MSA Statement in Response to Article Regarding NYPD Surveillance

The Muslim Students Association at Penn recently learned that the NYPD monitored several Muslim student associations across the Northeast. We are disturbed and disappointed that the NYPD has viewed us as a potential threat on the basis of religious affiliation. We seek to establish a fun, inclusive, and engaging environment to create opportunities for the social, spiritual, and professional growth of those on campus interested in Islam. While enriching their college experiences, like other student groups, we also aim to positively contribute to the Penn and Philadelphia communities.  We hope and trust the University will continue to protect all members of the Penn community from undue harassment and profiling.