UPennAlert Public Safety Notice  

Civil Unrest


UPennAlert Public Safety Notice

Civil Unrest

At approximately 8:47 pm on Monday, October 26th, a large group of approximately 150 protestors gathered at 52nd & Locust Streets, and marched through West Philadelphia. At approximately 9:15 pm, approximately 50 individuals broke off from that group and marched to 40th and Chestnut Streets, breaking windows of businesses and vehicles in the area. The group then left the area, heading west on Walnut Street, out of the Penn Patrol Zone.


Penn Police continue to monitor the activity in conjunction with Philadelphia Police. Penn Police and Allied have increased patrols in the area.

Update 9:56pm: All clear in the west side of the patrol zone. Police and security officers will continue to patrol the area.

Update: Last seen heading westbound on Walnut Street at 44th Street.

Update: Last seen heading westbound on Walnut Street at 41st Street.

Update: Last seen heading westbound on Walnut Street towards 40th Street.

Update: Last seen heading southbound on 39th at Walnut Street.

Civil unrest in the area of 4000 block of Sansom Street.  There are approximately 50 protestors last seen heading eastbound on Chestnut from 39th Street. Police responding, use caution, avoid area.

Additional police and security officers are in the area. For your safety, please ensure you lock your windows and doors.

The Division of Public Safety will continue to provide special checks throughout the Penn patrol zone, to register or learn more, visit: https://www.publicsafety.upenn.edu/contact/propertycheck/

Please be sure to use the Walking Escorts 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: https://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)

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

  • Posted on October 26, 2020 at 9:25PM
  • Last updated

News and Events

SEPTA Regional Rail Service Operating on a Modified Schedule

SEPTA has announced schedule changes after a defect was discovered in approximately 120 rail cars. This change will have a significant impact on regional rail service. Your safety traveling to and from the University is of concern to us. We have been advised by SEPTA that there will be significant delays and overcrowding on the regional rail lines. SEPTA advises that commuters should consider using the Broad Street and Market-Frankford Lines.
We strongly suggest you visit SEPTA’s website for all details such as schedule changes. Additionally, SEPTA has stated that customers should hold onto their TrailPasses in the event that a plan for providing fare credits is implemented.

Details from SEPTA will be posted at www.septa.org.

Penn Parking will have limited parking capacity, on a first-come first-served basis, in three garages which open at 6:00 a.m.:

  • Walnut 40– enter on Walnut Street between 40th and 41st Streets
  • Walnut 38– enter on 38th Street between Walnut and Chestnut Streets
  • Chestnut 34– enter on 34th Street between Market and Chestnut Streets

The locations are on the interactive map at www.upenn.edu/parking, together with parking fees. You also might want to consider carpooling with colleagues.
Thank you for your patience and flexibility as all adapt to this unforeseen development.

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