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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...

10/19/2020

USciences COVID-19 Task Force Update (10/15/20)

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students, This fall, we have seen that the number of COVID-19 cases is rising regionally and nationally. We must remain steadfast in the behaviors that help to protect our community from the spread of the virus as we approach the end of the semester. It is because of this vigilance that we have seen fewer new cases in our community this week - however, we cannot let up. We ask our community to continue to abide by important health behaviors: Wear a mask whenever outside of your home or residence hall room. Masks and social distancing...

10/12/2020

USciences COVID-19 Task Force Update (10/9/2020)

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students, As discussed last week, the University was notified of a number of new COVID-19 cases in our student population. Through our contact tracing process, several additional individuals who were exposed have been identified and have been placed in quarantine. Our investigation has found a number of recognized high-risk activities that have contributed to the spread among the affected individuals in our community, including: Small groups studying together, indoors, without social distancing or masks Recreational group athletic activities Casual interactions between residence hall or apartment neighbors without social distancing or masks While we understand the desire...

10/05/2020

USciences COVID-19 Task Force Update (10/1/2020)

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students, Our USciences Community has shown great vigilance in the last month since classes resumed as part of our goal of keeping everyone healthy and safe. Unfortunately, it only takes one incident or exposure to put our entire University and our neighbors at risk. As we have seen repeatedly, COVID-19 moves quickly, and we must act responsibly to help prevent infection and virus dissemination. It is up to us all to ensure we can continue our Fall semester as planned. The University asks our community to continue to abide by important health behaviors: Wear a mask...