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2016-2017 University Catalog 
2016-2017 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Campus Life

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There are a wide variety of services and amenities provided to our students here at USciences. They can be generally divided into 3 categories: Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and University Services such as the bookstore, dining services, and transit service. Lastly, there is our NCAA Division II varsity sports; though not quite a “service,” it is an important part of any university experience.

Academic Affairs

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Academic Deans’ Offices

The educational experience of students consists of both academic efforts in the classroom and developmental opportunities through Student Affairs. The academic deans and the dean of students provide the leadership through their respective colleges and division toward an optimum educational experience for students.

The offices of the dean of Misher College of Arts and Sciences, dean of Samson College of Health Sciences, dean of Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, and dean of Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy provide information and direction concerning academic and related matters such as course assignments, approval for summer courses, and information and applications pertaining to selected advanced degree programs and admissions tests. All student academic matters are channeled through these offices, which also issue a list of those students attaining sufficient academic averages to qualify for the Dean’s List.

The associate vice president and dean of students provides the leadership and administrative direction to the departments within Student Affairs, which includes Campus Recreation, Career Services, Student Life, Academic Advising, Multicultural Affairs, Offices of Student Conduct and Student Engagement, Academic Accommodations, Student Health and Counseling (SHAC), Greek Life, Residence Life, Off-Campus Living, International Student Services, Student Academic Support Services (SASS), and Student Activities. Student Affairs seeks to enrich the quality of student life and support the academic mission by helping to establish and enforce the community standards of the University and by responding to the concerns of students, faculty, staff, parents, and the community pertaining to student life at the University.

The dean of students also serves as a central point of contact for students experiencing obstacles to achieving their educational objectives. The dean of students’ office works in conjunction with offices across the campus and is responsible for the coordination and supervision of services, programs, and activities in support of student development.

Student Affairs

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The associate vice president and dean of students provides the leadership and administrative direction to the departments within the Division of Student Affairs, which include Academic Advising, Campus Recreation and Athletic Facilities, Career Services, Multicultural Affairs and International Student Services, Student Academic Support Services (SASS), Student Accommodations, Student Activities and Organizations, Student Conduct, Student Government, Student Health and Counseling (SHAC), and Student Life. Student Affairs seeks to enrich the quality of student life and support the academic mission by helping to establish and enforce the community standards of the University and by responding to the concerns of students, faculty, staff, parents, and the community pertaining to student life at the University.

The dean of students also serves as a central point of contact for students experiencing obstacles to achieving their educational objectives. The dean of students’ office works in conjunction with offices across the campus and is responsible for the coordination and supervision of services, programs, and activities in support of student development.

Academic Advising

Each first-year student will be assigned a faculty member or professional academic advisor to serve as his/her academic advisor. Upperclass 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 at 215.596.7524 (Whitecar Hall, Suite 1110). Additional information is available on the web at www.usciences.edu/advising. Students may also e-mail advising@usciences.edu for advising questions and information.

Campus Recreation and Athletic Facilities

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The University encourages participation in athletics and recreation. The Athletic/Recreation Center (ARC) was officially opened in August 2004. It features an 1,100-seat basketball arena and a recreation gymnasium, locker rooms, an indoor track, meeting rooms, Athletic Department and Campus Recreation offices, and an aerobics and fitness center, featuring a full line of cardiovascular and strength-training equipment. This facility is open to all students. The McNeil Athletic Fields include a jogging track, a women’s softball field, and tennis courts.

The mission of the Department of Campus Recreation is to create value-added experiences for the University community’s growth and development by encouraging involvement in recreational opportunities that will enhance leadership skills, teamwork abilities, and the physical well-being of all participants. The department offers a rich variety of recreation initiatives, from a thriving intramural program (flag football, basketball, soccer, badminton, and more) to the latest group fitness activities (kickboxing, spinning, yoga, boot camp, extreme abs, and more) to traditional training equipment such as treadmills, ellipticals, weight machines, and free weights. For more detailed information, please check out www.usciences.edu/lifeatusp/arc.

Career Services

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Career Services Department is under the Division of Student Affairs and provides students and alumni with career planning and placement assistance.

Career Services Department is located in Whitecar Hall, Suite 2400, and offers the following services:

  • Business etiquette series
  • Career Fairs
  • Career assessment instruments
  • Career counseling
  • Career planning seminars
  • Career resource materials
  • Devils’ Advocate Mentoring Program
  • Electronic job board at www.collegecentral.com/usciencescareers
  • Graduate school information and application assistance
  • Information and assistance with résumé writing, cover letters, and overall career/professional development
  • Information on job trends, salaries, and occupational outlooks
  • Major-specific on-campus recruitment events
  • Online mock interviewing at www.usp.interviewstream.com

The purpose of Career Services is to support students and alumni with developing, evaluating, and implementing their career, academic, and employment plans. Career Services develops and maintains relationships between the University, employers, graduate and professional schools. USciencesCareers, the on-line job board, allows employers to list internships and part-time and full-time career opportunities. The system also permits direct-hire employers to download the résumés 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. For those students who feel they would like to be a mentor or need mentoring, Devils’ Advocates is the University’s on-campus peer mentoring program. The department prides itself on providing individual service to each and every University student and/or alumnus who utilizes the department. All students are encouraged to begin working with the University Career Services Department soon after entering the University. More information at www.usciences.edu/studentlife/careerservices

Multicultural Affairs and International Student Services

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Multicultural competency is both an opportunity and an expectation at the University. Being conscious of learned assumptions (e.g., 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, individuals different than ourselves. “Diversity” at the University 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, 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 U.S. federal regulations related to F-1 non-immigration status. The director of multicultural affairs is available by appointment. Contact 215.596.8890.

Student Academic Support Services (SASS)

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USciences offers a wide range of services to help you improve your skills as a student and become a successful, independent learner.

We work with faculty and other student support staff to ensure that you receive the best help we can offer.

All of our academic support services are free for matriculating students.

Our tutoring services are offered year-round and are available for most courses offered at the University.

Our services include:

  • College Learning and Study Strategies (CLASS)
  • Group Tutoring
  • Supplemental Instruction (SI)

We also house several unique academic program opportunities:

  • Preparation, Retention, and Enrichment Program (PREP)
  • Summer Bridge

Tutoring is led by undergraduate and graduate students who meet the following criteria

  • Earned B+ or better in the specific course
  • Current overall GPA of 3.3 or better
  • In good standing at the University

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

Supplemental Instruction classes are led by undergraduate or graduate students who have earned a B+ or greater in the course and currently have an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Study Strategies are offered throughout the semester on a variety of topics such as test taking, note taking, time management, and test anxiety.

The Student Academic Support Services office is located in 344 Griffith Hall and is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m, telephone 215.596.8538.

Student Accommodations

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University of the Sciences supports the educational endeavors of all its students. If a student believes that he/she has a condition that may impair his/her ability to fulfill any degree requirements, or other educational endeavors, and would like more information on applying for an accommodation, please contact the administrator of the Office of Student Accommodations at 215.596.8758. To learn more about the University’s policy, see the General Information and University Policies section of the Student Handbook.

Student Activities and Organizations

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The student activities administrator works closely with members of the student life staff, student organizations, the Student Government Association campus activities board, weekend event planners, resident advisors, and other student leaders and advisors to provide a balanced schedule of social, cultural, educational, leadership, and civic activities that contribute to, and enrich, student life and the campus community.

Students are made aware of all University events, organizational meetings, and special off-campus events through the Campus Update (electronic weekly calendar of events), campus bulletin boards, campus e-mails, the University’s official website calendar, and Channel 53 (campus information channel).

Including fraternities/sororities, over 70 student organizations are recognized by the Student Activities Office. For a complete listing, visit the University’s Campus Life website (www.usciences.edu/studentlife/clubs).

The Student Activities Office has recently relocated to the Wilson Student Center, Room 210 (across from the Student Government office). The phone number is 215.596.8844.

Student Conduct

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The Office of Student Conduct works to educate students on the importance of ethical conduct, the value of integrity, and to inform students of their rights and responsibilities as members of the University community. Through its services and outreach efforts, the Office of Student Conduct contributes to the mission and goals of the University, by fostering a system that teaches accountability, promotes personal responsibility, ethical decision making, and professionalism.

Further, the Office of Student Conduct is responsible for the administration of the University conduct system. The system is designed to be educational and allows students to explore their actions in a safe environment without any preconceptions and with dignity, fairness, and respect. If a student is found responsible for violating a University policy, the Office of Student Conduct 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 Office of Student Conduct at 215.596.7554.

Student Government

Student government is composed of students representing every major in every year, all recognized student organizations, residence halls, and commuters.

The functions of the student government are described in full in the Student Handbook.

The Student Government serves as the principal communications channel between the students and the University administration on matters of concern to students. Its membership is comprised of the president, vice presidents, advisor to student government, committees of student government, and all class senators and representatives from other recognized student groups.

Student Health and Counseling (SHAC)

Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) provides high-quality physical and mental health care in a safe, respectful and confidential environment, while promoting healthy behaviors and lifestyle choices. We work collaboratively with the University community toward the goal of improving the academic, personal, and professional experiences of our students through the provision of individual services, consultation, referral, education, and outreach.

For more detailed information regarding our continuum of care, visit the SHAC website at http://www.usciences.edu/shac.

Student Health Services

Student Health Services (SHS) is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters. Early evening appointments are offered every Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. during the academic year. 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 Student Health medical staff consists of several licensed healthcare providers including a family nurse practitioner, physician, and a physician assistant.   In addition, the health center is supported by two Certified Medical Assistants/Administrative Coordinator and Health Information Data Analyst. 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, 2) return to be seen by the medical staff at the next available appointment, or 3) referred to a nearby urgent care facility.

Students are seen by appointment only. SHS does not offer walk-in services.  Pending appointment availability, students may be seen on the same day as requested.  Appointments can be scheduled using the student health online portal, in person, or by phone at 215.596.8980.  Students are encouraged to cancel or reschedule their appointments ahead of time if unable to keep their appointment that day. This opens appointments to other students in need of care.  Although students are seen by appointment only, 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.    

Services provided by SHS include treatment for acute illnesses and injuries, consultations on health related problems, and referrals to specialists, other healthcare facilities, or Emergency Services when indicated. The office is not available for routine medical checkups, nor does it function as a primary care facility for students with chronic medical conditions.  When indicated, the medical staff will assist students to access primary care providers or specialist in the local area for continuation of care.

SHS does not bill health insurance plans or charge a co-pay for health services offered.  However, the student’s health insurance plan will be utilized for all lab work performed at SHS.  Other expenses that may be incurred by the student outside of SHS include lab tests, x-rays, prescriptions, referrals, etc., which must be met by the student of his/her insurance plan. Annual physical exams and TB screening are offered for a fee for service.

Emergency health care services required outside the regular operating hours of SHS may be obtained at the emergency department at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 3400 Spruce Street. All expenses incurred for emergency care services, consultation, or hospitalization are the responsibility of the student and his/her insurance plan. 

Counseling Services

Students needing support for issues affecting academic performance or who require assistance with concerns of an emotional nature can access the services of the counseling department. The counseling center is staffed by licensed doctoral-level psychologists, a postdoctoral fellow, graduate counseling and psychology interns, and a consulting psychiatrist. Counseling services include individual counseling and consultation sessions designed to enhance personal and professional development and to assist students in areas such as academic performance, interpersonal relations, and stress and coping. Services are free and confidential. At times students dealing with specific issues may require specialty care and will be referred to outside providers.  Payment for off campus services will be the responsibility of the student.

Student Health Insurance Program

USciences Student Health and Counseling (SHAC), in partnership with First Risk Advisors and United Healthcare, is pleased to be able to offer students (and their dependents) an affordable, high-quality health insurance plan. If you become seriously ill or injured, the University Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) will help you receive local health care and relieve the financial stress due to medical expenses.

USciences SHIP is a comprehensive plan that provides coverage for a full range of medical services, including inpatient and outpatient services, specialty care without referral, emergency care, hospitalization, and mental health across the nation, as well as prescription drugs and discount dental and vision services. Additional information about the SHIP can be obtain online at www.firststudent.com/schools/UniversityoftheSciences.htm or by calling the Health Insurance Coordinator at 215.596-8536. 

Student Life

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Greek Life – Fraternity and Sorority Life

University of the Sciences is home to 18 fraternal organizations that include academic, social, service, cultural, and professional fraternities and sororities. These organizations offer friendship and camaraderie through brotherhood and sisterhood, leadership opportunities, philanthropic and volunteer work, scholastic support, and social development.


Leadership Development

The Department of Student Life is committed to our student leaders and their development. We have many programs and services to enhance our students’ abilities throughout the college experience. Programs include the annual Student Leadership Retreat, the First-Year Leadership Conference, iLEAD Series, and the Student Leadership Awards Ceremony.

Off-Campus Housing

For students seeking off-campus housing, the Department of Student Life has specifically designed resources to help members of the University community successfully transition into becoming part of the Greater West Philadelphia Community. It is our expectation that students moving off campus into the local community exercise civic responsibility and sound judgment as members of a neighborhood. Additionally, we strive to ensure students living off campus are still connected and able to be active members of the University campus community.

Off-campus housing resources include:

  • Moving Off Campus Community Guide
  • Individual consultations
  • Website with a searchable database of local property listings
  • Off-campus workshop series

Residence Life

An important aspect of university life is learning to live with others. Residents have the opportunity to meet and live with students from other ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Professional staff members, along with resident advisors, live in the residence halls and have a vital role in creating an atmosphere that is warm and welcoming to all. The staff plays a major part in developing this atmosphere by providing activities and services that create a sense of community and acceptance among its residents. Our five residence halls—Alexandria, Goodman, Osol, and Wilson—have been designed and furnished to meet these goals.

University Services

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Students at University of the Sciences will no longer head to the campus bookstore to purchase their textbooks because the University shifted its campus bookstore to an online system via Blackboard.  The Blackboard Store at USciences will allow students to purchase new, used, rental, and digital materials based off the courses listed on their Blackboard accounts. Aside from serving as a “one-stop-shop” for students, the Blackboard Store at USciences will also offer more competitive prices, fast shipping, around-the-clock customer service, and guaranteed buy-back prices.

Dining Services

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Dining Services, located on the first floor of the Wilson Student Center, is operated by Sodexo, with a focus on providing fresh nutritious meals and excellent customer services for our students, faculty, and staff. In addition to providing breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Sodexo also provides catering services for the entire University community.

The Wilson Dining Hall facility provides seating for more than 300 with two distinct types of service. The main dining hall offers cafeteria-style dining that features an à la carte lunch service, an all-you-care-to-eat breakfast and dinner service, and a weekend all-you-care-to-eat brunch and dinner service.

The Wilson Dining Hall features a variety of dining concepts that may be changed periodically to enhance the dining experience. Some of the featured concepts are:

  • SaladFX offers an abundance of the finest and freshest ingredients to create a customized salad masterpiece. SaladFX promotes the use of local fresh produce when available due to seasonal changes.
  • Flame features fresh sliced ribeye steak sandwiches, ½ lb. fresh hamburgers; fresh cut French fries and many more grill favorites.
  • Traditions is traditional home-style comfort foods prepared fresh daily to rekindle memories of good old-fashioned home cooking.
  • Bamboodles offers a wide variety of made-to-order stir-fries and pasta. The menu offerings include Asian noodle bowls, ravioli, and the basic, noodles with butter.
  • El Diablo features a variety of burritos, soft tacos, quesadillas, and taco salads made from fresh ingredients prepared daily.
  • Southern Tsunami offers a selection of freshly prepared sushi for dining in, or you can enjoy one of the featured selections from the Grab 38 Go case if you are on a tight schedule.
  • Harvest— Vegan/Vegetarian dishes made to order utilizing locally sourced products.
  • Fresh bakery items, Simply to Go salads/sandwiches features fresh items prepared daily from our in-house baker and culinary team.

If you are not able to get to the Wilson Dining Hall, you can visit one of the retail food service locations on campus:

  • Wilson Express features a selection of freshly made pizza and sandwiches.
  • The Coffee Lab is located in the McNeil STC. Stop by this premier location for a cup of Sodexo’s own coffee and tea brand, Aspretto. We’re proud to offer this line of fair-trade purchased coffees and teas and are proud to say that everything that touches the product is “green”…from the brewers, to the cup 38 stirrers, even to the fair-trade sugar packaged in recycled paper. Sandwiches, soups, salads, desserts, and Grab 38 Go items are available.
  • Starbucks features delicious handcrafted beverages and great-tasting food. It is located at 42nd and Woodland, next door to the Convenience Store.
  • Tasty Drake’s Convenience Store located next to Starbucks features Sub-Connections which offers deli favorites featured on long rolls baked fresh daily, Jamba Go featuring real fruit smoothies and many convenience items and packaged goods.

The student catering guide is located on the dining services webpage on the Trolley Stop catering link. Menu features items that you would find at your favorite deli 38 pizzeria restaurants.

There are several meal plans; the two most popular are the Ultimate 700 plan, which includes 14 all-you-care-to-eat meals per week and $700 declining balance, and the 11 Meal Plan, which includes 11 all-you-care-to-eat meals per week and $625 declining balance. A dining service specialist is available to assist you in selecting the plan that best meets your needs or to discuss other options, such as our Declining Balance Plans (DCB), which includes a 35% discount on all-you-care-to-eat meals with enrichment on selected plans. For additional information, visit the dining service website by accessing the link under Student Life on the University homepage at www.usciences.edu or contact Cathy Mini, meal plan coordinator, 215.596.8901. Questions can be sent to the dining services team at dining@usciences.edu.

Transit Service

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The University contracts with the University of Pennsylvania transit service to provide shuttle and bus services during the evening within the community and surrounding neighborhoods. Information outlining the transit schedule and route information is available online at the Penn Transit Services website at cms.business-services.upenn.edu/transportation. There is a link on the USciences website at www.usciences.edu/studentlife/publicsafety/ transportation.aspx.

Varsity Sports

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The University provides a balanced and well-organized athletic program, offering competition in 12 intercollegiate varsity sports. These teams compete against many Philadelphia-area colleges as well as colleges from New Jersey, New York, Delaware, and Connecticut .

The University is an active Division II member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Our teams currently compete in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). The Rifle teams hold membership in the Mid Atlantic Rifle Conference (MAC) and National Rifle Association (NRA). University of the Sciences’ commitment to the athletic program permits our athletes to compete and be recognized regionally and nationally.

The University offers the following sports:

Men’s Cross Country
Women’s Cross Country
Women’s Tennis
Women’s Volleyball
Men’s Basketball
Women’s Basketball
Mixed Rifle
Women’s Rifle
Men’s Baseball
Coed Golf
Women’s Softball
Men’s Tennis

For more information on athletics, see the website at www.usciences.edu/athletics.

A highly qualified coaching staff is committed to the development of the total student-athlete through a balance of excellence in both academics and athletics. Consequently, success has reached the University of the Sciences’ teams in the classroom, as well as on the courts and fields.

A departmental academic advisement and monitoring program helps the University student-athletes earn recognition for academic and athletic achievement from regional and national organizations.


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