On Sept. 30, a man was shot in the head near 44th and Market streets at the Philadelphia Housing Authority’s Westpark Apartments. The incident was an example of violent crime that necessitates Penn Police action in areas that, while off campus, are still home to several students.
The U.S. Department of Justice Violence Against Women Act grant, which is nearing its three-year cycle, has paid for a full-time violence prevention educator and has funded projects like the Student Anti-Violence Advocate program.
The law will introduce graduated school-year curfews for three different age groups. Young adults aged 16 to 17 will face a curfew of 10 p.m., which could affect University students who fall in that age group.
In addition to educating students about safety issues, the fair also aimed to increase participation and awareness about DPS programs and initiatives, in part because the division saw low freshman enrollment in several of these programs during New Student Orientation, according to Vice President for Public Safety Maureen Rush.