DIVISION OF PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY
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.
Visit: www.publicsafety.upenn.edu/upennalert for information on how to register
Visit: www.publicsafety.upenn.edu/safety-initiatives/pennguardian for information on the PennGuardian system
Emergencies: 215/573-3333 or 511 (from any campus phone)
The HELP Line: 215-898-HELP (4357)
Special Services: 215-898-6600
Walking: 215-898-WALK (9255)
Penn Transit Ride Service: 215-898-RIDE (7433)
General Information: 215-898-7297
The Department of Special Services offers emotional support, guidance and options counseling to any individual who is a victim of a sensitive crime, such as, rape, sexual assault, relationship or domestic violence, harassment and stalking.
Our highly experienced personnel, familiar with every element of both the University system and the Philadelphia criminal justice system, will guide you, step-by-step, through the process of exploring ALL of your available options, should you be victimized by a form of sexual violence.
Criminal prosecution is NEVER mandatory for the victim, it remains an option; however, only for the period mandated under the criminal statute of limitations for prosecution of crimes of intimate and sexual violence.
Options for victims of sexual violence are numerous and may be exercised in combination with each other, or separately to match the needs and emotional welfare of the victim. Options include, but are not limited to:
The Department of Special Services will outline all of these options in detail, and provide support, guidance and accompaniment through any process elected by the victim. Our goal is to empower you to make the best and most informed decision for your own sense of well-being and comfort. No course of action will ever be mandated by the Division of Public Safety, or by the University of Pennsylvania.
The Division of Public Safety’s Special Services Department is the University of Pennsylvania’s point agency for accepting information/reports on suspected sexual abuse against a minor who is engaged in any activity or program at the University of Pennsylvania. Individuals who have information about possible child sexual abuse should immediately report this type of activity by calling the Special Services Department at 215-898-6600.