While it's common for a university of Penn's size to employ a private police force, Penn has more than triple the number of sworn officers than its closest neighboring institution in Philadelphia.
Gutmann said the Task Force’s “overarching” goal had been to keep students safe from all types of harm, from sexual assault to “falling behind in their studies.”
“Whenever perfection is driving you, shame is riding shotgun,” said Brene Brown, a professor at the University of Houston who has spent the past 16 years studying vulnerability.
The fellowships are part of Penn's growing efforts to engage its Philadelphia neighbors and are funded by a $2 million endowment from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Of the 24 Event Observers, about one-third are Penn graduate and professional students; another third are staff members, and the final third are individuals affiliated with Penn.
A student said Penn Police have disrupted various events at off-campus locations, including an "ice-cream social" where there was no alcohol.
FFP members stood silently along the wall across from Penn President Amy Gutmann, armed with computer print-outs that read slogans like “Stop Funding Climate Change."
While peer institutions like Harvard have taken steps to ban Greek institutions altogether, Penn administrators say the Task Force has no such intention.
“The guy that screws in the light bulb for the President of the University makes more than us, and we protect the whole university," said the Penn Police Association President.
The suit alleges that the University exposed former Penn researcher Jeffrey Ware to high levels of radiation, causing him to develop brain cancer. Ware died from the cancer in 2011.
“I think the ask is pretty simple – for the University to make a legal fund and also to tell the students publicly that we stand behind you."
“In many respects, Arts and Sciences sits at the core of the University,” School of Arts and Sciences Dean Steven Fluharty said.
Paul Miller's legacy as Trustees Chair and the driving force behind a $1 billion capital campaign for Penn was memorialized recently in a Penn Almanac feature.
The accidental breach of privacy is only likely to result in a "slap on the wrist" in terms of legal repercussions, lawyers say.
It's clear that students are taking classes outside of their home schools, but more than six administrative offices said they had no information on what percentage of students were doing so, or what specific classes they were taking.
These ancillary costs vary across the Study Abroad programs offered by Penn and can be difficult to predict beforehand.
The shutdown of a registered, philanthropic event held by the sorority Alpha Phi was an error on the part of Penn Police, said the Vice President for Public Safety Maureen Rush.
Gutmann thinks Philadelphia's universities would provide "top talent, ideas and creativity" for the tech giant looking for a city to house its next headquarters.
Any student who visits SHS is met with this question: “In the past two weeks, have you been bothered by any of the following problems: feeling down, depressed, irritable or hopeless?”
“We understand that there may be a feeling that [the Event Observers] are out shutting out all the parties right now,” said Executive Director of the Office of Student Affairs Katie Bonner. “I would like to dispel that myth."