May 22, 2022  
2018-2019 University Catalog 
2018-2019 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Campus Life

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

Academic Deans’ Offices

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

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

Student Accommodations

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

Student Activities and Organizations

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Programs are designed to foster students’ social, cultural, educational, leadership, and civic development, to complement student life and a diverse campus community. Students are made aware of all University events, organizational meetings, and special off-campus events through the Campus Update (electronic weekly calendar of events which includes an ongoing Student Event Calendar), campus bulletin boards, and campus e-mails.

Including fraternities/sororities, over 90 student organizations are recognized by the Student Activities Office. For a complete listing, visit the University’s Campus Life website (

Student Conduct

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The University of the Sciences student conduct system fosters an environment that contributes to the mission and goals of the University by allowing students to explore their actions in a safe environment that is fair, just, and without any preconceptions.

When students engage in prohibited conduct, the student conduct process is used to assert and uphold the Student Conduct Policy. If a student is found responsible for a policy violation, the Office of Student Conduct will work with the student to explore the cause of the action and address any underlining challenges or concerns. Conduct processes are educational proceedings and are not designed to punish students, but rather, exist to protect the interests of the community and to challenge those whose behavior is not in accordance with our policies. When necessary, sanctions will be assigned to challenge students’ moral and ethical decision-making and to help them bring their behavior into accord with our community expectations. 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.

If you believe a student has violated the Student Conduct Policy or if you have questions regarding the conduct process, please contact the Office of Student Conduct at 215.596.8844.

Student Government

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

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

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

Student Health and Counseling (SHAC)

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

For more detailed information regarding our continuum of care, visit the SHAC website at

Student Health Services

Student Health Services (SHS) is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters. Early evening appointments are offered every Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. during the academic year. At other times, including summer sessions, Student Health Services operates on a modified schedule, with hours of operation posted in advance or available by calling 215.596.8980.

During regular hours of operation, the Student Health medical staff consists of several licensed healthcare providers including a family nurse practitioner, physician, and a physician assistant.   In addition, the health center is supported by two Certified Medical Assistants/Administrative Coordinator and Health Information Data Analyst. Periodically, there may be occasions when the medical staff is unavailable to see students. While this occurs infrequently, at such times students will be offered several options with regard to their medical needs: 1) transportation to a nearby hospital emergency room if their need is acute or emergent, 2) return to be seen by the medical staff at the next available appointment, or 3) referred to a nearby urgent care facility.

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

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

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

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

Counseling Services

The Counseling center provides individual counseling and consultation sessions designed to enhance personal and professional development and to assist students in areas such as academic performance, interpersonal relations, emotion management, and stress and coping. The Counseling center is staffed by licensed doctoral-level psychologists, a postdoctoral fellow, graduate counseling and psychology interns, and a psychiatric consultant. The center offers short-term and ongoing, developmentally oriented counseling and prevention services to currently registered University undergraduate and graduate students. Services are free and confidential.

The office is open between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, during the fall and spring semesters. At other times, including summer sessions, Counseling services operates on a modified schedule, with hours of operation posted in advance and/or available by calling. Counseling appointments can be scheduled in-person or by contacting us by telephone at 215.596.8536.

During normal business hours, students experiencing a mental health crisis can walk-in and 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 the University’s Department of Public Safety 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 others want help sorting through personal, professional, academic, or familial concerns to determine what their focus might be. Any student who contacts Counseling services will receive an initial evaluation and recommendations for treatment.

It is recognized that 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 and persistent psychiatric and/or substance abuse disorder. As a general services clinic, Counseling does not provide the primary care or ongoing treatment for these types of conditions. In these instances, Counseling staff will attempt to provide support and assistance in obtaining a referral to mental health resources in the community. Counseling services maintains a list of mental health facilities and practitioners in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Payment for off-campus services will be the responsibility of the student. Additional information about Counseling services can be obtained via the web at:

Student Health Insurance Program

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

USciences SHIP is a comprehensive plan that provides coverage for a full range of medical services, including inpatient and outpatient services, specialty care without referral, emergency care, hospitalization, and mental health across the nation, as well as prescription drugs and discount dental and vision services. Additional information about the SHIP can be obtain online at or by calling the Health Insurance Coordinator at 215.596.8536

University Services

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For information on the following services, please consult the appropriate section of the Student Handbook.

  • Bookstore
  • Dining Services
  • Transit Service
  • Varsity Sports

The University is a Division II member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Our teams currently compete within the 14-member Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC), which has members in Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut.

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