Resources

CAMPUS RESOURCES

Below is a quick reference list of the key offices that may be useful for a student affected by sexual violence, dating violence, or stalking. Click here for a PDF of the Sexual Violence, Relationship Violence & Stalking Resource Guide. 

  • Special Services Unit in the Division of Public Safety 
    4040 Chestnut Street
    24 Hour Helpline: 215.898.6600
    Special Services offers comprehensive victim support for any member of the University community who had been a victim of interpersonal violence. Special Services has advocates on call 24-hours a day that can provide options counseling, hospital and court accompaniment, and take formal police reports. Special Services is a confidential unit and can provide support for students, staff and faculty who wish to remain anonymous. *confidential 

  • Penn Women's Center 
    3643 Locust Walk
    Tel: 215.898.6500, 215.898.8611
    Staff Hours:  9:30am-5:30pm, Monday-Friday
    The Penn Women's Center provides education, advocacy, and co-facilitates support groups for survivors of sexual violence. Staff at the Penn Women's Center can assist victims in navigating the different resources at both Penn and in the broader community.  They are also available to provide support and guidance to friends and family of sexual assault victims. PWC supports all students regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. *confidential 

  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
    3624 Market Street, 1st Floor West 
    Tel: 215.898.7021
    Hours: 9:00am-5:00pm: Monday, Tues &  Friday. 9:00am-7:00pm: Weds & Thurs. Emergency walk-in all day.
    CAPS offers a wide range of free and confidential services in a safe space to help students who have experienced violence of any kind and to help students who have been accused of committing violence. Initial consultation, individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, structured workshops, and medication reviews are available. CAPS also has the Sexual Trauma Treatment Outreach and Prevention (STTOP) Team, 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. *confidential 
     
  • Student Health Service
    3535 Market St, Suite 100
    Tel: 215.746.3535 (on call provider available 24/7)
    Office Hours: Mon-Weds 8:00am-7:30pm, Thurs 10:30am-5:30pm, Friday 8:00am-5:30pm, Saturday 11:00am-4:30pm; modified hours are in effect during Fall, Winter, and Spring Break, major holidays, and Summer Sessions. 
    The Student Health Service can provide evaluation and treatment to victims of sexual and dating violence regardless of whether they make a report or seek additional resources.  Both male and female providers can perform examinations, discuss testing and treatment of sexually transmissible infections, provide emergency contraception if necessary and arrange for referrals and follow up.  The Student Health Service does not perform forensic rape examinations. All services are confidential.  Office visits are covered in full by the Clinical Fee and the Penn Student Insurance Plan (PSIP). Charges for lab tests related to a sexual assault are waived. *confidential 

  • Office of the Sexual Violence Investigative Officer
    3901 Walnut Street, Suite 320
    Tel: 215.898.2887
    Hours: 9:00am-5:00pm, Monday-Friday
    The Office of the Sexual Violence Investigative Officer is responsible for managing and investigating complaints against Penn faculty and enrolled Penn students alleging violations of the University's Sexual Violence, Relationship Violence and Stalking policy.The Sexual Violence Investigative Officer works with the Penn community to implement an Amendment to the Student Disciplinary Charter, that applies to all twelve schools and became effective on February 1, 2015. This office also works within the Penn community to educate students, faculty and staff about the process for responding to these complaints and assists with educational efforts to prevent sexual violence. Throughout the disciplinary process, the Office of the Sexual Violence Investigative Officer ensures that those making complaints and those responding to complaints are treated fairly and respectfully.
  • Office of Student Conduct
    207 Duhring Wing, 236 S. 34th Street
    Tel: 215.898.5651
    Hours: 9:00am-5:00pm, Monday-Friday
    The Office of Student Conduct (OSC) is responsible for acting on behalf of the University in matters of student discipline. OSC deals with alleged instances of academic dishonesty and other student misconduct, in order to determine how best to resolve these allegations consistent with the goals and mission of the University as an educational and intellectual community. OSC does not investigate complaints regarding violation of the Sexual Violence, Relationship Violence, and Stalking policy (see above resource). Any member of the University community or the general public who believes that a Penn student has violated Penn's rules may bring a complaint to OSC.
  • Student Intervention Services
    3611 Locust Walk
    Tel: 215.898.6081
    Student Intervention Services (SIS), which is centrally located in the Office of the Vice Provost for University Life, coordinates the University's response to reports of interpersonal violence against students. SIS provides support to student victims/survivors; coordinates with schools, housing administrators, and other relevant offices at students' request; and connects students to appropriate support services. SIS respects the sensitivity of  violence cases and can discreetly advocate for students with schools and other offices in the University.
  • The Office of the Chaplain
    240 Houston Hall
    Tel: 215-898-8456
    The Office of the Chaplain offers pastoral support, guidance, or informal advising and counseling to all members of the Penn community. The staff is trained to support survivors of interpersonal and sexual violence, or anyone struggling with related issues in a safe and confidential manner. They are also able to connect students to either campus resources or community religious support as needed. *confidential
  •  Office of the Ombuds
    113 Duhring Wing , 236 S. 34th Street
    Tel: 215.898.8261
    The Office of the Ombuds is a confidential, neutral, off the record resource for students, staff and faculty.  Their purpose is to assist with the management of conflict, resolution of disputes, and problem solving in relation to obstacles to one's full and successful participation as a member of the Penn community.   *confidential

  • Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs
    3600 Chestnut Street, Sansom Place East, Suite 228
    Tel: 215.898.6993
    Faculty, staff, and students who believe that they, or someone they know, has been sexually harassed or discriminated against may file a complaint with the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs.  OAA/EOP can assist with informal resolution or may pursue formal action. Formal action is initiated by filing a written complaint with OAA/EOP. They will investigate the complaint and will take appropriate action. OAA/EOP also provides training for Penn faculty and staff on sexual harassment and other issues related to affirmative action, equal opportunity and diversity.
  • Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Center
    Carriage House, 3907 Spruce Street
    215-898-5044
    The LGBT Center provides advocacy, education, outreach, and support for and concerning Penn's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. *confidential

PHILADELPHIA RESOURCES

There are a number of community-based agencies that are not affiliated with the University that can provide support, counseling, and advocacy. Below is information about a few of these organizations that are often recommended to students:

  • Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR)
    One Penn Center 1617 John F Kennedy Blvd., Suite 1100
    24 Hour Hotline: 215.985.3333
    WOAR is a non-profit organization in Philadelphia that provides a 24-hour hotline, free individual and group counseling to children and adults who have experienced sexual abuse/ assault, counseling in Spanish, and hospital and court accompaniment. WOAR provides services to all survivors regardless of gender or sexual orientation and offers a Queer Survivors Group.
  • Women Against Abuse (WAA)
    100 South Broad Street, Suite 1341
    Philadelphia, PA 19110
    24-hour hotline: 1.866.723.3014, Office #: 215.386.1280
    WAA is a non-profit organization in Philadelphia that provides comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence in the Philadelphia community including emergency shelter, transitional housing, legal services, behavioral healthcare, advocacy and education. WAA provides services to all survivors regardless of gender or sexual orientation
  • Philadelphia Sexual Assault Response Center (PSARC)
    300 E. Hunting Park Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19124
    215.800.1589
    Emergencies: Call 215.425.1625 to reach the on-call sexual assault nurse examiner
    The Philadelphia Sexual Assault Treatment Center is designated to provide forensic rape examinations to victims of sexual assault and to assist them in the process of making a report to the Philadelphia Police Department. It is recommended that victims who wish to pursue legal action, or who may wish to take legal action in the future, receive a rape exam which includes a collection of evidence. During this examination victims can receive treatment for injuries and sexually transmitted infections as well as emergency contraception. Individuals may contact PSARC directly by calling the 24 hour hotline, or they can reach out to the Penn DPS Special Services Department who will provide 24/7 transportation and accompaniment to the center.

ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY BASED RESOURCES

Legal: 

Sexual Violence: 

  • Women Organized Against Rape 24-hour Hotline: 215-985-3333 - www.woar.org

Domestic/Dating Violence: 

Abuser Treatment:

LGBT:

NATIONAL RESOURCES: 

ONLINE RESOURCES