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USciences Department of Public Safety Welcomes Students & Families to Orientation 2019


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Students & Families

2019 Orientation


Our Mission is YOUSciences!


Safeguarding the health and well-being of all USciences students, faculty, and staff is our sole mission. Public Safety takes a proactive, precautionary approach to ensuring the safety of our USciences community.

We are proud to serve and protect the USciences community, and to uphold the rights and values of our students, faculty, staff, and residents of the surrounding University City neighborhood. Our Public Safety officers work in tandem with the Philadelphia Police Department to patrol campus and offer courteous and professional assistance to USciences community members 24 hours a day, seven days a week.







Introducing Concierge Safety officers

Dear Campus Community,   

The University of the Sciences Department of Public Safety is proud to announce the latest improvement in our ever-evolving deployment and campus public safety model. Beginning this week, DPS has begun to implement our new Concierge Safety officers at key locations across campus. Our Concierge Safety Officers will be wearing a concierge uniform and they will be primarily staged in the front facing lobby area of the buildings to which they are assigned. Woodland/Glasser, Mayes College, the Science Technology Center (STC) and The England Library, will be the first buildings to see these new officers. This follows the model that has been employed at Griffith Hall where campus community fixture and favorite, Lisa Clermont, can be found every day. These positions will be staffed during peak operating hours where these officers will monitor access, provide rapid response for that building, conduct both interior and exterior patrols, and perhaps most importantly they will also provide a community-based customer service interface for visitors and community members alike. Each position will have a dedicated person who will become a fixture among your daily routines. Please feel free to introduce yourself, make their acquaintance, and welcome them to your building.

Below are the times that these concierge posts will be covered:

Woodland/Glasser – Monday-Friday – 9:00a-5:00p – PSO Lamar Lewis

Mayes College – Monday-Thursday – 10:00a-6:00p; Fridays – 9:00a-5:00p – PSO Norman El Hodges

Science and Technology Center (STC) – Tuesdays-Saturdays – 9:00a-5:00p – PSO Ashley Jackson

England Library – Tuesday-Thursday – 4:00p-12:00a; Friday-Saturday – 12:00p-8:00p (Winter and Spring Break 9:00a-5:00p) – Officer TBD (Coming soon)



Michael Stitley


Updated Eagles' Victory Parade Community Information

The following information pertains to campus operations on February 8, 2018:


Updated Hours for Wilson Dining Hall/Tasty Drake's/Starbucks

Wilson Dining Hall

Brunch: 10:30am - 2:30pm

Dinner: 4:30pm - 7:00pm


Tasty Drake's C-Store

6:00pm - 11:00pm


Wilson Express - CLOSED

STC Coffee Lab - CLOSED

Starbucks - CLOSED


J.W. England Library Hours

Open regular hours: 8:00am - Midnight


Athletic and Recreation Center (ARC)

Modified Hours: 4:00pm - 7:00pm


General Parade Information & Road Closures

Please follow the link belows:



Transit Information












UPDATE: Announcement - West Philly Community Strike – 17 Feb 2017 – 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Dear Campus Community,

The Department of Public Safety has been made aware of a heavy police presence at the intersection of Baltimore Avenue and 43rd Street. This is in preparation for the gathering in Clark Park in support of National Strike Day. The Department of Public Safety will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as necessary.

Please monitor the following information sharing sources for your situational awareness:  

USciences Dept. of Public Safety Blackboard Page under the “My Community” tab at: https://usciences.blackboard.com/webapps/blackboard/execute/announcement?method=search&context=course&course_id=_3639_1&handle=cp_announcements&mode=cpview

USciences Dept. of Public Safety TypePad Blog located at:


USciences Dept. of Public Safety Emergency Text Messaging via e2Campus (if you are not signed up, please take the time to do so):



Updated Shuttle Schedule

USciences Van Shuttle Map in Paint (002)

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,

In an effort to better serve commuters affected by the SEPTA city transit strike, we have decided to implement a shuttle van schedule for those arriving and departing from 30th Street Station. In addition, we ask that you also refer to the above map and note the shuttle van pick up location at 30th Street Station.

Please understand that all times are approximate due to increased traffic.

We want to thank to all those who provided valuable feedback. If you have any questions, please call Public Safety at 215-895-1117. Any additional updates will also be posted at http://emergency.usciences.edu.

While we hope the strike will be settled as soon as possible, we will continue to evaluate and adjust our plans as needed.


Valerie Weil, MD
Chief Financial and Operating Officer


Morning Schedule

Shuttle # 1

Arrival at 30th Street Station 7:00 AM

Disembark 30th Street Station at 7:30 AM


Shuttle # 2

Arrival at 30th Street Station 7:30 AM

Disembark 30th Street Station at 8:00 AM


Shuttle #3

Arrival at 30th Street Station 8:30 AM

Disembark 30th Street Station at 9:00 AM


Shuttle #4

Arrival at 30th Street Station 9:00 AM

Disembark 30th Street Station at 9:30 AM


Afternoon Schedule

Shuttle # 1

Disembark Starbucks* at approximate 4:15 PM

Arrival 30th Street Station at 4:45 PM


Shuttle # 2

Disembark Starbucks* at approximate 4:45 PM

Arrival 30th Street Station at 5:15 PM


Shuttle #3

Disembark Starbucks* at approximate 5:15 PM

Arrival 30th Street Station at 5:45 PM


Shuttle #4

Disembark Starbucks* at approximate 5:45 PM

Arrival 30th Street Station at 6:15 PM

*Starbucks 42nd Street and Woodland Avenue







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.


8/24/2011: Hurricane Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Notification

In the event that a hurricane is predicted to impact the USciences campus or surrounding community the Department of Public Safety will implement it’s Emergency Notification System, which includes, but is not limited to text messaging, email and the emergency information website in order to alert the campus community.

What to do if you are on campus?

  • Listen to the radio and TV for the latest information
  • Seek safe shelter indoors and stay indoors
  • Stay away from windows
  • Keep curtains and blinds closed
  • Move to small interior rooms, closet or hallway on the lowest level
  • In the event of an emergency, call Public Safety at 215-576-7000 and 911
  • Remain indoors until the all clear is given

Prepare an Emergency “GO BAG” and/or Disaster Supply Kit

  • Include water and non-perishable foods
  • Medication
  • Battery powered radio
  • Battery powered flashlight
  • Cell phone charger
  • Important documents
  • Emergency contact information
  • Cash
  • Any items that you may need in the event of an emergency that fit into a backpack

For more information visit: http://www.ready.gov/america/getakit/index.html

What is a hurricane?

A hurricane is a violent storm with intense winds, heavy rain and thunderstorms. The combination of the intense winds and heavy rains can cause significant property damage, storm surges, flooding and landslides.  Hurricanes are classified as a Category 1 through 5 with 5 being the worst and are tracked as either a storm watch or storm warning.

Hurricane Categories:

Category One Hurricane - Sustained winds 74-95 mph – Very Dangerous

Category Two Hurricane - Sustained winds 96-110 mph – Extremely Dangerous

Category Three Hurricane - Sustained winds 111-130 mph – Devastating Damage

Category Four Hurricane  - Sustained winds 131-155 mph – Catastrophic Damage

Category Five Hurricane - Sustained winds greater than 155 mph – Catastrophic Damage

                                    Source: National Weather Service, The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale

Hurricane Storm Watch - storm conditions are possible in the specified area, usually within 36 hours. Tune in to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for information.


Hurricane Storm Warning - storm conditions are expected in the specified area, usually within 24 hours.

                                    Source: FEMA, Hurricane: Know the Terms

Additional Hurricane Resources



8/23/2011: Philadelphia Earthquake

At approximately 1:55 p.m. a 5.8 magnitude earthquake centered in Virginia was felt from Washington DC to New York. No damages or injuries have been reported on campus and the Department of Public Safety continues to check campus buildings.

As a result of the earthquake individuals may feel aftershocks. The Department of Public Safety will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates if they become available.

Earthquake Safety Tips

  • Stay away from glass, windows, outside doors and walls, and anything that could fall, such as lighting fixtures or furniture.
  • Take cover by getting under a sturdy table or a strong loadbearing doorway.
  • DO NOT use the elevators.
  • Stay inside until the shaking stops and it is safe to go outside.
  • If outside Move away from buildings, streetlights, and utility wires.
  • If in a car stop as quickly as safety permits and stay in the vehicle. Avoid stopping near or under buildings, trees, overpasses, and utility wires.



6/2/2011: FEMA - What to do during a tornado?

Outlined below is a summary of information provided by FEMA regarding tornadoes and what actions you should take during a tornado. For additional information visit http://www.fema.gov/hazard/tornado/index.shtm

Tornadoes are nature’s most violent storms. Spawned from powerful thunderstorms, tornadoes can cause fatalities and devastate a neighborhood in seconds. A tornado appears as a rotating, funnel-shaped cloud that extends from a thunderstorm to the ground with whirling winds that can reach 300 miles per hour. Damage paths can be in excess of one mile wide and 50 miles long. Every state is at some risk from this hazard.

Some tornadoes are clearly visible, while rain or nearby low-hanging clouds obscure others. Occasionally, tornadoes develop so rapidly that little, if any, advance warning is possible.

Before a tornado hits, the wind may die down and the air may become very still. A cloud of debris can mark the location of a tornado even if a funnel is not visible. Tornadoes generally occur near the trailing edge of a thunderstorm. It is not uncommon to see clear, sunlit skies behind a tornado.

What to do during a tornado?

  • If you are under a tornado WARNING, seek shelter immediately
  • If you are in a structure go to a safe room, basement, storm cellar, or the lowest building level. If there is no basement, go to the center of an interior room on the lowest level (closet, interior hallway) away from corners, windows, doors, and outside walls. Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside. Get under a sturdy table and use your arms to protect your head and neck. Do not open windows.

Note: If you are in a campus building stay away from windows and seek safe shelter in an interior room on the lowest level of the building, closet or interior hallway.

  • If you are in a vehicle get out immediately and go to the lowest floor of a sturdy, nearby building or a storm shelter. Mobile homes, even if tied down, offer little protection from tornadoes.
  • If you are outside with no shelter lie flat in a nearby ditch or depression and cover your head with your hands. Be aware of the potential for flooding. Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location. Never try to outrun a tornado in urban or congested areas in a car or truck. Instead, leave the vehicle immediately for safe shelter. Watch out for flying debris. Flying debris from tornadoes causes most fatalities and injuries.



9/28/2010: Emergency Notification Test and Mayes College Shelter-in-Place Drill

On Tuesday, September 28, 2010, beginning at 3:20 p.m. the Department of Public Safety will conduct a test of the USciences Emergency Notification System and conduct a Shelter-in-Place awareness drill at Mayes College 4101 Woodland Avenue. The annual test is required under the federal Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. 

The test will incorporate all emergency notification delivery methods to include email, text messaging, video display boards, the emergency website and the new Wide Area Emergency Broadcast System.

At approximately 3:20 p.m., a text message will be sent stating:

“This is a TEST of the USciences Emergency Notification System”

A second text message will be sent stating:

“This is a TEST – Everyone currently in Mayes College Must Shelter in Place until the all clear is given”

A third text message will be sent stating:

“This is a TEST – ALL CLEAR – Thank you for your cooperation” 

The Wide Area Emergency Broadcast System will broadcast a warning chime followed by:

“This is a test; I repeat this is a test of the USciences Emergency Broadcast System. During an actual emergency additional information will be provided – thank you for your cooperation.”

What is Shelter-In-Place (SIP)?

A procedure that requires a building population to move to a safe location(s) within a building(s) due to a weather emergency, a dangerous situation or when an extremely hazardous substance is released into the air.

Reverse Evacuation or Shelter-in-Place (SiP) Procedure

During an emergency, one of the instructions you may be given is to

Shelter-in-Place until an incident has been declared “all clear” and it is safe to resume normal operations.

  • Seek immediate shelter indoors and remain indoors
  • Close doors and windows
  • If possible move to a small, interior room, with no or few windows, or to the core of the building away from any doors or windows
  • Follow the instructions provided through the Emergency Notification
  • System and if possible, and it is safe to do so, use a computer to find out more information or turn on a TV or radio
  • Remain calm
  • Do not leave the building until the “All Clear” signal has been given by authorized personnel

If you have not registered for the Emergency Alert System or need to update your contact information you can do so by visiting: