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

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