Oct 21, 2021  
2013-2014 Student Handbook 
2013-2014 Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

2013-2014 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.

The information in this book was the best available at press time. Watch for additional information and changes.

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 are an inclusive community and we value each student for his or her individual contribution to the richness of this learning environment. 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 Classmates,

Welcome to the 2013/2014 academic season at University of the Sciences! For those experiencing USciences for the first time, you will embark on a journey that will ultimately prepare you for a rewarding career in science and health care. Although the primary role of college life is academic, the university also provides many of the tools required to become a well-rounded individual for your community. It is essential to recognize that the quality of the experience depends on how actively one engages all that USciences offers within the classroom and throughout the campus. While day-to-day life will be challenging, remember that you are not alone. Student Government and the Student Handbook provide you with the support and framework necessary to glean every opportunity for an enriching experience.

The Student Handbook is an essential guide to campus life, providing rules, services, and pertinent contact information all aimed at creating a safe and positive experience for the students. Please take some time to familiarize yourself with its contents as it represents an excellent initial resource for questions that you may have during the upcoming year and provides an answer or direction to satisfy concerns that frequently arise. Student Government complements this resource and provides an additional forum to make the institution the best it can be.

The University of the Sciences provides a time-tested education that is further enhanced by engaging in its many activities, all aimed at creating life-long memories and building personal and professional confidence needed for a rewarding career. I look forward to meeting you, and please feel free to stop in the Student Government Office in Room 218 in Wilson Student Center. I wish you the very best experience and heartily welcome you to the USciences family!


Nicholas A. Inverso
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.)