Large Protest – All Clear

At approximately 5:30pm a scheduled protest began in the area of 17th & Market St. in the Rittenhouse Square section of Philadelphia. Philadelphia Police were on site and stayed with the protest as the demonstrators proceeded to march west on Walnut Street to 40th and Market Streets.

Penn Police were on site monitoring as the march approached our campus and continued to monitor the area with Philadelphia Police until the protest concluded at approximately 8:20pm.

Penn Police documented multiple instances of graffiti along the march route and will be investigating to identify the individuals responsible.


UPDATE: All clear in the area of 40th and Market Streets. You may resume usual activity in the area. Penn and Philadelphia Police continue to monitor the area.


Update: Protest continues in the area of 40th and Market St.  The number of protesters continues to drop. Penn and Philadelphia Police continue to monitor the area.

Update: At approximately 5:30pm a scheduled protest began in the area of 17th & Market St. in the Rittenhouse Square section of Philadelphia. The demonstration proceeded west through university city and has arrived at 40th and Market.

UPennAlert: Large protest in the area of 40th and Market St. Philadelphia and Penn Police are present and continue to monitor the surrounding area.

Increased police activity in the area. Police on scene, use caution, avoid the immediate area.


The Division of Public Safety has developed a few helpful risk reduction strategies outlined below. Know that it is never the fault of the person impacted (victim/survivor) by crime.

  • Stay out of immediate area.
  • Stay alert and reduce distractions; using cellphones, ear buds, etc. may limit your awareness.
  • Orient yourself to your surroundings. (Identify your location, nearby exits, etc.)
  • Utilize 24/7/365 Walking Escort services (215-898-WALK/9255).

The Division of Public Safety will continue to ensure the highest level of safety and security for our community.

Emergencies 215-573-3333 / 511 (campus phone)
General Information 215-898-7297
Special Services 215-898-4481 (215-898-6600 off-hours)
HELP Line 215-898-HELP (4357)
DPS Headquarters 4040 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Walking Escort 215-898-WALK (9255)
Penn Transit Ride 215-898-RIDE (7433)
Emergency Procedures

Penn Press

3905 Spruce Street

Building Area of Refuge (BAR)


Spruce St., 50’ E. Main Entrance


Green Area IFO Van Pelt House

Building Relocation Site


Rodin College House


Class of 1920 Dining Commons

Building Shelter-in-Place Area

Room 109


(Weather Emergencies/Hazardous Conditions in the outside environment)
Purpose: To shelter occupants inside the building in the event of a hazardous conditions due to biological material/spill, severe weather, or other emergency incident outside of the building.
  • Go inside the nearest building.
  • Close all windows and doors.
  • Report to the building’s shelter area.


(Fire/Unsafe Building Environment)
Purpose: To alert occupants to leave the building in the event of an emergency incident, such as a fire, inside of the building. Notify and assist those needing help in the immediate area.
  • Close all doors as you exit.
  • Activate fire alarm pull station.
  • Evacuate the building via nearest exit; report to BAR listed above; and call emergency number.
  • Do not use elevators.
  • Do not re-enter building until authorized by emergency personnel.


(Active Threat/Active Shooter)
Purpose: Used when there is an immediate threat to the building occupants. In the event of a Lockdown, students, faculty, and staff would be instructed to secure themselves in the room they are in and not to leave until notified that it is safe to do so (an “all clear”).

RUN (Evacuate): When an active shooter is in your vicinity

HIDE (Hide Out): If evacuation is not possible, find a place hide.

FIGHT (Take Action): AS A LAST RESORT, and only if your life is in danger.

POLICE RESPONSE: When law enforcement officers arrive: Keep your EMPTY hands raised and visible. Remain calm and follow instructions.

Watch the short video below to learn about key emergency procedures:
Evacuate, Shelter-in-Place and Lockdown.