Message to Penn Faculty and Staff – Extension of Onsite Operations Suspension

March 27, 2020 – Today we are announcing that the University of Pennsylvania’s interruption of all onsite operations, except for those that are life-sustaining essential employees, will continue until further notice. We will keep you updated well in advance when more information is available on an exact date for returning to onsite operations.

During this period, those employees engaging in life-sustaining activities will continue to work onsite, following social distancing guidelines and taking other recommended precautions. (Please refer to the University Notification from March 20, 2020 for additional information about life-sustaining activities at the University.)

All other employees should continue to work remotely, if possible.  Those who are unable to work remotely will continue to remain in paid status.

When scheduling those employees expected to be onsite, staffing should not be in excess of what is necessary to support life-sustaining operations. Practice social distancing and other healthy habits.

We want to take this opportunity to thank you for your cooperation during this very challenging time. Your commitment to Penn and to the broader community is commendable, for that we are truly grateful.


Wendell E. Pritchett, Provost

Craig R. Carnaroli, Executive Vice President