COVID-19 Return to Campus Guidelines

The health and safety of our campus community remains of the utmost importance to the University.  This document has been designed and updated to ensure individual safety, safe conditions in University spaces and provide important safety guidelines for the duration of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

These guidelines were developed through the collective effort of the USciences COVID-19 Taskforce and University Leadership as informed by local, state and national guidance, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other relevant or appropriate sources. These guidelines will continue to evolve as circumstances change and as more information becomes available. Protecting the health and safety of our campus community will remain our primary concern at all times and all constituents should fully review and be familiar with this document as we collectively reduce the risk and impact COVID-19.

Table of Contents

Use the links below to access each section of the guidelines.  To read or print as one document, see the University of the Sciences Return to Campus Guidelines, updated September 21, 2021 as a PDF file.

Campus-Wide Guidelines and Procedures

  • Revocation of "Safer-At-Home" Restrictions
  • Changes in Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People
  • COVID-19 Vaccinations
  • Daily Health Checks
  • COVID Reporting System
  • COVID-19 Protocol for Students, Faculty, and Staff
  • Contact Tracing and Testing
  • COVID-19 Testing
  • Healthy Hygiene Practices
  • COVID Alert PA App
  • Visitors
  • Face Coverings/Masks
  • Cleaning and Disinfection
  • Reporting Unsafe Behavior
  • Campus Closure Triggers

Academic Operational Guidelines

  • Classrooms and Teaching Laboratories
  • Library Operations
  • Clinical Education Sites
  • Research Laboratory Procedures

Student Affairs Guidelines

  • Required COVID-19 Vaccinations
  • Residence Life
  • Students Living Off-Campus
  • Student Conduct COVID-19 Response
  • Pandemic Amnesty
  • Athletics and Campus Recreation
  • Dining and Meal Plans
  • Student Life
  • SHAC Remote & On Campus Services

Employee Guidelines

  • Employee COVID-19 Vaccinations
  • Safety Trainings and Tracking
  • Remote vs On-campus Work
  • On-campus Workspaces
  • University-sponsored Travel
  • In-person Campus Events
  • Accommodations for Employees
  • Sick Employees
  • Employee Support Services for Mental Health and Wellness

Additional Information

Contact Numbers and Links

Resource Phone Number Link
SHAC/Medical 215-596-8980;
SHAC/Medical 215-596-7133
SHAC/Counseling Center/SHIP 215-596-8536
Dean of Students’ Office 215-596-8950  
Public Safety Dispatch 215-895-1117
Public Safety Emergency Line 215-596-7000
Also Dial 9-1-1
Environmental Health/
Radiation Safety (EHRS)
215-596-8843 or
EAP 800-252-4555
EthicsPoint 888-266-0218 EthicsPoint
HR Director 267-939-1651

USciences COVID-19 Information

  • Information about the University’s status, FAQs, and links to governmental sites are available on our COVID-19 webpage.
  • Reporting link for COVID-19 exposures/infections/positive tests:  COVID-19 Screening Form.
  • COVID-19-related campus messages are posted at the USciences Public Safety Emergency Blog.  
  • Status of campus operations, as well as tips for working and studying remotely are posted at the Working Remotely website. Wellness tips are posted at the Office of Health and Wellness google site. 
  •  Employees may access and explore ESI’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for a variety of resources, including emotional well-being, work-life balance, legal resources, financial education, pet help, as well as a variety of training resources.
  • Information about health and counseling services is posted at the SHAC google site.
  • Information on Pennsylvania travel restrictions and quarantine requirements are available at the PA Department of Health website

Stay Safe. Stay Strong. Stay Connected.


This page last updated: 8/05/2021