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)

Letter to Penn Community regarding COVID-19 Biased-Based Incidents

Dear Penn Community Members:

We have been alerted to bias-motivated attacks against members of the Asian and/or Asian-American communities in the Philadelphia region that have occurred since the outbreak of the COVID-19 Virus. We are also aware of other incidents of bias-motivated street harassment that have occurred to members of our community and throughout the nation. Naturally, Penn students, staff and faculty are feeling anxious about these reports. Please know that Penn’s Division of Public Safety is here to support the physical and emotional wellbeing 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. We know many Penn community members live in Center City Philadelphia. Know that the Penn Police work closely with the Philadelphia Police Department on all criminal matters, regardless of where they occur in the city of Philadelphia. You can also submit the information to Public Safety through our Online Crime Reporting Form. Public Safety’s Special Services Unit is also available for anyone who has experienced such hate-motivated bias. You may reach them at 215-898-6600. Special Services advocates work very closely with Penn’s many resources for students including the twelve schools as well as resource centers within the Division of the Vice Provost for University Life. We have listed contact information for key partners below:

Student Intervention Services:

Student Health Service (SHS):

215-746-3535 (24/7)

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS):

215-898-7021 (24/7)

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS):

iPenn Login

Pan Asian American Community House (PAACH):

Chaplain’s Office

Penn Diversity

Bias-Based Reporting Form

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.

Stay Safe and Healthy,

Maureen S. Rush, M.S. CPP