Campus-wide communications from University administration.
Take time to vote: A message to the Penn community
Perhaps never before in our nation’s history has your vote been more important. This has been an unusually long and stressful campaign season. As it draws to an end, with Election Day just two weeks away, we write to encourage everyone in the Penn community to take the time to vote. Our democracy depends on all Americans making their voices heard.
Election Day: Serving as a polling place worker
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a shortage of polling place workers. We have observed the nationwide effort to encourage citizens to serve as polling place workers on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, 2020. This is especially active in Philadelphia County, where the recruitment and training of nearly 4500 volunteers is in process. Service as a polling place worker generally requires active voter registration, advance preparation and training, and a commitment to 15 hours of work on Election Day.
COVID-19 response update: Looking ahead to the spring semester
We are enormously grateful to our students, faculty, and staff for the outstanding start to the fall semester. Our Penn community has risen to the challenge of these unusual circumstances, finding new ways of learning, working, and talking together in an online environment as we navigate through this worldwide pandemic.
Statement on the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Friday we lost one of the most respected, and most beloved, jurists of our time. A brilliant and barrier-breaking leader, Ruth Bader Ginsburg brought forth her fiery commitment to justice and equality with the truest grit possible. No one has ever worked more tirelessly and effectively to advance the equal status of women through the law. At the same time, Justice Ginsburg championed the ethical principles of equal liberty and human rights, advancing the cause of justice everywhere.
A message to Penn faculty and staff on a new childcare grant
Over the past six months, Penn staff, faculty, and students have faced the formidable task of navigating life in a new and uncertain context. We thank every Penn faculty and staff member for your commitment and dedication to the work that is moving the University forward during one of the most challenging chapters in our history.
Revision to fall semester plans regarding on-campus housing, tuition, and fees
With an abundance of caution, Penn’s fall semester will be conducted online, and students will not be living on campus, save for those seeking on-campus housing exceptions.
University mourns the loss of Andrea Leah Wiest-Weidman
Dear Graduate Nursing Students, Faculty, and Staff: We regret to inform you that a beloved member of the Penn Nursing Community, Andrea Leah Wiest-Weidman passed away July 30. Andrea, 38, lived in Lancaster, PA. She is survived by her husband, Tim; her parents; and three siblings. Before starting graduate school, Andrea worked as a breast care nurse coordinator, a transplant nurse coordinator, and a financial analyst. She earned undergraduate degrees in nursing and business from Penn State, and she served in the Air Force for six years.
University mourns the loss of Jerry Sun
Dear Students: With a heavy heart, we share the news of the passing of Jerry Sun, Wharton ’23, who was killed in a car accident in Colorado July 25. Jerry, 19, lived in College Point, N.Y.
Update to undergraduates on plans for the fall semester
Since our June 25 message, 1.5 million new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the United States, with the confirmed case count soaring from 2.4 million on June 25 to 3.9 million on July 22. Against this backdrop and as the pandemic continues to progress, the University’s planning has evolved on several fronts.
Statement from Amy Gutmann on the death of John Lewis
John Lewis was the truest of American heroes. He lived a life of the utmost courage, standing up to Jim Crow and countless assaults on the inalienable rights of Black Americans. He fought tirelessly for civil rights and social justice for all, and became the conscience of the United States Congress. It was a personal honor to know him, and present him with an honorary degree from Penn. When you were with him, you knew you were in the presence of greatness. What a glorious life he lived, and how blessed we are as a country by the sacrifices he made and the positive change he brought about.