Oct 01, 2020  
2005-2006 Student Handbook 
2005-2006 Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Services

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Guide to Campus Services

Department/Service Contact    
Academic Advising      
  Academic Advisor
Assigned Hours Posted His/Her Personal Office
  Assistant Dean of Retention & Academic Advising

Ms. S. Trump.

Hours Posted Whitecar Hall/Room 104
  Director, Pharmacy Student Advising
Ms. P. Acton Hours Posted Griffith Hall/Room 216
Address Change Registrar’s Office 9 am – 5 pm Whitecar Hall/Room 209
Affirmative Action Officer S. Gallagher 9 am – 5 pm Griffith Hall/Room 105
All-Campus Account Ms. T. Reilly Hours Posted Kline Hall/Room 102
Alumni Office Ms. S. Rosemarin 9 am – 5 pm 4100 Chester Ave.
Athletic Recreation Center Ms. T. Dougherty 7:30 am – 3 pm Athletic Recreation Center (ARC)
Athletics Mr. R. Morgan Hours Posted Athletic Recreation Center (ARC)
Billing (Student Accounts) Ms. B. McCauley 9 am – 5 pm Kline Hall/Room 107
Bookstore Mr. M. Ball 8:30 am – 5 pm Whitecar Hall/First Floor
Career Services Ms. P. Peterson 9 am – 5 pm 4140 Woodland Ave.
Cashier Mrs. C. Power 9:00 am – 12:30 pm Kline Hall/Room 108
    1:30 pm – 3:00 pm  
Center for Community Connections Ms. E. Gable 9 am – 5 pm Whitecar Hall/Room 120
Dean, College of Health Sciences Dr. R. Schemm 9 am – 5 pm Glasser Hall/Room 403
Dean, Misher College of Arts & Sciences Dr. C. R. Verret 9 am – 5 pm Griffith Hall/Room 212
Dean of Graduate Studies Dr. R. Wigent 9 am – 5 pm McNeil Hall/Room 104
Dean of Students Dr. A. Breaux 9 am – 5 pm Whitecar Hall/Room 116
Dean, Phila. College of Pharmacy Dr. R. DiGate 9 am – 5 pm Griffith Hall/Room 212C
Dining Services Mr. C. Nevole Hours Posted Wilson Student Ctr/Room102
Disability Support Services Ms. B. Little 9 am – 5 pm Whitecar Hall/Room 119
Drop/Add Registrar’s Office 9 am – 5 pm Whitecar Hall/Room 209
Employment (Students) - Off-Campus Ms. P. Peterson 9 am – 5 pm 4140 Woodland Ave.
  Ms. R. Yudell 9 am – 5 pm 4140 Woodland Ave.
Employment (Students) - On-Campus Financial Aid Office 9 am – 5 pm Griffith Hall/Room 172
Enrollment Verifications Registrar’s Office 9 am – 5 pm Whitecar Hall/Room 209
Financial Aid Financial Aid Office 9 am – 5 pm Griffith Hall/Room 172
Facilities Management Mr. R. Jones 7:30 am – 4:30 pm 4500 Woodland/Room 101
Health Insurance Ms. J. Maddox 9 am – 5 pm 4140 Woodland/Room 115
ID Cards Ms. T. Reilly 9 am – 5 pm Kline Hall/Room 102
International Student Advisor Mr. T. Rupe 9 am – 5 pm Whitecar Hall/Room 117
Library Services   Hours Posted Joseph W. England Library
Lockers Student Affairs Division 9 am – 5 pm Whitecar Hall/First Floor
Lost & Found Student Affairs Division 9 am – 5 pm Whitecar Hall/First Floor
Mailroom (Stamps)   9 am – 5 pm Griffith Hall/Basement
  (Personal Documents)
Human Resources Office 9 am – 5 pm Griffith Hall/Room 100
  (Pharmacy Documents)
Pharmacy Department 9 am – 5 pm Griffith Hall/Room 108/214
Off-Campus Housing Mr. R. Radish 9 am – 5 pm Whitecar Hall/Room 120
Parking Permit Ms. T. Reilly 9 am – 5 pm Kline Hall/Room 102
Payroll Controller’s Office 9 am – 5 pm Kline Hall/Room B01
Peace Corps Ms. P. Peterson 9 am – 5 pm 4140 Woodland Ave.
Photocopying Library Library Hours First & Second Floors
Registrar Mr. A. Sims 9 am – 5 pm Whitecar Hall/Room 209
Residence Life Mr. L. Farber 9 am – 5 pm Whitecar Hall/Room 121
Room Reservations      
Ms. P. O’Hagan 9 am – 5 pm Whitecar/Room 118
  Wilson Center
Ms. D. Daniels 7 am – 3 pm Wilson Student Ctr/Lobby
ROTC Mr. T. Bernhardt 9 am – 5 pm Griffith Hall/Room 108A
Security Mr. S. Crommarty 9 am – 5 pm Woodland/Room 105
Student Activities Ms. P. O’Hagan 8:30 am – 5 pm Whitecar Hall/ Room 118
Student Affairs   8:30 am – 5 pm Whitecar Hall/ First Floor
Student Conduct Officer Ms. B. Little 9 am – 5 pm Whitecar Hall/Room 119
Student Health and Counseling (SHAC)      
Dr. T. Murphy 9 am – 5 pm 4140 Woodland/Room 115
  Dr. P. Furtaw 9 am – 5 pm 4140 Woodland/Room 115
  Dr. K. Levinson 9 am – 5 pm 4140 Woodland/Room 115
  Consulting Psychiatrist
Dr. R. Fishkin Hours Posted 4140 Woodland/Room 115
Dr. S. West Hours Posted 4140 Woodland/Room 101
Ms. B. Packer 8:30 am – 5 pm 4140 Woodland/Room 101
Tokens Bookstore 8:30 am – 5 pm Whitecar Hall/First Floor
Transcripts Registrar’s Office 9 am – 5 pm Whitecar Hall/Room 209
Tutoring Ms. R. Evans 9 am – 5 pm 4140 Woodland Ave.
TV/Lounge Room     Wilson Student Ctr/Second Floor
Vending Machines Dining Services 9 am – 5 pm Wilson Student Ctr/Room 101
Washing Machines Ms T. Reilly 9 am – 5 pm Kline Hall/Room102
Withdrawal (from a course) Registrar’s Office 9 am – 5 pm Whitecar Hall/Room 209
Withdrawal (from USP or academic program) College Dean    
Writing Center Dr. J. Everett Hours Posted. 4140 Woodland Ave.

P.S. Still having trouble locating a particular service? Visit Student Affairs on the first floor of Whitecar Hall.



Academic Advising

Each student will be assigned a faculty member or professional academic advisor to serve as their academic advisor. Upper class students will have academic advisors who are faculty members within the department of their major. Academic advisors will assist the student in the following areas: development of an educational plan to facilitate educational and personal goals, selection of appropriate courses and other educational experiences, and interpretation of USP policies and procedures. They will also provide recommendations for additional USP resources that may be helpful to the student. Students who need to know the name of their advisor should call the department of their major or the Assistant Dean of Retention and Academic Advising. Additional information is available on the web at http://www.usip.edu/advising. Students may also e-mail mail advising@usi for advising questions and information.

Advanced / Professional Study

Information and applications pertaining to selected advanced degree programs and admissions tests [e.g., medical college admissions tests (MCAT)] are available in the offices listed below. Students needing letters of recommendation from their college dean should provide the appropriate information and authorization on the form available in these offices.

  1. Office of the Dean of the Misher College of Arts and Sciences, Griffith Hall, Room 212, 215-596-8888.

    The Office of the Dean of the Misher College of Arts and Sciences has responsibility for undergraduate students majoring in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental science, health psychology, psychology, microbiology, pharmaceutical chemistry, and for students enrolled in the Science Teacher Certification Program.
  2. Office of the Dean of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, Griffith Hall, Room 216, 215-596-8870.

    The Office of the Dean of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy has responsibility for students majoring in pharmacy (Doctor of Pharmacy), pharmacology and toxicology, pharmaceutical sciences, and pharmaceutical marketing and management.
  3. Office of the Dean of the College of Health Sciences, Glasser Hall, Room 403, 215-596-8990.

    The Office of the Dean of the College of Health Sciences has responsibility for students majoring in health sciences, medical technology, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, occupational therapy, and undeclared majors.
  4. Office of the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies, McNeil Hall, Room 104, 215-596-8937.

The Graduate Programs in Biochemistry, Biomedical Writing, Cell Biology and Biotechnology, Chemistry, Health Psychology, Health Policy, Pharmaceutical Business, Pharmaceutics, Pharmacognosy, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Pharmacy Administration and Science Teaching are administered by the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies. Application forms for admission, information on the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), and information on any of the graduate programs are available in this office on request.

See below for information on advising.


All-Campus Account

Student Auxiliary Services
Kline Hall - Room 102

The University provides a service that allows students to access the bookstore, vending machines, photocopiers, and residence hall washing machines without the need for cash or credit cards. Students must first open a University All-Campus Account by depositing money from which they may draw using their regular University ID card. Additional information may be obtained from Student Auxiliary Services.

Alumni Office

4100 Chester Avenue

The Alumni Office is the liaison between the student body and University of the Sciences in Philadelphia Alumni Association. Students will find the Alumni Office helpful in building their professional network and locating alumni to speak with regarding specific career goals. For assistance, please contact the Director of Alumni Relations.

Athletic Facility

Athletic Recreation Center (ARC)

This state-of-the-art facility is home to two gymnasiums; an indoor track; a three-lane, 25-yard swimming pool with a Jacuzzi; an aerobics room; and a TV lounge with two billiard tables. Students are invited to use the fitness equipment, participate in the aerobic classes, informal recreation, fitness assessments, and special events to relieve the stress of their academic endeavors and to promote a healthy lifestyle. Information on access to the building and the indoor facilities is posted on the Athletic Recreation Center website at http://www.usip.edu/arc.


ATM Machine
Wilson Student Center - First Floor Lobby

An ATM (Automatic Teller Machine) is located in the lobby on the first floor of the Wilson Student Center. Any problems with the ATM machine should be reported to the Wilson Student Center receptionist.

Students are encouraged to use this ATM machine for their cash requirements. Use of ATM gives parents and students greater flexibility to manage their cash needs.


Kline Hall - Room 107

The University accepts cash, checks, and money orders plus VISA, MasterCard, and Discover as payment for tuition, fees, residence halls, food plans, and parking. Payment for each semester is due and payable upon receipt of the invoice and should be remitted by mail or in person to the Cashier. Invoices for the Fall semester are mailed by late June, and invoices for the Spring semester are mailed by late December. Late payments are subject to a $100 late fee each month invoice remains past due.

Students with outstanding indebtedness may not attend classes until payment is made. Failure to pay a past due account will result in the account being placed on a “financial hold” status, barring registration for future semesters and release of grades and academic transcripts. In addition, accounts in serious default will be reported to a collection agency, credit bureau, and legal counsel. Collection expenses equal to 50% of the outstanding charges and other such costs will be added to the amount due.

Students encountering difficulties in resolving their financial obligations are encouraged to see Student Accounts (Kline Hall - Room 107) for assistance in meeting their responsibilities.

The Office of Student Accounts is open each business day from 9 am to 12:30 pm and from 1:30 pm to 5 pm.


Whitecar Hall - First Floor

The Bookstore, under the management of Matthews Medical Bookstores, is open each business day from 8:30 am to 5 pm. Students may conveniently purchase textbooks, reference books, laboratory ware, newspapers, magazines, clothing, sundries, and gifts at reasonable prices. Other services include special orders of books, used book resale, class ring sales, film development, United Parcel Service, and the sale of SEPTA tokens.

Textbooks may also be purchased on-line at the USP Bookstore webpage: http://www.uspbookstore.com.

The bookstore accepts cash, all major credit cards, debit cards, checks with full name and address (no starters), traveler checks, and University All-Campus Accounts.

Textbooks may be returned for a full refund within the first 15 days of class, provided they are unmarked, in resalable condition, and accompanied by the sales receipt. After the 15th day of class until midterms, texts may be returned for a refund within 48 hours of the purchase date.

Career Services

4140 Woodland Avenue - Room
104 215-596-7494

The Career Services Department provides career planning and placement assistance to all students and alumni/ae of the University. Services include: career counseling; administering career assessment instruments, such as the Self Directed Search and the Strong Interest Inventory; career resources; employment information on each of the majors offered at USP; job listings for internships; part-time and full-time employment opportunities; career planning seminars; and graduate school information. Additionally, an Annual Etiquette Dinner is scheduled to instruct students in the aspects of fine dining as they prepare for their professional lives. During the academic year, three different career fairs are held so students can interface with employers representing different areas.

Recently, Career Services has partnered with MonsterTRAK, an electronic website to aid students in finding summer internships and full-time employment. All students are encouraged to register with http://www.monstertrak.com. Students are encouraged to consult their individual departments for additional job leads and internship postings.

Career Services works in collaboration with the Placement Office located in the Woodland Building, Room 204, coordinated by the Pennsylvania Society of Health System Pharmacists. Career Services works in concert with this office to organize the Annual Senior Interview Days for all graduating students.

To schedule an appointment and for additional information, log on to http://www.usip.edu/careerservices.


Kline Hall - Room 108

The Cashier’s Office is open each business day from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm and from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm. The Cashier’s Office will accept payment for tuition and fees and transact other University business. Financial obligations are not considered satisfied until checks have cleared the bank. A collection charge of $30 will be imposed and added to the students’ account for any check not accepted by the bank.

The Cashier’s Office will also accept VISA, MasterCard, and Discover as payment for tuition, fees, residence halls, food plans, and parking. These payments may be transacted directly at the Cashier’s window or via a University of the Sciences in Philadelphia Credit Card Authorization Form. These payment forms may be obtained from either the Student Accounts Office or the Cashier. Payments may also be made on-line through WEBPost at

Center for Community Connections

Whitecar Hall - Room 120

The Center for Community Connections acts as a clearinghouse for community service opportunities, supports faculty with service learning courses, and coordinates the community service work-study program. Through these programs, students are challenged to examine their values and belief systems of themselves and their community. The Center offers opportunities for students to use their talents and skills learned inside and outside of the classroom and apply them to real-world issues.

The Center offers one-time and ongoing scheduled community service activities for individuals and student groups. The Center has an alternative break program called Help Hope Humanity, can assist with transportation to community service activities, and maintains a web-based community service opportunity database at http://www.usip.edu/civicengagement. USP has ongoing partnerships with community-based organizations in University City and Southwest Philadelphia, as well as the five-county area.

Computers (Public Access)

USP students have access to computer labs across campus. All labs have full Internet access and common software programs. Where printing is available, students have 300 free copies per semester; additional copies may be purchased using the all-campus debit account. Check the hours posted in each lab, since hours vary according to semester and time of the semester.

The Learning Resource Center - J.W. England Library, 215-596-8993
Open 7 days a week, until midnight (2 am during second half of each semester, Sunday through Wednesday).

Computer Laboratory - Wilson Hall, Room 217
30 computers, laser printer, color printer, and scanner.. Open fall and spring semester:

Sundays, 2:00 pm, until 1:00 am
Monday -Thursday, 7:00 am until 1:00 am
Fridays, 7:00 am until 6:00 pm
Saturdays, CLOSED

Summer I semester: Open Monday through Thursday, 10:00 am until 2:00 pm

Writing Center - 4140 Woodland Avenue (215-596-8909)
Open weekdays. Assistance is given with writing papers and word processing.

Student Academic Support Services - 4140 Woodland Avenue (215-596-1190)
Open weekdays.

Residence Halls
Each residence hall has a small computer lab, open to residents 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

J. W. England Library
Open 7 days a week, until midnight (2 am during second half of each semester, Sunday through Wednesday). Computer lab with assistance is in the Learning Resource Center. Wireless laptops are available for use anywhere in the library.


Notice of any Faculty Council action pertaining to a particular student and notice of achievement sufficient to qualify for the Dean’s List are communicated to the student by the college dean for the student’s program.

The Dean of Students has oversight for Athletics, Career Services, Community Outreach, Fitness and Wellness, International Student Services, Multicultural Affairs, Student Academic Support Services, Student Activities, Student Conduct, Student Health and Counseling, and Student Life. In addition, this office oversees the Student Government Association and Greek Life.

Dining Services

Wilson Student Center
First Floor - 215-596-8563

During the regular school year, hours are as follows:


Main Dining Hall





7:00 am-10:45 am


11:00 am-1:00 pm

10:50 am-2:00 pm


4:30 pm-6:30 pm

4:30 pm -7:00 pm







10:15 am-10:00 pm


10:15 am-8:00 pm




1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Woodland Café


Monday - Friday


8:00 am - 3:00 pm




Monday - Friday


8:30 am - 3:30 pm


Courtside Café





11:00 am-8:30 pm


11:00 am-8:00 pm


  Meal Plan Hours  
Breakfast   7:00 am - 10:45 am
Lunch 10:50 am - 4:30 pm (2 pm - 4:30 pm Uppercrust)
Dinner (Monday - Thursday)   4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Dinner (Friday)   4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Weekend Brunch   11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Weekend Dinner   4:30 pm - 6:30 pm


During scheduled recesses and the summer session, there are reduced hours posted. The Dining Services is closed from 2:00 pm on Wednesday, November 23 until 4:30 pm on Sunday, November 27. The dining hall complex will close at 2:00 pm on the day prior to a scheduled recess and will reopen at 4:30 pm on the Sunday prior to the reopening of school.

Food Plans:
All food plans are provided on a per school year basis only. See the Appendices section for list of plans and fees.

Main Dining Hall
Dinner and weekend brunch are open bay (unlimited seconds). However, weekday breakfast and lunch and all meals in the Uppercrust are on a la carte basis. Meal plan students are allotted the following cash equivalencies for breakfast and lunch and meals in the Uppercrust.

Breakfast — $ 5.25
Lunch — $ 5.75
Dinner/Brunch — $ 6.25

The casual (cash) door rate for declining balance meal plan students, non-meal plan students, faculty or staff are Brunch $8.50 and Dinner $9.00.

Students, staff and faculty are asked to keep the dining halls as neat and clean as possible and to take back all used dishes, trays, and silverware.

Questions regarding food, catering, or the dining services should be directed to the Director of Dining Services, Chris Nevole, at 215-895- 1146 or e-mail to c.nevole@usi.

Disability Support Services

Whitecar Hall - Room 119

USP supports the educational endeavors of all students. Faculty and staff with questions about accessibility/accommodations should contact Susan Rohanna, Director of Human Resources, for assistance. All employment issues, including student employment/disability accommodations, should come through Susan Rohanna. If a student believes that he/she has a disability that may impact his/her ability to fulfill any degree requirements, or other educational endeavors, and would like more information on applying for an accommodation, please contact the Assistant Dean of Students, who serves as the Disability Services Coordinator, at 215-596-8980. To learn more about USP’s policy, see the General Information and University Policies section of this Handbook.

Facilities Services
Service Response Center

4500 Woodland - First Floor

The Services Response Center (SRC) is the central receiving point for all service requests throughout the campus. The SRC has been established to ensure high quality service for all students, faculty, and staff. Each student is encouraged to call the SRC at x8955 from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday to make a service request or voice any questions or concerns. All emergency/after-hours service needs should be directed to the Security Office at x7000.

There are several alternative ways to contact the Service Response Center. Students can communicate their service request to their RA, who will relay their service requests to the SRC, or students can make requests on-line at http://usp-fac2/ISISWeb. Written service requests can also be sent through campus mail using a service request form. This form will be available at the information desk in the Wilson Student Center, or from an RA. Lastly, students are welcome to stop at SRC on their way to class and make a service request. The SRC and Facilities Services is located at 4500 Woodland.

Financial Aid

Griffith Hall - Room 172

The Financial Aid Office administers Federal, state, and university financial assistance. Financial Aid is awarded in the form of grants, college work-study, and loans. Eligibility for financial aid is based on a student’s financial need, which is determined when the student completes the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). A variety of federal and alternative loans are available to help students bridge the gap between resources and costs. Please visit our website at http://www.usip.edu/financialaid/ for more details regarding these programs.

Friends of USP
(Formerly Women’s Club)

The Friends of USP, founded in 1929, is dedicated to serving the University and its students. In general, this service consists of contributions to University projects and funding of student scholarships, commencement prizes, and grants to student organizations.

Membership in the Friends of USP is open to parents, relatives and friends of students, faculty, faculty spouses, staff, alumni, and other friends of the University who are interested in the work of the Friends. Meetings are held on the third Thursday of September, November, February and May at 11:00 am and are followed by a luncheon. Dues are $20.00 annually.

Applications for membership are available from Anna Marie Melchiorre in the Admissions Office, 215-596-8778.

Law School Advising

East Building, Room 210

Advisement on Law Schools, the LSAT, and the Law School Admission Service is available from Dr. Roy Robson.

Library Services

Joseph W. England Library

Library Hours
(during the academic year)
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 am - Midnight
Second half of each semester: Sunday through Wednesday, until 2 am
Friday: 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sunday: Noon - Midnight

To keep you and your belongings secure, your USP ID is required at all times for admittance.

Collection: The J. W. England Library provides USP students with access to information both on-line and on paper. In addition to its 85,000 print volumes, the campus community can access over 6000 on-line, full text journals and major reference sources, most from offcampus. For materials not in this library, students may use Drexel University’s library or 32 other small- and medium-sized college libraries in the Delaware Valley.

Help: Librarians are ready to give individual assistance at the Library’s Information Desk on weekdays, and until 9 pm on Monday - Wednesday. They are also available on-line. See the Library’s web page at http://www.usip.edu/library. The library offers two elective courses in searching and using on-line resources: IS 105, Introduction to On-line Resources; and IS 305, Information Strategies for Health Professionals, an entirely on-line course. In addition, librarians assist in many courses by teaching on-line searching and information retrieval.

Learning Resources Center: The LRC on the second floor of the library is the graphics center for students. Available are desktop PCs and wireless laptops that can be used anywhere in the library. Students can create graphics by using a color printer, overhead transparency maker, color scanner, or labeling equipment. Staff is there to help. The LRC is open during regular library hours.

Quiet study: The third floor of the library is the Silent Study Floor, reserved for quiet, individual study. Respect the rights of fellow students to a quiet atmosphere.

Reserve: Many course instructors place materials “on reserve” for an entire class to use. Go to the Circulation Desk for these. Other instructors put materials on-line for students. The library administers both Blackboard and ERes, and librarians will be happy to assist you in using them.

IDs: Student IDs are very important in the library. With an ID in hand, students can enter the library, check out a book, use a reserve book, and, if they have an All-Campus Account (see above for details), may use it for photocopying. So bring your ID with you.


Division of Student Affairs
Whitecar Hall - First Floor

Lockers are available for daily use when classes are in session. There may be a minimal cost for this service. See the receptionist in Student Affairs for details.

Student lockers have recently been relocated to Alumni Hall/Rosenberger Auditorium. Students should access the locker room through the side entrance of the building (across from the J. W. England Library).

Lost and Found

Division of Student Affairs
Whitecar Hall - First Floor

The Division of Student Affairs maintains a “Lost and Found” department. Articles are stored for no longer than one semester and if not claimed, articles are discarded or auctioned.


Mail for off-campus students and commuters is placed in their campus mailboxes located on the first floor of the Wilson Student Center. To request a mailbox, please see the front desk receptionist in Wilson Hall. Mail for residents of the three Residence Halls is placed in the mailboxes for those halls.

In addition to routine delivery of mail, University Services (Griffith Hall-Basement) provides the following services (available weekdays 9 am - 5 pm):

  • Overnight Express, DHLWorldwide Express, Federal Express, and Airbourne Express - Payment options for these services are on your All Campus Account, major credit cards, or person al checks. Cash is not accepted.
  • Purchase of stamps is possible through a stamp machine - books only ($7.40 cash - machine only takes $1 bills and $5 bills).
  • Miscellaneous mailing expenses (i.e., envelopes, postage for regular mail) can be paid for through your All Campus Account - no cash, checks, or credit cards.

Multicultural Affairs and International Student Services

Whitecar Hall, Room 117

Multicultural competency is both an opportunity and an expectation at USP. Being conscious of learned assumptions (ie, stereotypes and biases) is only the beginning of this developmental process. Acquiring accurate information about cultures other than our own and developing skills for interacting with persons who are diverse helps us all in our ongoing multicultural development. Our goal in Multicultural Affairs is to create an environment that fosters learning as well as an appreciation of, and respect for, diverse individuals. “Diversity” at USP embodies the recognition of human similiarities and differences. Our commitment to diversity understands that each person is unique, and recognizes the individual similarities and differences through learning and exploration in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment. In doing so, USP strives to move beyond tolerance and, instead, understand and respect the dimensions of diversity contained in each individual. We believe this is fundamental to the success and growth of the USP community.

Students from foreign countries are provided assistance in maintaining compliance with US federal regulations related to F-1 nonimmigration status. The Director of Multicultural Affairs is available by appointment. Contact 215-596-8890.

Notary Public

The services of a Notary Public are available on a limited basis as follows. There is no charge to students and staff for this service:

Personal Documents Human Resources Griffith Hall, Room 100A
  (except automobile forms)  
Pharmacy Documents Dept of Pharmacy Practice/  
  Pharmacy Administration Griffith Hall, Room 108
  Office of the Dean of Pharmacy Griffith Hall, Room 214

Parking - On Campus

Student Auxiliary Services
Kline Hall, Room 102

Due to the limited availability of reserved parking spaces, only students commuting from outside the University City area will be eligible for reserved parking privileges. Freshman resident students are not permitted to bring vehicles to campus. Spaces are assigned by a lottery among those students who have filed an application, have paid the required $363.00 annual fee in advance, and have satisfied their fall semester student account by July 15. (The student account must be paid in full less any approved financial aid/loans not yet received and/or contracted installment payments through Tuition Management Systems.)

Any student, who fulfills all of these conditions, but is not awarded a parking space by the lottery, will receive a full refund of the parking fee to his/her student account.

The following parking regulations apply. The Department of Security and Public Safety enforces the regulations and will take the appropriate actions in the event of any violations. Questions concerning the regulations, violations, and actions should be addressed to Security at 215-895-1128.

Parking Policies include:

All students who park in University lots are required to display a valid parking tag. Students must park in the proper assigned lots, which are:

  • Green Lots - The large lot adjacent to Goodman Hall in the outer loop of the Athletic Recreation Building and in back of Goodman and Osol Halls.

Student tags are valid for one year.

Parking - Street

Non-metered street parking is available along Woodland Avenue. There is also non-metered parking on the Clark Park side of 45th Street, but there is a two-hour limit on the residential side.

University personnel and students are requested to avoid using the residential parking area on Regents Square. Also, parking is not permitted in the closed section of Kingsessing Avenue in Clark Park.

The Department of Security and Public Safety provides escort service for any student or staff members who need to get to their cars in the evening and at night.

Payroll (Students)

Kline Hall - Basement Room 1

Departments must forward information on student hires, changes, new hours, and any other items to the Payroll/Controller’s Office on a timely basis to enable students’ paychecks to be processed.

Direct Deposit of student paychecks is recommended. Direct Deposit eliminates having to go to an outside bank to cash a payroll check. It may also act as a security measure not to have excess cash on hand after cashing a check.

Timesheets filed late or without a payroll number may result in a delay in receiving a paycheck. Please confer with your supervisor for instruction in processing your timesheet.

Please contact Payroll with any questions or concerns.

Peace Corps

4140 Woodland Avenue

Information and advisement on the Peace Corps are available from Ms. Patricia Peterson, Career Services Department.

The Philadelphia College of Pharmacy makes available a wide variety of information on residency training. Students should contact their academic advisor or the Department of Pharmacy Practice/Administration prior to December of their final year.

Preprofessional Advisory System

Griffith Hall - Room 326

The University’s Preprofessional Advisory System has been established to:

  1. Assist students in planning a curriculum at the University to meet their individual preprofessional career goals.
  2. Advise students on the admissions requirements for matriculation into schools of allopathic medicine, osteopathic medicine, dental medicine, veterinary medicine, optometry, and podiatry.
  3. Provide information on other factors (jobs, activities) which may enhance the likelihood of admission into professional schools.
  4. Provide, in a student’s last two years, specific information on the mechanics (documents, deadlines) of the application process.
  5. Develop a committee recommendation to professional schools based on the evaluation of each student by the faculty who taught or interacted with them.
  6. Advise students of other career options should plans change or their primary choice be unavailable.

The Preprofessional Advisor is Dr. Suzanne K. Murphy
(e-mail: s.murphy@usip.edu).


Whitecar Hall - Room 209

The Registrar’s Office processes and maintains student grades and records. Requests for transcripts, enrollment verifications, veteran certifications, and make-up examinations can be made to the Registrar. Additionally, registration information is processed and updated, including dropping or adding of courses and withdrawal from a course.

Name and address changes should be reported to the Registrar. Students who live in off-campus housing during the school year are encouraged to submit a local address to the Registrar in addition to their permanent address. These changes must be requested in writing and require the student’s signature.

Final exams scheduled for final exam week are posted on the website each semester after drop/add period is completed and updated as changes occur.

Additional information and printable forms are available at: http://www.usip.edu/registrar.

Reserve Officers’Training Corps (ROTC)

Griffith Hall - Room 108A

ROTC Program (Army):
All students at the University are eligible to participate in the Army ROTC program through a cooperative arrangement with Drexel University. The program is normally completed in eight semesters or, with some adjustments, in a shorter time period to qualify for a commission by graduation.

ROTC Program (Air Force):
All students at the University are also eligible to participate in the Air Force ROTC through a cross-town agreement with Saint Joseph’s University and the USAF. This agreement allows students to take AFROTC classes at Saint Joseph’s University while concurrently satisfying requirements for his or her baccalaureate degree. The program offers one- to four-year curricula leading to a commission as a Second Lieutenant.

Information about these programs is available from Thomas Bernhardt, ROTC Advisor, or on the ROTC websites: http://www.taskforcedragon.com (Army); http://www.sju.edu/afrotc(Air Force).

Room Reservations

Whitecar Hall, Room 118

All students wishing to reserve a room anywhere on campus must contact Ms. Patty O’Hagan in the Division of Student Affairs


4500 Woodland Avenue Building
First Floor
215-895-1128 or 215-596-7000

The University provides 24-hour security service. To contact the security department for an emergency, dial “7000” from a University phone line, or from an outside line dial 215-596-7000. Escort service is provided for any student or staff member who needs to get to their car in the evening. Dial “1145” from a University phone line or 215- 895-1145 from an outside line.

Student Conduct Office

Whitecar Hall - First Floor

The USP conduct system fosters an environment that contributes to the mission and goals of the university by holding these standards at the center of all our activities. The system will allow students to explore their actions in a safe environment without any preconceptions and with dignity, fairness, and respect. If found responsible, the individuals involved will work with the student to prevent the action from recurring, to explore the cause of the action and to address any underlining challenges or concerns. The aim is to facilitate the necessary personal and professional development of students, so that they demonstrate academic, personal, and professional behavior of the highest integrity while a member of USP and beyond as citizens. If you believe a student has violated the Student Conduct Policy or if you have questions regarding the policy, please contact the Assistant Dean of Students, who serves as the Conduct Officer, at 215-596-8950 or visit our website at http://www.usip.edu/studentconduct.

Student Employment On-Campus

Griffith Hall - Room 172

Federal College Work-Study (FCWS) is a need-based program that encourages on-and off-campus student employment. If a student is eligible, based on his/her financial aid application, the student may work on or off campus and receive the funds in the form of a paycheck.

Part-time employment for students who do not receive FCWS may also be available directly through the different departments on campus.

For information on off-campus positions, see Career Services (above). For information on payroll, see Payroll (Students) (above).

Student Health and Counseling (SHAC)

4140 Woodland Avenue

Students are welcome to come in to talk to a counselor for any number of reasons. All meetings with the counseling staff are strictly confidential. Many people have specific ideas for what they would like to talk about, while others want help sorting through personal, professional, academic, or familial concerns to determine what their focus might be. A student who contacts the Counseling Center will receive an evaluation and recommendations for treatment. These services may be provided by a Counseling Center staff member or by an outside professional, depending on the nature of the student’s problem.

It is recognized that in a contemporary university population, there may be students who have experienced or who may experience an acute psychiatric emergency (eg, a crisis) or who are experiencing ongoing emotional distress involving a severe psychiatric disorder or a substance abuse problem. Counseling does not provide the primary care or ongoing treatment for these types of conditions. In these instances, the Counseling Center will attempt to provide support and assistance in obtaining a referral to mental health resources in the community if requested to do so. Counseling maintains a listing of mental health facilities and practitioners in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Payment for off-campus services will be the responsibility of the student. Counseling appointments can be scheduled by contacting the Administrative Coordinator at (215) 596-8536. Additional information about Counseling services can be obtained through the Web at: http://www.usip.edu/counseling.

Student Health

  1. Medical Care

    The Student Health Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm A physician is present during specified hours during the fall and spring semesters. These hours may vary based on need. The registered nurse is available during the above hours through the year.

    To be eligible to use the Student Health services, students are required to pay the general fee, included in the tuition billing. In addition, students must return a mandatory Medical History and Health Evaluation form, which is completed by their family physician prior to arriving on campus. Suggestions or comments from family physicians regarding athletic restrictions or other health problems should be indicated on the health form.

    Services provided by Student Health include treatment for acute illnesses and injuries, consultations on health related problems, allergy injections, and referrals to specialists or other health facilities when needed. The office is not available for routine medical checkups nor does it function as a primary care facility for students with chronic medical problems. Mandatory immunization requirements are to be met by the student prior to arrival at USP. Those requirements are listed on page 4 of the USP Medical History and Health Evaluation Form.

    The general fee covers the medical services rendered by the University’s physician and nurse in the Student Health office Other expenses that might be incurred, (eg, lab tests, X-rays, prescriptions, referrals, etc) must be met by the student.

    Emergency health care required outside the regular consulting hours may be obtained at the emergency room of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 3400 Spruce Street. All expenses incurred by night or emergency care, confining illness, consultations, or hospitalizations are the responsibility of the student.
  2. Report of Medical History, Health Evaluation and Emergency Information

    In order for the medical staff to properly treat students, it is essential that all students fill out all sides of the Report of Medical History and present it along with the Health Evaluation form to their physician. In order for our staff to assist students in any medical emergency, it is important that the Emergency Information form also be completed. This information will become part of the student’s confidential medical record and will only be used if needed to provide necessary health care. If the form is not returned to Student Health, students will be placed on a registration hold and the staff will not be required to administer medical assistance except in cases of emergency.
  3. Medical Transportation

    In the event of a medical or psychological crisis, transportation is available to transport students to a nearby emergency room, psychiatric crisis center or other designated facility. If there is any doubt as to whether it is appropriate to use this service, security and residence life personnel have been instructed to call 911. USP van service will not transport students for regular routine doctor appointments.
  4. Health Insurance - Student Health and Counseling (SHAC), 4140 Woodland Avenue, 215-596-8536

    The University requires all full-time graduate and undergraduate students to demonstrate adequate medical coverage. This decision is supported by the American College Health Association’s, “Standards for College Students Health Insurance Program.”

    Blue Cross/Blue Shield offers a student health plan for the University. Information regarding rates and enrollment can be obtained by contacting the Administrative Coordinator at 215- 596-8536. Only students enrolled in the University are eligible for participation in the plan.

    Upon entry to USP, all students must complete a Verification of Medical Insurance form and submit a copy of their insurance card. Thereafter, it is the student’s responsibility to provide any changes in health insurance coverage, accompanied with a copy of the new card, to Student Health and Counseling located at 4140 Woodland Avenue. The Student Health Office must be continuously updated with any new health insurance information and changes.

Substance Abuse Evaluation and Treatment

4140 Woodland Avenue

The University facilitates two modes of recovery: (1) voluntary assistance, and (2) the Substance Abuse Policy. Voluntary: Any student who believes himself/herself to be challenged by substance abuse may voluntarily seek an initial evaluation in SHAC (Student Health and Counseling) and a referral for an external substance abuse evaluation and follow-up treatment. Voluntary assistance is strictly confidential. Students are assisted in securing the appropriate services and are given support throughout the recovery process. An appointment may be scheduled by calling the Counseling Center at 215-596-8536. Substance Abuse Policy: See General Information and University Policies section for details.

Tutoring/Student Academic Support Services (SASS)

4140 Woodland Avenue

Peer tutoring is available in most courses through the Academic Success Center. Peer tutors are recommended by faculty and have earned a “B+” or better in the specific course for which they are tutoring. Peer tutors have also received tutor training. Students can request a tutor either by visiting the Academic Success Center or by using the online request form located on the University’s website. Supplemental Instruction is offered for some courses. Students may attend Supplemental Instruction sessions in the evenings. Supplemental Instruction classes are led by undergraduate students who have a 3.0 cumulative GPA and a B+ or better in the course. Study Skills Seminars are offered throughout the semester on a variety of topics such as test taking, note taking, time management, and textbook reading. Students who would like to find out more about their own learning styles can take the Learning and Study Skills Inventory at the Academic Success Center. For additional information, please call or see our website at http://www.usip.edu/asc.

Van Service

Facilities Services Department - 4500 Woodland Avenue Building

  1. Responsibility
    The responsibility for the van service will rest with the Facilities Services Department. The service will operate during the academic year (fall and spring semesters) between the hours of 6:00 pm and 2:00 am, seven days a week.
  2. Telephone number for van service is: 215-895-1145
    Shuttle vehicles will be dispatched from the Facilities Services Office located in the 4500 Woodland Avenue Building.
  3. Primary Service Area: Designated campus locations
  4. Secondary Service Area: Drexel University Library/University of Pennsylvania Library/Children’s Hospital/from 39th to 49th Streets, between Woodland Avenue to Chestnut Street.
  5. Pick-up and Drop-off Locations:

Shuttle 1 will only perform the “campus loop,” which encompasses designated USP sites:

Osol Hall

Goodman Hall

Wilson Student Center


4500 Building

Kingsessing Mall

Shuttle 2 will service “secondary” locations such as Children’s Hospital, Drexel Library, University of Pennsylvania Library, and private residences to and from other designated USP sites located within the secondary service area.

Complaints and/or suggestions should be addressed to the attention of:

Robert Jones
Director of Facilities Services
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
600 S. 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Vending/Washing Machines

Vending machines are located in several buildings on campus. Vending machines and residence hall washing machines will all accept Debi-Cash using your campus ID. Problems and/or requests for refunds should be reported directly to Dining Services in Wilson Student Center, First Floor (for vending machines) or to Student Auxiliary Services in Kline Hall, Room 102 (for washing machines).


WebAdvisor is a web interface that provides students with access to information stored in the USP administrative database known as Colleague. Both systems are products of Datatel, Inc.

Students can find the site by clicking the WebAdvisor link in the Quick Jumps drop-down box at the bottom of the USP home page or using the URL https://webad.usip.edu directly. WebAdvisor contains both public and private information. The public information, such as the Schedule of Classes, is available without a login. To access private personal information, students must log in with a User ID and password. All USP students are issued a User ID. Instructions for obtaining your User ID are on the WebAdvisor site. Click on FAQs for more information.

Once logged in, students can view their class schedule, grades, GPA, and other personal information. On-line registration for those students who are eligible is also done through WebAdvisor. Planned future additions to WebAdvisor are access to student billing and financial aid information, as well as advising/educational planning tools.

For assistance with logging in to WebAdvisor or to report operational difficulties with the site, please contact the USP Helpdesk by e-mail at at helpdesk@usi or by telephone at 215-596-7575.

Writing Center

4140 Woodland Avenue

The Writing Center provides one-on-one assistance for students in improving writing and speaking skills. Students are encouraged to drop in or to make appointments in advance to discuss their ideas for papers, to work on specific skills, or to get help in organizing or revising writing assignments for any course. Computers connected to the University network are available for student use on a first come first serve basis. The Writing Center website http://www.usip.edu/writing also provides downloadable worksheets to help students with their writing skills. The Writing Center provides help with course assignments, resumes, job application letters, and graduate school essays. Services for USP students who are non-native English speakers include grammar workshops, discussion groups, and one-on-one instruction by ESL specialists.

Students who wish to learn how to properly document their research assignments and avoid plagiarism are encouraged to come to the Writing Center for help.

Students who have failed the Writing Proficiency Exam or who missed their opportunity to take it (including transfer students and those with prior degrees from other institutions) may fulfill a contract with the Writing Center in order to qualify for a writing proficiency equivalency exam. Students who have not yet taken the exam are encouraged to come in to discuss exam strategies, to examine sample questions, and to discuss a writing sample with a Writing Center staff member. Hours are posted. Appointments are strongly recommended.