Emergency Information Website

10/31/2016

SEPTA STRIKE EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLAN - October 31, 2016

EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLAN SEPTA STRIKE According to the latest information we have, there is the potential for a SEPTA strike beginning Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, that would affect buses, trolleys, and subways. We ask that all students, faculty, and staff make alternate transportation plans in advance of the strike if you are affected by a shutdown of SEPTA's services. Students, faculty and staff should allow sufficient travel time and anticipate delays due to increased vehicular traffic and the increase in ridership on available services. The Emergency Response Team recommends that individuals use alternate means of transportation such as, walking, biking,...

06/14/2016

Automobile Thefts

Dear Campus Community, The Philadelphia Police have notified the Department of Public Safety about a number of automobile thefts in the University City area recently. The Philadelphia Police and USciences urges you to make sure that your vehicle is locked when parked and never leave valuable items in your vehicle. Report any suspicious activity to the Department of Public Safety at 215-895-1117 or the Philadelphia Police at 911. Kim Carter Interim Director of Public Safety

03/28/2016

Campus Security Update

Dear Campus Community, In light of the recent robberies in areas near campus, Public Safety has taken the following steps to provide better protection to the campus community. Received a commitment from University City District to have their mobile and bicycle patrols make more frequent drives through the USciences campus area. Received a commitment from the Philadelphia Police to place special attention on our campus area which will also offer additional police presence driving through the campus area in both marked and unmarked patrol vehicles. Public Safety has Contracted with a security firm to provide additional officers to patrol our...

03/21/2016

Robbery Reported - 3/21/16 - 4100 Chester Lot

Dear Campus Community, The Department of Public Safety has been advised of a knifepoint robbery that took place at 10am this today in the parking lot of 4100 Chester Avenue. Philadelphia Police responded and are investigating. The individual approached a female and displayed a knife stating that he would not hurt her or take her money if she bought him food, which she did. The individual then fled with the food and the female was unharmed. Please be cautious as you travel in that area, use the walking escort service and utilize the following safety tips. Safety Tips · Be...

03/20/2016

Area Robbery Reported

Dear Campus Community, The Department of Public Safety has been advised of an armed robbery that took place this evening on the 1500 block of Markoe Street. Philadelphia Police responded and are investigating. Please be cautious as you travel in that area, use the walking escort service and utilize the following safety tips. Safety Tips · Be alert and aware. Pay full attention to who is around you when you are in public. Avoid text messaging and talking on the phone. · Trust your instincts. Report any and all suspicious activity to USciences Public Safety (215-596-7000) or Philadelphia Police (911)....

02/15/2016

Offices Closing/Classes Cancelled at 4pm on 2/15/16

Due to current weather conditions, on-site classes are cancelled and USciences offices will be closed as of 4:00PM, today, 02/15/16. There will be no on-campus evening classes. Online classes will be held as scheduled.

01/24/2016

Normal Operating Schedule 1/25/16

Dear Campus Community, University of the Sciences will operate on a normal schedule on Monday, January 25, 2016. Please consider taking mass transit if possible as some side roads around the campus are still snow covered. Safe Travels, Kim Carter Interim Director - Public Safety 215-895-1190

10/15/2015

Exterior Doors on Card Access Only - UPDATE

Dear Campus Community, Based on feedback received through Faculty Senate, Staff Assembly, and SGA, the Cabinet has decided to continue locking the exterior doors on campus buildings and then re-evaluate the policy after 90 days. The campus community will be polled to determine how the system is working. If you encounter any problems, please report these issues to Public Safety via email at DPS@usciences.edu. In order for the system to be most effective, please follow these do’s and don’ts: Don’t piggyback or allow piggybacking into a building (i.e. don’t allow others to follow you into a building without swiping their...

10/07/2015

Campus doors on card access only

Dear Campus Community, Today, the Cabinet agreed to continue requiring card access to all campus buildings pending feedback from the Faculty Senate, Staff Assembly, and SGA. Cabinet members will collect this information from these governing bodies. With this information in hand, the University will decide at next week’s Cabinet meeting on a next step: stop the requirement; continue it until further notice; or continue it for a 90-day trial period, at which time the University will re-evaluate how it’s working. We thank you for your continued cooperation and understanding. Don't forget your ID card! If you need a new one...

10/06/2015

Incident at Community College of Philadelphia

Dear Campus Community, Given the current environment, we wanted to inform you about an event that occurred earlier today on the campus of the Community College of Philadelphia (CCP). Late this morning, we received information that there was a man with a gun on the campus of CCP. The USciences Department of Public Safety monitored the situation and it was ultimately confirmed that the incident had no connection to yesterday's posted threat. Today's incident centered around an argument between two individuals while in one of CCP's buildings. At one point during the argument, one of the individuals displayed a handgun...