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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Overall people are aware, but once people start drinking the lines are blurred. I do think that more could be done to remove the idea that drinking is necessary on weekends. This is the root of most problems in the realm of sexual harassment and assault.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The overall campus is quite safe. I don't believe there to be any reason to feel unsafe.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: i mean, it's west philly. despite all the security measures, you're still in a dangerous part of the city.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Crimes happen pretty frequently around/just off campus, security seems good but not the best. I generally feel safe

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There is a lot of campus security. They make me feel safe.

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Students are wary of the traditionally dangerous reputation of West Philadelphia, but most feel very secure walking around campus at any time. Most believe that the campus is in as safe of a neighborhood as a large city can provide and believe that the less than perfect safety record is a small price to pay if you want an urban campus. Students appreciate the strong efforts made by the University administration to improve security in recent years which include a increased police force, technological security innovations, and the use of a Penn ID Card for access into most buildings after-hours.

Penn, being one of only two universities to receive the Clery Award for improvements in safety in 2003, has proven that it is committed to improving the streets of West Philadelphia and making the area safer for students and local residents alike. While crime rates may be significantly lower than a decade ago, there is yet progress to be made to ensure that Penn students enjoy an even more secure learning environment. Hopefully, the school will continue to implement new and improved safety procedures so that every trip home from the library at 4 a.m. be a safe one.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 4
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 38
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 13
  • Sex Offenses: 7
  • Vehicle Theft: 2
Security Office
Division of Public Safety
(215) 573-3333 (emergencies); (215) 898-7297 (non-emergencies)
www.publicsafety.upenn.edu
Safety Services
  • Bike registration
  • Blue-light phones
  • Closed circuit television system
  • Electronic crime/emergency alerts
  • Handivan
  • LUCY (Loop through University City)
  • Outdoor siren system for emergencies
  • PennBus
  • Restroom alarms
  • Safer Living seminars
  • Student-run medical emergency response team
  • Walking escorts
Health Center
Student Health Services
Promed building, 3535 Market St.
(215) 746-3535
www.vpul.upenn.edu/shs
Daily
Health Services
  • Alcohol and other drug abuse services
  • Allergy
  • Counseling and psychological services
  • Dental
  • Dermatology
  • Immunizations
  • Medication services
  • Men's health
  • Nutritionists
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedics
  • Podiatry
  • Primary care
  • Routine physicals
  • Sports medicine
  • STD screenings
  • Surgery
  • Travel clinic
  • Victim support
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
Yes
Did You Know?
In 2003, the University of Pennsylvania was honored with the "Clery Award for Campus Safety Improvements." This honor recognizes the University's innovative technological programs as well as its outstanding campus police patrols.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 68 responses

  • 24% Criminal activity near campus
  • 15% Theft/robberies
  • 13% Non-students on campus
  • 10% None
  • 10% Excessive drinking
  • 10% Walking alone
  • 5% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 4% Drugs
  • 4% Unlit pathways
  • 2% Gang violence
  • 1% Dorm safety
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Violence among students

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 44 responses

Strongly Disagree
Strongly Agree
  • Alcohol plays a significant role in sexual assault on campus.
  • Campus administrators provide a supportive environment for victims of sexual assault.
  • Campus administrators work hard to actively prevent sexual assaults on our campus.
  • A friend, a classmate, or I have been a victim of sexual assault on/near our campus.
  • Our campus has easily accessible support services in place to address sexual assaults.
  • Sexual assaults are a serious problem on campus.
  • Students take the issue of sexual assault on campus seriously.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 67 responses

  • 67% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 31% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 0% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 1% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 82 responses

  • 43% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 50% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 7% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.

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