Student Safety Resources

Division of Public Safety

  • RAD Self Defense Courses: The Rape Aggression Defense System is a comprehensive course for women which begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, and progresses to the basics of hands-on defense training
  • SAFE Training Courses: SAVE training helps to prevent crimes of sexual violence and helps to educate women about realistic options that will help them avoid, escape, and survive assaults if they do occur
  • Sensitive Crimes: DPS offers emotional support, guidance and options counseling to any individual who is a victim of a sensitive crime, such as, rape, sexual assault, relationship or domestic violence, harassment and stalking
  • HELP Line (215-898-HELP): Any member of the Penn community can utilize this service by calling 215-898-HELP(4357). Calls will be answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by Division of Public Safety professionals trained in mental health referrals by staff from Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).
  • Theft Awareness: The goal is to educate all members of the Penn community and visitors to our University City retail stores and restaurants about the dangers of leaving personal items unattended or improperly secured
  • Campus Express Property Registration: Penn students, faculty and staff can register their bicycles, electronic equipment and other valuables, as well as purchase a U-Lock, online with the University of Pennsylvania Police Department
  • Walk/Ride/Drive SMART: Safety tips and reminders for getting around campus
  • Safety Tips: Review the ten things you need to know, including free safety services that the Division of Public Safety offers the community
  • Emergency Drills: Evacuation and shelter-in-place drills are scheduled throughout the year to ensure the readiness of the campus community in responding to any type of crisis that requires building occupants to evacuate


  • MERT Response: 911 Fast response on Weeknights (5p-7a) and Weekends (24 hours a day!)
  • CPR Class: MERT offers CPR and First Aid classes for laypeople and CPR classes for healthcare providers
  • Applying to MERT: Working as an EMT is a great opportunity to aid patients, practice clinical skills, and expand your professional experience
  • Philadelphia Fire Dept. - Emergency Ambulance Transport: The EMS Unit provides emergency, pre-hospital care and transportation to the citizens of Philadelphia. Citizens in need of its services can dial 9-1-1 for assistance.