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08/13/2020

USciences COVID-19 Task Force Update (8/6/2020)

Updated “Return to Campus Guidelines” The Task Force has updated USciences’ Return to Campus Guidelines; the updated PDF and webpages are available at Campus Guidelines. There is now included additional detail on processes for isolation and quarantine for students, new information on student move-in procedures, clarification on classroom and laboratory occupancy, as well as information on dining services. Appointments, please Many of USciences’ offices are now available for on-campus services. However, in order to reduce crowding and assure safety of all of our campus community, many services require appointments in advance. Student Affairs, Student Health and Counseling, and the Registrar’s...

07/30/2020

USciences COVID-19 Task Force Update (7/30/2020)

Dear USciences Students, Faculty and Staff, As we enter August and “back to school” season, much anticipation is building toward the start of our semester on August 31. Sincerest gratitude to the many faculty and staff who have been preparing for this unique semester for many months now in order to safely deliver the best experience for our students. And thanks to our students for your patience during this challenging time. Recently the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Health approved our plan to return to campus. Many thanks to our COVID-19 Task Force for putting this together. Be sure to...

USciences COVID-19 Task Force Update (7/16/2020)

To: All Staff, Faculty, and Students Updated “Return to Campus Guidelines” The Task Force has updated USciences’ Return to Campus Guidelines; the updated PDF and webpages are available at Campus Guidelines. The updates include recommendations for daily health checks for all campus community members, notification requirements, as well as additional details on contact tracing and testing. Additional detail is provided on cleaning and disinfection, particularly of high-touch areas, as well as related to building traffic flow and signage. International students On Tuesday, July 14, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Immigration and Customs Enforcement backtracked on guidance announced the previous week...

USciences COVID-19 Task Force Update (7/9/2020)

To: All Staff, Faculty, and Students As we begin to see an increase in COVID-19 cases throughout the country, I hope that you and your families are well and safe. This resurgence of the virus serves as a reminder of our need to be vigilant and flexible. We continue to be optimistic about our ability to gather again on campus in the fall and are finalizing plans for a hybrid of in-person and virtual courses and activities come August. No matter the medium, we remain committed to continuing to deliver the highest-quality learning to our students. You’ll read more specifics...

A Message from President Paul Katz - 6/25/20

Good afternoon, everyone. I trust this message finds you well, safe and hopeful. As you’ll read in this week’s COVID-19 Task Force’s message below, we remain cautiously optimistic about our region’s transition to the (not really back to the old “normal”) GREEN phase in late July. Coupled with this plan are our Return to Campus Guidelines and the myriad of actions that need to take place in order for us to return to campus safely. You all know the information regarding the uptick in new cases that is being seen in some regions - this worrisome change mandates that we...

06/18/2020

IMPORTANT UPDATE: USciences COVID-19 Task Force Update (6/18/2020)

To: All Staff, Faculty, and Students We have an important update today that impacts the entire campus community. As discussed in prior communications, the COVID-19 Task Force has been working to finalize our interim guidance for return to campus. That guidance is now available for your information here, and includes a link to download a pdf if preferred. Please review this document as soon as possible, in advance of returning to campus, and refer back to it as often as needed. As discussed previously, limited reopening will occur on Monday, June 29, with a ramp-up of on-site operations after that...

06/15/2020

USciences Return to Campus Planning for Fall 2020

To the USciences Community: I hope this message finds you well. The recent months have been challenging, to say the least. I am very proud that the two primary goals we set at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic have been met - to ensure the health and safety of our University family, and to continue to offer the same excellent education for our students. Our third and most recent goal is to prepare for the Fall semester and a return to on-campus operations - I am writing today to update you on our progress toward this milestone. Our plans...

06/04/2020

USciences COVID-19 Task Force Update (6/4/2020)

To: All Staff, Faculty, and Students It’s been a difficult week for many of our community members, and we hope the resources that the University offers will be of help to some or all of you. We did want to continue to provide updates in this communication focused on the coronavirus pandemic and the University’s response. The City of Philadelphia today confirmed that it will align with Governor Wolf’s recommendation to move to the YELLOW phase as of Friday, June 5 - more details are here. However, at this point, the City has also extended the mandatory citywide curfew from...

06/03/2020

Civil Unrest - 6/4/2020

With civil unrest remaining a possibility in areas of Philadelphia and based on reports from law enforcement, all campus-based University operations are suspended for tomorrow, Thursday, June 4, 2020. Only life/public safety essential personnel should report to campus tomorrow. USciences Department of Public Safety is patrolling along with our public safety partners from University City District, Philadelphia Police and UPenn Police as we continue to monitor activities on and around campus with increased patrols. Please remain alert, avoid crowds and continue to comply with the COVID-19 Stay-At-Home order. USciences Department of Public Safety will continue its efforts to ensure the...

06/02/2020

Civil Unrest - 6/3/2020

Civil unrest is expected continue this evening in parts of Philadelphia. Based on reports from law enforcement, all campus-based University operations are suspended for tomorrow, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Only life/public safety essential personnel should report to campus tomorrow. USciences Department of Public Safety is patrolling along with our public safety partners from University City District, Philadelphia Police and UPenn Police as we continue to monitor activities on and around campus with increased patrols. Please remain alert, avoid crowds and continue to comply with the COVID-19 Stay-At-Home order. USciences Department of Public Safety will continue our efforts to ensure the...