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Introducing PennOpen Pass! (Mandatory daily symptom checker)

Dear School of Nursing Community, 

Here at the School and across the University, we continue to prepare for our return to campus. 

As stated in the recent message from University leadership, we have a communal responsibility to preserve good health while sustaining our commitments to teaching, learning, research, and service.  With that in mind and as part of a pilot, today we are launching PennOpen Pass, a digital tool/app for daily symptom checks to reduce the risk of COVID-19 to the Penn community and beyond.

First, you must enroll in PennOpen Pass. Please follow the steps outlined here.

Second, beginning today, any authorized Penn Nursing faculty, staff, and students must use PennOpen Pass together with either research-approved entry, one-time approved entry, or essential personnel designation to enter Fagin Hall and other clinical and research sites. 

Third, on days you are approved to be on campus or sites, approved individuals must perform daily symptom checks using PennOpen Pass before the start of each day.  

  • If you have no symptoms and have not been in recent contact with someone who may have COVID-19, you will be issued a Day Pass (via the app) to enter the building.
  • If you have symptoms, the tool will direct you to next steps including contact tracing and healthcare resources.  

We are committed to protecting your privacy.  PennOpen Pass will never have access to your digital location information or contacts.  See the PennOpen Pass Privacy Statement for more information.  

We want to thank you for your commitment to the School and University, and your adherence to policies that ensure our collective health and safety.  If you have any questions or concerns, please visit the program FAQ for additional information. If an answer cannot be found in the FAQ, please contact the PennOpen Pass Call Center at 215-573-6355. For technical support for the tool, please contact Nursing’s ITS Service Desk.  


Antonia M. Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN

Professor and Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing

University of Pennsylvania

School of Nursing