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ACAD AFF: Academic Affairs; the Vice President of Academic Affairs has oversight for all academics, academic advising, Registrar’s Office, and Student Affairs
Academic Advisor: Member of the faculty or a professional advisor who works with students to plan education and career pathways.
ADA: Americans with Disabilities Act
ADMS: Admissions Office
Advocate: Student Newspaper
AH: Alumni Hall/Rosenberger Auditorium; also GYM
Alcohol Abuse: Possession and consumption of alcohol in any university building or on University premises; being in the presence of unauthorized alcohol on campus; underage drinking and/or public intoxication; sales/distribution of alcohol to minors
All Campus Account: A debit account that allows students to make purchases without cash or credit cards. An account can be set up with an initial deposit of $100. The funds can be accessed through the University ID card for purchases from the bookstore, vending machines, photocopiers and residence hall washing machines.
ARC: Athletic Recreation Center
Arson: Attempting to or igniting a fire.
ASC: Academic Success Center; a campus-wide peer tutoring program designed to provide tutorial services and academic skills training to students without cost.
Assault: Refers to a threat or an attempt to cause harm or injury to another person.
AU: Audit; used in place of a grade for a class that was audited
Audit: A student registers to attend a class, with the written permission of the appropriate college dean, but does not take examinations and does not receive a grade for the course. The designation AU is entered on the student’s grade report for that course.
Battery: The infliction of an injury or the unauthorized and unwanted touching that is coupled with a threat to cause harm or injury.
BIOL: Biology; Biology Department
Blue Book: A small notebook with soft blue cover that some professors require students to use when writing essay exams.
Bulletin: Magazine published by the Univerity
Catalog: 2004-2006 University Catalog contains general information about the University and a description of courses and requirements for all majors offered
Censure: See Conduct Censure
Cheating: Academic dishonesty; the act of or attempted act of deceiving or misrepresenting the acquisition of a skill or body of knowledge (i.e., copying, bringing unauthorized notes to an exam)
CHEM: Chemistry; Chemistry Department
Complicity: Attempting to engage in or soliciting another to engage in prohibited conduct under the Student Conduct Policy.
Conduct Censure: A sanction for student misconduct; a judgment resulting from disciplinary action involving an official reprimand
Conduct Expulsion: A sanction for student misconduct; the student will no longer be enrolled at the University, and a notation of the action generally becomes a permanent part of the student’s transcript.
Conduct Probation: A sanction for student misconduct; during the probation period (usually one to three semesters), the student is not allowed to participate in co-curricular activities. A notation of action may become part of the student’s permanent record or transcript.
Conduct Suspension: A sanction for student misconduct. During this time (usually one or two semesters) a student is not eligible to enroll in classes.
Core Curriculum: A group of courses required of all students who complete a bachelors degree, regardless of major.
Credit Hour: A unit of measure for college courses. Courses vary in their number of credit hours because they vary in the amount of intellectual effort they require. For instance labs consist mainly of activities that reinforce what you are learning in a lecture course; therefore, they carry less credit than a lecture.
Cum Laude: Graduation honor. Student must attain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.40.
Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA): The average of grades from two or more semesters; equals the sum of the course grade points of all grades received at the University divided by the total number of course credits for courses receiving quality points.
Dean: A dean is an administrator in a college. Dean is also a title given to a person who has university-wide responsibility for university functions, such as the Dean of Students.
Debi-Cash: Campus ID card acts as a debit card that enables you to use vending machines and residence hall washing machines without cash.
Department: An administrative unit at the university that offers classes and majors in a particular subject or discipline
DIN SERV: Dining Services
Disorderly Conduct: Behavior that interferes or obstructs the orderly process of the University or the surrounding community; eg, excessive noise; inappropriate, loud or disruptive behavior; and failure to maintain property.
Diversity: Embodies the recognition of human similarities and differences. See the Student Services section for more information.
Drake the Devil: Campus mascot
Drop/Add: A period of time at the beginning of each semester when you can make changes to your class schedule. This is done through the Registrar’s Office.
Drug Abuse: Intentional use, possession, sale, transfer, or offer of transfer of any illegal or controlled drug for a nonmedical purpose; inappropriately providing care or prescribing medicine without the proper supervision, authority, or license.
Elective: A course you can choose to take, as opposed to a required course for your major
Emergency Call Box: Shortwave radio contact with Security; boxes are located throughout the University. You must press the button to speak and release it to hear Security’s response.
Endangerment: Behavior or activities that endanger the safety or health of oneself or others.
ESL: English as a Second Language
Experiential Education: Clerkship, residency, internship, or practicum required as part of some academic programs at USP (e.g., Pharmacy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Health Psychology)
Expulsion: See Conduct Expulsion
F: Failing; grade designation
Fabrication: Academic dishonesty; the presentation of information for a classroom assignment, exam, or lab procedure that is fictitious or falsified.
FAC SERV: Department of Facilities Services
FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid; the form required for receiving most forms of financial aid
FERPA: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act; establishes the privacy of student records and the conditions under which records they may be reviewed, released, or amended. This is sometimes referred to as the Buckley Amendment.
FIN AID: Department of Financial Aid
Good Academic Standing: Maintenance of a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 and not more than one failing grade (“F”) in the most recent semester irrespective of cumulative GPA. Individual academic programs may have higher standards.
GPA: Grade Point Average; numerical value for the grades you earned.
Grade Replacement: The option of electing to retake a maximum of two courses to replace the original grades in the calculation of their cumulative GPA. This option is limited to freshmen.
Grade Report: The official listing of the grades you earned for each semester; includes your GPA and Cumulative
GPA. This report is sent to your permanent address as listed with the Registrar’s Office.
Greeks: Fraternities and sororities within the university; they identify themselves with Greek letters and some of the organizations have a national affiliations. There are 13 fraternities/sororities on campus.
Grievance: A complaint or allegation made by a student who feels that a University action (or lack of action) is unfair; is arbitrary, capricious or unjust; or does not comply with University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (USP) policies.
Hazing: Any action or situation developed for the purpose of admission or maintaining membership in an organization or group associated with the University (ie,fraternities/sororities) that intentionally endangers the emotional, mental, or physical health or safety of a student, or willfully destroys or removes public or private property.
HEALTH SCI: Health Sciences; College of Health Sciences
HEALTH: Student Health
Hold: a block goes on a student’s central record and prevents students from future registration, attending classes, receiving grades, etc. Holds can be placed as a result of unreturned health history forms, unpaid bills, library fines, academic problems or conduct sanctions.
HR: Department of Human Resources
HUM: Department of Humanities
I: Incomplete; grade designation
IF: Incomplete Failing; grade designation
IGC: Inter Greek Council Incomplete: Student has not fulfilled course requirements at the completion of the semester
INFO SCI: Department of Information Science
IPHL: Industrial Pharmacy Lab, Griffith Hall Basement
IT: Department of Information Technology
Inter Greek Council: The governing body of the fraternities/sororities; consists of one representative from each organization as well as officers and they oversee the Greek community.
LRC: Learning Resources Center located in Joseph W. England Library.
Magna Cum Laude: Graduation honor; student must attain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.60.
MATH: Mathematics; Department of Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science
MCN: Robert McNeil Graduate Study and Research Center
Mediation: A voluntary, confidential process in which an impartial, third party assists people in finding a mutually acceptable solution to their conflict.
Meal Plan: An arrangement with Dining Service that, for a specified fee, provides a certain number of meals for a student throughout the school year. There are several plans available; see Appendix B for details and costs.
Minor: A group of courses outside the discipline in which a student majors taken to develop expertise or pursue an interest in some subject in addition to their major.
NCAA: National Collegiate Athletic Association; governs the administration of college athletic programs and student athletes. USP is in Division II.
New-member Orientation: Current politically correct term for initiation and pledging
New-member Recruitment: Current politically correct term for “rush,” Greek recruitment process.
Noncredit Course: A course that does not carry credits that can be applied to a student’s degree requirements. Elective noncredit courses will not appear on a student’s transcript, but required ones will show a Pass/Fail grade.
Orientation Leader: A successful, upper class student who has received a minimum of 14 hours of training in communication skills and the new student experience. He/she provides frequent and ongoing contact with incoming students to aid in the student’s adjustment to residential living, social relationships, study skills, and test taking. When necessary, the orientation leader will assist new students in gaining additional support from other resources such as their academic advisor, resident advisor, or counseling staff.
OT: Occupational Therapy; Department of Occupational Therapy
P: Pass; grade designation for a Pass/Fail course
Passing Grade: The grade required to pass a course. It is generally a “D-” or above; however, there are exceptions within majors.
PHARM PRAC: Pharmacy Practice; Department of Pharmacy Practice/Pharmacy Administration
PHARM/TOX: Pharmacy/Toxicology; a division of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
PHARM’CEUTS: Pharmaceutics; a division of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
PHARMACY : Doctor of Pharmacy program; Philadelphia College of Pharmacy
PHYS ED: Physical Education; Department of Physical Education
PHYS THER: Physical Therapy; Department of Physical Therapy
Plagiarism: A form of academic dishonesty that consists of presenting, whether intentional or unintentional, the words or ideas of a source as if they are the student’s own words or ideas. This applies to unpublished and published material.
PLUS: Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students - Federal program that allows parents of dependent students to borrow funds to assist in paying for students’ educational expenses.
Prerequisite: A course which must be taken (and passed) before you can enroll in another course
President: The senior administrative officer of the university.
Probation: See Conduct Probation
PT: Physical Therapy; Department of Physical Therapy
Quality Point Value: The numeric value placed on letter grades earned in a course. Values range from “0.0” for an “F” to “4.0” for an “A” and “A+.”
Quorum: The number (usually a majority) of officers or members of a committee or organization that, when assembled, is legally competent to transact business.
RA: Resident Advisor; Upper class students who live in the residence halls and help with challenges and problems of resident students. They have been trained and are employed by the Student Life staff within the Division of Student Affairs.
RD: Resident Director
Recitation: A smaller group section of a larger lecture where students have a more comfortable setting for discussion of class topics.
Recruitment: See New-member Recruitment
Registrar: University official who maintains the official records of students, i.e., transcripts and grades.
Registration: The process by which you enroll in classes each semester.
Reparation: The act of making amends or giving satisfaction for a wrong; payment of damages.
RES HALLS: Residence Halls
Restitution: Making good of or giving an equivalent for damages; a disciplinary sanction
ROTC: Reserve Officer Training Corps; a program for students who are interested in receiving a commission in the U.S. Armed Forces while actively pursuing a degree. At USP affiliations are available for students to participate in Army and Air Force ROTC programs.
Rush: See New-member Recruitment
SASS: Student Academic Support Services
School Colors: Crimson and Gray
SEC: Security and Public Safety
Semester: A semester is half of the academic year (15 weeks), with the academic year lasting from late August until early May
SGA: Student Government Association; the elected leadership of the student body
SHAC: Student Health and Counseling
SMC : Strategic Marketing Communications
SOC SCI: Department of Social Sciences
STUD AFF: Division of Student Affairs
Student Conduct Policy: A written code outlining student behavior to protect the rights and property of students and other members of the university community.
Subsidized Loan: A loan where the government pays the interest while the student is in school and the principal is deferred (i.e., Stafford Loan)
Summa Cum Laude: Graduation honor; student must attain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.80.
Suspension: See Conduct Suspension
Syllabus: A handout from your instructor, which may include some or all of the following : purpose of the course; prerequisites; instructor’s name, office hours, and telephone number; a schedule of reading and/or homework assignments; a schedule of tests; the instructor’s policy on attendance; and the course grading policy.
TA: Teaching Assistant; Students who are hired by the university to help with teaching, research, and administrative responsibilities.
TBA : To Be Announced
TEACH CERT: Teacher Certification Program; offered by the Department of Biological Sciences
Transcripts: An official copy of a student’s educational record maintained by the Registrar’s Office.
Transfer Credit: Credits awarded by USP based on courses transferred from other colleges and universities. For the course to be eligible for transfer, the student must have attained a grade of “C” or better and the course must match an existing course at USP. The credits are applied towards degree requirements, but they do not carry grades and are not used to compute GPA.
Tuition Management Systems (TMS): Tuition payment plan approved by USP where the amount due for both semesters is spread over 10 months, from July1 to April 1. There is a one-time service charge but no interest accrues on the balance due. Information available in the Student Accounts Office.
Tutors: Available through the Academic Success Center; these are upper class students who have received training and have been recommended by faculty as having earned an “A” or a “B” in the specific course for which they are tutoring.
UNIV SERV: Department of University Services
University: USP; University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
Unsubsidized Loan: A loan where the student pays or capitalizes the interest during the in-school period and the principal is deferred.
W: Withdrew; grade designation that carries no point value and is not included in calculation of the GPA. Student can officially withdraw (end enrollment) from a course after the Drop/Add period but before the sixth week of the semester.
WCR: Women’s Club Room, Whitecar Hall, Room 203
Withdrawal: The act of officially ending your enrollment in the University. Must be approved by the College Dean.
Work Study: Federally subsidized financial aid which students qualify for on the basis of need; part of financial aid package offered to some students. Students are hired to work and are paid an hourly rate from Federal funds.
Wrongful entry: Entering, attempting to enter, or remaining without authority or permission in any university office, residence hall room, university sponsored event, or university premise.