UPennAlert Public Safety Notice  


Philadelphia Area

UPennAlert Public Safety Notice



Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF)  notified Universities and Colleges in our region  that threats of violence have been made against “an unspecified university near Philadelphia”.

The information includes a specific date of Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, 1 p.m. central time/ 2 p.m. eastern time.

We have been advised  by ATF and the FBI that they have “no knowledge of any specific threat”.  However, in an abundance of caution we are working closely with Federal and local Law Enforcement Agencies to monitor this unspecified threat.  The Division of Public Safety has increased our police, security officer and CCTV patrols.

We ask that you remain aware of your surroundings, report any suspicious activity or behavior to the Division of Public Safety via 215-573-3333, Blue Light Emergency Phones or 511 from a University telephone.


The Division of Public Safety will continue to ensure the highest level of safety and security for our community.

Please be sure to use the Walking and Riding Escorts available to you free of charge. Additionally, if you have not done so, please take a moment to sign up for the UPennAlert Emergency Notification System as well as the Penn Guardian System which can help Police better find your location in an emergency.

UPennAlert Registration:

Visit: www.publicsafety.upenn.edu/upennalert for information on how to register

Penn Guardian:

Visit: www.publicsafety.upenn.edu/safety-initiatives/pennguardian for information on the PennGuardian system

Contact Information:

Emergencies: 215/573-3333 or 511 (from any campus phone)

The HELP Line:  215-898-HELP (4357)

Special Services: 215-898-6600

Escort Services

Walking: 215-898-WALK (9255)

Penn Transit Ride Service: 215-898-RIDE (7433)

General Information: 215-898-7297

  • Philadelphia Area
  • Posted on October 4, 2015 at 1:40PM
  • Last updated

Special Services

Members of the Penn community may inquire and receive support services when victimized by any type of crime. The investigation of sensitive crimes and incidents, however, such as, rape, sexual assault, relationship or domestic violence, harassment and stalking, is a prominent part of Special Services’ operations. Highly trained personnel are available to offer immediate assistance, including crisis intervention, accompaniment to legal and medical proceedings, options counseling and advocacy, and linkages to other University and community resources, including Penn Police, Student Health Services, Counseling/Psychological Services, Penn Women’s Center, Office of Student Conduct, VPUL (Vice Provost of University Life) as well as city, state and federal resources.

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Director of Special Services

Patricia A. Brennan is a Certified Trauma Services Specialist who serves as the Director of Special Services in the Division of Public Safety at the University of Pennsylvania. In this position she serves as the University coordinator for support services for survivors of sensitive crimes such as rape or attempted rape, sexual assault, domestic/dating violence […]

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