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Special Services

For all information related to the University and COVID-19, please see Penn’s official Coronavirus resource page.

Special Services remains open and available to support you during this time. We are physically in the office during normal business hours to respond to emergencies as well as available by phone, email, or other online video platform. Given the evolving situation with COVID-19, rather than coming in person, we encourage those who can to call and/or email us to reach someone in Special Services.

While many of Penn’s physical offices are closed, resources remain available to support you during this time. Additionally, all campus and confidential resources (listed here: remain available to students. Please see their respective websites for availability.

If you would like to get in touch with someone at Special Services please call 215-898-4481 or 215-898-6600 (24hrs). Alternatively you can email us at


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, Office of the Sexual Violence Investigative OfficerPenn Violence Prevention, VPUL (Vice Provost of University Life) as well as city, state and federal resources.


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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