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



2007-2008 Student Handbook


ACAD AFF: Academic Affairs; the Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs has oversight for all academics, academic advising, admissions, Library, Registrar Office, and Student Affairs

Academic Advisor: Member of the faculty or a professional advisor who works with students to plan education and career pathways

Academic Probation: Designation for students who have not achieved the required minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0, or who have received a failing grade (“F”) in two or more courses in the most recent semester

Accountable: To answer for and accept ownership of one’s action, words, or intent

ADA: Americans with Disabilities Act

ADMS: Admissions Office

Advertising: Includes flyers and posters as well as online community announcements

Advocate: Student newspaper

AH: Alumni Hall/Rosenberger Auditorium; also GYM

Alcohol Abuse: Possession and consumption of alcohol in any University building or on University premises; being in the presence of unauthorized alcohol on campus; underage drinking and/or public intoxication; sales/distribution of alcohol to minors

All Campus Account: A debit account that allows students to make purchases without cash or credit cards; an account can be set up with an initial deposit of $100; the funds can be accessed through the University ID card for purchases from the bookstore, vending machines, photocopiers, and residence hall washing machines

ARC: Athletic Recreation Center

Arson: Attempting to or igniting a fire

Assault: A threat or an attempt to cause harm or injury to another person

AU: Audit; used in place of a grade for a class that was audited

Audit: A student registers to attend a class, with the written permission of the appropriate college dean, but does not take examinations and does not receive a grade for the course; the designation AU is entered on the student’s grade report for that course


Battery: The infliction of an injury or the unauthorized and unwanted touching that is coupled with a threat to cause harm or injury

BIOL: Biology; Department of Biological Sciences

Blue Book: A small notebook with soft blue cover that some professors require students to use when writing essay exams

Bulletin: Magazine published by the University


Catalog: University Catalog contains general information about the University and a description of courses and requirements for all majors offered–available online

Censure: See Conduct Censure

Cheating: Academic dishonesty; the act of or attempted act of deceiving or misrepresenting the acquisition of a skill or body of knowledge (i.e., copying, bringing unauthorized notes to an exam)

CHEM: Chemistry; Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

CNTRL: Controller

Complainant: Any person who submits a charge alleging that a student(s) or student organization violated the Student Conduct Policy

Complicity: Attempting to engage in or soliciting another to engage in prohibited conduct under the Student Conduct Policy

Conduct Advisor: A University Community Member who may attend the Administrative Hearing and/or Conduct Hearing on behalf of the complainant or respondent; this individual can provide procedural advice and moral support to the person they were invited to support; this individual may speak only to the person they were invited to support, not on their behalf; the Conduct Advisor shall not be permitted to serve as legal counsel prior to, during, or after the hearing

Conduct Deactivation: A sanction for student misconduct; termination of a registered organization’s privileges for a period of time

Conduct Expulsion: A sanction for student misconduct; the student will no longer be enrolled at the University and all rights and privileges of being a student are revoked; a notation of the action generally becomes a permanent part of the student’s transcript

Conduct Probation: A sanction for student misconduct; during the probation period (usually one to three semesters), the student is not allowed to participate in co-curricular activities

Conduct Suspension: A sanction for student misconduct; during this time (usually one or two semesters) a student is not eligible to enroll in classes; a notation of action may become part of the student’s permanent record or transcript

Consent: In relation to sexual conduct, an affirmative decision to engage in mutually acceptable sexual activity given by clear actions or words in each instance of sexual activity

Core Curriculum: A group of courses required of all students who complete a bachelor’s degree or first professional degree, regardless of major; the Core Curriculum only applies to students who entered the University prior to the fall of 2007

Credit Hour: A unit of measure for college courses; courses vary in their number of credit hours because they vary in the amount of intellectual effort they require; the credit value for specific courses may be found in the USP Catalog or on WebAdvisor

Cum Laude: Graduation honor; student must attain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.40

Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA): The average of grades from two or more semesters; equals the sum of the course grade points of all grades received at the University divided by the total number of course credits for courses receiving quality points



Dean: A dean is the top administrator in a college; “dean” is also a title given to a person who has University-wide responsibility for University functions, such as the Dean of Students

Debi-Cash: Campus ID card that acts as a debit card, enabling you to use vending machines and residence hall washing machines without cash

Defamation: Making a harmful statement that impacts negatively on the reputation of a person

Department: An administrative unit at the University that offers classes and majors in a particular subject or discipline; also may refer to a unit that provides administrative service

DIN SERV: Dining Services

Dining Dollars:  Declining Balance Food Plan offered by Dining Services to off-campus and commuter students whereby the purchase amount (in increments of $100) gives you an increased purchasing power known as dining dollars

Disorderly Conduct: Behavior that interferes with or obstructs the orderly process of the University or the surrounding community (e.g., excessive noise; inappropriate, loud, or disruptive behavior; and failure to maintain property)

Diversity: Embodies the recognition of human similarities and differences; see the Student Services section for more information

Drake the Devil: Campus mascot

Drop/Add: A period of time at the beginning of each semester when you can make changes to your class schedule; this is done through the Registrar’s Office

Drug Abuse: Intentional use, possession, sale, transfer, or offer of transfer of any illegal or controlled drug for a nonmedical purpose; inappropriately providing care or prescribing medicine without the proper supervision, authority, or license


Elective: A course you can choose to take, as opposed to a required course

Emergency Call Box:  Shortwave radio contact with Security; boxes are located throughout the University; you must press the button to speak and release it to hear Security’s response

Endangerment: Behavior or activities that endanger the safety or health of oneself or others

ESL: English as a Second Language

Experiential Education: Clerkship, residency, internship, or practicum required as part of some academic programs at USP (e.g., Pharmacy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Health Psychology)

Expulsion: See Conduct Expulsion



F: Failing; grade designation

Fabrication: Academic dishonesty; the presentation of information for a classroom assignment, exam, or lab procedure that is fictitious or falsified

Facebook:  See Online Communities

FAC SERV: Department of Facilities Services

FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid; the form required for receiving most forms of financial aid

FERPA: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act; establishes the privacy of student education records and the conditions under which records may be reviewed, released, or amended; this is sometimes referred to as the Buckley Amendment

FIN AID: Department of Financial Aid


General Education: A group of courses required of all students who complete a bachelor’s degree, regardless of major

GH: Griffith Hall

Good Academic Standing: Maintenance of a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 and not more than one failing grade (“F”) in the most recent semester irrespective of cumulative GPA; individual academic programs may have higher standards

GPA: Grade Point Average; the average of numerical values for the grades you earned multiplied by the credit value of the courses

Grade Replacement: The option of electing to retake a maximum of two courses to replace the original grades in the calculation of the cumulative GPA; this option is limited to first year students

Grade Report: The official listing of the grades you earned for each semester; includes your GPA and Cumulative GPA; this report is sent to your permanent address as listed with the Registrar’s Office

Greeks: Fraternities and sororities within the University; they identify themselves with Greek letters and some of the organizations have national affiliations; there are 14 fraternities/sororities on campus

Grievance: A complaint or allegation made by a student who feels that a University action (or lack of action) is unfair; is arbitrary, capricious or unjust; or does not comply with USP policies


Harassment: Any behavior that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive campus environment and which is based on race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, religion, or sexual orientation

Hazing: Any action or situation developed for the purpose of admission or maintaining membership in an organization or group associated with the University (i.e., fraternities/sororities) that intentionally endangers the emotional, mental, or physical health or safety of a student, or willfully destroys or removes public or private property.

HEALTH SCI: Health Sciences; College of Health Sciences

HEALTH: Student Health

Hold: a block goes on a student’s central record and prevents students from future registration, attending classes, receiving grades, etc.; holds can be placed as a result of unreturned health history forms, unpaid bills, library fines, academic problems, conduct sanctions, or other unmet obligations

Honor Society: a society for the recognition of scholarly achievement, especially of undergraduates; USP has six honor societies on campus; see p. 144

HR: Department of Human Resources

HUM: Department of Humanities


I: Incomplete: grade designation

IGC: Inter Greek Council

Incident: An event, action, or communication that is reported to the Conduct Officer as a potential violation of a University policy

Incomplete: Student has not fulfilled course requirements at the completion of the semester

INFO SCI: Department of Information Science

Intimidation/Harassment: “Bullying”; intentional written, verbal, or physical actions causing harm, or fear of harm, to a person or their property; or insulting/demeaning an individual

IPHL: Industrial Pharmacy Lab, Griffith Hall Basement

IT: Department of Information Technology

Inter Greek Council: The governing body that overseas the Greek community of fraternities/sororities; consists of one representative from each organization as well as officers


Learning Outcome: A statement of what a student should be able to know, do, or value as a result of a learning experience, such as an academic course or a co-curricular activity; a learning objective

Libel: A published false statement or representation that tends to expose another to disgrace

LRC: Learning Resources Center located in Joseph W. England Library


Magna Cum Laude: Graduation honor; student must attain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.60

MATH: Mathematics; Department of Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics

MCN: Robert McNeil Graduate Study and Research Center

MLOA: Medical Leave of Absence; hiatus from academics for a period of not more than one year when a student’s medical or psychological condition is deemed to significantly impair his or her ability to function successfully or safely in the academic environment

Mediation: A voluntary, confidential process in which an impartial third party assists people in finding a mutually acceptable solution to their conflict

Meal Blocks: An arrangement with Dining Services that, for a specified fee, provides a certain number of meals for a student throughout the school year; there are several plans available; see Appendix B for details and costs

Minor: In academics, a selection of courses, usually with a common theme, that enables the student to develop a degree of formal expertise in an area outside of the student’s major

MySpace: See Online Communities


NCAA: National Collegiate Athletic Association; governs the administration of college athletic programs and student athletes; USP is in Division II

New-Member Orientation: Current politically correct term for initiation and pledging

New-Member Recruitment: Current politically correct term for “rush,” the Greek recruitment process

Not Responsible: As an outcome to a hearing, this means that the respondent did not violate the prohibited behavior in question


Online Communities: Virtual communities (i.e., Facebook, MySpace) where students, faculty, and staff may send communications.  See p. 24 for considerations

Orientation Leader: A successful, upper class student who has received a minimum of 14 hours of training in communication skills and the new student experience; he or she provides frequent and ongoing contact with incoming students to aid in the student’s adjustment to residential living, social relationships, study skills, and test taking; when necessary, the orientation leader will assist new students in gaining additional support from other resources such as their academic advisor, resident advisor, or counseling staff

OT: Occupational Therapy; Department of Occupational Therapy


P: Pass; grade designation for a Pass/Fail course

Passing Grade: The grade required to pass a course; it is generally a “D-” or above; however, there are exceptions within majors

PHARM PRAC: Pharmacy Practice; Department of Pharmacy Practice/Pharmacy Administration

PHARM/TOX: Pharmacology/Toxicology; a division of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

PHARM CEUTS: Pharmaceutics; a division of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

PHARMACY: Doctor of Pharmacy program; Philadelphia College of Pharmacy

PHYS ED: Physical Education; Department of Physical Education

PHYS THER: Physical Therapy; Department of Physical Therapy

Plagiarism: A form of academic dishonesty that consists of presenting, whether intentional or unintentional, the words or ideas of a source as if they are the student’s own words or ideas; this applies to unpublished and published material

PLUS: Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students – Federal program that allows parents of dependent students to borrow funds to assist in paying for students’ educational expenses

Prerequisite: A course that must be taken (and passed) before you can enroll in another course

President: The senior administrative officer of the University

Probation: See Conduct Probation

Provost: The Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs is the chief academic officer of the University; the person in this position has oversight for all academics, academic advising, admissions, Library, Registrar Office, and Student Affairs

PT: Physical Therapy; Department of Physical Therapy


Quality Point Value: The numeric value placed on letter grades earned in a course; values range from “0.0” for an “F” to “4.0” for an “A” and “A+”

Quorum: The number (usually a majority) of officers or members of a committee or organization that, when assembled, is legally competent to transact business


RA: Resident Advisor; upper class students who live in the residence halls and help with challenges and problems of resident students; they have been trained and are employed by the Student Life staff within the Division of Student Affairs

RD: Resident Director; campus administrator who overseas a residence hall

Recitation: A smaller group section of a larger lecture where students have a more comfortable setting for discussion of class topics

Recruitment: See New-Member Recruitment

REG: Registrar’s Office

Registrar: University official who maintains the official records of students (i.e., transcripts and grades)

Registration: The process by which you enroll for classes each semester

Reparation: The act of making amends or giving satisfaction for a wrong; payment of damages

RES HALLS: Residence Halls

Respondent: Any student(s) or student organization accused of violating the Student Conduct Policy

Responsible: As an outcome to a hearing means that the respondent violated the prohibited behavior in question

Restitution: Making good of or giving an equivalent for damages; a disciplinary sanction

ROTC: Reserve Officer Training Corps; a program for students who are interested in receiving a commission in the U.S. Armed Forces while actively pursuing a degree; at USP, affiliations are available for students to participate in Army and Air Force ROTC programs

Rush: See New-Member Recruitment


SASS: Student Academic Support Services

School Colors: Crimson and Gray

SEC: Public Safety and Security Department

Semester: The standard term of enrollment within the academic year (usually15 weeks); the standard academic year consists of two semesters lasting from late August until early May

Service Learning: Strategy for cultivating a commitment to service through students’ participation in activities and/or segments of new or established academic courses

Sexual Harassment: Encompasses a continuum of unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors, such as verbal harassment, sexual assault, or rape

Sexual Misconduct: Any physical act of a sexual nature perpetrated against an individual without consent or when an individual is unable to freely give consent

SGA: Student Government Association; the elected leadership of the student body

SHAC: Student Health and Counseling

SLOA: Short-Term Leave of Absence; stop-out from academics for a period not to exceed 10 business days in the event of an immediate and significant health or family emergency

SMC: Strategic Marketing Communications

SOC SCI: Department of Social Sciences

Stalking: Actions toward another person that demonstrate either intent to place the person in reasonable fear of bodily injury or to cause substantial emotional distress

STC: McNeil Science and Technology Center

STUD AFF: Division of Student Affairs

Student Conduct Policy: A written code outlining student behavior to protect the rights and property of students and other members of the University community

Subsidized Loan: A loan where the government pays the interest while the student is in school and the principal is deferred (i.e., Stafford Loan)

Summa Cum Laude: Graduation honor; student must attain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.80

Survivor: Term used instead of “victim” in describing someone who has experienced sexual and/or relationship violence

Suspension: See Conduct Suspension

Syllabus: A handout from your instructor, which may include some or all of the following: purpose of the course; prerequisites; instructor’s name, office hours, and telephone number; a schedule of reading and/or homework assignments; a schedule of tests; the instructor’s policy on attendance; learning outcomes; and the course grading policy


TA: Teaching Assistant; students who are hired by the University to help with teaching, research, and administrative responsibilities

TBA : To be announced

TEACH CERT: Teacher Certification Program; offered by the Department of Biological Sciences and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Transcripts: A student’s educational record maintained by the Registrar Office

Transfer Credit: Credits awarded by USP based on courses transferred from other colleges and universities; for the course to be eligible for transfer, the student must have attained a grade of “C” or better and the course must be comparable to an existing course at USP; the credits are applied toward degree requirements, but they do not carry grades and are not used to compute GPA

Tuition Management Systems (TMS): Tuition payment plan approved by USP where the amount due for both semesters is spread over 10 months, from July1 to April 1; there is a one-time service charge but no interest accrues on the balance due; information is available in the Student Accounts Office

Tutors: Available through Student Academic Support Services; these are upper class students who have received training and have been recommended by faculty as having earned an “A” or a “B” in the specific course for which they are tutoring


University: USP; University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

University Community Member: Any person who is a student, faculty member, staff, site coordinator, University official, contractor or vendor with a contract with USP, or any other person employed by USP; a person’s status in a particular situation shall be determined by the Conduct Officer

Unsubsidized Loan: A loan where the student pays or capitalizes the interest during the in-school period and the principal is deferred


W: Withdrew; grade designation that carries no point value and is not included in calculation of the GPA; student can officially withdraw (end enrollment) from a course after the Drop/Add period but before completion of the sixth week of the semester

WCR: Women’s Club Room, Whitecar Hall, Room 203

WebAdvisor: A Web interface that provides students with access to information stored in the USP administrative database known as Colleague (see p. 122 for details)

Withdrawal: The act of officially ending your enrollment in the University; a withdrawal must be approved by the college dean

Witness: Any person with information relevant to an incident

Work Study: Federally subsidized financial aid, which students qualify for on the basis of need; part of financial aid package offered to some students; students are hired to work and are paid an hourly rate from federal funds

Wrongful entry: Entering, attempting to enter, or remaining without authority or permission in any University office, residence hall room, University-sponsored event, or University premise