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Philadelphia Police/
FBI Investigation of Terrorism

To the University Community:

I have recently learned that a handful of students have received a letter from Police Commissioner Timoney requesting personal interviews. I understand that these requests are part of a nationwide program initiated by the FBI in connection with the investigation of terrorism after September 11th.

These requests are wholly independent of the University and a student's decision as to how to respond is entirely his or her own. The University, however, is concerned that students' rights and privacy be protected in the process. Should any student want advice or assistance, we offer the following resources:

  1. Students should contact the Office of International Programs (OIP), where they can receive advice and counseling about the process, immigration issues, and other related matters. OIP has a brochure called "Know Your Rights" prepared by the ACLU. OIP also has information from the Department of Justice about the subjects covered in the interviews that might be useful for students to review.
  2. If a student wants the interview conducted on campus, OIP can arrange for a private meeting space either at OIP or at the Inn at Penn.
  3. If a student wishes to consult a lawyer, before an interview or at any time, the ACLU in Philadelphia is available and willing to offer support on a pro bono basis. Stephen Presser (215-592-1513, Ext. 116) knows that students have received these requests and has specifically indicated that his office will provide legal advice. As always, students may also consult OIP's list of lawyers willing to be hired by students. As we learn of other resources that become available to students, we will forward the information to OIP.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Joyce Randolph.

-- President Judith Rodin

Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 16, December 18, 2001


December 18, 2001
Volume 48 Number 16

Philadelphia Police/FBI Investigation of Terrorism includes interviews of some students; Penn offers resources to students who want them.
A look back at this week in Penn's history, a stroll through Almanac's of the past.
Penn's Way Campaign is at the mid-point with more weekly prizes as well as the grand prize to be drawn.
Winter Break Safety: special safety checks are available from December22 through January 6.
The founding curator of the Burrison Art Gallery which bears his name, dies at the age of 92.
Another Penn Woman who made her mark some 40 years ago is remembered.
Some Penn researchers' findings could yield embryonic stem cells while others analyze predictors of future arthritis in dogs.

January AT PENN brings the celebration of Chinese New Year and many MLK events throughout the month.