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Law School Response to COVID-19

The coronavirus we are facing affects each one of us, as contributors to the educational process and as human beings with personal concerns and issues. This is an unprecedented situation. However, we are confident that we will find opportunities and creative methods to enhance our scholarship and work as a Law School. We are all using this time to take advantage of the great online resources, as well as to learn and reflect. We have a new goal as well, contributing to the societal work of keeping one another safe.

The Law School continues to carefully monitor news about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on our community.

In an effort to depopulate Penn’s campus this semester, the Law School has shifted to a hybrid model of instruction for students and faculty. Additionally, some staff have moved to remote working environments but are working diligently to continue to provide the same level of service during this time.

Penn faculty, staff, and students who will come physically to the Law School, regularly or occasionally, will be required to use PennOpen Pass, a web-based self-screening system, upon entry into the building. As stated in a recent message from University leadership, this system is launched as part of our communal responsibility to preserve good health while sustaining our commitments to teaching, learning, research, and service. You can learn more about the program following this message, as well as by consulting a link on how it works here and via program FAQs.

To ensure the safety of our community, we will use the Sansom Street entrance as the only entrance point to the Law School complex (the Chestnut Street locks will be changed and 34th Street will not be open). Upon entry, you will show the results of your PennOpen Pass screening.

Given that this situation is rapidly changing, the University’s guidance, and the Law School’s response, may shift as well. We will continue to keep you updated. Let us reiterate how much we appreciate you and your flexibility in these unusual circumstances. Thank you for your understanding.