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2010-2011 Student Handbook 
    
2010-2011 Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Services


2010-11 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
Public Safety
Registrar
Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC)
Room Reservations
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 Ms. S. Gallaghe Hours Posted Whitecar Hall/Room 1110

Academic Advising

     
 

Academic Advisor

Assigned

Hours Posted

His or Her Personal Office

 

Director of Academic Advising

Mr. J. Canaday

Hours Posted

Whitecar Hall/Room 1114

 

Director of 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. Jennifer S. Olivieri

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

4140 Woodland Avenue Building

Career Services

Ms. K. Bryant

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

Whitecar Hall/ Suite 2400

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

Community Service

Assistant Director of Student Life

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

Whitecar Hall/Room 1007

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

Ms. M. Faherty

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.

Whitecar Hall/Suite 2400

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

Facilities

Facilities Department

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

4100 Chester Avenue/Third Floor

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office

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

Griffith Hall/Room 172

Greek Life Ms. J. Tomasetti 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Whitecar Hall/Room 1007

Health Insurance

Student Health and Counseling

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

Whitecar Hall/Suite 1200

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 1004

Library Services

 

Hours Posted

J. W. England Library

Lockers (ARC)

Ms. J. DiStefano

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

Athletic/Recreation Center (ARC)

Lockers (Commuters) Student Affairs Division

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

Whitecar Hall/Suite 1000

Lost and Found

Student Affairs Division

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

Whitecar Hall/First Floor

Mailroom (Stamps and Fax Services)

 

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/Suite 1000

Whitecar Hall/Suite 2400

On- and Off-Campus Housing

Mr. E. Herman

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

Whitecar Hall/Room 1009

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

Public Safety Mr. B. Gollotti 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Whitecar Hall/ Room 2701

Registrar

Mr. A. Sims

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

Whitecar Hall/Suite 1100

Room Reservations

Ms. P. O’Hagan

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

Whitecar Hall/Room 1005

ROTC

Mr. T. Bernhardt

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

Griffith Hall/Room 108A

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 1005

Student Affairs

 

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

Whitecar Hall/Suite 1000

Student Conduct/Engagement

Mr. R. Radish

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

Whitecar Hall/Room 119

Student Health and Counseling ( SHAC)

 

 

 

    Director

Dr. P. Furtaw

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

Whitecar Hall/Suite 1200

    Assistant Director/Counseling Dr. K. Levinson 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Whitecar Hall/Suite 1200
    Nurse Manager Ms. B. Packer 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Whitecar Hall/Suite 1200
Student Life Ms. S. Ferrin 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Whitecar Hall/Room 1008
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

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

Ms. M. Diaz-Gilbert

Hours Posted

Alumni Hall


Services

Academic Accommodations

Whitecar Hall – Suite 1110
215.596.7480
www.usp.edu/dss

University of the Sciences 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 Office of Academic Accommodations at 215.596.7480. To learn more about the University’s policy, see the General Information and University Policies section of this Student Handbook under Disability Support Services Policy, p. 15.

Academic Advising

Whitecar Hall – Suite 1110
215.596.7524
www.usp.edu/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 students 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 University policies and procedures. They will also provide recommendations for additional University 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 on the following page. 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 and healthcare business 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 see p. 128; for other pre-health professions programs see p. 135.

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 can transfer from as needed. Additional information may be obtained from Student Auxiliary Services, Kline Hall, Room 102. 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 the University 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. The University of the Sciences Payment Gateway (http://payments.usp.edu) allows parents or other family members to make online payments directly 24 hours a day, without requiring the student to access WebAdvisor. (The Payment Gateway will process not only payments for tuition accounts, but also for All-Campus Accounts and Dining Dollars purchases.) 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 University account. The fee will pertain to any credit card payment made on a student account, whether by mail, phone, Cashier’s Office, WebAdvisor, or the Payment Gateway. E-check payments made on WebAdvisor or the Payment Gateway will not be charged a convenience fee. Any questions about making electronic payments 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. The Student Accounts Office has started 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 University 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 the Office of 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

4140 Woodland Avenue Building
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. 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 University 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

Whitecar Hall – Suite 2400
215.596.7494
www.usp.edu/careerservices

The Career Services Department is under the Division of Student Affairs and provides students and alumni with career planning and placement assistance. It is located in Whitecar Hall, Suite 2400 and provides the following services:

  • Annual etiquette demonstration and reception
  • Annual fall career fair
  • Annual senior pharmacy interview day
  • Annual spring science career fair
  • Career assessment instruments, including the Myers-Briggs and Strong Interest Inventory
  • Career counseling
  • Career planning seminars
  • Career resource materials
  • Electronic job board at www.collegecentral.com/uspcareers
  • Internship, part-time, and full-time job listings
  • Employer presentations
  • Graduate school information and application assistance
  • Information and assistance with resume writing, cover letters, and overall career development
  • Information on job trends, salaries, and occupational outlooks
  • Job search assistance

The University of the Sciences Career Services Department works in concert with the University’s faculty and staff to provide career planning and placement assistance services to all University students and alumni. An electronic job board, USP Careers, allows employers to list internships and part-time and full-time career opportunities. The system also permits direct-hire employers to download the resumes of those students and alumni who are registered in the system. Additionally, the system allows registered students and alumni to be contacted about various career-related events both on- and off-campus. Another program provides networking with alumni through a series of University alumni career panels and a mentoring network to allow undergraduates to meet and learn more about the many career fields in which University of the Sciences alumni are working.

The department prides itself on providing individual service to each and every University student and/or alumni who utilizes the department. All students are encouraged to begin working with the Career Services staff soon after entering the University. 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, and parents and other family members may use the University Payment Gateway. Credit card payments are subject to a nonrefundable convenience fee equal to 2.5% of the transaction, whether by mail, phone, WebAdvisor, Payment Gateway, or Cashier’s Office. There is no convenience fee for E-check payments.

Computers (Public Access)

Students of University of the Sciences have access to computer labs across campus. All labs have full Internet access and common software programs. Where printing is available, students have 1000 free pages per academic year; additional copies may be purchased using the All-Campus 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 the 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: 8:00 a.m. – Noon

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 Accommodations, Academic Advising, Campus Recreation, Career Services, Community Service, 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 a resource and coordinator of the Substance Abuse Policy and the Sexual Assault Policy.

Dining Services

Dining Plan 1: 6 “All You Care to Eat” meals per week + $725 declining balance dollars per semester (this plan also includes 10 free guest passes)

Dining Plan 2: 9 “All You Care to Eat” meals per week + $575 declining balance dollars per semester (this plan also includes 5 free guest passes)

  • All resident students in Goodman, Wilson, and Osol Halls are required to be on either Dining Plan 1 or Plan 2.
  • Unused meals in a week will not roll over to the next week, and unspent declining balances will be forfeited at the end of each semester

In addition to Dining Plans 1 and 2, commuters, off-campus students, faculty, and staff may also sign up for:

Drake Dining Plan: 3 “All You Care to Eat” meals per week + $250 declining balance dollars per semester

Dining Dollars: A plan that allows you to make a deposit into a debit account to use for purchases at any on-campus dining location

  • Deposits of at least $200 or more a semester may be billed to a student’s account
  • Additional Dining Dollars may be purchased 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
  • ENRICHMENT – Dining Services will add bonus dollars based on the amount of your deposit – contact the meal plan administrator for more details

All University dining locations accept declining balance funds, Dining Dollars, cash, and credit cards.

Locations and Service Hours (subject to change)

Wilson Dining Hall

Monday through Friday

  Breakfast

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

  Continental

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

  Lunch

11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m

  Dinner

4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
(7:00 p.m. on Friday)

   
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.

* Denotes meals that are “all you care to eat.” Meal plan participants use a meal swipe card to enter, and guests may pay the posted meal rate.

Wilson Express featuring Stack’s Deli and Firenze Oven

Monday through Friday

10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
(8:00 pm. Friday)

Saturday and Sunday

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

McNeil STC Coffee Lab

Monday through Thursday

7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Friday

7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m

Cappuccino’s (in Whitecar Hall)

Monday through Friday

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

Starbucks – NEW LOCATION opening fall 2010

Facilities Services

4100 Chester Avenue, Third Floor
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 to voice any questions or concerns. All emergency/after-hours service needs should be directed to the Public Safety 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 also welcome to stop by Facilities on their way to class and make a service request.

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.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 University of the Sciences. 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 1006
215.596.7573

Students seeking advisement on law schools, the LSAT, and the Law School Admission Service should see Ross Radish, Assistant Dean of Students, in the Dean of Students Office for assistance.

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 University ID is required at all times for admittance.

Collection: The J. W. England Library provides University 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 , p. 24, and All-Campus Account, p. 120, 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.

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, April 29, 2011.

For more information, contact Janice DiStefano, Student Operations Manager, at 215.596.7440 or j.distef@usp.edu.

Commuter Lockers

Whitecar Hall – Suite 1000
215.596.8950

Lockers are available to commuters for daily use when classes are in session. These commuter lockers are located in Alumni Hall. 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
  • 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 25 – May 6, 2011, in Student Affairs
  • Renewal of a locker rental is not automatic; you must reapply for each academic year/summer 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
  • Locks remaining on lockers after the close of the semester will be removed and contents will be discarded (on May 6 for the academic year rentals and one week after the close of summer sessions)

Lost and Found

Division of Student Affairs
Whitecar Hall – Suite 1000
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 of 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).

The University Mail Room (Griffith Hall – Basement) provides the following services (available weekdays 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

  • United States Postal Service, mail service (Media, First Class, Priority, and Express)
  • 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 1004
215.596.8890

Multicultural competency is both an opportunity and an expectation at University of the Sciences. 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 the University embodies the recognition of human similarities and differences. Our commitment to diversity means understanding that each person is unique and recognizing the individual similarities and differences through learning and exploration in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment. In doing so, the University 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 University 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,
Suite 1000
 
 

Division of Student Affairs
Career Services Department

Whitecar Hall,
Suite 2400

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 $450 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 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, p. 28.

Questions concerning the regulations, violations, and actions should be addressed to Public Safety 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 one-hour limit on the residential side.

University personnel and students are requested to avoid using the residential parking area on Regents Square and the Clark Park parking lot.

The Department of Public Safety 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 Resources 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 Post-Graduate Training Programs

Griffith Hall – Room 108T
215.596.8576

The Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacy Administration offers one-year PGY1 and PGY2 residencies. University of the Sciences’ PGY1 Pharmacy Residency prepares residents for patient care positions, instructor-level faculty positions, and a PGY2 residency in an area of their choice. Our PGY2 residencies prepare residents for specialized areas of pharmacy practice such as cardiology, pediatrics, and critical care. Residents engage in patient care and research at various affiliated academic medical centers in the Philadelphia area. Housed within the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, our residents participate in the teaching mission of PCPs and develop classroom and experiential teaching skills. Interested students in their third or fourth professional year should contact Sarah A. Spinler, PharmD, BCPS, Residency Programs Coordinator, e-mail: s.spinle@usp.edu.

Pre-Health Professions Advisory System

Griffith Hall – Room 105
215.596.8827

The University’s Pre-Health Professions Advisory System has been established to:

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

Students seeking advisement on pre-health professions should see Lisa Thayer, Assistant Director of Pre-Health Professions Program, at l.thayer@usp.edu.

Public Safety

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

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

Emergency Call Boxes

Emergency call boxes are strategically placed throughout the campus for your safety. To use an emergency call box, push the emergency call button on the front of the unit. The emergency call boxes, when activated, automatically contact the Public Safety Dispatch Center and allow direct communication between yourself and a dispatcher in the event of an emergency.

When speaking to the Public Safety Dispatcher, speak in a calm and clear manner while providing as much detail as possible related to the emergency. The Public Safety Dispatcher will dispatch public safety personnel and other emergency responders to your location based on the information you provide.

If you are in immediate danger, or are being followed, activate the nearest call box and if necessary keep moving, activating additional call boxes as you proceed to a safe location to call 215.596.7000. The Public Safety Dispatchers are trained to send officers to call box activations regardless if someone answers or not.

The Department of Public Safety tests the emergency call boxes on a regular basis to ensure operational compliance. If an emergency call box is out of service, the call box will be posted to direct you to the nearest call box.

Anyone experiencing a problem regarding the condition and/or use of an emergency call box should contact the Public Safety Dispatch Center immediately by calling 215.596.7000.

Emergency Call Box Locations

  • Woodland Avenue at 43rd Street
  • Walkway – Goodman and Wilson Halls
  • Walkway – Kline and Griffith Halls
  • Mall area – McNeil and Kline
  • 42nd Street at entrance to PTC
  • Osol Hall – parking lot at rear of building
  • Rear of Griffith Hall in breezeway
  • Athletic field
  • ARC – front of building
  • ARC rear
  • Alumni Hall – commuters’ locker room

Emergency Preparedness

The Department of Public Safety, in conjunction with other departments and local agencies, has developed an Emergency Preparedness Plan along with policies and procedures for dealing with an emergency that could adversely affect the University of the Sciences community.

The Emergency Preparedness Plan provides information on how to deal with national security emergencies, natural disasters, external incidents, internal incidents, and criminal incidents. In the event of an emergency, the University of the Sciences Department of Public Safety will utilize the Emergency Notification System to provide information to the University of the Sciences community.

For more information, visit: http://www.usp.edu/lifeAtUsp/PublicSafety/preparedness.aspx.

Emergency Notification System

In the event of an emergency on campus, the 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 University community. The ENS network utilizes the e2Campus Rapid Notification System (text messaging), e-mail, internal phone system, video display systems, Campus TV cable network, University website, information flyers, local TV, and radio when communicating to the University community during an emergency.

Once an emergency has been declared, the 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 University 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 University 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.

Emergency Information Website

The Emergency Information website provides resources such as current guidelines, links to emergency resources, and in the event of a serious situation, a communication portal for emergency response information. Please bookmark http://www.emergency.usp.edu for future reference and visit the site on a regular basis.

The Emergency Information page is not intended to replace our campus notification system, but to enhance the ability to communicate before, during, and after a crisis. If you have not signed up for the campus emergency notification system, please do so by visiting http://alert.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 and Bus Service

University of the Sciences has contracted with the University of Pennsylvania to provide bus and shuttle service to and from various locations on- and off- campus. To ride the University of Pennsylvania shuttle and buses, students, faculty, and staff must present a valid University of the Sciences ID card.

For information on how to access campus transportation services, visit: http://www.usp.edu/lifeAtUsp/PublicSafety/transportation.aspx.

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 petitions for graduation 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. These changes must be requested in writing and require the student’s signature. Students who live in off-campus housing during the school year are required to submit a local address to the Registrar or through WebAdvisor in addition to their permanent address. See listing under Off-Campus Address  and Emergency Contact Information  Policy, p.25.

The Registrar’s Office maintains the class offering schedule and student profile and grade information available online. See listing under WebAdvisor, p.147.

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: http://www.armyrotc.com/edu/drexel/index.htm (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, p. 164.

Student Conduct and Student Engagement Offices

Whitecar Hall – Suite 1000
215.596.7554

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

It is the mission of the Office of Student Engagement to provide a proactive approach to fostering civility and responsibility in the University 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 University 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 University 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 the results from the 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, p. 123.

For information on payroll, see Payroll (Students), p. 134.

Student Health and Counseling (SHAC)

Whitecar Hall – Suite 1200

Counseling Services

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 University 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, Counseling Services 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 us by telephone.

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 the University’s Department of Public Safety 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 Counseling Services will receive an evaluation and recommendations for treatment. These services may be provided by a Counseling Services 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, Counseling Services will attempt to provide support and assistance in obtaining a referral to mental health resources in the community if requested to do so. Counseling Services 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 on their website at: www.usp.edu/shac.

Student Health Services

215.596.8980
www.usp.edu/health

Medical Care

Student Health Services is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters. At other times, including summer sessions, Student Health Services 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 medical staff consists of several licensed healthcare professionals (nurse practitioner, registered nurse, consulting physician).
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 Student Health Services, students are required to pay the general fee included in the tuition billing. In addition, students must return a mandatory USP Student Health Office Medical History Questionnaire 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 questionnaire. Student will receive the form via postal mail upon payment of deposit. Additional copies can be obtained via the SHAC website.

Services provided by Student Health Services 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 University of the Sciences. Those requirements are listed on p. 4 of the questionnaire.

The general fee covers the medical services rendered by the University’s consulting physician and nursing staff in Student Health Services. 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 questionnaire referred to in the preceding section (under Medical Care) and present it to their physician who will then complete the Physician’s Health Evaluation and Immunization Record sections of the form.

In order for our staff to assist students in any medical emergency, it is important that the Emergency Information section of the questionnaire 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 take 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, public safety and residence life personnel have been instructed to call 911. The University will not transport students for regular routine doctor appointments.

Additional information about Student Health 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 Student Health Insurance/Benefits Programs.”

Prior to first attendance at University of the Sciences 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 Whitecar Hall, Suite 1200) 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 University-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 University of the Sciences 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 University of the Sciences graduation. Courses students take with NYU are treated as University of the Sciences 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

In addition to traditional semester-long programs, the University offers a range of Short-Term Education Abroad Programs organized by various academic departments. Travel Study Courses allow students to earn University credits in an accelerated format abroad. Study Tour Courses combine a traditional on-campus course with a short period of travel (generally less than two weeks) and are designed to provide students with first-hand experience of the subject they are studying. Although the list of courses changes each year, in recent years students have traveled to: China, England, France, Japan, Poland, Puerto Rico, and the American Southwest.

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 Education Abroad Programs are encouraged to meet with a staff member early in their academic career at the University.

Substance Abuse Evaluation and Treatment

Whitecar Hall – Suite 1200
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, p. 8.

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 3.3 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 3.0 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 University administrative database known as Colleague. Both systems are products of Datatel, Inc.

Students can find the site by clicking on the Current Students link on the University home page and then clicking on WebAdvisor in the Quick Links box or using the URL webad.usp.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 Username and password. All University students are issued a Username. Instructions for obtaining your Username 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 University Helpdesk by e-mail at helpdesk@usp.edu or by telephone at 215.596.7575.

Writing Center

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

The Writing Center provides students one-on-one assistance with improving their writing and speaking skills. Students are encouraged to drop in or make appointments in advance to discuss their ideas for papers, work on specific skills, or get help 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 University 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 writing assignments in their courses. Groups are facilitated by trained Writing Center tutors and serve to improve the writing that students are doing in their courses. In many cases, students will work with others 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, although results will vary depending on the individual. Students may 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 at their new location in Whitecar Hall, Suite 2400. 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.