Introduction to the Pennbook

The Pennbook is a collection of policies that relate to student life at the University of Pennsylvania. These policies govern academic activities such as grading and exams, provide guidance on the use of campus resources, and explain expectations for membership in the university community.

The two most important policies in the Pennbook are the Code of Student Conduct and the Code of Academic Integrity. These two policies outline the general responsibilities of being a student at Penn. All students are expected to have read and understood both policies before coming to campus.

Using the Pennbook

If you have a specific question, then you can use the search function at the top of this page or the subject menus to the left of this page to find a pertinent policy.

For example, if your question is What should I do if I have two final exams scheduled for the same time? then you may find policies answering your question by entering “exam” in the search box at the top of this page, or by clicking the heading Academics to the left. Both will lead you to Rules Governing Final Exams, which will answer your question.

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Other Policy Handbooks

In addition to the Pennbook, students should be familiar with the policies and rules in their school and academic program. Consult the our page of Policies and Handbooks or contact your school or academic program for more information.

If you live on campus, consult the Residential Occupancy Agreement and the Residential Handbook for the policies, rules, and regulations that govern living in Penn’s residential community.

For policies governing faculty, please consult the Penn Faculty Handbook. For those governing Penn employees, see the Human Resources Policy Manual.


The University reserves the right to amend, modify, or rescind any policy and to create new policies at its sole discretion.