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University open and classes resume on Mon, Aug.29

Dear University community:

The University sustained minimal impact from the hurricane and no injuries reported. There were no power outages, no major flooding, and minimal property damage. The University has resumed normal operations, and will be open and classes will be held on August 29th.

All area mass transportation systems are resuming normal operations and expect to be fully functional tomorrow.

If any faculty or staff experience local conditions that prevent them from coming to work, please notify your immediate supervisor if you are a staff member. If you are a faculty member, please notify students via Blackboard and/or Angel and contact your department chair, if you anticipate cancelling a class.

Students who have not yet checked in should report to the front desk in Wilson Hall, on Monday, August 29th beginning at 8:00am.


8/26/11: USciences Move-In Cancelled For Saturday And Sunday

Dear Returning Student,


In efforts to ensure the safety of students who may be traveling to campus the University has cancelled move-in for this coming Saturday, August 27th and Sunday, August 28th based upon changing weather conditions.  We encourage all residential students to return to campus on Monday, August 29th


Additionally, it is recommended that students who live in off campus residences also return on Monday.


Students returning to campus on Monday will not be penalized for missed class time, but will be responsible for contacting all instructors to makeup missed work and receive needed course materials.  The University will continue updating the website and send text alerts with additional information as it becomes available.    


The University has plans in place to ensure the safety of all students currently on campus; however, the aforementioned steps have been taken to ensure the safety of any individuals who may be travelling to campus. 


Please remember to sign up for text alerts at http://alert.usip.edu to receive updates regarding emergency information.




Office of the Dean of Students

8/26/11: Mayor Nutter Encourages Citizens To Prepare For Hurricane Irene

Hurricane Warning: No SEPTA service Sun. Prepare now. Call 311 for info.

Philadelphia, August 26, 2011   The City of Philadelphia continues to prepare for Hurricane Irene and its potential impact on Philadelphia. The Emergency Operations Center will open on Saturday, August 27 at 6 p.m. to monitor the storm and coordinate the City's response and recovery activities. The City will not issue an evacuation order; however, citizens should evacuate if they are in a potentially dangerous situation and proceed to a City shelter or other safe location.  The City's 311 Call Center is currently open 24-hours through Monday, August 29. SEPTA will suspend all transit services beginning at 12:30 a.m. on Sunday.  All City park and recreation centers will close at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Read More  At:


UPDATE: Hurricane Irene and Upperclass Move-in

The University are busily planning for your arrival, especially due to the impending hurricane on your move-in day, Sunday, Aug. 28.

Because of the forecasted inclement weather, we wish to accommodate any resident who wishes to move-in before the storm begins.  As such, we are offering you the opportunity to arrive on either:

  • Saturday, Aug. 27 between Noon and 5 p.m., or
  • Sunday, Aug. 28 between Noon and 5 p.m.

By moving in on Saturday, we hope to minimize any danger (and sogginess) you might experience from moving-in on Sunday’s originally scheduled move-in time.  However, we recognize that you may already have plans that require you arrive on Sunday; we’ve ensured that you can still check-in during your originally scheduled time.

On both days, all check-ins and key pick-ups will occur at the Wilson Front Desk.

Should you move-in on Saturday, please remember:

  • The Code of Conduct, which governs all students’ behaviors, will be in effect.  You will be expected to make informed decisions and accept the consequences of poor choices.
  • Meal plans will begin on Saturday for lunch (Noon-1:45 p.m.).  If you are not on a meal plan, but wish to eat in the Wilson Dining Hall, discounted rates will be available for lunch ($7) and dinner ($10).  Wilson Express will not be open during the weekend.
  • Starbucks will be open both Saturday and Sunday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • You must respect that Welcome Weekend events are designed for only first-year students to attend.  Please also remember that University offices open during the weekend will only be staffed to accommodate the needs of our first-year students.
  • The ARC will be open on both Saturday, Aug. 27 from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 28 from Noon to 8 p.m. for all students.
  • You will not be permitted to host guests until Monday (per Welcome Weekend policy).

We hope that these accommodations will benefit many of you and ensure safer travels.


8/25/11: Hurricane Irene Watch Issued

*Hurricane Watch issued. Dangerous Hurricane Irene will impact Mid Atlantic this weekend. Prepare now.*  

Areas Affected...  
This local statement provides important information and recommended actions for people in New Jersey...eastern Pennsylvania...Delaware... and the Maryland Eastern Shore. This statement also applies to coastal areas from Sandy Hook, New Jersey to Fenwick Island, Delaware including all of the Delaware Bay.   

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for the following locations:  Philadelphia and Delaware counties, all of Delaware, and all of southern New Jersey  

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the following counties:  Chester...Montgomery and Bucks.   

A Flood Watch is in effect for the region. Please listen closely for any flood warnings that might be in effect for your area.  

A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the next 48 hours somewhere within the specified areas.  

A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the next 48 hours somewhere within the specified areas.  

Please check the latest public and marine forecasts for detailed Information about additional hazards.  

Storm Information...  
At 6 pm EDT...the center of Hurricane Irene was located near Latitude 27.0n ...longitude 77.3w. This was about 840 miles south of Dover, DE...or about 830 miles south of Cape May, NJ.  Storm Motion was NNW or 335 degrees at 14 mph. Storm intensity was 115 mph.  

Precautionary/preparedness actions...  

Now is the time to initiate preparations according to your hurricane disaster plan specific to your home or business.  

It is important to actively listen for forthcoming information from your local national weather service office and emergency management agency.  

For hurricane updates, refer to the National Hurricane Center at www.nhc.noaa.gov  

For additional updates and weather information refer to the National Weather Service at www.weather.gov/phi  

For further information on emergency preparedness, visit www.phila.gov/ready

8/24/2011: Hurricane Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Notification

In the event that a hurricane is predicted to impact the USciences campus or surrounding community the Department of Public Safety will implement it’s Emergency Notification System, which includes, but is not limited to text messaging, email and the emergency information website in order to alert the campus community.

What to do if you are on campus?

  • Listen to the radio and TV for the latest information
  • Seek safe shelter indoors and stay indoors
  • Stay away from windows
  • Keep curtains and blinds closed
  • Move to small interior rooms, closet or hallway on the lowest level
  • In the event of an emergency, call Public Safety at 215-576-7000 and 911
  • Remain indoors until the all clear is given

Prepare an Emergency “GO BAG” and/or Disaster Supply Kit

  • Include water and non-perishable foods
  • Medication
  • Battery powered radio
  • Battery powered flashlight
  • Cell phone charger
  • Important documents
  • Emergency contact information
  • Cash
  • Any items that you may need in the event of an emergency that fit into a backpack

For more information visit: http://www.ready.gov/america/getakit/index.html

What is a hurricane?

A hurricane is a violent storm with intense winds, heavy rain and thunderstorms. The combination of the intense winds and heavy rains can cause significant property damage, storm surges, flooding and landslides.  Hurricanes are classified as a Category 1 through 5 with 5 being the worst and are tracked as either a storm watch or storm warning.

Hurricane Categories:

Category One Hurricane - Sustained winds 74-95 mph – Very Dangerous

Category Two Hurricane - Sustained winds 96-110 mph – Extremely Dangerous

Category Three Hurricane - Sustained winds 111-130 mph – Devastating Damage

Category Four Hurricane  - Sustained winds 131-155 mph – Catastrophic Damage

Category Five Hurricane - Sustained winds greater than 155 mph – Catastrophic Damage

                                    Source: National Weather Service, The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale

Hurricane Storm Watch - storm conditions are possible in the specified area, usually within 36 hours. Tune in to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for information.


Hurricane Storm Warning - storm conditions are expected in the specified area, usually within 24 hours.

                                    Source: FEMA, Hurricane: Know the Terms

Additional Hurricane Resources



8/23/2011: Philadelphia Earthquake

At approximately 1:55 p.m. a 5.8 magnitude earthquake centered in Virginia was felt from Washington DC to New York. No damages or injuries have been reported on campus and the Department of Public Safety continues to check campus buildings.

As a result of the earthquake individuals may feel aftershocks. The Department of Public Safety will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates if they become available.

Earthquake Safety Tips

  • Stay away from glass, windows, outside doors and walls, and anything that could fall, such as lighting fixtures or furniture.
  • Take cover by getting under a sturdy table or a strong loadbearing doorway.
  • DO NOT use the elevators.
  • Stay inside until the shaking stops and it is safe to go outside.
  • If outside Move away from buildings, streetlights, and utility wires.
  • If in a car stop as quickly as safety permits and stay in the vehicle. Avoid stopping near or under buildings, trees, overpasses, and utility wires.