Dec 07, 2019  
2009-2010 Student Handbook 
    
2009-2010 Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Services


2009-10 Student Handbook

SERVICES

Academic Accommodations
Academic Advising
Advanced / Professional Study
All-Campus Accounts
Alumni Office
Athletic Facility
Banking
Billing
Bookstore
Career Services
Cashier
Computers (Public Access)
Deans
Dining Services
Facilities Services
Financial Aid
Friends of USP (Formerly Women’s Club)
Law School Advising
Library Services
Lockers
Lost and Found
Mail
Multicultural Affairs and International Student Services
Notary Public
Parking – On Campus
Parking – Street
Payroll (Students)
Pharmacy Post-graduate Training Programs
Pre-Health Professions Advisory System
Registrar
Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC)
Room Reservations
Security
Student Conduct and Student Engagement Offices
Student Employment
Student Health and Counseling (SHAC)
Study Abroad
Substance Abuse Evaluation and Treatment
Tutoring/Student Academic Support Services (SASS)
Vending Machines

WebAdvisor
Writing Center


Department/Service

Contact

Hours

Location

Academic Accommodations Dr. G. Hoefling Hours Posted Whitecar Hall/Room 1115

Academic Advising

     
 

Academic Advisor

Assigned

Hours Posted

His or Her Personal Office

 

Director, Academic Advising

Mr. J. Canaday

Hours Posted

Whitecar Hall/Room 1114

 

Director, Pharmacy Student Advising

Ms. P. Acton

Hours Posted

Griffith Hall/Room 216

Address Change

Registrar’s Office

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Whitecar Hall/Suite 1100

Affirmative Action Officer

Ms. S. Gallagher

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Griffith Hall/Room 105

All-Campus Account

Ms. T. Reilly

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Kline Hall/Room 102

Alumni Office

Ms. N. Shils

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

4100 Chester Avenue, Third Floor

Athletic/Recreation Center

Mr. M. Caserio

7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Athletic/ Recreation Center (ARC)

Athletics

Mr. R. Morgan

Hours Posted

Athletic/ Recreation Center (ARC)

Billing (Student Accounts)

Ms. B. McCauley

Ms. S. Watts

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Kline Hall/Room 107

Bookstore

Ms. J. Smrekar-Olivieri

8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Alumni Hall (Old Gym)

Career Services

Ms. K. Bryant

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

4140 Woodland Avenue Bldg./Room 1110

Cashier

Ms. K. Kane

9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Kline Hall/Room 108

Center for Community Connections

Assistant Director of Student Life

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Whitecar Hall/Room 123

Computer Help Desk

 

Hours Posted

J. W. England Library/First Floor

Dean of Students

Dr. W. Cunningham

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Whitecar Hall/Room 116

Dining Services

TBA

Hours Posted

Wilson Student Center/Room 102

Drop/Add

Registrar’s Office

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Whitecar Hall/Suite 1100

Employment (Students) Off-Campus

Ms. K. Bryant

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

4140 Woodland Avenue Bldg./Room 1110

Employment (Students) On-Campus

Financial Aid Office

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Griffith Hall/Room 172

Enrollment Verifications

Registrar’s Office

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Whitecar Hall/Suite 1100

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Griffith Hall/Room 172

Facilities

Facilities Department

7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Whitecar Hall, Suite 2400

Health Insurance

Student Health and Counseling

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

4140 Woodland Avenue Bldg./Room 115

ID Cards

Ms. T. Reilly

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Kline Hall/Room 102

International Student Advisor

Dr. W. Perry

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Whitecar Hall/Room 117

Library Services

 

Hours Posted

J. W. England Library

Lockers (ARC)

Ms. J. DiStefano

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Athletic/Recreation Center (ARC)

Lockers (Commuters) Student Affairs Division

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Whitecar Hall/First Floor

Lost and Found

Student Affairs Division

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Whitecar Hall/First Floor

Mailroom (Stamps)

 

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Griffith Hall/Basement

Notary

     
 

(Personal Documents)

Human Resources Office

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

4500 Woodland Avenue Bldg./Room 100

 

(Student Documents)

Pharmacy Department

Student Affairs

Student Affairs - Career Services

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Griffith Hall/Room 2001

Whitecar Hall/First Floor

4140 Woodland Avenue Bldg./Room 1117

Off-Campus Housing

Mr. R. Radish

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Whitecar Hall/Room 122

Parking Permit

Ms. T. Reilly

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Kline Hall/Room 102

Payroll

Controller’s Office

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Kline Hall/Room B01

Photocopying

Library

Library Hours

First and Second Floors

Registrar

Mr. A. Sims

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Whitecar Hall/Suite 1100

Residence Life

Mr. L. Farber

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Whitecar Hall/Room 121

Room Reservations

Ms. P. O’Hagan

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Whitecar Hall/Room 118

ROTC

Mr. T. Bernhardt

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Griffith Hall/Room 108A

Security

Mr. B. Gollotti

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Whitecar Hall, Room 2701

Student Accounts (Billing)

Ms. B. McCauley

Ms. S. Watts

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Kline Hall/Room 107

Student Activities

Ms. P. O’Hagan

8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Whitecar Hall/Room 118

Student Affairs

 

8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Whitecar Hall/First Floor

Student Conduct/Engagement

Mr. R. Radish

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Whitecar Hall/Room 119

Student Health and Counseling ( SHAC)

    Director/Psychologist

Dr. P. Furtaw

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

4140 Woodland Avenue Bldg./Room 115

    Psychologists

Dr. K. Levinson

Dr. D. Dengel

Dr. M. Goodman

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

4140 Woodland Avenue Bldg./Room 115

 

Consulting Psychiatrist

TBA

Hours Posted

4140 Woodland Avenue Bldg./Room 115

 

Physician

Dr. D. Holleran

Hours Posted

4140 Woodland Avenue Bldg./Room 101

 

Nurse/Assistant Director

Nurse

Ms. B. Packer

Mr. D. Smith

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

4140 Woodland Avenue Bldg./Room 101

Study Abroad Mr. J. Yarrish 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Whitecar Hall, Suite 2100

Tokens

Bookstore

8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Alumni Hall (Old Gym)

Transcripts

Registrar’s Office

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Whitecar Hall/Suite 1100

Tutoring

Ms. R. Evans

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Griffith Hall/Room 344

Vending Machines

Ms. T. Reilly

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Kline Hall/Room 102

Washing Machines

Ms. T. Reilly

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Kline Hall/Room 102

Withdrawal (from a course)

Registrar’s Office

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Whitecar Hall/Suite 1100

Withdrawal (from USP or academic program)

College Dean

 

See Academics - Program Information

Writing Center

Dr. J. Everett

Hours Posted

4140 Woodland Avenue Bldg./Room 1105


Services

Academic Accommodations

Whitecar Hall – Room 1115
215.596.7480
www.usp.edu/dss

USP supports the educational endeavors of all its students. If a student believes that he or she has a disability that may impact his or her ability to fulfill any degree requirements, or other educational endeavors, and would like more information on applying for an accommodation, please contact the Director of the Office of Academic Accommodations, Gerard D. Hoefling, PhD, at 215.596.7480 or g.hoefli@usp.edu. To learn more about USP’s policy, see the General Information and University Policies section of this Student Handbook under Disability Support Services Policy.

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 Director of Academic Advising. Additional information is available on the Web at www.usp.edu/advising. Students may also e-mail advising@usp.edu for advising questions and information.

Advanced/Professional Study

Information and applications pertaining to selected advanced degree programs and admission tests (e.g., medical college admission 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, humanities and science, psychology, microbiology, pharmaceutical chemistry, physics, and undeclared programs 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, and pharmaceutical sciences.
     
  3. Office of the Dean of Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy, 4101 Woodland Avenue, Room 3208, 215.596.7557.

    The Office of the Dean of Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy has responsibility for students majoring in pharmaceutical marketing and management and graduate programs in pharmaceutical business (MBA) and public health (MPH).
     
  4. Office of the Dean of the Samson College of Health Sciences, Glasser Hall, Room 403, 215.596.8990.

    The Office of the Dean of the Samson College of Health Sciences has responsibility for students majoring in fitness and health management, health sciences, medical technology, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, and occupational therapy.
     
  5. Office of the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies, Pharmacology/Toxicology Center, Room 126, 215.596.8937.

The graduate programs in biochemistry, biomedical writing, cell and molecular biology, cell biology and biotechnology, chemistry, health policy, health psychology, 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 upon request.

For advisement on law school; for other pre-health professions programs.

All-Campus Account

Student Auxiliary Services
Kline Hall – Room 102
215.596.8946

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. Note: No cash can be taken from this account.

Alumni Office

4100 Chester Avenue Building
215.596.8856

The Alumni Office is the liaison between the student body and USP 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 Nancy Shils, Alumni Relations.

Athletic Facility

Athletic/Recreation Center (ARC)
215.596.7440

The state-of-the-art ARC 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 group fitness classes, informal recreation, fitness assessments, intramurals, 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 ARC website at www.usp.edu/lifeAtUsp/arc. For more information, contact Marc Caserio, Director of Campus Recreation, at 215.596.7432 or m.caseri@usp.edu.

Banking

Automated Teller Machines (ATMs)

Wilson Student Center – First Floor Lobby

Whitecar Hall – First Floor Lobby

ATMs are located in the lobbies on the first floor of the Wilson Student Center and Whitecar Hall.

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

Billing

Kline Hall – Room 107
215.596.8860

The University accepts cash, checks, and money orders, as well as MasterCard, American Express 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 may be remitted by mail or in person to the Cashier. Students have the convenience of making electronic payments to their tuition accounts 24 hours a day by utilizing the Make a Payment option on WebAdvisor. Payments may be made by credit card (American Express, Discover, or MasterCard) or by E-check (directly from checking account). Anyone who uses a credit card to pay a student account will be charged a nonrefundable convenience fee equal to 2.5% of the transaction. 100% of this fee will be retained by the processor and related banks that are providing the credit card service. Therefore, the fee will not appear on the student’s USP account. The fee will pertain to any credit card payment made on a student account, whether by mail, phone, Cashier’s Office, or WebAdvisor. E-check payments made on WebAdvisor will not be charged a convenience fee. Any questions about making a web payment should be directed to the Cashier at 215.596.8857.

Billing statements for the fall semester are mailed by late June, and statements for the spring semester are mailed by late December. Real-time billing statements are available to students at any time on WebAdvisor. During 2009-2010, the Student Accounts Office will be starting a green initiative to reduce the use of paper statements. In place of some of the statements, students will receive periodic e-mails that will notify them of balances due and will link to WebAdvisor for access to their online statements. The e-mails will be sent only to the students’ official USP e-mail address, and students will be responsible for retrieving these e-mails, making payments, taking Financial Aid actions, and/or notifying any family members that may be assisting with their finances. Therefore, it is critical that each student is able to access his/her e-mail account and has a valid log-in to WebAdvisor.

Late payments are subject to a $100 late fee each month an 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, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Bookstore

Alumni Hall (Old Gym)
215.596.8850

The bookstore, under the management of Barnes and Noble College Booksellers, Inc., is open each business day from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in Alumni Hall. Students may conveniently purchase textbooks, reference books, laboratory ware, magazines, clothing, sundries, and gifts at reasonable prices. Other services include special orders of books, used book resale, class ring sales, and the sale of SEPTA tokens.

Textbooks may also be purchased online at the USP Bookstore website: www.uspbookstore.bncollege.com.

The bookstore accepts cash, all major credit 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 seven days of class, provided they are unmarked, in resalable condition, and accompanied by the sales receipt.

Career Services

4140 Woodland – Room 1111
215.596.7494
www.usp.edu/careerservices

The Career Services Department (CSD) provides career development to all students and alumni/ae of the University. Services include one-on-one career counseling and support, as well as administering career assessment instruments such as the Strong Interest Inventory and Myers Briggs. In addition, the department has a job and internship posting site exclusive to USP students and alumni at www.collegecentral.com/uspcareers; all students should create a free account during their freshman year. CSD also reviews students’ resumes and cover letters and holds workshops on job search strategies, networking, and interviewing skills, among others. Students are encouraged to consult with their individual departments for additional job leads and internship postings.

Each year, CSD holds several major events including the Annual Fall Career Fair (open to all students and alumni), the Annual Etiquette Demonstration, and the Annual Senior Interview Day (for all graduating PharmD students), as well as On-Campus Recruitment and company information sessions.

Students are encouraged to meet with the Career Services staff early in their career at USP. For additional information and resources and to schedule an appointment, students should log on to www.usp.edu/careerservices. Please visit us early and often.

Cashier 

Kline Hall – Room 108
215.596.8857

The Cashier’s Office is open each business day from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 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 service charge of $30 will be imposed and added to the student’s account for any paper or electronic check not accepted by the bank.

The Cashier’s Office will also accept MasterCard, American Express, and Discover as payment for tuition, fees, residence halls, food plans, and parking. These payments may be transacted directly at the Cashier’s window. As described in the Billing section, students may also make payments at any time by using the Make a Payment option on WebAdvisor. Credit card payments are subject to a nonrefundable convenience fee equal to 2.5% of the transaction, whether by mail, phone, WebAdvisor, or Cashier’s Office. There is no convenience fee for E-check payments.

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 600 free pages per academic year; 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 seven days a week, until midnight (2:00 a.m. during second half of each semester, Sunday through Wednesday). There is a computer lab with assistance in the Learning Resource Center. Wireless laptops are available for use anywhere in the library.

Computer Laboratory – Wilson Hall, Room 217, 215.596.8560
Includes 30 computers, laser printer, color printer, and scanner. Open fall and spring semesters:
Sunday: 2:00 p.m. – Midnight
Monday through Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – Midnight
Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: CLOSED

Writing Center – 4140 Woodland Avenue Building, 215.596.8909
Open weekdays. Assistance is given with writing papers and word processing.

Student Academic Support Services – Griffith Hall, Room 344, 215.596.8538
Open weekdays 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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

Deans

Academic/College Deans

The Academic/College Dean has oversight for academic programs and departments. Notice of any Faculty Senate 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.

Dean of Students

The Dean of Students has oversight for the Division of Student Affairs. Departments and functional units within the Division include Academic Advising, Campus Recreation, Career Services, Community Outreach, 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. The Dean of Students also serves as resource and coordinator of the Substance Abuse Policy and the Sexual Assault Policy.

Dining Services

Plan 1: 6 “All You Care To Eat” meals per week with $725 declining balance per semester

Plan 2: 9 “All You Care To Eat” meals per week with $575 declining balance per semester

  • All incoming first-year resident students are required to be on either Plan 1 (6 “All You Care To Eat” with $725 declining balance) or Plan 2 (9 “All You Care To Eat” with $575 declining balance)
  • Unused meals will not roll over to the next week and unspent declining balance will be forfeited at the end of each semester

Commuter Plan: Off-campus and commuter students may choose from either of the two meal blocks plans or may purchase Dining Dollars in the following increments:

Purchase $100, $200, $300, or $400

  • Increments of $200 or more may be billed to a student’s account
  • Additional Dining Dollars may be added at any time
  • Unspent Dining Dollars will roll over from semester to semester and will be returned to the student upon graduation or separation from the University

Declining balance, cash, or Dining Dollars may be used in the Dining Hall, McNeil STC Coffee Lab, Pepperazzi’s, and Cappuccino’s.

Tentative service hours by location are as follows:

Dining Hall

Monday through Friday

Breakfast

7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Continental

10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Lunch

11:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Light Lunch

2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Dinner

4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

 

Saturday and Sunday

Brunch

11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Light Brunch

1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Dinner

4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

* The Dining Hall will accept cash, declining balance, or Dining Dollars for breakfast and lunch. It will be “all you care to eat” for all dinners and brunches.

Pepperazzi’s

Monday through Friday

10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday

5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

* Pepperazzi’s will accept cash, declining balance, or Dining Dollars.

McNeil STC Coffee Lab

Monday through Thursday

8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Friday

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

*The McNeil STC Coffee Lab will accept cash, declining balance, or Dining Dollars.

Cappuccino’s

Monday through Friday

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

*Cappuccino’s will accept cash, declining balance, or Dining Dollars.

  • The Dining Hall will be open during breaks Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and for summer conference business Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Facilities Services

Whitecar Hall – Suite 2400
215.596.8955

The Facilities Department is the central receiving point for all service requests throughout the campus. Facilities Services has been established to ensure high-quality service for all students, faculty, and staff. Each student is encouraged to call Facilities Services at x8955 from 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 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 Facilities Department. Students can communicate their service request to their RA, who will relay their service requests to Facilities, or students can make requests online by sending an e-mail to repairs@usp.edu. Students are welcome to stop by Facilities on their way to class and make a service request. Facilities Services is located at Whitecar Hall, Suite 2400.

Financial Aid

Griffith Hall – Room 172
215.596.8894

The Financial Aid Office administers federal, state, and University funds. 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) at www.fafsa.ed.gov. A variety of federal and alternative loans are available to help students bridge the gap between resources and costs. Please visit our website at www.usp.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 students of USP. In general, this service consists of funding scholarships and commencement prizes. In addition, the Friends of USP offers Academic Student Development Grants to student organizations and individuals participating in professional development opportunities for current first through sixth year students during the academic year. An application for the development grants may be obtained from Anna Marie Melchiorre, 215.596.8778 or a.melchi@usp.edu.

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 organization. Meetings are held on the third Thursday of September, November, February, and May at 12:00 p.m.

Applications for membership are available from James Yarrish, Membership Chairperson. To contact James, please call 215.895.1114 or e-mail j.yarris@usp.edu

Law School Advising

Whitecar Hall – Room 1115
215.596.8758

First- and second-year students seeking advisement on law schools, the LSAT, and the Law School Admission Service should see Dr. Gerard Hoefling in the Department of Academic Advising for assistance. Upperclassmen should seek advice and information from Dr. Robert Field, Director of the Health Policy Graduate Program, at 215.596.7618.

Library Services

J. W. England Library
215.596.8960

Library Hours – (during the academic year)

Monday through Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – Midnight
Second half of each semester, Sunday through Wednesday: Until 2:00 a.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
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 print and online information. In addition to its 85,000 print volumes, the campus community can access over 11,000 online, full text journals and major reference sources, most from off campus. 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. The Inter-Library Loan Office will obtain additional books from other libraries at no charge to students.

Help: Librarians are ready to give individual assistance at the Library’s Information Desk on weekdays, and until 9:00 p.m. on Monday through Wednesday. They are also available online. See the Library’s website at www.usp.edu/library. The library offers two elective courses in searching and using online resources: IS 105, Introduction to Online Resources, and IS 305, Information Strategies for Health Professionals, an entirely online course. In addition, librarians assist in many courses by teaching online searching and information retrieval.

Learning Resources Center (LRC): 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 online for students in the class Angel account. The library administers Angel, and librarians will be happy to assist you in using it.

IDs: Student IDs are very important in the library. Students must have their ID to enter the library, check out a book, use a reserve book, and, if they have an All-Campus Account, may use it for photocopying. So, bring your ID with you. (See Identification Card Policy  and All-Campus Account for details.)

Lockers

Division of Student Affairs

ARC Lockers

Department of Campus Recreation
215.596.7440

Daily-Use Lockers

We have 25 daily-use lockers available in both the men’s and women’s locker rooms. Please remove all items by closing each night. With a valid USP ID, you can check out locks for the daily-use lockers at the front counter.

Yearly Locker Rentals

Sixty student lockers and 34 faculty/staff lockers are available for rental for the academic year. Lockers are offered on a first-come, first-served basis; if we meet our quota on locker rentals, there will be an e-mail sent to the campus listserv.

Schedules and fees for locker rentals are as follows:

  • Students: 60 (30 men and 30 women) are available. Purchase lockers - TBA. Fee is $25.00 (cash or check)
  • Faculty and Staff: 34 (17 men and 17 women) are available. Purchase lockers - TBA. Fee is $50.00 (cash or check)

Locker rentals are for the academic year. Lockers must be emptied by Friday, May 7, 2010.

For more information, contact Janice DiStefano, Administrative and Events Coordinator of Campus Recreation, at 215.596.7440 or j.distef@usp.edu.

Commuter Lockers

Whitecar Hall – First Floor
215.596.8950

Lockers are available to commuters for daily use when classes are in session. These commuter lockers are located in Alumni Hall (old gym). You can sign up for a locker through the Receptionist/Administrative Assistant in the Student Affairs Complex on the first floor of Whitecar Hall.

Guidelines for use of these lockers are noted below:

  • Lockers can be accessed by the east door (side closest to the library); just follow the signs
  • Alumni Hall will be open from 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., Monday through Friday during the academic year
  • For your security, a phone has been installed outside the entrance of the locker room; it automatically connects to the Security Emergency Line (x7000)
  • Security officers will periodically be patrolling the area throughout the day and evening
  • The commuter locker room is not to be used as a changing room; should commuter students need to change clothes, there are restrooms located in the area
  • There will be a rental fee for use of the lockers; the amount is $10 for the academic year; Student Affairs will provide the lock (only locks issued by Student Affairs are authorized; any other locks will be removed); this fee includes a $5 deposit for the lock, which will be refunded when the lock is turned in at the end of the academic year; please note that if you choose to keep the lock and forfeit the deposit, you cannot use the lock for the following academic year
  • Refunds for the academic year will be given during office hours, April 26 – May 7, 2010, in Student Affairs
  • Renewal of a locker rental is not automatic; you must reapply for each academic year/session
  • Summer sessions will cost $5; one-half of that ($2.50) will be refunded when the lock is turned in at the end of each session (dates to be determined); reminder: you must reapply for your locker for each summer session
  • Locks remaining on lockers after the close of the semester will be removed and contents will be discarded (on May 7 for the academic year rentals and one week after the close of summer sessions)

Lost and Found

Division of Student Affairs
Whitecar Hall – First Floor
215.596.8950

The Division of Student Affairs maintains a “Lost and Found” department for the campus community. All found items should be turned in to the receptionist/administrative assistant in Whitecar Hall where the items are entered into the log. Every effort is made to identify the owner and notify them that their property has been found. Unidentified items are stored for no longer than one semester, and if not claimed, they are discarded or given to a charitable facility.

“Lost and Found” also maintains a log of items reported lost. Items turned in to “Lost and Found” are checked against this log to see if there is a match. When there is a match, the owner is alerted and asked to pick the item up

Mail

Mail for residents of Wilson, Osol, and Goodman Halls is placed in the mailboxes for those halls. Consult the addresses in the Residence Life Handbook for mail for Alexandria and Gunter Halls. Packages requiring a signature for receipt may be mailed to Osol (during academic year) and Wilson (during summer sessions).

In addition to routine delivery of mail, the University Mail Room (Griffith Hall – Basement) provides the following services (available weekdays 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.):

  • UPS domestic and international shipping
  • Miscellaneous mailing items (e.g., envelopes, postage for regular mail, media, priority and express mail)
  • Fax services are provided for a cost of $.50 per page for a domestic fax and $.75 per page for an international fax

Payment options for these services are on your All Campus Account or personal checks; cash and credit cards are not accepted.

  • HP Toner Recycling – Original HP LaserJet and Inkjet cartridges. Just drop off used cartridges at the University Mail Room (Griffith Hall – Basement). Note, the cartridges do not need to be boxed.

Multicultural Affairs and International Student Services

Whitecar Hall – Room 117
215.596.8890

Multicultural competency is both an opportunity and an expectation at USP. Being conscious of learned assumptions (i.e., 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 help 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 similarities 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
(except automobile forms)

4500 Woodland,
Room 100

 

Student Documents

Office of the Dean of Pharmacy

Griffith Hall,
Room 2001

 

 

Division of Student Affairs

Whitecar Hall,
First Floor

 

 

Division of Student Affairs
Career Services Department

4140 Woodland Avenue Building,
Room 1117

Parking – On Campus

Student Auxiliary Services
Kline Hall – Room 102
215.596.8946

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 $436 annual fee in advance, and have satisfied their fall semester student account by July 16. (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 or her student account.

Parking Regulations:

The Department of Public Safety and Security enforces the regulations and will take the appropriate actions in the event of any violations. See the Parking Enforcement Policy in the General Information and University Policies section of this Student Handbook for details.

Questions concerning the regulations, violations, and actions should be addressed to Security at 215.895.1128.

The following parking regulations apply:

  • All students who park in University lots are required to display a valid parking tag
  • Students must park in the proper assigned general lots, which are:
    • The large lot adjacent to Goodman Hall
    • In the outer loop of the ARC Building
    • In back of Goodman and Osol Halls
  • Student tags are valid for one year

Parking – Street

Nonmetered street parking is available along Woodland Avenue. There is also nonmetered 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 Public Safety and Security provides walking escort service for any student or staff members who need to get to their cars at night.

Anyone parking on the street is encouraged to make sure their car is locked and nothing of value is left in sight.

Payroll (Students)

Kline Hall – Basement Room B01
215.596.8861

Departments must forward information on new student hires and any changes to the Human Resource Department. New hours must be forwarded to the Payroll Department on a bi-weekly basis to ensure student paychecks are processed on a timely basis.

All students must have direct deposit of their paychecks into either a checking or savings account.

Timesheets filed late may result in a delay in receiving a paycheck. Please confer with your supervisor for instructions in processing your timesheets.

Please contact the Payroll Department with any questions or concerns.

Pharmacy Postgraduate Training Programs

The mission of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacy Administration postgraduate residency training programs is to prepare Doctor of Pharmacy graduates to be independent practitioners of clinical pharmacy and to assume the roles and responsibilities for direct patient care. The Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacy Administration offers one-year PGY1 and PGY2 residencies. The training programs are uniquely located within the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. This unique environment prepares the trainee to teach knowledge, skills, and attitudes to Doctor of Pharmacy and other healthcare students in the classroom and patient care settings. Interested students in their third or fourth professional year should contact Sarah A. Spinler, PharmD, FCCP, Residency and Fellowship Program Coordinator, at 215.596.8576 (e-mail: s.spinle@usp.edu).

Pre-Health Professions Advisory System

Whitecar Hall – Room 1110
215.596.7480

The University’s Pre-Health Professions 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 admission requirements for matriculation into schools of allopathic medicine, osteopathic medicine, dental medicine, veterinary medicine, optometry, and podiatry.
     
  3. Provide information on other factors (e.g., jobs, activities) that may enhance the likelihood of admission into professional schools.
     
  4. Provide, in a student’s last two years, specific information on the mechanics (e.g., 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 their plans change or their primary choice be unavailable.

First- and second-year students seeking advisement on pre-health professions should see Julie Carney or Kathy Nay in the Department of Academic Advising for assistance. Upperclassmen should seek advice and information from Dr. Suzanne K. Murphy, Director of the Pre-Health Professions Program, at 215.596.8921 (e-mail: s.murphy@usp.edu).

Registrar

Whitecar Hall – Suite 1100
215.596.8813
registrar@usp.edu

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, auditing, grade replacement, 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.

The Registrar’s Office maintains the class offering schedule and student profile and grade information available online. See listing under WebAdvisor.

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

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

Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC)

Griffith Hall – Room 108A
215.596.8998

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 United States Air Force. This agreement allows students to take Air Force ROTC classes at Saint Joseph’s University while concurrently satisfying requirements for a 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 (t.bernha@usp.edu), ROTC Advisor, or on the ROTC websites: www.taskforcedragon.com (Army); www.sju.edu/afrotc (Air Force).

Room Reservations

Whitecar Hall – Room 118
215.596.8844

All student organizations wishing to reserve a room anywhere on campus must contact Ms. Patty O’Hagan in the Division of Student Affairs. For more details on this process, see Student Organizations in the Campus Life section of this Student Handbook.

Security 

Department of Public Safety and Security
4500 Woodland Avenue Building – First Floor
215.895.1117/1128 (business) or 215.596.7000 (emergency)

The University provides 24-hour security service. To contact the security department for an emergency or for escort service, dial “7000” from a University phone line, or from an outside line or cell phone dial 215.596.7000.

In addition, there are emergency call boxes on campus that may be used to contact security for any reason. To use an emergency call box, simply depress the call button on the front of the unit. When activated, you will be in direct contact with a security officer. Remember that he or she cannot hear you and talk at the same time. Let the officer finish talking before you speak. The unit will automatically shut off after your message.

The emergency call boxes are located as follows:

  • Woodland Avenue at 43rd Street
  • 4101 Woodland Avenue
  • Walkway – Goodman and Wilson Halls
  • Walkway – Kline and Griffith Halls
  • Mall area – Whitecar and McNeil Buildings
  • 42nd Street at entrance to PTC
  • Osol Hall – parking lot at rear of building
  • Rear of Griffith Hall in Breezeway
  • Athletic Field – by tennis court
  • ARC front steps
  • ARC parking lot by the steps (this is the parking lot located in the back of the ARC)

Emergency Notification System

In the event of an emergency on campus, the USP Department of Public Safety will utilize the University’s Emergency Notification System (ENS) to communicate information pertaining to the emergency to all members of the USP community. The ENS network utilizes the e2Campus Rapid Notification System (text messaging), e-mail, internal phone system, video display systems, Campus TV cable network, USP website, information flyers, local TV, and radio when communicating to the USP community during an emergency.

Once an emergency has been declared, the USP Department of Public Safety will work directly with other University departments and local agencies in determining the extent of the emergency and what means of communication is appropriate in order to alert the USP community. Depending on the emergency, the Department of Public Safety may elect to initiate one or all parts of the ENS network when communicating to the USP community during an emergency.

Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to register for the e2Campus Rapid Notification System by going to http://alert.usp.edu to begin the sign-up process.

In order to maintain the integrity of our ENS, Omnilert, LLC (parent of e2Campus) commits to the absolute prohibition of “spam” and unwanted telemarketing to Omnilert subscribers. Omnilert will adhere to all applicable CAN-SPAM and telemarketing laws as directed by the Federal Trade Commission. Additionally, Omnilert will not disclose, sell, or trade your contact information to anyone not affiliated with Omnilert.

If you experience problems with the sign-up process, please contact the helpdesk at 215.596.7575 or helpdesk@usp.edu.

Escort Services

Walking Escort Service: The Department of Public Safety is available to provide walking escorts to all students, faculty, and staff, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, upon request (215.596.7000). Walking escorts are provided for the purpose of safety and security to all locations within the Department of Public Safety patrol area. The primary goal of the walking escort service is to allow safe travel from one location to another with a greater sense of security.

An additional service is available to students who are residents in off-campus housing. University City District and the University of Pennsylvania’s Division of Public Safety provide an escort service for residents of the University City area. To use this service, call 215.898.WALK (9255) for a walking escort. This service is available from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. daily. For a riding escort, call 215.898.RIDE (7433). This service is available from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. daily.

Shuttle Service

The University contracts with the University of Pennsylvania bus service for the school year. Information on current bus routes and schedules will be available for distribution at the beginning of the academic year. Be prepared to show your student ID to the driver.

Any questions or concerns should be directed to Bernard D. Golotti, CCP, Executive Director of Public Safety, at 215.895.1116, or e-mail dps@usp.edu.

Student Conduct and Student Engagement Offices

Whitecar Hall – First Floor
215.596.7554

The Offices of Student Conduct and Student Engagement work to ensure students at the University understand the purpose of integrity, rights, and responsibilities within the USP community.

It is the mission of the Office of Student Engagement to provide a proactive approach to fostering civility and responsibility in the USP community. This mission is fulfilled through presentations on ethics, workshops on peer mediation or conflict resolution, and individualized consultation to provide student advocacy. Students are encouraged to seek out these opportunities by contacting the Assistant Dean of Students.

The Office of Student Conduct coordinates the USP conduct system, which 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 underlying 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.

Student Employment

Griffith Hall – Room 172
215.596.8894

Federal Work-Study (FWS) is a need-based program that encourages on- and off-campus student employment. If a student is eligible, based on his or her Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the student may work on- or off-campus and receive the funds in the form of a paycheck after a time sheet has been submitted.

Part-time employment for students who do not receive FWS may also be available directly through the different departments on campus. For information about off-campus positions, see Career Services.

For information on payroll, see Payroll (Students).

Student Health and Counseling (SHAC)

4140 Woodland Avenue Building

Counseling Center

215.596.8536
www.usp.edu/counseling

Students are welcome to come in to talk to a counselor for any number of reasons. We offer short-term, developmentally oriented counseling and prevention services to currently registered USP undergraduate and graduate students. Our office is open between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, throughout the fall and spring semesters. At other times, including summer sessions, the Counseling Center operates on a modified schedule, with hours of operation posted in advance and/or available by calling 215.596.8536. Counseling appointments can be scheduled in-person or by contacting the Administrative Coordinator.

During normal business hours, students experiencing a mental health crisis will be seen as quickly as possible. After hours, students experiencing a psychiatric emergency or other life-threatening mental health event are advised to contact USP Security at 215.596.7000, call 911, or go to the nearest emergency room for immediate evaluation.

All meetings with the counseling staff are strictly confidential. Many people have specific ideas concerning 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 psychologist, psychology intern, part-time consulting psychiatrist, and/or external mental health 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 (e.g., 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. The Counseling Center maintains a list 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: www.usp.edu/shac.

Student Health Office

215.596.8980
www.usp.edu/health

Medical Care

The Student Health Office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters. At other times, including summer sessions, the Student Health Office operates on a modified schedule, with hours of operation posted in advance or available by calling 215.596.8980.

During regular hours of operation, the staff consists of a full-time registered nurse with certification in College Health, a part-time physician specializing in Internal Medicine, a part-time licensed practical nurse, and a full-time administrative assistant.

Periodically, there may be occasions when the medical staff is unavailable to see students. While this occurs infrequently, at such times students will be offered several options with regard to their medical needs: (1) transportation to a nearby hospital emergency room if their need is acute or emergent, or (2) return to be seen by the medical staff at the earliest possible time.

Students are seen on a walk-in, “first-come, first-served” basis. However, the medical staff reserves the right on a case-by-case basis to prioritize the needs of those students who are acutely ill or injured.

To be eligible to use the Student Health Office 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 the Student Health Office include treatment for acute illnesses and injuries, consultations on health-related problems, allergy injections, and referrals to specialists or other healthcare 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, (e.g., 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.

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.

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.

Additional information about Student Health Office services can be obtained through the website at www.usp.edu/shac.

Student Health Insurance

215.596.8536
www.usp.edu/shac

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

Prior to first attendance at USP and each year thereafter, all students must complete the online student health insurance enrollment/waiver process. New and returning students receive information from Student Health and Counseling each June regarding the enrollment/waiver process for the subsequent fall semester.

As part of supporting students’ academic success and overall wellness, the University sponsors a specially tailored health insurance plan for full-time undergraduate and graduate students (and their spouses and children). The University requires that all International Students enroll in the University-sponsored health insurance plan each semester in attendance. Detailed information regarding plan eligibility, benefits, and rates may be obtained through the Web at www.usp.edu/shac or by contacting the Insurance Coordinator at 215.596.8536.

Students who fail to enroll or waive prior to the established deadline will be subject to a late fee. Students who fail to demonstrate proof of coverage are also subject to billing of their student account for the full amount of the University-sponsored insurance plan. As part of our routine audit process, students may be contacted subsequent to the online enrollment/waiver process and asked to provide a photocopy of their insurance card and/or additional benefits information.

It is the student’s responsibility to notify Student Health and Counseling (located at 4140 Woodland Avenue Building) of any changes in health insurance coverage in order to provide for continuity of care, especially in the event of a medical emergency. In order to be removed from the USP-sponsored plan, students are required to show proof of new insurance coverage (copy of new insurance card must be provided).

Study Abroad

Whitecar Hall – Suite 2100
215.596.7495
studyabroad@usp.edu

Through an agreement with New York University (NYU), eligible USP students have the option to study abroad for a semester at an NYU Campus in Asia, Africa, Europe, or South America. With careful planning, students can usually study abroad and not delay their anticipated USP graduation. Courses students take with NYU are treated as USP courses; both credits and grades appear on students’ transcripts.

Students may choose to study in:

  • Berlin, Germany
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Florence, Italy
  • Accra, Ghana
  • London, England
  • Madrid, Spain
  • Prague, the Czech Republic
  • Shanghai, China
  • Paris, France
  • Tel Aviv, Israel

The Education Abroad Office offers students assistance in choosing and planning a study abroad experience that best fits their academic and cultural interests. Students who are interested in Study Abroad are encouraged to meet with a staff member early in their academic career at USP.

Substance Abuse Evaluation and Treatment

4140 Woodland Avenue Building
215.596.8536

The University facilitates two modes of recovery: (1) voluntary assistance and (2) the Substance Abuse Policy.

Voluntary: Any student who is concerned about his or her substance use may voluntarily seek an initial assessment in 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)

Griffith Hall – Room 344
215.596.8538

Tutorial services, supplemental instruction, and study skills/success seminars are available to all matriculating students at no additional cost.

Tutorial services include the following:

Peer tutoring is available in most courses through SASS. Peer tutors are recommended by faculty and must meet the following criteria:

  • Earned B+ or better in the specific course
  • Current overall grade point average of 3.0 or better
  • In good standing

Professional tutoring is available in most courses that have a high volume of requests (e.g., Math Analysis, Biology, Pharmacology, and PT). These tutors are professionals who possess an earned doctorate degree and have either taught the course or are currently teaching the course. These sessions are held on evenings and weekends.

Supplemental instructions are led by undergraduate or graduate students who have earned a B+ or greater in the course and currently have an overall grade point average of 3.00 or greater.

Study skills/success seminars are offered throughout the semester on a variety of topics such as test-taking, note-taking, time management, and test anxiety. Students who would like to find out more about their own learning styles can also take the Learning and Study Skills Inventory at SASS.

If you would like to become a tutor, request a tutor, or if you need additional information, please see our website at www.usp.edu/asc or call 215.596.7541.

Vending Machines

Vending is used for laundry, copiers, postage, and fax machines. Problems and/or requests for refunds should be reported directly to Student Auxiliary Services in Kline Hall, Room 102, 215.596.8946.

WebAdvisor

WebAdvisor is a Web interface that provides students with secure 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 on the Current Students link at the bottom of the USP home page and then clicking on WebAdvisor in the Quick Links box or using the URL 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 and password are on the WebAdvisor site.

Once logged in, students can view their class schedule, grades, grade point average, and other personal information, as well as register online. WebAdvisor also provides 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 helpdesk@usp.edu or by telephone at 215.596.7575.

Writing Center

215.596.8909
writing@usp.edu
www.usp.edu/writing

 

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-served basis. The Writing Center website, www.usp.edu/writing, also provides downloadable worksheets to help students with their writing skills. The Writing Center provides help with course assignments 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.

The Writing Center offers Writing Program Seminars to help students with their writing assignments in their courses. Groups are facilitated by trained Writing Center tutors, and in these groups you will work to improve the writing you are doing in your courses. In many cases, you will work with other students who are taking the same course and working on the same assignments. Students who participate in seminar groups generally improve their overall performance by a letter grade, though this will vary depending on the individual. You can join seminar groups at any point in the semester. Contact the Writing Center for more information.

For help with resumes and job application letters related to a job search, please visit Career Services. For assistance with resumes and job application letters related to course assignments, please see a writing consultant in the Writing Center.

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.