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Campus Safety Notices

This page reports the daily status of campus public safety advisories.

Public Safety Advisory - Assault

12/17/2018 4:25PM

Dear Members of the Drexel Community,

At approximately 4 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, Philadelphia and Penn Police responded to a call for an assault with a gun. The complainant, who is not a University of Pennsylvania or Drexel student, reported that the suspect sexually assaulted her in her vehicle while brandishing a gun.

Penn Police are assisting Philadelphia Police Special Victims Unit in their investigation. Philadelphia Police have provided additional details about the case. The complainant had left an event at the AFSCME District Council 33 Building at 3001 Walnut St. At approximately 4 a.m., as she left the event, she got into her car across the street. As she was sitting in her car, the suspect forced his way into the car and raped her. He then fled the area on foot.

The suspect is described as a large black male, about 25 years old with a goatee. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black pants.

The Department of Public Safety is encouraging members of the community to be on heightened awareness of their surroundings, walk in groups and well-lit public areas, and make sure no personal belongings of value are visible. Make sure vehicles and residences are locked and secured.

Drexel Public Safety encourages students, faculty, and staff to be alert, take precautions, and report crimes and suspicious activities. Your efforts to stay well-informed and take preventive action will help in maintaining the safest possible environment on Drexel's campuses.

Drexel policies and resources related to sexual and gender-based harassment and misconduct, including information about reporting misconduct and about bystander intervention, can be found on the Office of Equality and Diversity's Title IX Resource Page:

Public Safety crime prevention and awareness tips can be found at:

Any suspicious activity should immediately be reported to Philadelphia police by calling 911 or Drexel police by calling 215.895.2222.