Safety and Security

Access to Residences
Endangering Behavior
Fire and Emergency Safety
Guests and Visitors
PennCard

Access to Residences

The security of our communities is central to the comfort and academic success of our residents. Security, however, is a shared responsibility.  Residents must play their part by observing security procedures and practices, in consideration of their neighbors and classmates and in order to minimize personal harm or loss.   Abuse of security staff, vandalism of security equipment, and misuse of exterior building doors and locks will not be tolerated and will result in disciplinary action. Back to top

Endangering Behavior

Any action of a Penn student, resident or guest that may lead to physical harm to oneself or others is considered endangering behavior and will typically result in removal from housing, disciplinary action (including cost of repair and/or cleaning) and/or criminal charges.  This includes the careless use of appliances or materials, tampering with internet hard wired or wireless devices, and installation of partitions or lofts.  Throwing any object from windows, roofs, ledges, etc. is dangerous and also prohibited.  

In situations when an individual or group poses an immediate threat to the health, safety or property of others or of oneself the individual or group may be relocated or removed from housing prior to a hearing to address the specific behaviors.  Back to top

Fire and Emergency Safety

Residents are expected to comply and familiarize themselves with the Fire and Emergency Safety procedures of the University. Compliance includes properly evacuating, following the instructions of emergency personnel, and not damaging, tampering with, or blocking fire safety equipment or signs. Banners, flags, nets, holiday lighting, cable wire, and hangers cannot be installed in such a way as to interfere with the operation of any fire safety equipment (i.e. sprinkler heads or smoke detectors). No items may be installed on or suspended from the ceilings nor should non-flame-resistant decorations be hung on room/suite doors or hallway bulletin boards. Additionally, residents should not place furniture or items in any halls, fire exits, or otherwise block any other means of egress. Residents who fail to comply with any of the above are subject to fines and disciplinary action.  Back to top

Guests and Visitors

Guests are defined as individuals who are not currently enrolled University of Pennsylvania students.  Visitors are defined as currently enrolled University of Pennsylvania students who are not assigned to the room, suite, or apartment that they are visiting.
  • Hosts must check with their roommates, suitemates, or apartment mates for approval before inviting a guest or visitor to the room.  If the other occupants of the space do not approve, the guest or visitor cannot stay in the room.
  • Hosts are responsible for the actions of their guests or visitors and will face disciplinary action if their guest or visitor violates College House, Residential Services, or University policies.  Hosts should familiarize their guests or visitors with community expectations. Visitors are also responsible for their actions and are subject to disciplinary action.
  • Guests and visitors are allowed to visit in a student room, suite, or apartment for a period not to exceed three days and two nights during a two-week period.
  • Visitors are unable to sign into residential buildings between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 8 a.m.  Hosts will need to sign in all visitors during this time period.
  • A guest or visitor may not occupy a student’s room when the student is not present and a resident may not supply a room key to gain access to the room or their PennCard to gain access to the building.
  • Guests must sign-in with a photo ID and must be accompanied by a host at all times.  This host must carry a valid PennCard and guests must keep their ID with them at all times.
  • Each visitor must present his or her own valid PennCard.  Visitors may not sign in other visitors or guests at any time.
  • Visitors may sign-in guests in Hill College House, Kings Court English College House, and Lauder College House for the purpose of dining together in the Penn Dining Halls of those buildings.  Visitors cannot sign in guests to those buildings outside of the open hours of those Dining facilities.
  • At no time may guests or visitors sleep in a common area within a College House. Back to top
PennCard

Residents are required to carry their University of Pennsylvania ID Cards (PennCard) at all times per University policy.  PennCards are used to access College Houses and also serve as electronic key access to assigned rooms.  A PennCard should not be transferred to anyone other than the owner.  Residents should be aware of the whereabouts of their PennCard at all times.  A PennCard used by anyone other than the owner will be confiscated.

Confiscated PennCards may be picked up at the PennCard Center, located in the University of Pennsylvania Bookstore, during business hours of 8:30am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday.   Lost Penn Cards must be promptly reported to the PennCard Center as well.  For more information and policies on PennCards, please visit the PennCard website. Back to top