PENNCard Identification Policy has been expanded to accommodate
addition to the policy
previously appeared in Almanac
For Comment and has been
reviewed and approved by the Division of Public Safety Advisory
Board and is endorsed by
University Council Safety and Security Committee.
Rush,Vice President for Public Safety
Effective May 1, 2002
the event of a heightened security risk, members of the Penn community
must be prepared for the enforcement of all existing PENNCard
policies, as well as potentially greater restrictions on access
to campus buildings and events.
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.
and Centers may implement procedures regarding their individual
building internal security that exceed those governing the general
PENNCard policies adopted by the University.
After Hours Use of University Buildings
building users (students, staff, faculty) are required to prominently
display their PennCards between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.-7
days a week, with the obvious exception of students, staff and
faculty residents in residential buildings and those actively
participating in activities in athletic buildings.
building users should notify security officers or Penn Police
officers immediately if they observe any individual inside the
building acting suspiciously or without a PENNCard.
- If a
Penn Police officer or security officer observes anyone in the
building between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. without their PENNCard,
that person will be asked to leave the building and to return
with the card. Officers will provide assistance with escort
or shuttle services.
- No one
is authorized to prop or otherwise cause any exterior building
door to be held open. If this is observed, the door should be
closed and/or the situation reported to a security officer or
a Penn Police officer as soon as possible. Everyone should be
alert for anyone who attempts to enter the building through
an exit door as someone is leaving. Such observations should
be reported to Penn Police or security immediately.
building users are asked to exit through non-emergency exit
doors only. ("Emergency Exit Only" doors will be marked
- If an
emergency situation arises and no officers are in the immediate
area, persons should immediately call 511 (the Penn Police emergency
number) to report the incident.
University recognizes that perpetrators of crimes are not always
easily identifiable. Crimes can be committed by both University
and non-University members. These policies are intended to enhanced
security and security awareness for all students, staff and faculty
in campus buildings used after normal University hours. Violations
of these safety procedures will be documented by Penn police and/or
security officers and can result in appropriate University disciplinary
24-Hour Academic Buildings
the number of buildings being used for 24-hour academic activities.
Spaces for after-hours activities within buildings should be limited
to specific rooms and floors. Rooms and labs not designated for
24-hour use should be secured to prevent use after hours.
Limit after-hours access to one door only; this door should be accessible
only by card reader or security staff member who checks IDs or otherwise
controls access (sign-in/out, or a card reader as in residential
Require the presence of an adequate number of security officers
during after hours activities-the number and deployment of officers
to be determined specifically for each facility.
all after-hours building users to prominently display their PENNCards
between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.
Exit Control. Limit
the number of non-emergency exit doors, and ensure they lead to
well-lighted, non-secluded areas. All exit doors will be armed with
intrusion- and prop-detection alarm devices monitored by Penn Police.
Appropriate signage regarding door alarms will be displayed at these
Technology & Maintenance.
All security devices will report electronically to the Penn Police.
High building-maintenance standards for doors, locks, lighting and
other safety related equipment will be observed. All life-safety
related maintenance requests will be processed as a high priority.
All building users will be provided information describing after-hours
policies to ensure awareness and compliance.
Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 33, May 7, 2002
May 7, 2002
Volume 48 Number 33