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

Penn Guardian

Penn Guardian is a free and optional service that is available to anyone with a valid Penn ID number and Penn Email Address.

How Penn Guardian Works

Penn Guardian is a service that allows you to rapidly provide information about you to the Division of Public Safety during an emergency.

By building a personal profile, information about you can be immediately accessed by PennComm dispatchers should you call Public Safety from a registered cellphone.

Penn Guardian can also provide police with GPS coordinates from your phone, which can decrease response time and allow first responders to locate you should you not be able to give them your location.

Email us with any questions or concerns: pennguardian(at)publicsafety.upenn.edu

Features & Support

Registering for Penn Guardian
Registering for the Penn Guardian System is quick and easy! Simply visit:

App Store for iOS devices
Google Play for Android devices 

and sign up with your Penn email address. Update your profile by adding information such as your physical description, a photo, your address, known allergies or other optional medical information. Lastly, choose a unique PIN number and you are fully registered to use Penn Guardian.

You can visit the Rave Guardian website to learn more: http://www.raveguardian.com

Personal Profile

With Penn Guardian you can build a unique personal profile that instantaneously provides DPS dispatchers with critical information should you call them from your registered phone number. All information provided by you is 100% optional and is only seen when you call 215-573-3333 for assistance.

GPS Tracking

Penn Guardian allows for GPS tracking to be activated on your phone. If you need immediate assistance, but are unable to give your location, Penn Guardian helps Police and emergency responders locate you. Your location is never visible to DPS unless you call 215-573-3333.

Text Message Service

Text messaging between you and our PennComm Operations Center can now be activated by a dispatcher should you be in a situation in which you can not speak. After you call for assistance, if you do not communicate verbally, a text message will be sent to you from the dispatcher. You will be able to respond and provide any information via text.

(note: a phone call must be placed to PennComm first. Users can not initiate the conversation with a text message.)

Protecting Your Privacy

We want you to feel confident that any information you provide for the Penn Guardian system is kept completely confidential. DPS never sees your information or tracks your location unless you contact us for assistance.

DPS also has worked with the Office of Audit, Compliance & Privacy to ensure our Vendor follows the University of Pennsylvania’s standards for data protection.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions? View our frequently asked questions section to learn more about Penn Guardian. You may also contact the Division of Public Safety at pennguardian(at)publicsafety.upenn.edu and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Registering for Penn Guardian
Personal Profile
GPS Tracking
Protecting Your Privacy
Frequently Asked Questions

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