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The PENNCard Identification Policy has been expanded to accommodate emergency events.
This 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
the University Council Safety and Security Committee.

--Maureen Rush,Vice President for Public Safety

PENNCard Policy

Effective May 1, 2002

In Emergency Events

In 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.

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.

Schools and Centers may implement procedures regarding their individual building internal security that exceed those governing the general PENNCard policies adopted by the University.

Security Policy for
After Hours Use of University Buildings

  1. All 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.
  2. All 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. All building users are asked to exit through non-emergency exit doors only. ("Emergency Exit Only" doors will be marked appropriately).
  6. 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.

The 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 action.

Security Policy for
24-Hour Academic Buildings

Building Usage. Limit 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.

Building Access. 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 buildings).

Security Officers. 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.

ID Card Visibility. Require all after-hours building users to prominently display their PENNCards between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.

Building 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 doors.

Security 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.

Awareness. 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

A memorial gathering will be held at noon today, in remembrance of Shannon Shieber who was killed four years ago today.

This year's Perkins Award goes to a long-time member of the GSFA faculty.
The School of Veterinary Medicine awards to seven members of its faculty.
The Penn's Way 2002 campaign raised over $400,000.
Speaking Out on Bicyclists vs Pedestrians, and Convenience vs. Confidentiality.
Death of Dr. Frederic Roll, emeritus professor of civil engineering.
Reports from the Senate Committee on the Faculty as well as the Senate Committee on Administration, along with Procedures Regarding Misconduct in Research and Policy for Postdoctoral Fellows.
Two faculty are named to the National Academy of Sciences and one to AAAS.
The expanded PENNCard Policy covers emergency events.
The Three-Year Academic Calendar covers through 2004-2005.