1. Provide your EMERGENCY CONTACT information
  2. Penn’s  Division  of Public Safety encourages you to provide personal emergency contact information for use with the UPennAlert Emergency  Notification System & Penn Guardian. Partner with Penn by providing a phone number (preferably a cell phone) where you can best be reached. You can also register parents or guardians, so University officials can communicate with them as well. 

    Register for UPennAlert:  From Penn InTouch select Profile, privacy & emergency, then Emergency Conact

    Register for Penn Guardian at:

  3. Give Permission to Share Academic/Financial Information
  4. The University generally cannot, by federal student privacy law (FERPA), discuss your academic or financial records with a third party, including parents. To authorize Penn to share your information with a parent, guardian, sponsor, or another party, you must designate them explicitly.

    From Penn InTouch, select Profile, privacy & emergency, then Share Academic/Financial Information.

  5. Setup PENN.PAY Users and Payment Accounts for your Student Bills
  6. Penn.Pay is Penn’s electronic billing and payment system. As a student, you can access Penn.Pay with your PennKey. To enable others (such as your parents) to also receive and/or pay your bill, and view new activity on a daily basis, you must ‘invite’ them as an authorized user.

    From Penn InTouch, select Student Billing Account, then Pay Your Bill/Penn.Pay.

  7. Sign up for DIRECT DEPOSIT of your Student Account Refund(s) and Payroll
  8. We encourage you to enroll in direct deposit, as you may receive wages from a Work-Study job, other campus employment, or receive a student account refund or other reimbursements. Direct deposit ensures your funds will be deposited to your personal US bank account. Enroll as soon as possible, using a bank local to Penn, or one of your own choosing. Please note that Penn has two separate direct deposit systems, and you may need to enroll in both.

    For Student Account Refunds
    From Penn InTouch, select Student Billing Account and then Direct Deposit for Refunds.

    For Student Employment/Travel Reimbursements
    From Penn InTouch, select Student Employment and then Direct Deposit for Pay/Travel.

  9. Review Your Personal Profile
    Visit Penn People to view and update your biographic and demographic information that is on file with the University.
  10. From Penn InTouch select  Profile, privacy & emergency, then Personal profile to enter your information.

  11. Other Privacy Issues
    Visit PennPrivacy to read more about FERPA and visit the PennPortal and follow the Privacy Must Do List to make other privacy choices.
  12. Note: Revealing passwords or allowing other organizations or individuals to use your personal accounts to access Penn systems is a violation of University policy. Additionally, you compromise your privacy and become vulnerable to identity theft.



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