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06/14/2014

Septa Regional Rail is on Strike

According to the latest information we have, SEPTA Regional Rail is on strike beginning this weekend.  Please visit septa.org for additional service information.

WHAT WILL RUN

Market-Frankford Line

Broad Street Line/Broad Ridge Spur Line

Norristown High Speed Line

ALL City and Suburban Transit Bus, Trolley, and Trackless Trolley Routes

Routes 204 & 205, Route 310 (Horsham Breeze), Cornwells Heights Parking Shuttle and LUCY (Loop through University City): Will operate regular service

CCT Connect: Regular service will operate for registered ADA and Shared Ride customers. There may be some delays due to increased demand and local street traffic.

WHAT WILL NOT RUN

Regional Rail

OBJECTIVES OF THIS EMERGENCY PLAN

•To maintain normal business and academic operations

•Provide reasonable accommodations and transportation services to students, staff, faculty, and SODEXO employees

OUR PLAN

Should the strike occur Public Safety will notify the campus community via the Emergency Alert System; including text, email, the usciences.edu website, and the emergency.usciences.edu website.

We ask that all students, faculty, and staff make alternate transportation plans well in advance of the strike if you are affected by a shut down of SEPTA's Regional Rail system.

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 and car pools.

SURVEY

If you have not already done so, please complete a short transportation survey in order that the University can make appropriate preparations. Please take this survey at http://bit.ly/septa-survey2 to help us to continue to plan.

CARPOOLING

The Emergency Response Team anticipates the need for increased parking on and off campus, and we encourage individuals to car pool due to the limited amount of parking available on and off campus. Please visit the Blackboard site under the Community Tab in the Community Marketplace Box to encourage carpooling should the strike occur.  There is a separate section for employees and students. In the event of a strike, the University will continue to enforce parking regulations so individuals with parking permits can park in their assigned parking lots.

PRIORITY PARKING - June 18-26

Due to summer orientation, we will be prioritizing parking from June 18 through June 26. The ARC lot will be reserved for orientation families, orientation personnel, faculty teaching summer classes, and enrolled students taking summer classes. An email with a temporary parking placard will be sent to those faculty and enrolled students and is to be used in conjunction with a USciences parking tag. For all others, parking in the main lot will be on a first come, first serve basis for all others.

OFF-SITE PARKING

In the event that all parking at USciences is filled, the University has arranged for additional parking off site at The Parking Spot (7780 Essington Ave.). The cost is $7.16 per day for self parking. For those who pay for a monthly USciences parking tag, save your receipts for reimbursement. The University will provide shuttle service from The Parking Spot to campus at regular intervals between the hours of 7:30am – 9:00am and 4:30pm – 6:00pm. To learn more about The Parking Spot, visit http://www.theparkingspot.com/locations/locations.aspx?ID=69

SAFETY TIP

Individuals parking vehicles near the campus are encouraged not to leave any items in the vehicle, especially GPS Navigation Systems, computers, book bags, cell phones, iPods and money.

USCIENCES CONTRACTED TRANSPORTATION SERVICES

In addition, the Penn Transit Service contracted by the University will be available, but you can expect delays in service due to an increase in ridership.  Students, faculty, and staff will call 215-898-7433 and request pick up in front of Mayes College.  More information about Penn Transit Service is available on their website:  http://cms.business-services.upenn.edu/transportation/

 

TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL COMMUTE

•             Regularly Check The Website For Updates

•             Plan Ahead

•             Make Alternate Transportation Plans

•             Expect Delays and Allow Sufficient Travel Time

•             Travel Light – Carry On Items Must Fit On Your Lap

•             Car Pool

•             When Parking Remove All Valuables From The Vehicle

Please call Public Safety with any questions at 215-895-1117.

WORKING REMOTELY

In preparation for a possible SEPTA strike, Information Technology has identified several considerations for faculty and staff related to technology usage.

However, faculty who are not teaching are being encouraged to work remotely when possible. Please make use of conference calls and services such as Go to Meeting. Staff should check with their supervisors for permission to work remotely.

Asynchronous Teaching

Should there be any disruption in planned classes, we encourage faculty to take advantage of Panopto to record lectures and/or other course content. For those who have not used this tool before, please be sure to contact the AT department to make sure you have the proper software installed and Blackboard configured appropriately to host the recordings. Email av@usciences.edu or call x7575 and PRESS 3. More information for Panopto can be found here: http://www.usciences.edu/academictechnology/lecture-capture.shtml

Blackboard

We anticipate that Blackboard use will increase in order to disseminate course materials for classes. For Blackboard assistance, help is available to faculty and students 24X7 through the Blackboard Help Desk (Embanet). The online support center is available via phone at x7575 and PRESS 4 (1-877-907-5116) or, chat, email, and FAQs, which are located in Blackboard or here: https://embanet.frontlinesvc.com/app/home/p/170

VPN Connections

For staff or faculty who may need to work from home, please be aware that VPN service is limited.

•         Use VPN only if you need access to your network drive or use special applications on your office desktop computer.

•         If you do need to use VPN, please limit the amount of time you are connected to the system so that others may log in.

•         In the event that demand for VPN service should exceed our capacity, sessions may need to be time-limited.

Please note: if you are working with sensitive or confidential information, those files should not be copied or transferred outside of USciences’ network. If you have any questions about data s Please note: if you are working with sensitive or confidential information, those files should not be copied or transferred outside of USciences’ network. If you have any questions about data security, please contact the IT helpdesk.

There are no limitations to connect to Blackboard or to your email through https://outlook.usciences.edu.

If you have any questions, please contact the IT helpdesk at 215.596.7575 or email your request to helpdesk@usciences.edu.