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Penn Nursing Update - Week of November 15th

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:
    • 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. 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 ensure you complete your required testing by 11/27/2021 to avoid a red pass on 11/30/2021.
    • STAY UP-TO-DATE: The University is paying very close attention to COVID-19 cases 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 increased with the week ending 11/13/2021 though positivity remains very low at 0.45% after 13,500+ tests were administered. I completed my screening test this week at Houston Hall too. We all need to do our part to keep the campus and our community healthy and safe especially as we are heading into the holiday and winter season.
    • Testing around the Holidays: Please know that you can test more frequently before and after the Thanksgiving holiday and before winter break if that would make you feel more comfortable around your family, friends, classmates, and patients. Testing is open to the Penn Community beyond the required screening testing. Just schedule the testing appointment on the University testing site.


  • Staying Involved at Penn Nursing: Fall 2021 Student Group Leader meeting discussion: As a reminder, all students have an opportunity to get involved at Penn Nursing. On Wednesday, 11/10 the existing Penn Nursing student organizations met with Dean Villarruel, Dean Lewis, Dean Sochalski, and Dean Costanzo to discuss: May 2022 Penn Nursing Commencement, scheduling breakout rooms, event planning within University COVID guidelines. Students are encouraged to reach out to these student leaders to find out more. You can find a comprehensive list of student leaders online here.
  • 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, December 1 - 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.



  • November 22-December 3: The ABSN Class of 2022 and the Center for Global Women’s Health are holding a period product drive for the community. They hope that you will consider donating to a wonderful organization, No More Secrets, that addresses Period Poverty in Philadelphia. Period poverty refers to the inadequate access to menstrual hygiene tools and education, including but not limited to sanitary products, washing facilities, and waste management. They will be collecting supplies in Fagin Hall on the 1st floor. For more information contact - Andrise Alzuphar 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. We will be announcing some new staff hires the week of November 29th!

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


Happy Thanksgiving! I wish you a restful and relaxing holiday weekend. 🦃


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