If you have experienced sexual violence (including rape or sexual assault), relationship violence, stalking, or sexual harassment, there are options available to you at the University of Pennsylvania. These offices work as a team to ensure you receive appropriate accommodations and support regardless of your choice to make an official report.
You can also click here for a printable PDF of the Sexual Violence, Relationship Violence & Stalking Resource Guide. Download the Reach Out app to get quick access to information to help you or a friend navigate resources on and off campus.
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:
- Information about support and reporting options.
- Accompaniment to the Philadelphia Special Victims Unit.
- Accompaniment to the Philadelphia Sexual Assault Response Center (PSARC) to receive a forensic rape examination (see Medical).
- Assistance with applying for a Protection from Abuse Order.
- Recommend and enforce immediate safety measures.
4040 Chestnut Street
(on call 24/7)
You can contact Special Services confidentially at:
*Special Services is a resource for any member of the Penn community – students, staff, and faculty.
Student Health Service (SHS) providers can perform examinations, discuss testing and treatment of sexually transmissible infections, provide emergency contraception and arrange for referrals and follow up. SHS cannot perform forensic examinations (see below).
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.
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.
The Philadelphia Sexual Assault Response Center (PSARC) provides forensic rape examinations to victims of sexual assault. This exam is recommended to anyone who wishes to pursue legal action, or may want to pursue legal action in the future. During this examination, in addition to evidence collection, 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.
Student Health Service
3535 Market Street, Suite 100
(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
Confidential support staff can provide compassionate and experienced guidance to students who experience sexual violence, relationship violence, stalking, sexual harassment or an unsafe or confusing sexual encounter. Advocates will talk through support and reporting options, help implement safety measures, and provide additional referrals.
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 implement no contact orders.
Counseling and Psychological Services offers free and confidential individual and group counseling. Within CAPS, the Sexual Trauma Treatment Outreach and Prevention (STTOP) Team is dedicated to providing care and advocacy to students who have experienced sexual trauma. Student can request to meet with a STTOP Team member when scheduling an appointment.
Special Services, DPS
4040 Chestnut Street
Penn Women’s Center
3643 Locust Walk
Penn Violence Prevention
3611 Locust Walk
Student Intervention Services
3611 Locust Walk
Counseling and Psychological Services
3624 Market St.,1st Floor, West
Penn’s internal reporting processes updated August 14, 2020. All reports go to the AVP/Title IX Officer. Please see the updated Sexual Misconduct Policy for more information.
Students 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, staff member, or faculty member for violating the Sexual Misconduct Policy or learn more about internal reporting options, contact the AVP/Title IX Officer, Michele Rovinsky-Mayer, at titleIXofficer@upenn.edu.
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.
3901 Walnut St, Suite 320
* Students interested in reporting can learn more about their options from a confidential advocate.