War in the Middle East


The following message was sent via email to the Penn community and posted to Penn Today on Oct. 10 under the title, “Supporting our community.”

We are devastated by the horrific assault on Israel by Hamas that targeted civilians and the taking of hostages over the weekend. These abhorrent attacks have resulted in the tragic loss of life and escalating violence and unrest in the region. Many members of our community are hurting right now. Our thoughts are especially with those grieving the loss of loved ones or facing grave uncertainty about the safety of their families and friends.

The University continues to focus first and foremost on supporting the Penn community—both abroad and on campus. We are heartened by the leaders and administrators who quickly and thoughtfully mobilized, identifying and reaching out to students, faculty, and staff with connections to the region to offer assistance and resources.

Penn Global is in touch with all known Penn students and scholars currently visiting or studying in Israel. We will continue to check in with them and provide support for as long as it is needed. At this time, all Penn-affiliated travel to Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza should be deferred until further notice (for updated guidance and resources, visit the Penn Global website).

Here on campus, the Division of University Life, the Office of the University Chaplain, Wellness at Penn, and the Division of Public Safety, as well as administrators across Penn’s Schools, are engaging with impacted students and student groups, guided by their needs. Please be mindful of your classmates and colleagues who are processing these terrible events in real time and offer your support—whether it be an ear, a shoulder, or some space. A list of University resources is included below.

Penn is a global community with a long history of being a place for people from all backgrounds. In moments like these, we are strengthened by our connections to one another and to this community—no one is alone. Please take care of yourselves and each other during this challenging time.

Penn’s HELP Line: 215-898-HELP (available 24/7)

International Student and Scholar Services: 215-898-4661

Student Health and Counseling: 215-746-9355

Student Health Service: 215-746-3535

Student Intervention Services: 215-898-6081

Office of the Chaplain: 215-898-8456

Weingarten Learning Resources Center: 215-573-9235

Special Services (within Division of Public Safety): 215-898-6600

Employee Assistance Program: 866-799-2329