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2011-2012 Student Handbook 
2011-2012 Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

2011-2012 Student Handbook


Possible changes: As the educational process from admission through graduation requires continuing review and appropriate approval by the university, the divisions of this Handbook are to be considered directive in character. The University, therefore, reserves the right to change its rules, regulations, requirements for admission or graduation, or course offerings at any time.

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Dear University of the Sciences Student:

Welcome, and thank you for choosing to join the community of learners at University of the Sciences! As a student member of the University community you are following in the tradition of many professionals who can be found among the top leaders of the world within the fields of science, healthcare, and healthcare business and policy.

During your educational experience I encourage you to explore all that University of the Sciences has to offer. To assist you in achieving your personal and professional goals, you are invited to fully utilize the many programs, activities, and services available through the Division of Student Affairs. Many departments and functional units make up the Division including: Academic Advising, Campus Recreation, Career Services, Community Service, International and Multicultural Student Services, Student Academic Support Services, Student Accommodations, Student Activities, Student Conduct, Student Health and Counseling, Student Life, and the Dean of Students’ Office.

This Student Handbook is designed to acquaint you with the information you will need to effectively navigate all of the resources that are available to you on campus. Also included in this Handbook are policies and procedures that are required reading for all University students. As a member of the University you are now also a citizen with rights and responsibilities. You are therefore obligated to adhere to and practice the policies and procedures outlined for all University students, as well as find meaningful ways in which you can continue to strengthen the community where you will live, learn, work, and play.

Finally, the University is a diverse environment comprised of individuals from different backgrounds and cultures; yet in one very important aspect all students are similar—each student attending the University has hopes and aspirations for the future. At University of the Sciences, we value each student for his or her individual contribution to the richness of this learning environment, and it is our hope for all students to use this opportunity to learn from one another about each other.

The Division of Student Affairs is housed on the first floor of Whitecar Hall. Stop in or call us at 215.596.8950. I look forward to getting to know you over the next several years. Best wishes for a bright future.


William G. Cunningham, PhD
Dean of Students

Dear Fellow Students:

Welcome to University of the Sciences! You are in for an experience like no other university could provide. While you are here, you will be given opportunities and have experiences that you thought could only be imagined. You have chosen to be a part of a very special community. The connections, relationships, knowledge, and experience you obtain from this university are invaluable. However, your time at this university, like most things in life, is what you make of it. We in Student Government strive to give you the best possible experience, but there are a few things you should know.

The Handbook you are currently holding is your guide while at USciences. You should take the time to familiarize yourself with it because knowing the University is the best way to get the most out of it. In this Handbook you will find not only the tools to help you succeed academically; you will also find out more about the things the University has to make your stay on campus the best it can be. If you have any questions about USciences, one of your first resources should always be this Handbook. From policies to procedures, majors to minors, and organizations to Greek life, this Handbook is a viable resource for you as a student.

While you are here at USciences, you will develop into a professional in whichever field you have chosen. You will bond with your classmates and make connections that will last a life time. This school is what you make of it, and it is up to you to open up, get involved, and grow into the person you will be for the rest of your life. We are here to help you along the way and make your goals a reality.

I look forward to meeting you, working with you, and helping to make your life at USciences the best it can be!


Jesse L. Goldberg
Student Government Association

Cancellation of Classes Policy

In the event of severe weather or other emergency, information regarding cancellation of classes at University of the Sciences will be available through the following methods:

  • Radio and TV – Information will be broadcast by number on KYW Newsradio (1060 AM) and by name on WTXF Fox TV-29. The broadcast number assigned to the University is 117 for cancellation of day classes and 2117 for cancellation of evening classes
  • Internet
  • Telephone
    • Call KYW Newsradio at 215.224.1060 (automated)
    • Call the University’s Severe Weather Hotline at 215.596.USIP (8747) 
  • University Emergency Notification System – Students, faculty, and staff who subscribe to this system will receive updates and campus-wide alerts about emergency situations or inclement weather conditions on users’ cell phones, PDAs, and e-mail. (For more information on this system, see Public Safety in the Student Services section of this Student Handbook.)