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)

Penn Ranked #1 in Safety and Security for 6th Year in a Row

The University of Pennsylvania ranked #1 in safety and security in the higher education sector, according to Security Magazine’s “Security 500” list. This is the sixth consecutive year that Penn has taken the magazine’s top honors in their respective vertical market.

The Security 500 Benchmarking Survey tracked 18 vertical markets and collected unique data where appropriate (such as patients in healthcare) and applied this data to key metrics. The key metrics collected this year include: Security Spending/Person, Security Spending/Revenue, Security Officers/Employee, and Security Officers/Facility. The survey received its information from data supplied directly by national universities and colleges, as well as data obtained through public resources and records.

Security magazine states that the “purpose of the Security 500 is to create a reliable database to measure your organization versus others and create a benchmarking program among security organizations. The results will enable you to answer the question, “Where Do I Stand?” as a basis of an ongoing peer review process.”

“We are so grateful to be recognized for the 6th year in a row by Security Magazine, as the #1 Public Safety organization in the country within the University Market.  This accomplishment would not be possible without the continual support of our President Amy Gutmann, Executive Vice President Craig Carnaroli, Provost Vince Price, and the exceptional dedication of the women and men of the Division of Public Safety.” said Maureen S. Rush, the Vice President for Public Safety.

Penn’s Division of Public Safety has six departments, including the University of Pennsylvania Police Department, Fire & Emergency Services, Technology & Emergency Communication, Security Services and Special Services. The Division is comprised of 176 personnel, 116 of which are sworn University of Pennsylvania Police Officers. The dedicated women and men of DPS are responsible for enhancing the quality of life, safety and security of the Penn community.