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According to the latest information we have, there is the potential for a SEPTA strike beginning Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, that would affect buses, trolleys, and subways.

We ask that all students, faculty, and staff make alternate transportation plans in advance of the strike if you are affected by a shutdown of SEPTA's services.


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.


Below are the affected services according to SEPTA:


Market-Frankford Line

Broad Street Line/Broad Ridge Spur Line

ALL City Bus, Trolley, and Trackless Trolley Routes


Regional Rail

Norristown High Speed Line

Trolleys Routes 101 and 102

Suburban buses (will not stop in Philadelphia)
LUCY (Loop through University City), Route 310 (Horsham Breeze), Routes 204, 205 and Cornwells Heights Parking Shuttle

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.

For more information, SEPTA’s service interruption guide is available at http://www.septa.org/service/interruption/2016-guide.html.


  • To maintain normal business and academic operations
  • Provide reasonable accommodations and transportation services to students, staff, faculty, and SODEXO employees


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.


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.


There are a limited number of temporary parking permits available on a first come basis at a cost of $5.00 for a daily pass and $15.00 for a weekly pass. The passes are avalable now; individuals can contact Terry Reilly of Auxiliary Services located in Wilson for additional information. You will need to provide the year, make, model, and plate number of the vehicle.


The University will provide round-trip shuttle service for commuters from 30th St. Station.

  • The shuttle will run continuously from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and then from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • The shuttle will leave and drop off passengers in front of the Starbucks at 42nd and Woodland Ave.
  • Please meet the shuttle on JFK Blvd. near where the Megabus and Bolt buses park.


Since the strike will not affect Regional Rail service, please consider getting on and off the train at the University City stop (3149 Convention Blvd.). This station is about a one mile walk to campus.



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.


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/



  • Regularly Check the Websites septa.org and emergency.usciences.edu 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.




Flexible work hours for non-essential personnel will need to be managed by each department supervisor and the ability to log in via VPN (see below). Employees should check with their supervisors for permission to work remotely.


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 other communication services.

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



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 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.