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Self Education Resources

Safety Education Resources

The Department of Public Safety encourages everyone to be aware of their environment, stay alert, report suspicious activities, take precautions, and report all crimes/incidents. By being proactive, you can play an important role in not only protecting yourself, but also helping others to be safe. With your help, the Department of Public Safety can provide a safe educational environment in which the University community can excel.

The programs outlined below if practiced could possibly reduce the odds of you falling victim to a crime. Take a moment to review the programs so you will be better prepared to help us help you.

For additional information contact the Department of Public Safety at 215.895.1117, or send an email with your request to

S.A.F.E. Program (Self-defense Awareness Familiarization Exchange)

The S.A.F.E program provides participants with valuable information on how to become more aware of their surroundings, educates women on how to protect themselves from crime, and introduces pre-basic physical training familiarization methods, which are non-strenuous.

Awareness Tip Cards

The Department of Public Safety has a series of awareness tip cards and flyers specifically designed to address the security and public safety concerns of the University community. The awareness tip cards and flyers are available in the Public Safety Office located at 4500 Woodland Avenue.

Crime Prevention Seminars

The Department of Public Safety has developed a series of crime prevention presentations and orientation programs designed to educate the University community on various public safety topics. To schedule a presentation or request additional information call 215.895.1117 or email


Important Resources

Emergency Dispatch:
Non-Emergency Dispatch:
Police, Fire, & Medical Emergencies:
Environmental Health & Safety (Chemical Spills):
215-596-8925, 215-596-8843
Student Health Services:
Walking Escort:
Penn Transport Services:
215-898-RIDE (7433)


Michael E. Lapotasky, MA Ed, Director of Public Safety and Emergency Management Coordinator


University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495


Office: 215-895-1118
Cell: 908-334-8877