ALMANAC BETWEEN ISSUES: March 1, 2001

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Campus Safety and Security: A Shared Responsibility

A Report of the University of Pennsylvania

Division of Public Safety


 Contents

Campus Safety and Security: A Shared Responsibility

The Division of Public Safety

Reporting Crime

Acquaintance Rape and Sexual Violence

Alcohol and Drugs

Disciplinary Policies

The University of Pennsylvania Campus

Student Residences

Use of Facilities

 Tables:

The Pennsylvania College and University Security Information Act
Campus Crime Statistics for the University of Pennsylvania
 
Federal Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act
Campus Crime Statistics for the University of Pennsylvania
Crime Arrest Data
 
Crime Statistics for Non-Contiguous Properties of the University of Pennsylvania
University Boathouse
New Bolton Center
Morris Arboretum
Flower and Cook Observatory


Campus Safety and Security: A Shared Responsibility

Campus safety and security at the University of Pennsylvania is a shared responsibility. Clearly, the best protection against campus crime is an aware, informed, alert campus community--students, faculty and staff who use reason and caution--along with a strong law-enforcement presence.

The vast majority of our students, faculty, staff and visitors do not experience crime at the University of Pennsylvania. However, crime sometimes occurs despite our best efforts and yours. This information is provided because of our commitment to campus safety and security and in compliance with the Federal Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act and the Pennsylvania College and University Security Information Act. It is meant to be useful to you. If you have concerns, questions or comments about the requirements of federal or state law or Penn's compliance with these laws, please contact the Vice President for Public Safety, Division of Public Safety, at (215) 898-7515.

The Division of Public Safety

The Division of Public Safety is committed to enhancing the quality of life of the campus community, integrating the best practices of public and private policing with state-of-the-art security technology. Its 134 full-time employees and 227 contract employees work in four departments: University Police, Special Services, Fire and Occupational Safety and Security Services.

The University Police Department maintains police patrols 24 hours a day, seven days a week on campus--by foot, car, motorcycle and bicycle--with a police force of 100 sworn officers, the largest private police force in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. University Police also work closely with the Philadelphia Police Department as both agencies patrol and respond in neighborhood areas west to 43rd Street, south to Baltimore Avenue, east to 30th Street and north to Market Street. University Police officers have full enforcement powers, including the authority to make arrests for criminal violations. University Police officers are authorized to carry firearms when on duty, and they do so. Otherwise, the possession of air rifles or pistols, firearms, ammunition, gunpowder or other dangerous articles or substances is strictly prohibited on Penn property or at University-sponsored events. Any exception to this rule must be approved by the Vice President, Division of Public Safety.

University Police officers have completed rigorous training prescribed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania under the Municipal Police Officer's Training Act. Once an officer has completed police academy training, he or she participates in a Field Training Program, developed and coordinated through the Division of Public Safety. Officers remain in probationary status following graduation from the police academy, and an annual in-service training is provided in accordance with established standards for continuing professional education for municipal police officers. The University of Pennsylvania Police Department is scheduled to receive national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) on March 24, 2001. The Penn Police department will be the first university in the state of Pennsylvania to receive this prestigious recognition and one of only 46 universities and colleges nationwide to achieve this honor.

The Chief of the University Police serves as the law enforcement liaison for the Penn police department and coordinates all relations with city, state and federal law enforcement officials.

The University Police Department maintains a full-service detective unit headed by the department's Deputy Chief of Investigations. Criminal incidents are assigned to a detective within the University Police Detective unit, who is responsible for the investigation of the crime or coordination with the Philadelphia Police Department. If the incident involves a student who has violated policies, procedures, codes of conduct or the law, the Penn police will advise the victim or complainant of the option to report the incident to the Office of Student Conduct or the responsible University office. Consistent with legal requirements, information regarding the persons arrested by University Police is available to the campus community.

To contact University Police in an emergency, dial 511 from a campus telephone, use one of more than 250 blue light emergency telephones on campus and in the surrounding neighborhood or dial (215) 573-3333 from off-campus.

The Communications Center (PennComm) of the Division of Public Safety monitors the Philadelphia Police Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) terminal for the geographical area surrounding the University of Pennsylvania campus. University Police officers respond to assist the Philadelphia Police Department in certain situations, and they respond to those addresses or locations owned by the University or associated with a recognized organization. University Police detectives also are in regular contact with the 18th District of the Philadelphia Police Department to obtain information on criminal incidents reported to the Philadelphia Police Department, but not to University Police, for addresses or locations owned or controlled by the University or associated with a recognized student organization.

The Special Services Department, in conjunction with the University of Pennsylvania Detective Unit, provides over 110 crime prevention, safety workshops and forums each year to student groups, members of the faculty and the staff. Self-defense clinics and other workshops or special presentations can be designed to meet the particular needs of the group requesting services. Special Services personnel are available to consult with individuals or departments regarding crime prevention and safety. Additionally, safety presentations can be found on the Division of Public Safety website at www.upenn.edu/police/. In addition, highly trained special services personnel are available to offer assistance and support to victims of crime.

The department is headed by a Director of Special Services, who serves as the University coordinator for support services for "sensitive crimes" such as rape or attempted rape, acquaintance rape, sexual or domestic violence or hate/bias crimes. Hate/bias crimes include act of violence or bias motivated by racial, religious, sexual, ethnic or sexual-orientation bigotry. The Director serves on various University committees that review and develop policy on these and related issues. The Director also interacts with academic departments, the Office of Housing and Residential Life, and many other divisions across the University, given the individual's authorization, to coordinate victim support services. Every effort is made to protect the confidentiality of private information. The Director also serves as the community liaison for the Penn police department and coordinates all work with neighborhood town watch organizations, community and civic groups, and the Police Athletic League.

To contact the Special Services Department during normal business hours, call 8-4481 from a campus telephone or (215) 898-4481 from off-campus. For emergency support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, call 8-6600 from a campus telephone or (215) 898-6600 from off-campus. On evenings or weekends, PennComm will answer all calls to (215) 898-6600 and will notify Special Services personnel.

The Department of Fire and Occupational Safety oversees the University's fire and occupational safety programs, working in collaboration with the City of Philadelphia Departments of Fire and Licenses and Inspections to ensure that all University buildings are in full compliance with local, state and federal codes.

The Department, which is headed by a director, provides numerous additional services, including safety training to new students and employees, new police officer orientation, inspection and maintenance of fire extinguishers and other safety equipment; review and inspection of all work-related injury reports, maintenance of fire and safety code compliance. Fire and occupational safety specialists work with the University's real estate partner, University City Associates (UCA) to ensure the highest level of residential property safety. The director is the Division of Public Safety's liaison with the City of Philadelphia Fire and the License and Inspections departments.

Highly-trained personnel maintain fire and safety code compliance. The department conducts special activities throughout campus for fire prevention week, and designs and provides various promotional items for the community.

To contact the Department of Fire and Occupational Safety during normal business hours, call 8-6921 from a campus telephone or (215) 898-6921 from off-campus. To contact the department in an emergency, dial 511 from a campus telephone, or dial (215) 573-3333 from off-campus. On evenings or weekends, call the PennComm center at (215) 898-7297.

Security technologies and professional security officer services, combined with effective community policing, are vital components of the Division of Public Safety's programs to provide a safer campus environment. The Security Services Department oversees the design for all security technology installations, and monitoring of the technologies. The department also provides campus-wide systems administration for electronic security technologies. Currently, these include emergency blue light telephones, building alarm systems, electronic access control systems and closed-circuit video monitoring for security purposes.

The University of Pennsylvania retains Allied-SpectaGuard to provide skilled security services on campus and in the surrounding neighborhood. Its patrols work in concert with the University Police, Philadelphia Police and the University City District Safety Ambassadors in providing patrol services. Security officers may be assigned to conduct highly-visible security patrols on and off-campus, to screen access to student residences and other buildings and to provide security services at special events. Allied-SpectaGuard patrols--on foot, by car and by bicycle--some streets in the surrounding neighborhood during the evening hours. Allied-SpectaGuard officers and the University City Safety Ambassadors also provide walking escort services, UC Walk, to University City students, staff and faculty, from 8 a.m. to 3 a.m. seven days a week. The walking escort boundaries are currently 30th Street to 49th Street, Spring Garden Street to Baltimore Avenue.

In addition, the University City District (UCD), a special services district which encompasses the University and its surrounding neighborhoods, employs uniformed Safety Ambassadors who serve as additional eyes and ears in the community. UCD Safety Ambassadors are in radio communication with the Penn Police and the Philadelphia Police Department. Further, the Philadelphia Police Department has dedicated additional personnel to patrol within the UCD boundaries.

The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Medical School use a separate uniformed security force that screens access and egress at public entrances to buildings and provides routine patrols of the facilities 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Reporting Crime

The Communications Center (PennComm) of the Division of Public Safety is maintained 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All criminal incidents should be reported to the Division of Public Safety for response and documentation. Incidents known in common parlance as Part I crimes that are identified to the Division of Public Safety are reported to the Philadelphia Police Department to ensure that all agencies charged with providing services are aware of these incidents. The relationship and exchange of information with city, state and federal authorities is extremely important, and it is an ongoing process. The Philadelphia Police Department alerts the Division of Public Safety to reported incidents in the surrounding neighborhoods that are jointly patrolled by both University Police and the Philadelphia Police Department.

To report a criminal incident, dial 511 from a campus telephone, use one of more than 250 blue light telephones on campus and in the community or dial (215) 573-3333 from off-campus. You also can report a criminal incident in person at the Division of Public Safety, 4040 Chestnut St., which is staffed with professional personnel 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The University of Pennsylvania Police Department maintains a computerized database for all reported criminal incidents, including those that occur on campus, those that occur in the surrounding neighborhood and those that occur well beyond the campus community. These data are the basis for crime statistics reported to the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting System, for compliance with the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act and the College and University Security Information Act and for reporting crime statistics to the campus community. Our annual report also includes data from non-police sources, including victims and witnesses.

The Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act requires Penn to provide information on its security polices and procedures and specific statistics for criminal incidents and arrests to students and employees and to make the information and statistics available to prospective students and employees upon request. The Pennsylvania College and University Security Information Act requires Penn to provide information on its security policies and procedures to students, employees and applicants and to provide crime statistics to students and employees and to make these statistics available to applicants and prospective employees upon request. This information is available by calling the Division of Public Safety Communications Center (PennComm) at (215) 898-7297.

All crimes against persons that occur on campus and in the surrounding neighborhood, including the areas jointly patrolled by the University Police and the Philadelphia Police Department, are published in Almanac, the weekly journal of record, opinion and news, published by the University of Pennsylvania and available online at www.upenn.edu/almanac/. The Division of Public Safety maintains an Incident Journal, a chronological listing of all crimes reported to University Police, which is open for public inspection at the Communications Center (PennComm) of the Division of Public Safety.

When necessary, the Division of Public Safety uses Crime Alerts to notify the campus community of crimes that pose a threat to the community including dissemination via the Division of Public Safety website, various campus publications and e-mail distribution lists.

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Acquaintance Rape and Sexual Violence

For more than 20 years, the University of Pennsylvania has proactively addressed the issues of rape and sexual violence through firesides, seminars, forums and other presentations. Students Together Against Acquaintance Rape (STAAR), Penn's nationally recognized student-operated program, also addresses these issues through its workshop programs. Penn also conducts educational and training programs for its employees who interact with students, including University Police officers, coaches and student service personnel in the Office of the University Life, members of the campus ministries and those who provide services in the student residences.

Acquaintance rape is a form of sexual violence defined under our policy as any act in which a person forces another person with whom he or she is acquainted to engage in sexual activity against his or her will or without his or her consent. Assent does not constitute consent if it is given by a person who because of youth, mental disability or intoxication is unable to make a reasonable judgment. This policy applies to groups as well as individuals.

Penn will provide support for victims of acquaintance rape or sexual violence, and it is committed to providing resources and processes for prevention, education, reporting, adjudication, protection from retaliation, and sanctions. Incidents that are reported to the appropriate departments at Penn will be addressed promptly and will be confidential. The procedures that govern the investigation of charges under these policies will take into account both the need to gather the facts and the rights of all parties involved in the incident.

Anyone who is a victim of sexual violence or acquaintance rape at Penn is encouraged to seek support and assistance and to report the incident. Available support may include acdemic and housing accommodations if requested. While students are encouraged to contact the Special Services Department at 8-6600 from a campus telephone or (215) 898-6600 from off-campus, contact also can be made through University Police emergency lines by dialing 511 from a campus telephone, by using one of more than 250 blue light telephones on campus and in the community or by dialing (215) 573-3333 from an off-campus telephone; through contact with Counseling and Psychological Services by dialing 8-7021 from a campus telephone or (215) 898-7021 from off-campus; or through contact with the Penn Women's Center by dialing 8-8611 from a campus telephone or (215) 898-8611 from off-campus.

When a victim of a sex offense contacts the Special Services Department, the individual will be advised of all the health, legal and support services available on and off campus, and the victim will be assisted in accessing these services. To pursue criminal options, it is important to preserve evidence. If the victim elects to go through the criminal justice system and/or receive medical treatment, personnel from Special Services will accompany the victim to the sexual trauma unit at Jefferson Hospital for evaluation, treatment and/or evidence collection. The Director of Special Services at Penn is the designated coordinator of support services for students who have been victimized. Whether the victim chooses to report an incident of acquaintance rape or sexual violence to the Special Services Department, the University Police Department or another resource center within the campus community, the victim will be informed of all options for filing a complaint, including the right to report the incident fully and completely to the Philadelphia Police Department, the right to file an anonymous report with the Philadelphia Police Department or the right to file no report. If requested, University personnel will assist the student in notifying appropriate authorities.

Due to the sensitive issues involved in acquaintance rape and other sexual assaults, the victim may first disclose the incident some time after it has occurred, but the victim is nonetheless encouraged to contact Special Services for support and assistance and to report the incident.

Those within the campus community who are found responsible for acquaintance rape or other sexual violence are subject to University sanctions, which may include suspension, expulsion or separation from the University. The individual also may be subject to prosecution by the Office of the District Attorney under Pennsylvania criminal statutes. In any University disciplinary proceeding involving charges of sexual assault, the accused and the accuser are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during the proceedings and both the accused and the accuser are informed of the outcome of the proceedings.

The Acquaintance Rape and Sexual Violence Policy is stated on page 15 of the 2000-2002 PennBook: Resources, Policies Procedures Handbook, which is available through the Office of the Vice Provost for University Life by calling (215) 898-6081. This policy is also available online at www.upenn.edu/osl/acqrape.html.

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Alcohol and Drugs

The University of Pennsylvania and its programs and policies regarding the possession, sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages encourages all within the campus community to make safe, responsible decisions about alcohol that are consistent with existing state and federal law. The possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages on campus by persons under the age of 21 is strictly prohibited by Penn and by the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Consistent with its educational mission, Penn provides programs that promote awareness of the physical, psychological, social and behavioral effects of alcohol consumption and drug use.

The use, sale or possession of narcotics and dangerous drugs is illegal and is strictly prohibited on campus.

Employees are required to adhere to the University's Drug-Free Workplace Policy and the Alcohol and Drug Policy, which strictly prohibit the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, sale, possession or use of drugs by its employees in the workplace. Those who violate these policies may be subject to disciplinary procedures or may be required to participate in drug or alcohol rehabilitation programs.

Students who have questions or concerns about alcohol or drugs are encouraged to use the medical or counseling resources provided by the University of Pennsylvania. These services adhere to all applicable laws governing the confidentiality of patient information.

The University has an Alcohol Coordinator. The Alcohol and Drug Policy is stated on page 16 of the 2000-2002 PennBook: Resources, Policies Procedures Handbook, which is available through the Office of the Vice Provost for University Life by calling (215) 898-6081. This policy is also available online at www.upenn.edu/osl/alcohpol.html.

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Disciplinary Policies

Any student who fails to comply with University policies or local, state or federal laws may be subject to discipline under the University Code of Student Conduct. Sanctions can include, but are not limited to, disciplinary probation for a specified period of time, withdrawal of privileges, indefinite probation, term suspension, indefinite suspension without automatic right of re-admission and expulsion. When a student's presence on campus is considered a threat to order, health or safety, the Provost or his or her designee may impose a mandatory leave of absence or conditions on the student's attendance.

Generally, prospective students are not asked about previous criminal records with the exception of applicants to certain graduate and professional programs, such as the Law School. Employees, however, are required to disclose any and all convictions for a felony, crime of violence, dishonesty or crime against property or involving the threat of violence in the past 10 years. A criminal record, if relevant to the position in question, is a factor considered in the employment process.

The University's disciplinary procedures are described on pages 8-15 of the 2000-2002 PennBook: Resources, Policies Procedures Handbook, which is available through the Office of the Vice Provost for University Life by calling (215) 898-6081. This policy is also available online at www.upenn.edu/osc/outline.htm.

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The University of Pennsylvania Campus

The University of Pennsylvania is located just west of central Philadelphia on a unified campus, which is approximately 260 acres. The core of the Penn campus, which lies between Walnut and Spruce Streets from 34th to 40th Streets, is connected by a network of pedestrian walkways. Locust Walk, running from College Green to Hamilton Village, acts as both a major pedestrian thoroughfare and a hub of campus life for the entire Penn community. The specific perimeters of the Penn campus will change from time to time. As such, the preceding description is meant to provide an accurate approximation of the boundaries of the campus, but is in no way intended to detail the specific contour of the campus' frequently changing boundaries.

Student Residences

The University of Pennsylvania offers a variety of housing options on campus, ranging from the undergraduate College House system to graduate apartments. Fraternities and sororities are located both on and off campus. Penn's College House system is designed to enhance the undergraduate experience for all residents through faculty-directed, academically supportive environments that promote intellectual, social and recreational opportunities. Sansom Place East and Sansom Place West house primarily graduate and professional students. Mayer Hall provides housing for married students and their families, as well as an undergraduate community. If you have questions on room assignments or rent charges, call (215) 898-8271; questions or concerns about residential services, call (215) 573-DORM; or questions about the College House programs, call (215) 898-5551.

The Division of Public Safety has regular contact with those responsible for the campus grounds and lighting to ensure that the shrubs, bushes and greenery throughout the campus are appropriate and well-maintained and that campus lighting is appropriate.

2000-2001 Academic Year

Housing for first-year undergraduate students is processed by computer program-with the exception of those College Houses and residential programs requiring an essay-for those applications received by May 4, the program attempts to assign students to one of their choices. Students applying after May 4, including transfer students, are processed in order of the receipt of their application. Returning upperclass students are assigned housing through a room selection process during February and March. Graduate and professional students are assigned housing in order of the receipt of their application. Room changes are made during scheduled periods in October, December and February, given availability of space. Emergency room changes can be made at any time upon the recommendation of a member of the residence hall staff.

The University of Pennsylvania maintains three undergraduate College Houses (Hamilton, Harrison, Harnwell) and Sansom Place East and West as open residences during the winter break between semesters. All other residences are closed to students.

Entrances to all student residences are either locked or closely monitored by security personnel, and access to these facilities is limited to residents, faculty, staff, and authorized contractors, who are admitted only during certain hours and only with valid identification. Access to most student residences at Penn is monitored electronically by a card access system. Those without a valid PENNCard are considered visitors and will be admitted only after the presentation of valid identification and with the approval of their hosts, who will be responsible for their conduct. All student rooms are equipped with dead bolt or Mortis locks with anti-carding devices.

The Division of Public Safety is available to provide firesides, seminars, forums and other presentations on campus safety and security to those living in student residences. Campus safety and security is discussed as a matter of course at residence hall meetings.

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Use of Facilities

The facilities at the University of Pennsylvania exist to house or support the tripartite mission of the institution: teaching, research and service. The use of these by University groups is permissible, given the facilities are available, and by approved, non-University organizations under certain circumstances. Permission to use these facilities does not constitute University endorsement of the activities. The policy on use of facilities is stated on page 31 of the 2000-2002 PennBook: Resources, Policies Procedures Handbook, which is available through the Office of the Vice Provost for University Life by calling (215) 898-6081. This policy is also available online at www.upenn.edu/osl/faciluse.html. If you have questions on the use of facilities at Penn, please contact the Director of Student Life by dialing 8-6533 from a campus telephone or (215) 898-6533 from off-campus.


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The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) maintains a proprietary security department that is committed to providing a safe and secure environment in hospital facilities, and for its patients, staff and visitors. Security officers are stationed at the major entrances to the hospital and engage in regular patrols of the facilities. Officers respond to all requests for assistance, whether routine or emergency. An Operations Center of the Security Department is maintained 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and it monitors the CCTV/Controlled Access System as well as safety and security alarms.

To contact the HUP Security Department in an emergency, dial 2677 (COPS) from a hospital telephone or (215) 662-2677 from outside the hospital.

Most of the hospital's population does not experience crime at HUP. However, crime sometimes occurs despite our best efforts and yours. Security awareness and the cooperation of all employees in reporting potential problems have been invaluable.

The Security Department at HUP

The HUP Security Department consists of 35 employees divided into three areas: Security Administration consists of the Director of Security, who is responsible for all functions of the HUP Security Department, as well as an investigator, an operations officer and a secretary, who also manages the Photo ID/Controlled Access System. Security Operations consists of 30 uniformed officers on three shifts, all of whom are supervised by a sergeant with support by a corporal. The Security Operations Center is located on the ground floor of Silverstein Pavilion, just inside the entrance to the Emergency Room. Security Operations is responsible for providing safety and security services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and it responds to requests for routine and emergency services. The lieutenant/operations officer has day-to-day responsibility for the Operations section. Crime Prevention and Investigations is responsible for crime prevention programs, security surveys of hospital spaces and security information and education throughout the hospital. The investigator also is responsible for the investigation of all criminal matters.

The HUP Security Department has the same powers of arrest as any private citizen and, when necessary, coordinates its activities with the University of Pennsylvania Police Department and the Philadelphia Police Department.

Reporting Crime at HUP

All criminal incidents and requests for assistance should be reported to the Security Operations Center. The HUP Security Department reports all criminal activity as well as other data to the Hospital Safety Committee, which reports data to the Health System Board of Trustees on a quarterly basis. The HUP Security Department also reports criminal statistics to the University of Pennsylvania Police Department.

To report a criminal incident at HUP, dial 2677 (COPS) in an emergency from a hospital telephone or (215) 662-2677 from outside the hospital.

Access to HUP

Security monitors all major entrances to HUP during normal hours; entrance to HUP is restricted to the main entrance and the Emergency Room after hours.

Security Education at HUP

Crime prevention programs and security awareness education are presented annually to the HUP staff, and, when necessary, on a departmental basis.


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Presbyterian Medical Center

Presbyterian Medical Center (PMC) is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for the hospital faculty, its patients, visitors and staff. To that end, PMC maintains a Security Department comprised of two sections:

  1. Security Administration, consisting of the Director of Security who is responsible for all functions of the PMC Security Department; an Account Manager, who manages all security officers; and a Site Commander/Investigator who assists the Director and Account Manager.
  2. Security Operations, consisting of 31 uniformed officers divided into three shifts. The Security Command Center is located in the Wright-Saunders lobby just inside the employee entrance to that building. Security Operations is responsible for providing security and safety services 24 hours a day, and responds to all security and safety related requests for both routine and emergency services. The Account Manager has day-to-day responsibility for the Operations Center.

To contact Presbyterian Security in an emergency, dial extension 8085 or 8238 from a hospital telephone or (215) 662-8085 or (215) 662-8238 from outside the hospital.

Reporting Crime at PMC

All criminal incidents and requests for assistance should be reported to the Security Command Center in the Wright-Saunders Lobby, which is in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Security Department conducts routine patrols and responds to calls for assistance within the hospital.

Access to PMC

Security officers monitor all entrances during normal hours and restrict entry into the hospital after normal hours to the Main Entrance and the Emergency Room Entrance.

Security Education at PMC

Crime Prevention programs and security awareness education are presented to the hospital staff annually as well as on a departmental basis as needed.

PMC reports all criminal activity as well as other data to the Hospital Safety Committee on a quarterly basis.

 Note: The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a Vietnam Era Veteran or disabled veteran in the administration of its educational policies, programs or activities, admissions policies, scholarship or loan awards, athletic or other University-administered programs, or employment.

Questions or complaints regarding this policy should be directed to the Executive Director, Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, 3600 Chestnut St., Sansom Place East, Suite 228, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6106, or by calling (215) 898-6993 (voice) or (215) 898-7803 (TDD).

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OF RECORD

It is important to note that the crime classifications for which colleges and universities must provide statistics differ under state and federal law. Statistics for certain crime classifications might appear to be different. For example, the federal statistics for motor vehicle theft differ from the state statistics for the same category because the federal classification includes attempted motor vehicle thefts, while state law requires institutions to separately report attempted motor vehicle thefts.

The Pennsylvania College and University Security Information Act Campus Crime Statistics for the University of Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania College and University Security Information Act requires the release of crime statistics and rates to students and employees, and it requires that those statistics be available to applicants and new employees upon request. The rate is based on the actual number of Full Time Equivalent (FTE) students and employees, which is calculated according to a state-mandated formula. The index in the table below is based on incidents per 100,000 FTEs. The University's FTE population for 1998 was 35,265, for 1999 was 38,783 and for 2000 was 38,534.

Note: The statistics for 1999 and 2000 reflect an expanded geographic area beyond the campus.

1998 1999 2000
Offenses Offense Known Index 100,000 Offense Known Index 100,000 Offense Known Index 100,000
Criminal Homicide 1 2.774 0 0 0 0
Forcible Rape 2 5.548 6 15.468 2 5.190
Robbery 39 108.186 68 175.304 45 116.775
Aggravated Assault 15 41.610 14 36.092 11 28.545
Simple Assault 32 88.768 46 118.588 55 14.725
Burglary 73 202.502 118 304.204 72 186.840
Theft 879 2438.346 1125 2900.250 1034 2683.230
M.V. Theft 22 61.028 44 113.432 33 85.635
Attempt M.V. Theft 4 11.096 6 15.468 4 10.380
Arson 1 2.774 0 0 3 7.785
Forgery/Counterfeiting 0 0 0 0 0 0
Fraud 20 55.480 17 43.826 57 147.915
Embezzlement 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stolen Property 1 2.774 2 5.156 3 7.785
Vandalism 156 432.744 170 438.260 153 397.035
Weapons Offense 2 5.548 3 7.734 5 12.975
Prostitution 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sex Offenses - - - - - -
(Except Rape)
6 16.644 14 36.092 8 20.760
Drug Abuse 0 0 6 154.680 4 10.380
Gambling 0 0 0 0 0 0
Offenses Against Family 0 0 0 0 1 2.595
Driving Under Influence 4 11.096 10 25.780 16 41.520
Liquor Laws 32 88.768 13 33.514 29 75.255
Drunkenness 0 0 0 0 3 7.785
Disorderly Conduct 32 88.768 60 154.680 54 140.130
Vagrancy 0 0 0 0 0 0
*All Other Offenses 153 424.422 241 621.298 165 428.175

*Note: Other offenses include harassment by communication, threats, unlawful restraint, loitering, prowling and trespass.


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Federal Crime Awareness

and Campus Security Act

Campus Crime Statistics for the University of Pennsylvania

The Federal Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act requires the release of statistics for criminal incidents and arrests on campus to all students and employees, and it requires that those statistics be available to prospective students and employees upon request. The following statistics are provided in compliance with the specific time periods, crime classifications, and arrest data mandated by federal law.

Campus Crime Report
January 1, 1998 through December 31, 1998

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1998

Murder 1
Manslaughter 0
Sex Offenses -
Forcible
7
Non-Forcible
0
Robbery 39
Aggravated Assault 15
Burglary 73
Motor Vehicle Theft 26
Arson 1
Liquor-Law Violations 32
Drug-Related Violations 0
Weapons Possession 2

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  • The Federal Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act, as amended by the Higher Education Reauthorization Act of 1998, requires the release of statistics by category of prejudice concerning the occurrence of hate crimes in the crime classifications listed above and for other crimes involving bodily injury to any person "in which the victim is selected because of the actual or perceived race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or disability of the victim." There were no hate crimes, as defined by applicable federal law, reported at the University of Pennsylvania in 1999 or 2000. There was one hate crime, which was racially- motivated, reported at the University of Pennsylvania in the simple assault crime classification for the period January 1 through December 31, 1998.
  • The Federal Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act, as amended by the Higher Education Reauthorization Act of 1998, defines Campus as "any building or property owned or controlled by an institution of higher education within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution and used by the institution in direct support of, or in a manner related to, the institution's educational purposes, including residence halls; and property within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution and is owned by the institution but controlled by another person, is used by students, and supports the institutional purposes, such as a food or other retail vendor." On-Campus Residential is a sub-category of Campus showing the number of on-campus incidents that occur "in dormitories or other residential facilities for students on campus." The new law defines Non-Campus Building or Property as any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization recognized by the institution; and any building or property, other than a branch campus, owned or controlled by an institution of higher education that is used in direct support of, or in relation to, the institution's educational purposes, is used by students, and is not within the same reasonable contiguous geographic area of the institution." It defines Public Property as "all public property that is within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution, such as a sidewalk, a street, other thoroughfare or parking facility, and is adjacent to a facility owned or controlled by the institution if the facility is used by the institution in direct support of, or in a manner related to the institution's educational purposes."

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The Higher Education Reauthorization Act of 1998 amended the Federal Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act to require statistics for an expanded area beyond the campus. The new law requires these statistics to be shown in specific geographic categories. The following statistics are provided according to the categories required by the recent amendments. Note that incidents shown in the On-Campus Residential category are also included in the statistics shown in the Campus category.

 Campus Crime Report
January 1, 1999 through December 31, 1999

Campus On- Campus Residential Non- Campus Public Property
Murder 0 0 0 0
Manslaughter 0 0 0 0
Sex Offenses - - - -
Forcible 6 0 0 0
Non-Forcible 1 0 0 0
Robbery 15 0 12 41
Aggravated Assault 7 0 1 6
Burglary 62 19 37 0
Motor Vehicle Theft 6 0 0 44
Arson 0 0 0 0
Liquor-Law Violations - - - -
Arrests 1 3 3 2 5
Disciplinary Referrals 79 79 0 2
Drug-Related Violations - - - -
Arrests 1 0 0 5
Disciplinary Referrals 6 6 0 1
Weapons Possession - - - -
Arrests 1 0 0 2
Disciplinary Referrals 0 0 0 0

1 The Liquor Control Enforcement reported 194 liquor law violations in the area in 1999, but could not provide locations for these incidents. Thus, it was not possible to determine which of these fit in the reportable categories.

Campus Crime Report
January 1, 2000 through December 31, 2000

Campus On- Campus Residential Non- Campus Public Property
Murder 0 0 0 0
Manslaughter 0 0 0 0
Sex Offenses - - - -
Forcible 3 3 0 1
Non-Forcible 3 0 0 1
Robbery 32 1 0 13
Aggravated Assault 7 0 0 4
Burglary 61 5 11 0
Motor Vehicle Theft 4 0 0 33
Arson 2 0 1 0
Liquor-Law Violations - - - -
Arrests 28 1 1 0
Disciplinary Referrals 23 20 0 0
Drug-Related Violations - - - -
Arrests 1 0 0 3
Disciplinary Referrals 17 17 1 0
Weapons Possession - - - -
Arrests 1 0 0 4
Disciplinary Referrals 2 16 16 0 0

2 All of these referrals relate to three incidents involving airguns; the possession or use of airguns is regulated by local ordinance.


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Crime Statistics for Non-Contiguous Properties of The University of Pennsylvania

The Federal Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act requires separate statistics for criminal incidents and arrests for certain non-contiguous properties. The following statistics include reportable crime at four non-contiguous properties specified for inclusion in this report for the period January 1, 1998 through December 31, 2000. These statistics conform to the specific definitions, time period and classifications specified by federal law.

University Boathouse on the Schuykill River

1998 1999 2000
Murder 0 0 0
Manslaughter 0 0 0
Sex Offenses - - -
Forcible
0 0 1
Non-Forcible
0 0 0
Robbery 0 0 0
Aggravated Assault 0 0 0
Burglary 0 0 1
Motor Vehicle Theft 0 0 1
Arson 0 0 0

Note: During the relevant period, there were no arrests or disciplinary referrals for liquor-law violations, drug-related violations or weapons possession at the University Boathouse and no hate crimes were reported.

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New Bolton Center, Kennett Square

1998 1999 2000
Murder 0 0 0
Manslaughter 0 0 0
Sex Offenses - - -
Forcible
0 0 0
Non-Forcible
0 0 0
Robbery 0 0 0
Aggravated Assault 0 0 0
Burglary 0 0 0
Motor Vehicle Theft 0 0 0
Arson 0 0 0

Note: During the relevant period, there were no arrests or disciplinary referrals for liquor-law violations, drug-related violations or weapons possession at the New Bolton Center and no hate crimes were reported.

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Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, Chestnut Hill

1998 1999 2000
Murder 0 0 0
Manslaughter 0 0 0
Sex Offenses - - -
Forcible
0 0 0
Non-Forcible
0 0 0
Robbery 0 0 0
Aggravated Assault 0 0 0
Burglary 0 0 0
Motor Vehicle Theft 0 0 0
Arson 0 0 0

Note: During the relevant period, there were no arrests or disciplinary referrals for liquor-law violations, drug-related violations or weapons possession at the Morris Arboretum and no hate crimes were reported.

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Flower and Cook Observatory, Malvern

1998 1999 2000
Murder 0 0 0
Manslaughter 0 0 0
Sex Offenses - - -
Forcible
0 0 0
Non-Forcible
0 0 0
Robbery 0 0 0
Aggravated Assault 0 0 0
Burglary 0 0 0
Motor Vehicle Theft 0 0 0
Arson 0 0 0

Note: During the relevant period, there were no arrests or disciplinary referrals for liquor-law violations, drug-related violations or weapons possession at the Flower and Cook Observatory and no hate crimes were reported.

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Posted 3/1/2001

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