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2 posts from November 2020


IMPORTANT USciences COVID-19 Task Force Update (11/08/2020)

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,

Today, the City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health issued an urgent recommendation following this weekend’s election-related and other gatherings.  The Department recommends that “anyone who has been around a large crowd of people recently should quarantine for 14 days.  This means they should stay away from others who are not in their household…”  Additionally, the Department recommends obtaining COVID-19 testing seven days after the last day an individual was around a large crowd.

In order to protect the campus community, we concur with these recommendations and advise both quarantine and testing as advised.  We also understand that there are on-campus exams scheduled this week and next that may fall into the required quarantine period.  Students who are scheduled for these exams and who have been exposed to the large crowds should reach out to their faculty members immediately to review their options.

 Thank you for your ongoing support for each other and for the University,


The COVID-19 Task Force

2020 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report NOW Available

Dear University of the Sciences Community,

The 2020 Annual Security & Fire Safety Report was made available on Friday, November 6, 2020 in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act, a federal consumer protection act. Typically, the report must be published on or before midnight on October 1 each year. Due to the COVID 19 impacts, the United States Department of Education extended this deadline to December 31, 2020.

The report is available via the following link, and on the University main page in the footer, as well as the USciences Department of Public Safety website. One can also receive a printed copy upon request. If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to contact me.


The Department of Public Safety would also like to publicly thank all of the members of the community who assisted in the development, review, and publishing of this year’s report. It is only together as a community that we can grow our programs from year-to-year.

Best regards,

Michael E. Lapotasky, MA Ed.

Director of Public Safety &

Emergency Management Coordinator

University of the Sciences

Department of Public Safety

Office: 215-895-1118

Cell: 908-334-8877

DPS Emergency Line: 215-596-7000

Dial 911 for Police, Fire or EMS Emergencies