January of 1998, the University instituted a policy requiring
the wearing of PENNCard identification cards in buildings that
are being used 24 hours a day (Almanac,
December 15, 1998). The first phase targeted specific buildings
with high after-hours populations. The policy states "building
users are required to prominently display their PENNCards between
the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.--7 days a week."
February of 2000, phase II of the PENNCard Identification Policy
was expanded to include all campus buildings used by students,
staff and faculty after hours (between 10 p.m and 7 a.m.), with
the obvious exception of students, staff and faculty residents
in residential buildings and those actively participating in activities
in athletic buildings.
a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the Division
of Public Safety's Advisory Board was asked to examine the issue
of security within all University buildings, and in particular
the issue of displaying PENNCard identification cards 24 hours
a day --7 days a week. The Board issued the following recommendation:
that building security is currently a school and center responsibility,
the Advisory Board also recognizes that DPS must be prepared to
undertake heightened security measures at specific buildings or
across campus in the event of an emergency or high security risk.
The Board reviewed the current policies governing the use of PENNCard
identification cards, and wishes to acknowledge that there are
currently two University of Pennsylvania policies governing their
first policy is the University of Pennsylvania Human Resources
policy number 119. This policy states, "Each
faculty and regular staff member will be issued a photo identification
card (PENNCard) while a member of the University community.
The PENNCard is the property of the University of Pennsylvania
and is not transferable. It should be carried at all times and
presented upon request of any University official."
PENNCard policy is the University of Pennsylvania Security
Policy for 24 Hour Academic Buildings (see Almanac
Of Record, January 18, 2000).
policy requires faculty, staff and students utilizing Academic
Buildings between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. prominently
display their PENNCard identification.
Advisory Board wishes to note that in the event of a heightened
security risk, members of the Penn community must be prepared
for the enforcement of these policies, as well as potentially
greater restrictions on access to campus buildings and events.
To that end, the DPS Advisory Board recommends that these policies
be expanded to include a statement to the effect that "Faculty,
staff and students of the University of Pennsylvania must
carry their PENNCard Identification Cards with them, or risk being
denied access to a University event or building." The DPS
Advisory Board also wishes to acknowledge that some schools and
centers may implement procedures regarding their individual building
internal security that exceed those governing the general PENNCard
policies adopted by the University."
Public Safety Advisory Board seeks the input of all segments of
the Penn community. Please direct your comments to: Maureen Rush
Rush, Vice President Public Safety