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09/11/2020

USciences COVID-19 Task Force Update (9/11/2020)

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 reminder, there are a number of symptoms that individuals should watch for – especially if you believe you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.  The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure, and can be mild.

  • Fever or chills (temperature over 100.4 degrees F) - temperature should be taken with a thermometer, not assessed using inaccurate, non-quantitative measures such as feeling with the back of the hand
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle/body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion/runny nose
  • Diarrhea

Faculty and staff members who develop any of these symptoms should notify their supervisor/department head who will then contact the Office of Human Resources as soon as possible, and then contact their primary care provider for further assessment, and should NOT come to campus until symptoms have resolved per the Return to Campus guidelines.

Residential students with these symptoms should remain in their rooms and non-residential students should remain at home until they speak with a SHAC clinician to determine whether self-quarantine or isolation is indicated.  Students can call 215-596-8980 or email student-healthinfo@usciences.edu.

COVID-19 FAQs

We encourage everyone to take a look at our updated COVID-19 FAQs, which has information relevant to the fall semester. 

Staying healthy isn’t just about COVID-19

As the fall semester begins for the University, many of our community members also have children returning to school - whether virtual or in person.  Others may have stress related to the health of their parents or other family members, and others may be concerned about their finances.  Whatever, the underlying stresses, it’s important for all of us to make sure we are caring for ourselves.  

For USciences employees, there are many resources available through our EAP provider,  including wellness care, assistance finding child care options, and many other employee benefits. We encourage employees to explore the website and take advantage of their offerings.

For the entire USciences community - students, faculty, and staff, we offer a lot of information and wellness resources and programs at our Office of Health & Wellness website, including information on mindfulness and meditation, healthy eating, and staying fit.  Please take a look!

Finally, we encourage you to look out for each other, and reach out often!

Contractors/Third parties on campus

As a reminder to any departments who have contractors come to campus, please remind all individuals that they MUST wear face coverings and maintain social distancing (and abide by all of our campus guidelines) while on campus.  This guidance is in place to ensure safety of all of our campus community members.

Direct deposits for students

Are you a student expecting a refund from your student financial aid package?  The fastest way to get those funds is via direct deposit.  If you haven’t yet signed up for direct deposit, we encourage you to do so using this linkSimply click on “Bank Information” and enter your routing and bank account information.

Student Handbook

The 2020-2021 edition of the USciences Student Handbook is available at: https://www.usciences.edu/student-life/student-handbook.pdf.  

Updated Reporting Procedures

As an educational institution with a focus on science and healthcare, we expect that all members of the University community will abide by recommendations meant to promote and protect the health and welfare of others. However, individuals observing behavior inconsistent with the Return to Campus Guidelines have several options for reporting.

  • Employees may report violations of the guidelines either to a supervisor or to the Director of Human Resources (rroberts2@usciences.edu).
  • Student Violations
    • To report student misconduct, that is actively occurring, please contact the Department of Public Safety by calling 215-596-1117. Where appropriate, Public Safety may respond on-site and file an incident report with the Office of Student Conduct. 
    • To report student misconduct that has previously occurred, please use the COVID Incident Reporting Form.

Anonymous reporting is also available for students, employees, or third parties through EthicsPoint via the web or toll-free telephone at 888-266-0218.

USciences COVID-19 Information

  • Updated COVID-19 campus guidelines are available here.
  • Information about the University’s status, FAQs, and links to governmental sites are available on our COVID-19 webpage.
  • Urgent COVID-19-related campus messages are posted at the USciences Public Safety Emergency Blog.  
  • Status of campus operations, as well as tips for working and studying remotely are posted at the Working Remotely website.  
  • Information on Pennsylvania travel restrictions and quarantine requirements are available at the PA Department of Health website.  

Thank you all for your efforts to keep our campus safe and healthy,

COVID-19 Task Force