As our campus continues to be impacted by the war in the Middle East, this site brings together a variety of resources available to students, faculty, and staff. In these challenging times, the safety and well-being of the Penn community remains our highest priority.

Fact Sheet

Facts about Penn’s response and actions related to the Palestine Writes Literature Festival and the Israel-Hamas war.

Free Speech FAQs

Guidance from a free speech expert and scholar and Penn’s Student Code of Conduct.

Penn’s Action Plan to Combat Antisemitism

On Nov. 1 President Liz Magill launched Penn’s Action Plan to Combat Antisemitism in a message to the Penn community. A whole-University approach, anchored in the U.S. National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism, the Plan centers on three broad areas: Safety and Security, Engagement, and Education. Initiatives, both immediate and longer term, will direct Penn to provide for the safety and security of every member of the University community, engage deeply and meaningfully with the Jewish community and the broader Penn community to develop solutions to call out and combat antisemitism, and ensure that everyone at Penn is educated and knowledgeable about antisemitism.

Read the Plan

Message on Penn Public Safety

Penn Public Safety is paying very close attention to the information circulating regarding the safety of our community and takes their safety and any threats very seriously.

As part of our planning, Penn’s Division of Public Safety has further increased security and support for religious, cultural, and other spaces where students gather on and near campus. At the same time, we will continue reaching out to leaders and groups across campus to offer support and inquire about their well-being.

We work in close partnership with our local, state, and federal partners to share information on protests, rallies, and other gatherings happening in the region, receiving multiple updates throughout the day. Public Safety will continue to attend gatherings to ensure the physical safety of participants and onlookers alike. Penn Police will take immediate action should there be any physical threat of harm and pursue it to the fullest extent of the law.

DPS members sit on the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force and are in regular contact with Federal and other officials on these topics. We have reached out to our Federal partners for more information on how the new initiative will impact our ongoing working relationship. We will continue to work with our Law Enforcement partners to ensure the safety of the community which we serve.