Curfew for Minors under 18

Date of Announcement: August 29, 2011

Dear International Students,

You are receiving this email since our record indicates that you are under 18 years of age.  If you have received this email in error, please accept our apologies.  We kindly ask that you write back to us so that we can update our record to reflect the correct age.

Last Friday the following message was sent to all incoming freshmen by Maureen Rush, Vice President for Public Safety, regarding a temporary curfew for minors, effective through September 3, 2011.  If you are affected by this curfew, please read the following message carefully to adhere to the regulations.   In addition to the Penn ID, you may also want to carry a copy of your passport.


Important Information regarding Philadelphia's Curfew Regulations

Dear Incoming Freshmen,

Welcome to Penn. As you may know, the City of Philadelphia has recently instituted a temporary 9 p.m. weekend curfew for minors (those under 18 years of age) covering Center City and the Penn area of the University City District (from 38th to 43rd Streets and Market Street to Baltimore Avenue). This curfew will be in effect through Saturday, September 3, 2011.

While we understand that this curfew may be an inconvenience to you and other students, it is important that you abide by this temporary ordinance.

Please consider the following guidelines and information:

  • Always carry your Penn ID at all times, along with personal identification that includes a birth date.
  • If you are under 18 and need to be out anytime during curfew hours, you can request a Walking Escort through the Division of Public Safety by calling 215-898-9255 (WALK). This service is FREE and available at all hours. This will alleviate any concerns about being stopped for violation of the special curfew.
  • If you are stopped by the Philadelphia police for curfew violation, you should cooperate and ask the Police Officer to contact Penn’s Division of Public Safety at 215-573-3333. A Penn Police officer will attempt to assist you and ensure you are returned safely to your residence.
  • Incoming freshmen should feel free to attend all official New Student Orientation events as scheduled, even those at night. For the off-campus event at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Saturday, September 3, buses will be provided in both directions.
  • More information on the curfew will be presented at the NSO Safe Living workshops on Friday, September 2. Check the NSO calendar for your assigned session time and location.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact the Division of Public Safety at 215-898-7515.

Maureen S. Rush M.S., CPP
Vice President for Public Safety