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2007-2008 Student Handbook 
2007-2008 Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Services



STUDENT SERVICES – Guide to Campus Services

2007-2008 Student Handbook






Academic Advising




Academic Advisor


Hours Posted

His or Her Personal Office

 Assistant Dean of Retention and Academic Advising

Dr. G. Hoefling

Hours Posted

Whitecar Hall/Room 1115

Director, Pharmacy Student Advising

Ms. P. Acton

Hours Posted

Griffith Hall/Room 216

Address Change

Registrar’s Office

9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.

Whitecar Hall/Suite 1100

Affirmative Action Officer

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. S. Rosemarin

9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.

4100 Chester Avenue

Athletic/Recreation Center

Mr. M. Caserio

7:30 a.m. — 3:00 p.m.

Athletic/Recreation Center (ARC)


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


Mr. M. Ball

8:30 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.

Whitecar Hall/First Floor

Career Services

Ms. P. Peterson

9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.

4140 Woodland Avenue Bldg./Room 1111


Ms. K. Kane

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

Kline Hall/Room 108

Center for Community Connections

 Ms. E. Gable

 9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.


Whitecar Hall/Room 120

Computer Help Desk


Hours Posted

J. W. England Library/First Floor

Dean of Students

Dr. A. Breaux

9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.

Whitecar Hall/Room 116

Dining Services

Mr. T. Williams

Hours Posted

Wilson Student Center/Room102

Disability Support Services

Ms. B. Little

9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.

Whitecar Hall/Room 119


Registrar’s Office

9:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.

Whitecar Hall/Suite 1100

Employment (Students) Off-Campus

Ms. P. Peterson

9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.

4140 Woodland Avenue Bldg./Room 1111


Ms. J. Schupp-Beale

9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.

4140 Woodland Avenue Bldg./Room 1110

Employment (Students) On-Campus

Financial Aid Office

9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.

Griffith Hall/Room 172

Enrollment Verifications

Registrar’s Office

9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.

Whitecar Hall/Suite 1100

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office

9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.

Griffith Hall/Room 172

Facilities Management

Mr. J. McCaffrey

7:30 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.

4500 Woodland Avenue Bldg./Room 101

Health Insurance

Student Health and Counseling

9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.

4140 Woodland Avenue Bldg./Room 115

ID Cards

Ms. T. Reilly

9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.

Kline Hall/Room 102

International Student Advisor

Dr. W. Perry

9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.

Whitecar Hall/Room 117

Library Services


Hours Posted

J. W. England Library


Student Affairs Division

9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.

Whitecar Hall/First Floor

Lost and Found

Student Affairs Division

9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.

Whitecar Hall/First Floor

Mailroom (Stamps)


9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.

Griffith Hall/Basement





        (Personal Documents)

Human Resources Office

9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.

Griffith Hall/Room 100

         (Pharmacy Documents)


Pharmacy Department

9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.

Griffith Hall/Room 118/218

Off-Campus Housing

Mr. R. Radish

9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.

Whitecar Hall/Room 122

Parking Permit

Ms. T. Reilly

9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.

Kline Hall/Room 102


Controller’s Office

9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.

Kline Hall/Room B01



Library Hours

First and Second Floors


Mr. A. Sims

9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.

Whitecar Hall/Suite 1100

Residence Life

Mr. L. Farber

9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.

Whitecar Hall/Room 121

Room Reservations

Ms. P. O’Hagan

9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.

Whitecar Hall/Room 118


Mr. T. Bernhardt

9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.

Griffith Hall/Room 108A


Mr. C. Lorenz

9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.

Woodland Avenue Bldg./Room 105

Student Accounts (Billing)

Ms. B. McCauley

Ms. S. Watts

9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.

Kline Hall/Room 107

Student Activities

Ms. P. O’Hagan

8:30 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.

Whitecar Hall/Room 118

Student Affairs


8:30 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.

Whitecar Hall/First Floor

Student Conduct Officer

Ms. B. Little

9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.

Whitecar Hall/Room 119

Student Health and Counseling (SHAC)





Dr. P. Furtaw

9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.

4140 Woodland Avenue Bldg./Room 115


Dr. K. Levinson

9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.

4140 Woodland Avenue Bldg./Room 115

Consulting Psychiatrist

Dr. R. Fishkin

Hours Posted

4140 Woodland Avenue Bldg./Room 115


Dr. S. West

Hours Posted

4140 Woodland Avenue Bldg./Room 101

       Nurse/Assistant Director

Ms. B. Packer

8:30 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.

4140 Woodland Avenue Bldg./Room 101


Mr. D. Smith





8:30 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.

Whitecar Hall/First Floor


Registrar’s Office

9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.

Whitecar Hall/Suite 1100


Ms. R. Evans

9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.

4140 Woodland Avenue Bldg./Room 1104

TV/Lounge Room



Wilson Student Center/Second Floor

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, p. 59

Writing Center

Dr. J. Everett

Hours Posted.

4140 Woodland Avenue Bldg./Room 1105

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



Academic Advising

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

Advanced/Professional Study

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

1.        Office of the Dean of the Misher College of Arts and Sciences, Griffith Hall, Room 212, 215.596.8888.

The Office of the Dean of the Misher College of Arts and Sciences has responsibility for undergraduate students majoring in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental science, health psychology, humanities and science, psychology, microbiology, pharmaceutical chemistry, 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.

3.        The Office of the Dean of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy has responsibility for students majoring in pharmacy (Doctor of Pharmacy), pharmacology and toxicology, pharmaceutical sciences, and pharmaceutical marketing and management.

4.        Office of the Dean of the College of Health Sciences, Glasser Hall, Room 403, 215.596.8990.

The Office of the Dean of the College of Health Sciences has responsibility for students majoring in fitness and health management, health sciences, medical technology, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, occupational therapy, and undeclared majors.

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

For advisement on law school, see page 107; for other pre-health professions programs, see page 113.

All-Campus Account

Student Auxiliary Services
Kline Hall - Room 102

The University provides a service that allows students to access the bookstore, vending machines, photocopiers, and residence hall washing machines without the need for cash or credit cards. Students must first open a University All-Campus Account by depositing money from which they may draw using their regular University ID card. Additional information may be obtained from Student Auxiliary Services. NOTE: No cash can be taken from this account.

Alumni Office

4100 Chester Avenue Building

The Alumni Office is the liaison between the student body and University of the Sciences in Philadelphia Alumni Association. Students will find the Alumni Office helpful in building their professional network and locating alumni to speak with regarding specific career goals. For assistance, please contact the Director of Alumni Relations, Stacy M. Rosemarin, ‘83P.

Athletic Facility

Athletic/Recreation Center (ARC)

This state-of-the-art, Athletic/Recreation Center (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 the aerobic classes, informal recreation, fitness assessments and special events to relieve the stress of their academic endeavors and to promote a healthy lifestyle. Information on access to the building and the indoor facilities is posted on the ARC website at www.usip.edu/arc.


Automatic 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. Any problems with an ATM should be reported to the Wilson Student Center receptionist.

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.


Kline Hall - Room 107

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

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

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

The Office of Student Accounts is open each business day, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.


Whitecar Hall - First Floor

The bookstore, under the management of Matthews Medical Bookstores, is open each business day from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Whitecar Hall/First Floor. Students may conveniently purchase textbooks, reference books, laboratory ware, newspapers, magazines, clothing, sundries, and gifts at reasonable prices. Other services include special orders of books, used book resale, class ring sales, United Parcel Service, and the sale of SEPTA tokens. 

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

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

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

Career Services

4140 Woodland/Room 1111


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

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

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


Kline Hall - Room 108

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

The Cashier’s Office will also accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover as payment for tuition, fees, residence halls, food plans, and parking. These payments may be transacted directly at the Cashier’s window or via a USP Credit Card Authorization Form. These payment forms may be obtained from either the Student Accounts Office or the Cashier.

Computers (Public Access)

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

The Learning Resource Center - J. W. England Library, 215.596.8993

Open 7 days a week, until midnight (2:00 a.m. during second half of each semester, Sunday through Wednesday). There is a computer lab with assistance in the Learning Resource Center. Wireless laptops are available for use anywhere in the library.

Computer Laboratory - Wilson Hall, Room 217

30 computers, laser printer, color printer, and scanner. Open fall and spring semesters:

Sunday: 2:00 p.m. - Midnight
Monday through Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - Midnight
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: CLOSED

Writing Center - 4140 Woodland Avenue Building, 215.596.8909

Open weekdays. Assistance is given with writing papers and word processing.

Student Academic Support Services - 4140 Woodland Avenue Building, 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, 7 days a week.


Academic/College Deans

The Academic/College Dean has oversight for academic programs and departments. Notice of any Faculty Council action pertaining to a particular student and notice of achievement sufficient to qualify for the Dean’s List are communicated to the student by the college dean for the student’s program.

Student Affairs Dean

The Dean of Students has oversight for Athletics, Career Services, Community Outreach, Fitness and Wellness, International Student Services, Multicultural Affairs, Student Activities, Student Conduct, Student Health and Counseling, and Student Life. In addition, this office oversees the Student Government Association and Greek Life. The Dean of Students also serves as resource and coordinator of the Substance Abuse Policy and the Sexual Assault Policy.

Dining Services

Plan 1: 135 Meal Blocks Plan with $575 declining balance per semester

Plan 2: 135 Meal Blocks Plan with $725 declining balance per semester

Plan 3: 100 Meal Blocks Plan with $725 declining balance per semester

  • All incoming first-year resident students are required to be on either Plan 1 (135 Meal Blocks Plan with $575) or Plan 2 (135 Meal Blocks Plan with $725); returning resident students may also choose Plan 3 (100 Meal Blocks plan with $725)

Commuter Plan:Off-campus and commuter students may choose from any of the three block meal plans or may purchase Dining Dollars in the following increments:  

Purchase $100 receive $110 of Dining Dollars
Purchase $200 receive $220 of Dining Dollars
Purchase $300 receive $345 of Dining Dollars
Purchase $400 receive $460 of Dining Dollars

  • Increments of $200 or more may be billed to student’s account;  unspent declining balance will be forfeited at the end of each semester
  • Additional dining dollars may be added at any time; unspent dining dollars will roll over from semester to semester and will be returned to the student upon graduation or separation from the University

Declining balance, cash, or dining dollars may be used in the Dining Hall, the new McNeil Science and Technology Center (McNeil STC) coffee cart, the new Pepperazzi’s, and Cappuccino’s. 


Service hours by location are as follows:

Dining Hall

                         Monday through Friday

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

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

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

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

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

                        Saturday and Sunday           

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

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

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

* The Dining Hall will accept cash, declining balance or dining dollars for breakfast and lunch. It will be “all you care to eat” for all dinners and brunches. A takeout option will be available at all dinners and brunches.


       Monday through Thursday                10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

       Friday                                            10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

       Saturday and Sunday                       5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

*Pepperazzi’s will accept cash, declining balance or dining dollars.

McNeil STC      

       Monday through Thursday                  8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

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

       Saturday                                          9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

* The McNeil STC will accept cash, declining balance or dining dollars.


       Monday through Friday                      8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

*Cappuccino’s will accept cash, declining balance, or dining dollars.

  • The Dining Hall will be open during breaks Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. — 6:00 p.m. and for summer conference business Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. — 6:00p.mCappuccino’s will be available on Fridays for summer conference meals; all other operations will be closed during breaks and during the non-academic year
  •  Casual meal rates in Dining Hall are proposed as follows:  

            Non Meal Plan  

Brunch                          $8.75
Dinner                          $9.25
Special Meals             $10.50

Disability Support Services

Whitecar Hall - Room 119

USP supports the educational endeavors of all students. All employment issues, including student employment/disability accommodations, should come through Susan Rohanna. 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 Assistant Dean of Students, who serves as the Disability Services Coordinator, at 215.596.8980. To learn more about USP’s policy, see the General Information and University Policies section of this Student Handbook.

Facilities Services
Service Response Center

4500 Woodland Avenue Building - First Floor

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

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

Financial Aid

Griffith Hall - Room 172

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

Friends of USP
(Formerly Women’s Club)

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

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

Applications for membership are available from Anna Marie Melchiorre in the Admission Office, 215.596.8778.

Law School Advising

East Building - Room 107

Advisement on Law Schools, the LSAT, and the Law School Admission Service is available through the Department of Humanities. For more information, contact the Humanities Administrative Coordinator at 215.596.8895

Library Services

J. W. England Library

Library Hours - (during the academic year)

Monday through Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - Midnight
Second half of each semester, Sunday through Wednesday: Until 2:00 a.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: Noon - Midnight

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

Collection: The J. W. England Library provides USP students with access to information both online and on paper. 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.usip.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: 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. The library administers Angel, and librarians will be happy to assist you in using it.

IDs: Student IDs are very important in the library. With an ID in hand, students can enter the library, check out a book, use a reserve book, and, if they have an

All-Campus Account (see above for details), may use it for photocopying. So bring your ID with you.


Division of Student Affairs
Whitecar Hall — First Floor

Lockers are available to commuters for daily use when classes are in session. These commuter lockers are located in Alumni Hall (old gym). 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 
  • For your security, a phone has been installed outside the entrance of the locker room; it automatically connects to the Security Emergency Line (x7000) 
  • Security officers will periodically be patrolling the area throughout the day and evening 
  • The commuter locker room is not to be used as a changing room; should commuter students need to change clothes, there are restrooms located in the area 
  • You can sign up for a locker through the Receptionist/Administrative Assistant, in the Student Affairs Complex on the first floor of Whitecar Hall 
  • 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 21— May 9, 2008, in Student Affairs
  • Renewal of a locker rental is not automatic; you must reapply for each academic year/session
  • Summer sessions will cost $5; one-half of that ($2.50) will be refunded when the lock is turned in at the end of each session (dates to be determined); reminder: you must reapply for your locker for each summer session
  • Locks remaining on lockers after the close of the semester will be removed and contents will be discarded (on May 9 for the academic year rentals and one week after the close of summer sessions)

Lost and Found

Division of Student Affairs
Whitecar Hall — First Floor

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


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

In addition to routine delivery of mail, University Services (Griffith Hall —Basement) provides the following services (available weekdays 9:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.):

  • DHL Worldwide Express — Payment options for this service are on your All Campus Account, major credit cards (DHL Express domestic shipments only), or personal checks; cash is not accepted
  • Purchase of stamps is possible through a stamp machine — books only ($8.20 cash — machine only takes coins, $5 bills and $1 bills)
  • Miscellaneous mailing expenses (i.e., envelopes, postage for regular mail) can be paid for through your All Campus Account and personal check — no cash or credit cards

Multicultural Affairs and International Student Services

Whitecar Hall — Room 117

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

Students from foreign countries are provided assistance in maintaining compliance with US federal regulations related to F-1 non-immigration 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)


Griffith Hall,

Room 100A


Pharmacy Documents



Department of Pharmacy Practice/

Pharmacy Administration


Griffith Hall,

Room 118



Office of the Dean of Pharmacy

Griffith Hall,

Room 218

Parking - On Campus

Student Auxiliary Services
Kline Hall - Room 102

Due to the limited availability of reserved parking spaces, only students commuting from outside the University City area will be eligible for reserved parking privileges. Freshman resident students are not permitted to bring vehicles to campus. Spaces are assigned by a lottery among those students who have filed an application, have paid the required $400.00 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.

The following parking regulations apply. The Department of Public Safety and Security enforces the regulations and will take the appropriate actions in the event of any violations. Questions concerning the regulations, violations, and actions should be addressed to Security at 215.895.1128.

Parking Policies include:

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

  • Green Lots - The large lot adjacent to Goodman Hall in the outer loop of the Athletic/Recreation Center Building and 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 non-metered parking on the Clark Park side of 45th Street, but there is a two-hour limit on the residential side.

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

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

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

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

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

Please contact the Payroll Department with any questions or concerns.

Pharmacy Postgraduate Training Programs

The Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacy Administration offers one-year PGY1 and PGY2 residencies as well as two-year clinical research fellowships. The mission of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacy Administration post-graduate residency training programs is to prepare Doctor of Pharmacy graduates to be independent practitioners of clinical pharmacy and to assume the roles and responsibilities for direct patient care. The mission of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacy Administration post-graduate clinical research fellowship training programs is to prepare the pharmacy practitioner to become an independent clinical researcher. The training programs are uniquely located within the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. This unique environment prepares the trainee to teach knowledge, skills, and attitudes to Doctor of Pharmacy and other healthcare students in the classroom and patient care settings. Interested students should contact Sarah A. Spinler, PharmD, FCCP, Residency and Fellowship Program Coordinator, in their third or fourth professional year.

Pre-Health Professions Advisory System

Griffith Hall - Room 212C

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

1.        Assist students in planning a curriculum at the University to meet their individual pre-professional career goals.

2.        Advise students on the admission requirements for matriculation into schools of allopathic medicine, osteopathic medicine, dental medicine, veterinary medicine, optometry, and podiatry.

3.        Provide information on other factors (jobs, activities) which may enhance the likelihood of admission into professional schools.

4.        Provide, in a student’s last two years, specific information on the mechanics (documents, deadlines) of the application process.

5.        Develop a committee recommendation to professional schools based on the evaluation of each student by the faculty who taught or interacted with them.

6.        Advise students of other career options should plans change or their primary choice be unavailable.

The Director of Pre-Health Professions Programs is Dr. Suzanne K. Murphy (e-mail: s.murphy@usip.edu).


Whitecar Hall - Suite 1100


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

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

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

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

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

Reserve Officers- Training Corps (ROTC)

Griffith Hall - Room 108A

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

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

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

Room Reservations

Whitecar Hall - Room 118

All students wishing to reserve a room anywhere on campus must contact Ms. Patty O’Hagan in the Division of Student Affairs. For more details on this process, see Student Organizations in the Campus Life section of this Handbook, p. 142.


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

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

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

The emergency call boxes are located as follows:

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

Escort Services

Security officers will provide escorts upon request at anytime of the day or night where there are safety concerns. The escort service is provided between any campus location and another location within the boundaries of 38th to 49th Street and between Woodland Avenue and Chestnut Street. Foot patrol officers and bike officers may provide walking escorts for on-campus destinations or a non-campus location in the immediate vicinity of the University.

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

Shuttle Service

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

Any questions or concerns should be directed to Chuck Lorenz, Director of Security Services, Public Safety and Security, at 215.596.8595, e-mail c.lorenz@usip.edu.

Student Conduct Office

Whitecar Hall - First Floor

The USP conduct system fosters an environment that contributes to the mission and goals of the University by holding these standards at the center of all our activities. The system will allow students to explore their actions in a safe environment without any preconceptions and with dignity, fairness, and respect. If found responsible, the individuals involved will work with the student to prevent the action from recurring, to explore the cause of the action, and to address any underlying challenges or concerns. The aim is to facilitate the necessary personal and professional development of students, so that they demonstrate academic, personal, and professional behavior of the highest integrity while a member of USP and beyond as citizens. If you believe a student has violated the Student Conduct Policy or if you have questions regarding the policy, please contact the Assistant Dean of Students, who serves as the Conduct Officer, at 215.596.7554 or visit our website at www.usip.edu/studentconduct.

Student Employment

Griffith Hall - Room 172

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

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

For information on payroll, see Payroll (Students) (above).

Student Health and Counseling (SHAC)

4140 Woodland Avenue Building




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

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

All meetings with the counseling staff are strictly confidential. Many people have specific ideas concerning what they would like to talk about, while other want help sorting through personal, professional, academic, or familial concerns to determine what their focus might be. A student who contacts the Counseling Center will receive an evaluation and recommendations for treatment. These services may be provided by a Counseling Center staff psychologist, psychology intern, part-time consulting psychiatrist and/or by an external mental health professional, depending on the nature of the student’s problem.

It is recognized that in a contemporary university population, there may be students who have experienced or who may experience an acute psychiatric emergency (e.g., a crisis) or who are experiencing ongoing emotional distress involving a severe psychiatric disorder or a substance abuse problem. Counseling does not provide the primary care or ongoing treatment for these types of conditions. In these instances, the Counseling Center will attempt to provide support and assistance in obtaining a referral to mental health resources in the community if requested to do so. Counseling maintains a listing of mental health facilities and practitioners in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Payment for off-campus services will be the responsibility of the student. Counseling appointments can be scheduled by contacting the Administrative Coordinator at 215.596.8536. Additional information about Counseling services can be obtained through the Web at: www.usip.edu/counseling.

Student Health



Medical Care

The Student Health Office 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, the Student Health Office operates on a modified schedule, with hours of operation posted in advance or available by calling 215.596.8980

During regular hours of operation the staff consists of a full-time Registered Nurse with certification in College Health, a part-time Physician specializing in Internal Medicine, a part-time Licensed Practical Nurse, and a full-time Administrative Assistant.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Report of Medical History, Health Evaluation and Emergency Information

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

Medical Transportation

In the event of a medical or psychological crisis, transportation is available to transport students to a nearby emergency room, psychiatric crisis center, or other designated facility. If there is any doubt as to whether it is appropriate to use this service, security and residence life personnel have been instructed to call 911. USP van service will not transport students for regular routine doctor appointments.

Additional information about Student Health services can be obtained through the Web at www.usip.edu/health.

Student Health Insurance


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

The University offers a health plan for students. Information regarding rates and enrollment can be obtained by contacting the Administrative Coordinator at 215.596.8536. Only students enrolled in the University are eligible for participation in the plan. In order to be removed from the USP sponsored plan, students are required to show proof of new insurance (copy of new insurance must be provided).

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

Substance Abuse Evaluation and Treatment

4140 Woodland Avenue Building

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 SHAC (Student Health and Counseling) and a referral for an external substance abuse evaluation and follow-up treatment. Voluntary assistance is strictly  confidential.  Students are assisted in securing the appropriate services and are given support throughout the recovery process. An appointment may be scheduled by calling the Counseling Center at 215.596.8536.

          • Substance Abuse Policy: See General Information and University Policies section for details. 

Tutoring/Student Academic Support Services (SASS)

4140 Woodland Avenue Building

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 Student Academic Support Services (SASS). Peer tutors are recommended by faculty and must meet the following criteria

        • Earned B+ or better in the specific course

        • Current overall GPA of 3.0 or better

        • In good standing

Professional Tutoring is available in most courses which have a high volume of requests (i.e., Math Analysis, Biology, Pharmacology, PT). These tutors are professionals who posses an earned doctorate degree and have either taught the course or is 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 GPA 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 need additional information, please see our website at www.usip.edu/asc or call 215.596.7541

Vending/Washing Machines

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


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

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

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

For assistance with logging in to WebAdvisor or to report operational difficulties with the site, please contact the USP Helpdesk by e-mail at helpdesk@usip.edu or by telephone at 215.596.7575.

Writing Center

4140 Woodland Avenue Building

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

For help with resumes and job application letters related to a job search, please visit Career Services in 4140 Woodland. 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.

Students who have failed the Writing Proficiency Exam or who missed their opportunity to take it (including transfer students and those with prior degrees from other institutions), may fulfill a contract with the Writing Center in order to qualify for a writing proficiency equivalency exam. Contract students are eligible for extra chances to pass the Writing Proficiency Exam. These testing opportunities are not available to non-contract students.

Students who have not yet taken the exam are encouraged to come in to discuss exam strategies, to examine sample questions, and to discuss a writing sample with a Writing Center staff member. Hours are posted. Appointments are strongly recommended.