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)

Move-In 2019

Welcome to Penn!

Move-in is an exciting time. We are prepared once you get on campus, but getting here can be challenging. We have provided the information below to make sure you are prepared. Please ask any Public Safety Police Officer for guidance or directions if you need assistance navigating the campus.

You can also go to the Move-In page for additional details.

See below for a map and details about area road closures.


MAP of CAMPUS with College Houses and Garage Locations

Map of Campus with Garage and College House Locations


To facilitate the move-in process, Spruce Street will be closed during the following times, allowing access to those who are moving in to the College Houses. Follow the instructions provided by Residential Services to determine your arrival location for Move-In. 

Move-In Street Closures:

● Saturday, August 17th Spruce Street from 34th to 38th: 6:30am -1:00pm

● Tuesday, August 20th Spruce Street from 34th to 38th: 6:30am -8:00pm

● Wednesday, August 21st Spruce Street from 34th to 38th: 6:30am -8:00pm

● Saturday, August 24th Spruce Street from 38th to 40th: 6:30am -8:00pm


PennDOT is undertaking a large-scale renovation project which is adjacent to the eastern most part of our Penn Police patrol zone. Take note of this closure as you determine your routes to and from campus. 

 Chestnut Street Bridge Closure:

PennDOT has notified the University of Pennsylvania that the Chestnut Street Bridge will close for renovation on Monday, August 5, 2019.  The bridge will be closed to ALL TRAFFIC, including pedestrians, bicycles, and cars, for approximately one year.

The closure will result in many changes to traffic patterns, signs, and signals, along with volume and detours near campus. Commuters should anticipate traffic congestion and travel delays.  Please adjust your commute accordingly.

For more information on the PennDOT Chestnut Street Bridge Project, go tohttp://chestnutstreetbridges.com/. Pedestrian, bicycle and motor vehicle detour maps are available here.

During this period, commuters should explore all available transportation options, including Philadelphia’s mass transit system SEPTA. For more information on SEPTA services and planned detours, visit the SEPTA website or visit the SEPTA Travel Center @Penn, on the first floor of the Penn Bookstore.

See Penn’s Transportation & Parking website for information on detoured Penn Transit routes as well as sustainable commuter benefits. Other transportation systems that link to and support SEPTA throughout the region that may also be affected include:

We also recommend signing up for the Division of Public Safety’s Traffic Alerts to stay up-to-date on street and transportation system closures in the area.