On-Campus Safety Resources During COVID-19

Message from the Division of Public Safety:

We understand how difficult and frightening this time might be for you. Know that you remain valued members of our Penn community and Penn resources are here to support you.

Penn’s Division of Public Safety is here to support the physical and emotional well-being of all Penn communities. Should any member of our community receive any threatening messages or become the victim of a criminal act, or see suspicious activity that should be indicative of a future act of violence, regardless of the location of the occurrence, please call the Division of Public Safety’s Emergency Communications Center immediately at 215-573-3333

The Division of Public Safety is providing additional support to the community during this challenging time. Please take advantage of these services, and reach out if you have any questions.

Call (215) 898-WALK (9255)

Public Safety Security Officers will walk with you anywhere in the Penn Patrol Zone. The FREE Walking Escort service extends between 30th and 43rd Streets, and Market to Baltimore Avenue 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It also extends west to 50th Street, and north/south from Spring Garden to Woodland Avenue, between 10 a.m. and 12 a.m. via the University’s partnership with the University City District Ambassador Program by calling the same phone number.

Extended Services: Walking Escorts will be on-site and available to provide safe, socially-distanced escorts daily from Sansom Place East and on Locust Walk between the high rises from 11am to 1pm and from 3:30pm to 6pm. This is in addition to our traditional on-call 24/7 walking escort program.

Socially-Distanced Walks: All officers will be wearing protective facial masks. They will also have visible photo identification badges which you can always ask to check before proceeding with the walk. The officer will maintain a safe distance during the walk for your and their protection.

How to Request a Walking Escort:

  • Ask any Public Safety Officer on patrol or inside a building
  • Call (215) 898-WALK (9255) or 511 (from campus phone)
  • Use one of the many building and blue-light phones located on and off Penn’s Campus 

Penn Transit operates an evening shuttle service, which provides transportation free of charge to and from campus pick-up locations to any address within the service boundaries. Faculty, staff, and students from Penn, the University of the Sciences and the University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) may ride free of charge.

Learn more about PennRides

Division of Public Safety Resources:

  • Emergencies: (215) 573-3333 or 511 from any campus phone; 911 for Philadelphia police and fire departments
  • HELP LINE: 215-898-HELP
  • Special Services: 215-898-4481 (215-898-6600 off-hours)
  • Website: publicsafety.upenn.edu

Penn Wellness Resources: