18 posts categorized "Public Safety Tips"


City-Wide Curfew 10/30 at 9 p.m.

Dear Campus Community,
The City of Philadelphia has issued a city-wide curfew which will go into effect on Friday, October 30 at 9:00 p.m. through 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 31. 

Starbucks and Tasty Drakes will close at 8 p.m. Other dining services will run on a normal operating schedule. 

Essential personnel are excluded from this curfew, but any employees traveling after 9 p.m. should be prepared to show documentation of this status.
Department of Public Safety is in contact with the Philadelphia Police Department and our other University City partners and will share urgent information as needed through our Department of Public Safety Emergency Text Messaging, the Department of Public Safety Emergency Blog, and email. 
University of the Sciences
Department of Public Safety & Preparedness

For emergencies on campus: Dial 9-1-1 and then USciences DPS at 215-596-7000


Civil Unrest in Philadelphia (10/27/20)

Dear Campus Community,
The Department of Public Safety is monitoring the protest activities occurring around 52nd and Samson Streets, as well as potential protests planned for this evening.  While there are no known events planned in Clark Park or immediately adjacent to campus, there is always the possibility that protests can expand and migrate to our area.
We ask our campus community to take extra caution this evening and over the coming days as we approach the election, especially if you live or travel through the vicinity of planned protest activities.
We will continue to monitor the situation with the Philadelphia Police Department and our other University City partners, and will share urgent information as needed through our Department of Public Safety Emergency Text Messaging, the Department of Public Safety Emergency Blog and email.
University of the Sciences
Department of Public Safety & Preparedness
For emergencies on campus: Dial 9-1-1 and then USciences DPS at 215-596-7000


Loop Road One-way at 9am March 15, 2019

Dear Campus Community,

Tomorrow is an exciting day to be a USciences Devil! We are the HOST and the #1 seed in the NCAA Div-II Women's Regional Basketball Tournament. In anticipation of guests to our campus, we are issuing the following parking provision:

Tomorrow, at 9am, the 42nd/43rd Street Loop on our campus will be ONE-WAY. The entrance to campus will be at 42nd and Woodland (Starbucks & Library) and exit at 43rd Street (IPEX & STC). This in preparation for USciences' hosting the NCAA Div-II Women's Basketball Regional Championship. The support of all campus community members is appreciated. 


Department of Public Safety



Dear USciences Campus Community,

Today, 7 August 2018, the Department of Public Safety, along with the Local Emergency Planning Committee, will be holding an emergency drill in one of our buildings on campus at an undisclosed time. This drill will make use of the campus text alert system e2Campus. Please expect to see messages that will have information that is pertinent to the drill. All messages regarding the drill will be identified as such by having THIS IS A DRILL before and after each message. Prior to the drill beginning, and after the drill ends, there will be messages notifying everyone on campus through our text system. In the event of a real life emergency during the drill, a message will be sent ending the drill. This would be followed by messages pertaining to the actual emergency.

If you are in the building indicated when the drill starts, we ask all occupants to treat the drill as a real emergency. Please respond as you normally would to a real situation.

The drill should last about 10-15 minutes. Any questions in this regard should be directed to either Director of Public Safety, Michael Stitley or Associate Director of Public Safety, Michael Lapotasky at m.stitley@usciences.edu or m.lapotasky@usciences.edu or via phone at extensions x1116 and x1118 respectively.

Thank you for your patience, support, and cooperation.

Thank you,

USciences Department of Public Safety


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












Active Threat on Campus - Fall Semester Offerings

Active Threat Training for Faculty, Staff & Students

Active Threat Training Title Slide

For the Fall Semester this training will be conducted monthly

on the dates, times and locations listed below:

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017 - 3:00p-4:30p - STC 145

Monday, October 9th, 2017 - 1:00p-2:30p - STC 237

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 - 9:30a-11:00a - STC 237

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 - 9:30a-11:00a - STC 337

This program will also be offered monthly throughout the Spring Semester as well.

*Other offerings can also be scheduled and requested as needed


Student / Staff ID Cards and Access Control

Dear USciences Community,

We are pleased to announce that we have replaced all of the outdated exterior card readers.  This initiative will help ensure everyone’s safety by permitting access to the USciences buildings by only individuals with a valid USciences identification card.

Please remember that public safety is everyone’s responsibility. One-step that we can all take, is wearing our USciences identification card where it is visible. A visible identification card will help prevent access by unauthorized individuals to be on campus or in our buildings. We should not be opening doors for individuals not wearing a visible identification card.

If you have lost your identification card, please check our lost and found, which is located at the Public Safety office, in Alumni Hall. Additionally, if you need a lanyard please feel free to stop by the Public Safety office as well.  Thank you very much for doing your part in maintaining a safe USciences community.   


“Public Safety is on all of USciences”



Dear USciences Community,

Please see below for information regarding a series of robberies that have occurred within close proximity to our campus. The information below has been provided by UPenn Public Safety.

Please be reminded that for ALL emergencies Dial 911 first.

Be prepared to give your name, location, and nature of your emergency.


Also, please be reminded that the emergency number for USciences Public Safety Dispatch is 215-596-7000.

You are encouraged to request safe transit and walking escorts provided by the following:

USciences Public Safety Walking Escorts: 215-895-1117

Penn Transit Shuttles: 215-898-7433

UCD Walking Escorts: 215-387-3942

If you have not already done so, please sign up for our emergency text messaging system, e2Campus by clicking on the following link: http://alert.usciences.edu

Please also take the time to visit our Public Safety Blog regularly for helpful hints, safety bulletins, campus security tips, and general announcements from the USciences Dept. of Public Safety.

The following link will redirect you to our USciences Dept. of Public Safety Blog: http://emergency.usciences.edu 



Dear Members of the Penn Community:

Philadelphia Police are currently investigating a series of four robberies at point of gun that took place between 8:29 pm last night and 7:05 am this morning, between 43rd & 47th Streets and Spruce & Cedar Streets, just west of our campus and Patrol Zone. The suspect in all four robberies was described as a black male with a thin build and a beard, wearing a maroon hooded sweatshirt, shorts, and spandex tights.

Penn Police are working with Philadelphia Police, the University City District and Allied Universal to increase patrols on our western border.

Public Safety will continue to ensure the highest level of safety and security for our community

Please take a moment to sign up for the new Penn Guardian App which can provide emergency personnel with helpful information and your location in an emergency.

For information on Penn Guardian and a link to the app go to:


Public Safety Bulletin – Safety of Electronic Devices

Public Safety Bulletin – Safety of Electronic Devices

Around the country, and more recently on college campuses in our region, individuals have been seriously injured and property has been lost or damaged due to malfunctioning phones and their components.This month at Rowan University in New Jersey, a student received burn injuries to his hand and leg when an aftermarket portable charging unit exploded in his pocket along with his cell phone. Additionally, there have been consumer warnings issued about the use of aftermarket chargers that are not specifically designed by the manufacturer for use with each specific phone.

USciences Department of Public Safety would like all students to be aware of these hazards and exercise sound judgment and due caution with regard to these devices in an effort to protect the health, lives and property that comprise our campus community. In addition to the danger from heat and fire these devices, when burning, can give off noxious, poisonous gases as byproducts of incomplete combustion. If one of these devices does catch fire, do not attempt to handle the device, notify campus authorities immediately and distance yourself from the device following accepted procedures for fires on campus.

It is recommended to do the following:

  • Charge your phone using the original manufacturer provided charging cable or power unit
  • When charging devices, keep them in open well ventilated cool, dry places
  • Avoid overcharging devices by leaving them connected to a charger after the charge is complete (as in overnight, or while at class all day)
  • If your device has been recalled, please return it to your retailer for an exchange as soon as possible
  • If you must purchase a third party aftermarket charging device, it is recommended to check for product safety reviews before making your purchase

It is recommended that you avoid:

  • Charging your phone or device in your pocket, purse, bag, etc.
  • Overheating your phone or exposing it to extremely cold conditions while charging

Please see the link below for related media:

Rowan Student Burned After Cell Phone Catches Fire



Your partners in safety,

USciences Department of Public Safety


UPDATE: Hurricane Irene and Upperclass Move-in

The University are busily planning for your arrival, especially due to the impending hurricane on your move-in day, Sunday, Aug. 28.

Because of the forecasted inclement weather, we wish to accommodate any resident who wishes to move-in before the storm begins.  As such, we are offering you the opportunity to arrive on either:

  • Saturday, Aug. 27 between Noon and 5 p.m., or
  • Sunday, Aug. 28 between Noon and 5 p.m.

By moving in on Saturday, we hope to minimize any danger (and sogginess) you might experience from moving-in on Sunday’s originally scheduled move-in time.  However, we recognize that you may already have plans that require you arrive on Sunday; we’ve ensured that you can still check-in during your originally scheduled time.

On both days, all check-ins and key pick-ups will occur at the Wilson Front Desk.

Should you move-in on Saturday, please remember:

  • The Code of Conduct, which governs all students’ behaviors, will be in effect.  You will be expected to make informed decisions and accept the consequences of poor choices.
  • Meal plans will begin on Saturday for lunch (Noon-1:45 p.m.).  If you are not on a meal plan, but wish to eat in the Wilson Dining Hall, discounted rates will be available for lunch ($7) and dinner ($10).  Wilson Express will not be open during the weekend.
  • Starbucks will be open both Saturday and Sunday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • You must respect that Welcome Weekend events are designed for only first-year students to attend.  Please also remember that University offices open during the weekend will only be staffed to accommodate the needs of our first-year students.
  • The ARC will be open on both Saturday, Aug. 27 from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 28 from Noon to 8 p.m. for all students.
  • You will not be permitted to host guests until Monday (per Welcome Weekend policy).

We hope that these accommodations will benefit many of you and ensure safer travels.