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Department of Public Safety and Security

We are proud to serve and protect the USciences community, and to uphold the rights and values of our students, faculty, staff, and residents of the surrounding University City neighborhood. Our Public Safety officers work in tandem with the Philadelphia Police Department to patrol campus and offer courteous and professional assistance to USciences community members 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Campus Security Systems

Our green and modern Philadelphia campus is equipped with overlapping security systems to provide a safe yet smooth student experience.

Incident Reporting

The best way to ensure the safety of all USciences community members is report any and all instances of crime or suspicious activity.

Campus Crime Statistics

USciences is proud of our safety record and our policy of total transparency. Access the daily crime log to get a detailed look at campus and neighborhood statistics.

Self-Education Resources

From crime prevention seminars to a self-defense and awareness program, Public Safety provides excellent tools for safety education.  

Transportation Services

In addition to the door-to-door Penn Shuttle system and reliable Penn Bus systems, Public Safety will provide a walking escort to and from any campus location 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Weapons Policy

To protect the safety of all community members, USciences does not allow weapons of any kind on campus without express written permission of Public Safety.

Emergency Preparedness

The campus-wide Emergency Notification System will alert all USciences community members in the event of an emergency. Learn more about our general evacuation plan and shelter in place policy.



Important Resources

Emergency Dispatch:
Non-Emergency Dispatch:
Police, Fire, & Medical Emergencies:
Environmental Health & Safety (Chemical Spills):
215-596-8925, 215-596-8843
Student Health Services:
Walking Escort:
Penn Transport Services:
215-898-RIDE (7433)


Michael E. Lapotasky, MA Ed, Director of Public Safety and Emergency Management Coordinator


University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495


Office: 215-895-1118
Cell: 908-334-8877