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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... Continue reading
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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... Continue reading
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... Continue reading
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... Continue reading
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... Continue reading
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... Continue reading
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... Continue reading
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... Continue reading
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... Continue reading
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... Continue reading
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... Continue reading
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... Continue reading
To: All Staff, Faculty, and Students Fall is now officially here, and our community continues to work together to stay healthy. Thanks to everyone for their ongoing vigilance. The Task Force has received several questions regarding the number of cases in our community, and after discussion we have decided we will use this weekly communication to report both new and cumulative positive tests weekly throughout the semester. We continue to remind everyone to abide by our four key guidelines for being on campus in order to keep our total cases as low as they are today: Wear a mask Keep... Continue reading
To: All Staff, Faculty, and Students We’ve made it through the first half of September, and it’s finally starting to feel like fall! We continue to acknowledge all of the hard work being done on and off campus by our community. For faculty, staff, and students trying to balance work and study with child care and remote learning for their own children – thank you for hanging in there and we see you! For students learning in new and sometimes challenging settings and ways: Keep it up! We’ll get through it together. Thanks to all of our community who have... Continue reading
Dear USciences Community, The President of the United States will be attending a Town Hall hosted by 6 ABC at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia this evening. While the Town Hall will not air until 9pm, the traffic and transit impacts will begin this afternoon. There will be rolling street closures, detours, and mass transit changes. Please see the below link for information regarding the travel impacts of this event. https://6abc.com/abc-news-trump-town-hall-president-and-the-people-george-stephanopoulos-visit-philadlephia/6423435/ -USciences Department of Public Safety Continue reading
The Following is a Traffic Advisory from Penn Public Safety Public Safety has been notified by PennDOT of the following I-76 lane reductions and road closures beginning Monday, September 14th. Note the South Street on-and off-ramps closures. Beginning at 5:00 AM Monday, September 14, westbound Interstate 76 will be reduced to one lane around-the-clock until the end of the year between the University Avenue and 30th Street interchanges in Center City Philadelphia for reconstruction of the median barrier. In addition, the westbound off-ramp to South Street will be closed from 5:00 AM Monday, September 14, through the end of the... Continue reading
To: All Staff, Faculty, and Students Thanks to everyone for making the first two weeks of the semester successful! Walking around campus we see terrific compliance with our mask guidance - so kudos to all of you who continue to work to keep our community safe! We are hopeful about the coming months, and encourage everyone to continue to be vigilant and adherent to our campus guidelines in order to keep all of us safe and healthy. Conducting daily health checks to monitor your symptoms are an important part of this effort. What symptoms should I worry about? As a... Continue reading
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To: All Staff, Faculty, and Students Welcome back to all! We hope you had a healthy, restful and relaxing summer, and are ready to embark on the new academic year! If you’ve been on campus this week, you’ve likely noticed many changes. In addition to welcoming everyone back, the COVID-19 Task Force wants to share some additional information about adjustments to campus operations and important information on reducing the risk of transmission. Many universities across the country have had outbreaks as students have returned to campus, including some within the City of Philadelphia. The institutions of higher education in the... Continue reading
This is a message from ReadyPhiladelphia. Tornado Watch in effect until 10 PM. Conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms with possible tornadoes. This watch means that conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms with possible tornadoes. Hail and strong winds are also possible. Persons in the watch area should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements and possible warnings. For additional updates and weather information, visit http://www.weather.gov/phi For all current NWS Watches, Warnings, or Advisories, visit http://goo.gl/xfexUk For further information on emergency preparedness, visit http://www.phila.gov/ready Continue reading
To: All Staff, Faculty, and Students The COVID-19 Task Force continues to monitor events in our region and nationally, including some local university closures in our immediate neighborhood. We will continue to assess our institutional situation and make decisions based on the best evidence available that allows us to continue to deliver, safely, our mission to educate our science and healthcare professions student body. Review the “Return to Campus Guidelines” We continue to update the Return to Campus Guidelines as necessary; the updated PDF and webpages are available at Campus Guidelines. This week’s updates include changes to CDC isolation/quarantine guidance... Continue reading
Dear Students, I hope that you have had a good and restful summer and are ready for the start of the new academic year and the fall semester. As this next chapter opens on August 31, we must adjust to the new normal. But one thing that hasn’t changed is our pioneering spirit to forge ahead and help to mold the healthcare and science leaders of tomorrow. As I shared with you last March, we continue to hold true to our primary objectives: the health and safety of our University community and to continue the commitment to our University’s mission... Continue reading
Dear Faculty and Staff, I hope that you have had a good and restful summer and are ready for the start of the new academic year and the fall semester. As this next chapter opens on August 31, we must adjust to the new normal. But one thing that hasn’t changed is our pioneering spirit to forge ahead and help to mold the healthcare and science leaders of tomorrow. As I shared with you last March, we continue to hold true to our primary objectives: the health and safety of our University community and to continue the commitment to our... Continue reading
To: All Staff, Faculty, and Students Please carefully read these important updates from the COVID-19 Task Force. We are excited to come together - both remotely and in person - as we finalize preparations for the fall semester in the coming weeks. This will certainly be an unusual semester and year, and we know that our university community is ready to fulfill our educational mission for our new and continuing students. As an institution committed to educating science and healthcare professionals for the future, we are confident that our students, faculty, and staff will do everything they can to maintain... Continue reading
Updated “Return to Campus Guidelines” The Task Force has updated USciences’ Return to Campus Guidelines; the updated PDF and webpages are available at Campus Guidelines. There is now included additional detail on processes for isolation and quarantine for students, new information on student move-in procedures, clarification on classroom and laboratory occupancy, as well as information on dining services. Appointments, please Many of USciences’ offices are now available for on-campus services. However, in order to reduce crowding and assure safety of all of our campus community, many services require appointments in advance. Student Affairs, Student Health and Counseling, and the Registrar’s... Continue reading