register to receive event link at this site: For more details, visit their SharePoint site.
  • Penn Nursing Alumni Mentoring Program - Sign up for our Penn Nursing Alumni Mentoring Program for a shadowing experience, informational interview, career advice or just some encouragement. Join the program to connect and develop your Penn Nursing network. To sign up as a mentee, complete the survey here. If you have any questions about the mentoring program, contact the Penn Nursing Alumni Relations team at


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.

For those of you who had classes in Fagin Hall on Wednesday and Thursday this week, I hope you enjoyed the Apple Cider Donuts. I thought you could use a little treat this time of year as we transition to more fall-like weather. Stay tuned for some more treats the week of November 8th 😊.


Happy Halloween to those who will celebrate this weekend.


Eureka Photo Image of A Fall Leaf, 5" Paper Cut-Outs, Package of 36


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