Wharton MBA COVID-19 Protocols & Recommendations – Fall 2021

Last Update: December 15, 2021

The information stated here is a compilation of protocols and recommendations from the University and the School.  For the most up to date details on the University’s response to COVID-19, see Penn’s COVID-19 Response website.

Have any questions? Contact the COVID Resource Call Center


  • As of December 9, 2021, the University cancelled all indoor social gatherings for the remainder of the Fall semester.
  • If you receive a Red Pass for testing non-compliance, see this FAQ.
  • If you need to miss class due to a Red Pass or other reason, follow these guidelines.
  • Find a Designated Eating Zone in Wharton buildings. Eating outside of these zones is prohibited


  • Get fully vaccinated
  • Upload proof of vaccination to the Student Health Portal – Existing students  | New students
  • Schedule a test via the Penn system (Gateway Test) within 24 hours of arriving to campus. You may not attend in-person classes until you test negative – Schedule your test
  • Complete a daily symptom check via PennOpen Pass. Be prepared to show your green pass when requested
  • Participate in Penn Cares screening testing
    • Fully vaccinated –  alternating weeks starting September 20
    • Until fully vaccinated or  have an approved medical or religious exemption –  twice weekly starting August 9
  • Wear a mask while indoors in public or shared spaces (this includes GSRs)
  • No eating in Wharton buildings except in designated eating zones; drink only via a straw under your mask
  • Stay home if you are feeling unwell
  • For Guests (including partners) – Guest must adhere to all University and School health guidelines.  Individuals must complete PennOpen Campus and show a Green Pass upon request on campus and at University and School-sponsored events.



  • Wear your mask outdoors (as well as indoors)
  • Get tested at the PennCares site as needed
  • Practice social distancing
  • Eat outside and maintain social distancing when eating

Hosting Events:

  • Avoid gathering or hosting large indoor events
  • Hold events outside whenever possible
  • Consider using Penn OpenPass for event attendees
  • Wear masks to elevate your safety both indoors and outdoors when groups are large and/or food and drink are involved
  • Serve food responsibly – i.e., grab and go, individual plating/portioning/boxed meals, no self-serve buffets
  • Ensure easy access to hand hygiene facilities and supplies
  • Have all event staff follow all University COVID-19 protocols