DPS Statement on Theft of Israeli Flag
On October 28th at approximately 5:15pm, an Israeli flag was stolen from the front of a property near campus. Penn Police responded, initiated an investigation, and were able to identify a suspect.
Upon submitting the results of the investigation to the District Attorney’s Office, charges of Theft and Receiving Stolen Property were approved against the suspect, who was arraigned on November 5th.
Support services were provided to the complainant and all other affected individuals.
Public Safety, University Life, and other resources are coordinating support for students who may be impacted. Should you or others you know need support, please reach out to the resources below.
Safety & Wellness Resources
We encourage those who are feeling unsafe to reach out to us for additional resources, including walking security escort services anywhere throughout our patrol area. DPS works in close partnership with multiple University support resources, including University Life’s community and cultural resource centers, Wellness resources, the Chaplain’s Office, and College House & Academic Services, among others. DPS offers safety presentations, self-defense courses, and emergency procedures training to the Penn community. Groups may request presentations via the form on our website.
In this confusing and difficult time, remember to care for yourself, and, if needed, use the University resources available for your own well-being:
The HELP Line: 215-898-HELP (4357)
Any member of the Penn community may call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to request mental health resources and information.
Wellness at Penn: 24/7 medical care and mental health support at 215-746-WELL (9355)
Wellness at Penn is dedicated to caring for students during their academic journey while creating a campus-wide community of care. Our team is committed to offering a wide range of opportunities to access support, clinical resources, education, and practical tools to meaningfully engage with one’s health and wellbeing.
Student Health and Counseling offers 24/7medical care and mental health support for students by calling 215-746-WELL (9355).
The Office of the Chaplain & SPARC: 215-898-8456
The Office of the Chaplain is available to students, faculty and staff for pastoral support, guidance, or informal advising and counseling.
Special Services: 215-898-4481 or 215-898-6600 (24hrs)
Members of the Penn community may inquire and receive support services when victimized by any type of crime. 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.
University Life at Penn nurtures an inclusive campus life environment where students grow intellectually, engage in meaningful experiential opportunities, and deepen intercultural and interpersonal understanding in preparation for a life of meaning and purpose.
Connect with the cultural and community resource centers and other support resources supported by University Life.
Student Intervention Services (SIS): 215-898-6081
Student Intervention services supports students in crises, helps students access resources, and responds to concerns about students’ wellbeing.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP): 1-866-799-2329
Penn’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can provide counseling and referral services to you and your families, as well as connect you to resources to help you work through the grief these events can create. EAP offers materials for coping with traumatic experiences and ways to help those who struggle with feeling safe at school, home, or work.
International Student and Scholar Services: 215-898-4661
ISSS has a dedicated team to provide you with professional immigration guidance, a wide array of services, informative programs, and unwavering support to enhance your U.S. experience throughout your entire stay at Penn and beyond. You can connect with us through various channels, including virtual and in-person advising, phone and email correspondence, participation in immigration workshops and integration programs, engaging with us on social media, or exploring our comprehensive website.
Weingarten Center: 215-573-9235
In addition to housing Student Disability Services which assists students navigating academic and/or other university accommodations, the Weingarten provides learning consultations, tutoring, and interactive programs as you develop learning strategies and content knowledge to further your academic and professional goals.
The Center works closely with all of Penn’s schools and centers and advising offices. If you find yourself falling behind in course work or struggling to focus on academics, reach out to a Learning Specialist at the Weingarten Center.