Safety Initiatives

Penn is dedicated to making sure its students feel safe and secure both on- and off-campus. Several offices have developed programs and initiatives to help students protect themselves and make informed decisions about their safety.

Division of Public Safety

General Information
215-898-7297

Emergencies
215-573-3333

Walking Escort Service
215-898-9255    

DPS maintains a positive and collaborative working relationship with the many safety, security and law enforcement agencies which benefit the overall safety of Penn and the University City Community. DPS offers a number of safety support structures that both on- and off-campus students can utilize.

If you happen to be on-campus during late night hours and don’t feel comfortable walking home alone, you can utilize the Walking Escort Service. Contact any Public Safety Officer, use one of the blue-light phones on campus or call 215-898-9255 to request an escort to your apartment.

View the map below to see the boundaries of the Walking Escort Service.

Walking Escort Boundary

Penn Transit Services

Penn Transit provides safe and efficient integrated transit options on and around campus. Transit Services are free of charge to all Penn community members in possession of a valid PennCard. The types of transportation offered include Penn Shuttle Service, Penn Bus and LUCY.

Penn Bus East and West
operate Monday through Friday from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. There are several designated stops to throughout campus to wait for Penn buses. Passengers can ride for free by providing a valid student ID (Penn, Drexel, University of the Sciences). The Penn bus is a great option if you’re traveling home late at night back to your apartment in West Philadelphia, University City or Center City.

University City District

University City District is a partnership of world-renowned anchor institutions, small businesses and residents that creates opportunity, improves economic vitality and quality of life in the University City neighborhood of West Philadelphia. This organization strives to invest in world-class public spaces, address crime and public safety, bring life to commercial corridors, connect low-income residents to careers and promote job growth and innovation.

One of the main focuses of the University City District is to promote safety and decrease crime in the neighborhood. Public Safety Ambassadors are available as walking escorts 24 hours a day, seven days a week in partnership with Penn. Where the Division of Public Safety’s boundaries end, the University District’s begins.