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01/31/2021

USciences Weather Advisory: On-Campus Operations Suspended (2/1/21)

Due to inclement weather conditions, USciences’ on-campus operations are suspended on Monday, February 1, 2021, starting at 7 a.m. There will be no in-person classes. Remote classes and operations will proceed as scheduled. Employees who can work remotely should do so. Essential personnel for facilities and public safety should continue with scheduled shifts as per their supervisors. The City of Philadelphia has declared a Snow Emergency. There is a potential for disruption of mass transit. Please check SEPTA.org for more updates. For updates from USciences please visit http://emergency.usciences.edu. Dining Services Starbucks will close at 8 p.m. tonight, 1/31. Dining will...

11/09/2020

IMPORTANT USciences COVID-19 Task Force Update (11/08/2020)

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students, Today, the City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health issued an urgent recommendation following this weekend’s election-related and other gatherings. The Department recommends that “anyone who has been around a large crowd of people recently should quarantine for 14 days. This means they should stay away from others who are not in their household…” Additionally, the Department recommends obtaining COVID-19 testing seven days after the last day an individual was around a large crowd. In order to protect the campus community, we concur with these recommendations and advise both quarantine and testing as advised. We...

2020 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report NOW Available

Dear University of the Sciences Community, The 2020 Annual Security & Fire Safety Report was made available on Friday, November 6, 2020 in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act, a federal consumer protection act. Typically, the report must be published on or before midnight on October 1 each year. Due to the COVID 19 impacts, the United States Department of Education extended this deadline to December 31, 2020. The report is available via the following link, and on the University main page in the footer, as well as the USciences Department of Public Safety website. One can also receive a...

10/30/2020

City-Wide Curfew 10/30 at 9 p.m.

Dear Campus Community, The City of Philadelphia has issued a city-wide curfew which will go into effect on Friday, October 30 at 9:00 p.m. through 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 31. Starbucks and Tasty Drakes will close at 8 p.m. Other dining services will run on a normal operating schedule. Essential personnel are excluded from this curfew, but any employees traveling after 9 p.m. should be prepared to show documentation of this status. Department of Public Safety is in contact with the Philadelphia Police Department and our other University City partners and will share urgent information as needed through our...

10/28/2020

City-Wide Curfew 10/28 @ 9 p.m.

Dear Campus Community, The City of Philadelphia has issued a city-wide curfew which will go into effect on Wednesday, October 28 at 9:00 p.m. through 6:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 29. All on-campus dining areas, including Wilson Cafeteria and TastyDrakes/Starbucks, will be closing at 8 p.m. today (10/28) and reopening with regular hours starting tomorrow (10/29) morning. Essential personnel are excluded from this curfew, but any employees traveling after 9 p.m. should be prepared to show documentation of this status. Department of Public Safety is monitoring protest activities in Philadelphia with the Philadelphia Police Department and our other University City...

Civil Unrest in Philadelphia (10/28/20)

Dear Campus Community, University of the Sciences Public Safety continues to monitor unrest in areas of the city as it occurs. Over night, we tracked pockets of unrest that all avoided our immediate area. USciences remains open this morning for those with a need to be on campus. We ask that all community members use caution, remain aware of their surroundings, and check local media and ReadyPhila.gov for updates regarding areas of the city to avoid for safety, traffic, clean up, or other disruptions. USciences Public Safety and our partners continue to protect our campus and we will keep the...

10/27/2020

Civil Unrest in Philadelphia (10/27/20) Message 2

Dear Campus Community, Philadelphia Police have sent messaging via ReadyPhiladelphia requesting residents in the 12th, 16th, 18th, 19th, 24th, 25th & 26th Districts to remain indoors except when necessary. This includes our campus which is in the 18th district. These areas are experiencing widespread demonstrations that have turned violent with looting. If you aren't registered with ReadyPhiladelphia through OEM please sign up. University of the Sciences Public Safety and UCD Public Safety along with Philadelphia and U Penn Police are patrolling the area. Please report any disturbances to 9-1-1 first and then USciences DPS at 215-596-7000. University of the Sciences...

Civil Unrest in Philadelphia (10/27/20)

Dear Campus Community, The Department of Public Safety is monitoring the protest activities occurring around 52nd and Samson Streets, as well as potential protests planned for this evening. While there are no known events planned in Clark Park or immediately adjacent to campus, there is always the possibility that protests can expand and migrate to our area. We ask our campus community to take extra caution this evening and over the coming days as we approach the election, especially if you live or travel through the vicinity of planned protest activities. We will continue to monitor the situation with the...

USciences COVID-19 Task Force Update (10/26/2020)

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students, The COVID-19 Task Force wanted to provide an interim update to the campus this evening, as well as let you know about a change in the way we will be communicating going forward. We have had a number of new cases arise on campus over the past several weeks, with a positive test coming in over the weekend and additional students being placed in isolation or quarantine (statistics in the table below) Several test results are still pending, which will likely increase our number of positive cases through the week. These cases seem to primarily...

10/23/2020

USciences COVID-19 Task Force Update (10/23/2020)

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students, As you no doubt have read and heard, there are concerning trends in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths nationally. And while we have done quite well as a University community, there are additional indicators that warrant our heightened vigilance. We have seen an increase this week in the number of USciences students requiring isolation. As of the sending of his message, there are 20 students in isolation because of symptoms or test positivity; last week, there were 4. The Task Force appreciates that these students have come forward, which will facilitate contact tracing and hopefully...