Immediately after the attacks by Hamas on Israel, the University mobilized to support the Penn community on campus and abroad.
- Penn Global reached out to all known Penn students, faculty, staff, and scholars visiting or studying in Israel to support their safety and to assist them in departing the country.
- The Division of University Life, the Office of the University Chaplain, Wellness at Penn, and the Division of Public Safety, as well as administrators across Penn’s Schools, provided support to impacted students and student groups, guided by their needs.
University leadership condemned both the Hamas massacre and antisemitism in forceful statements.
- On October 10, President Magill and Provost Jackson sent a University-wide message condemning the attacks by Hamas on Israel: “We are devastated by the horrific assault on Israel by Hamas that targeted civilians and the taking of hostages over the weekend. These abhorrent attacks have resulted in the tragic loss of life and escalating violence and unrest in the region.”
- On October 15, President Magill sent a second message to all students, faculty, staff, and alumni again condemning the assault on Israel by Hamas: “I want to leave no doubt about where I stand. I, and this University, are horrified by and condemn Hamas’s terrorist assault on Israel and their violent atrocities against civilians. There is no justification—none—for these heinous attacks, which have consumed the region and are inciting violence in other parts of the world.”