Security at Penn
the Penn Community:
the past five years, the University of Pennsylvania has instituted
many security measures with the goal of enhancing the safety and
security of Penn community members. One such measure, implemented
in December 1998, was a new security policy for 24-hour academic
buildings. The policy requires that anyone entering such a building
between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. visibly display their PennCard.
January 2000, the policy was expanded to include all campus buildings
used by students, staff and faculty between the hours of 10 p.m.
and 7 a.m. Reported incidents of crime have measurably decreased--criminal
incidents are down dramatically, and personal safety inside campus
buildings is greatly improved.
upon the success of this program, Penn's Division of Public Safety,
in collaboration with deans, senior administrators, and undergraduate
and graduate student leaders, is exploring the benefits of expanding
this policy to encompass all University buildings. Currently, there
are several buildings on campus that have already enacted a PennCard
display policy, and by all accounts, consider it to be very successful.
would like to take this opportunity to emphasize for the University
community that this proposed policy applies only to the interiors
of University buildings. This policy does not suggest that people
are required to display their PennCards on city or campus thoroughfares.
the next few months, the Division of Public Safety's Advisory Board
will discuss this issue and make recommendations to me. I in turn
will discuss those recommendations with the president, provost and
executive vice president. The University community will be advised
of any proposed recommendations and will have ample time to respond
to them before any changes are made to existing policy.
S. Rush, Vice President, Division of Public Safety
Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 7, October 9, 2001
October 9, 2001
Volume 48 Number 7