Get Help

If you believe you have experienced sexual violence, relationship violence, or stalking there are a number of options available to you at the University of Pennsylvania. These resource offices work as a team to ensure you are receiving appropriate accommodations and support regardless of whether or not you choose to make an official report. You can also click here for a printable PDF of the Sexual Violence, Relationship Violence & Stalking Resource Guide, or here for a one page information sheet. Download the Reach Out app to get quick access to information to help you or a friend navigate resources on and off campus.

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TO GET IMMEDIATE HELP CONTACT:
PENN POLICE AT 215.573.3333

Penn Police can connect you to a specially trained advocate from Special Services in the Division of Public Safety. Special Services staff are on call 24/7 and can provide the following:

  • Information about support and reporting options.
  • Accompaniment to the Philadelphia Special Victims Unit.
  • Accompaniment to the Philadelphia Sexual Assault Response Center to receive a forensic rape examination (see Medical).
  • Assistance with applying for a Protection from Abuse Order.
  • Recommend and enforce immediate safety measures.

Contact Info:

Penn Police
4040 Chestnut Street
(215) 573-3333 (on call 24/7)

You can contact Special Services directly at:
(215) 898-4481  (M-F from 9am-5pm)
(215) 898-6600 (24/7)

*Special Services is a resource for any member of the Penn community - students, staff, and faculty.



Medical

Student Health Service (SHS) can provide evaluation and treatment to students who experience sexual or relationship violence. SHS providers can perform examinations, discuss testing and treatment of sexually transmissible infections, provide emergency contraception if necessary and arrange for referrals and follow up. SHS cannot perform forensic examinations (see below).

Costs
Office visits are covered in full by the clinical fee (or PSIP). Students who are covered under a private insurance plan will still need to pay the semesterly clinical fee to receive services at SHS. Charges for lab tests related to a sexual assault are waived.


The Philadelphia Sexual Assault Response Center (PSARC) is designated to provide forensic rape examinations to victims of sexual assault. It is recommended that students who wish to pursue legal action, or may want to pursue legal action in the future, receive this examination, which includes a collection of evidence. During this examination victims can receive treatment for injuries and sexually transmitted infections as well as emergency contraception.  

Please note that forensic rape examinations cannot be performed at any local hospital unless the victim is being treated there for injuries that are so severe they are considered medically unstable. 

Preserving evidence
In order to preserve evidence victims are advised not to smoke, eat, drink, bathe, douche, brush their teeth, or change their clothes prior to receiving the exam. However, doing any of the above does not mean an exam cannot be performed. While it is highly recommended that victims receive an exam within 72 hours of an assault, there is no official time limit after which an exam cannot be performed.

Contact Info:

Student Health Service 
3535 Market Street, Suite 100
(215) 746-3535 (on call 24/7)




Philadelphia Sexual Assault Response Center
300 E. Hunting Park Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19124

*Contact Penn Division of Public Safety for transportation and accompaniment to PSARC

 



Support

Confidential support staff are available to provide compassionate and experienced guidance if a student experiences sexual violence, relationship violence or stalking. Advocates will talk through support and report options, help implement safety measures, and provide additional referrals. These staff members are available in Special Services, the Penn Women's Center, and the Sexual Violence Prevention & Education office.

Students who may need additional assistance will be connected with Student Intervention Services (SIS). SIS can help implement safety measures, connect students with academic support, facilitate housing accommodations, and enforce no contact orders.

Counseling and Psychological Services offers individual and group counseling. The Sexual Trauma Treatment Outreach and Prevention (STTOP) Team is a multidisciplinary team of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) clinicians dedicated to providing confidential care, support, and advocacy to students who have experienced sexual trauma during their academic career. Student can request to meet with a STTOPP Team member when scheduling an appointment.

Contact Info:

Special Services, Division of Public Safety
4040 Chestnut Street 
(215) 898-6600 (on call 24/7)

Penn Women's Center
3643 Locust Walk
(215) 898-8611 (M-F, 9:30-5:30pm) 

Sexual Violence Prevention & Education (PVP)
3539 Locust Walk
(215) 746-2642

Student Intervention Services
3611 Locust Walk
(215) 898-6081

Counseling and Psychological Services 
3624 Market St.,1st Floor, West
Hours: 
9am - 5pm Mon, Tues, Fri 
9am - 7pm Wed, Thur
(215)  898-7021 


REPORT

Students who would like to report an incident of sexual violence, relationship violence, or stalking have the right to pursue criminal charges through the City of Philadelphia (or the local governance in which the incident occurred) and/or to pursue disciplinary action through the University of Pennsylvania.

For support in pursuing criminal charges, or to learn more about this option, contact Special Services in the Division of Public Safety.

To file a complaint against a Penn student or a faculty member for violating the Sexual Violence, Relationship Violence, and Stalking Policy contact the Sexual Violence Investigative Officer.

Information about filing a complaint against a student

Rights of Complainants and Respondents
Persons who make a complaint and those who are responding to complaints have the following rights: The option to notify law enforcement; The option to have another member of the University community present during interviews that are part of a University-initiated investigation; To be notified of counseling and support services available; To be notified of options to change academic, living, or work arrangements.

For assistance with filing a complaint against a Penn staff member, contact the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs. Faculty, staff, and students who believe that they, or someone they know, has been sexually harassed or discriminated against may file a complaint with OAA/EOP.



Contact Info:

Sexual Violence Investigative Officer
3901 Walnut Street, Suite 320 
(215) 898-2887


Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs
227 Sansom Place East
3600 Chestnut St
(215) 898-6993


* Students interested in reporting can learn more about their options from a confidential advocate.