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6 posts from October 2015

10/15/2015

Exterior Doors on Card Access Only - UPDATE

Dear Campus Community,

Based on feedback received through Faculty Senate, Staff Assembly, and SGA, the Cabinet has decided to continue locking the exterior doors on campus buildings and then re-evaluate the policy after 90 days.

The campus community will be polled to determine how the system is working. If you encounter any problems, please report these issues to Public Safety via email at DPS@usciences.edu.

In order for the system to be most effective, please follow these do’s and don’ts:

  • Don’t piggyback or allow piggybacking into a building (i.e. don’t allow others to follow you into a building without swiping their own card for access)
  • Don’t loan, borrow, or use someone else’s ID Card
  • Don’t prop doors open
  • Don’t force doors open or closed as doing so will cause damage to the hardware
  • Do carry or wear your ID, and be prepared to present it upon request
  • Do see Terry Reilly in Auxiliary Services (t.reilly@usciences.edu) if you need a new ID
  • Do report any of the above improper actions (piggybacking, the use of someone else’s ID card, forcing or propping doors open) to Public Safety at DPS@usciences.edu
  • Do report any problems with the system to Public Safety via email at DPS@usciences.edu

Realizing that implementation of the access control system will impact visitor access as well as some deliveries, Public Safety is investigating how the card swipe system can be supplemented with modest technology upgrades to facilitate easier access in those circumstances. Please email Public Safety at DPS@usciences.edu if you expect to have visitors or deliveries needing building access in order that we can work with you to ease any inconvenience.

Looking forward, Public Safety is working with law enforcement agencies to provide video and simulation emergency response trainings over the next couple of months for all faculty, staff, and students.

We thank you for your continued cooperation and understanding.

Sincerely,

Kim Carter

Interim Director - Public Safety 215-895-1190

10/07/2015

Campus doors on card access only

Dear Campus Community,

Today, the Cabinet agreed to continue requiring card access to all campus buildings pending feedback from the Faculty Senate, Staff Assembly, and SGA.  Cabinet members will collect this information from these governing bodies.

With this information in hand, the University will decide at next week’s Cabinet meeting on a next step: stop the requirement; continue it until further notice; or continue it for a 90-day trial period, at which time the University will re-evaluate how it’s working.

We thank you for your continued cooperation and understanding. Don't forget your ID card!  If you need a new one see Terry Reilly in Auxilliary Services @ t.reilly@usciences.edu.

Sincerely,

Kim Carter

Interim Director - Public Safety

215-895-1190

10/06/2015

Incident at Community College of Philadelphia

Dear Campus Community,

Given the current environment, we wanted to inform you about an event that occurred earlier today on the campus of the Community College of Philadelphia (CCP). Late this morning, we received information that there was a man with a gun on the campus of CCP.  The USciences Department of Public Safety monitored the situation and it was ultimately confirmed that the incident had no connection to yesterday's posted threat. Today's incident centered around an argument between two individuals while in one of CCP's buildings. At one point during the argument, one of the individuals displayed a handgun and then subsequently fled.  CCP was locked down as the Philadelphia Police responded and searched the building room by room. By late morning, it was confirmed that the individual being sought had been apprehended and there were no injuries or shots fired.

Our exterior buildings will remain locked on card access only for the remainder of today and tomorrow.  We will take it day by day in determining if and when the doors will remain on card access.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Kim Carter
Interim Director - Public Safety
215-895-1190

10/05/2015

Public Safety Advisory UPDATE - 10/5/15

Dear Campus Community,

We appreciate everyone’s continued alertness and cooperation today. The Department of Public Safety will continue to provide increased patrols on campus as well as maintain enhanced security measures.

The University is aware of vague references in postings and messages being made on various social media channels and message boards. We have shared these messages with the FBI who is also monitoring these sites. The FBI has so far found no corroborating information specific to any college or university.

We ask that you remain aware of your surroundings, report any suspicious activity or behavior to the Department of Public Safety via 215-596-7000, or the Blue Light Emergency Call boxes.

Please be sure to use the Walking and Riding Escorts available to you. Additionally, if you have not done so, please take a moment to sign up for the University Emergency Text Alert Notification System at http://alert.usciences.edu

Walking Escort - 215-895-1117

Penn Transit - 215-898-RIDE (7433)

Best regards,

Kim Carter

Interim Director of Public Safety

215-895-1190

Public Safety Advisory UPDATE

Dear Campus Community,

The Department of Public Safety continues to monitor the campus following the alert issued on Sunday, October 4, 2015. While the threat is non-specific and covers the 80 colleges and universities in the Philadelphia region, the entire USciences community is asked to remain vigilant. 

University of the Sciences is operating on a regular schedule on Monday, October 5, 2015. The Department of Public Safety has increased patrols of the campus, and we continue to work with local and federal authorities. The Philadelphia Police are on heightened alert and have increased patrols. 

Please be aware that all buildings are being put on card swipe access. All employees and students should display their USciences IDs to access campus buildings. If you do not have your USciences ID, please contact Terry Reilly (t.reilly@usciences.edu) to arrange for a new ID.

Please be advised, classes are being held on a regular schedule. Students with concerns about their safety who will not be attending classes, should contact their instructor if they will miss an exam or lab. Off-campus experiential learning will follow regular schedules. 

We ask that you remain aware of your surroundings, report any suspicious activity or behavior to the Department of Public Safety via 215-596-7000, or the Blue Light Emergency Call boxes.

Please be sure to use the Walking and Riding Escorts available to you. Additionally, if you have not done so, please take a moment to sign up for the University Emergency Text Alert Notification System at http://alert.usciences.edu

Walking Escort - 215-895-1117

Penn Transit - 215-898-RIDE (7433)

Again, while the threat is non-specific and covers the Philadelphia region, the entire USciences community is asked to remain vigilant.

Sincerely,

Kate

Kathleen R. Mayes, PharmD

Interim President

10/04/2015

Public Safety Advisory


DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY

Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF)  notified Universities and Colleges in our region  that threats of violence have been made against “an unspecified university near Philadelphia”.

The information includes a specific date of Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, 1 p.m. central time/ 2 p.m. eastern time.

We have been advised  by ATF and the FBI that they have “no knowledge of any specific threat”.  However, in an abundance of caution we are working closely with Federal and local Law Enforcement Agencies to monitor this unspecified threat.  The Department of Public Safety has increase our security patrols and requested an increase in Philadelphia Police patrols in the area.

We ask that you remain aware of your surroundings, report any suspicious activity or behavior to the Department of Public Safety via 215-895-7000, or the Blue Light Emergency Call boxes.

The Department of Public Safety will continue to ensure the highest level of safety and security for our community.

Please be sure to use the Walking and Riding Escorts available to you. Additionally, if you have not done so, please take a moment to sign up for the University Emergency Text Alert Notification System at http://alert.usciences.edu

Walking Escort - 215-895-1117

Penn Transit - 215-898-RIDE (7433)

 
Kim C. Carter
Interim Director - USciences Dept. of Public Safety
(215) 895-1190