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Return to Campus Update

Coronavirus (COVID-19): The latest updates about USciences return to campus: usciences.edu/coronavirus. The full plan for a phased return of employees and students: usciences.edu/campusguidelines.

Fighting COVID-19: What you can do to protect yourself and others.

USciences is committed to the health and safety of the University community during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are following state and local guidelines in order to act in the best interest of our community and the greater public health. 

Keep Six Feet Apart

Physical distancing is important to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Avoid gathering in large groups and keep at least six feet between yourself and those who live outside your household when you are in public both in indoor and outdoor spaces. 

Wear a Mask

All individuals on campus will be expected to wear face coverings when in campus buildings and public areas. USciences will provide masks to all students, faculty, and staff, but members of the University community are responsible for cleaning their masks. Read CDC guidelines on face coverings and learn how to make your own

Practice Good Hygiene

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public space or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available use hand sanitizer, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces regularly. 

Daily Health Monitoring

Faculty, staff, and students should check their temperatures at the beginning of each day, and before arriving on campus or attending class.  Those with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or above or having symptoms associated with COVID-19 (fever, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, cough, unexplained loss of smell or taste, diarrhea, muscle aches, fatigue, runny nose or new sinus congestion, sore throat or headache) should not come to campus.  Residential students living on campus should remain in their rooms and non-residential students should remain at home until they speak with a SHAC clinician to determine whether self-quarantine or isolation is indicated. 

General Return to Campus

USciences is committed to the health and safety of the University community during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are following state and local guidelines in order to act in the best interest of our community and the greater public health. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic closely as this is a dynamic situation.  Students are asked to:

  • Review the University‚Äôs COVID-19 Return to Campus Guidelines before arriving on campus.
  • Wear a mask, maintain social distancing both indoors and outdoors, conduct a daily health check before coming to campus, and practice good hygiene.
  • Self-quarantine 14 days prior to returning to campus.

Guidelines in Brief

Return to the Classroom/Lab

USciences will be offering a hybrid of virtual and in-person coursework. More information about which courses are offered in each format will be shared with students by July 31.

  • When attending in-person classes, wear a mask, practice social distancing, and good hygiene.
  • Frequently touched surfaces in public areas will be clean and disinfected throughout the day and classrooms cleaned daily.
  • Cleaning supplies and gloves will be available for individual use prior to classes for students to use to wipe down their personal space.  
  • Plexiglass barriers have also been installed in areas where physical distancing is not possible and sustained contact may occur.

Residence Hall and Dining 

  • On-campus student Move-In may be expanded to accommodate social distancing and face coverings will be required.
  • Visitors and outside guests will not be allowed in on campus residences.
  • Elevator capacity will be limited in residence facilities and where available, residents will be able to utilize the stairways.
  • USciences will continue to follow state and local guidelines as they relate to indoor dining in our dining facilities.
  • Takeout meals will be provided for pre-order.
  • If indoor dining is allowed, the capacity will be limited to 25 percent, tables will be placed. six feet apart and masks will be required for diners when not at their tables.

Social Events

  • Student organizations will be encouraged to have virtual meetings and events.
  • Limited in-person clubs and activities may be held with prior approval from the Office of Student Life and prior training is required.
  • Off-campus events and/or excursions will not be permitted.
  • Non-essential visitors to campus will not be permitted and guest speakers should be hosted virtually.
  • Room occupancy limitations, limitations on food service and the proper disinfecting of areas upon the conclusion of the event are required.  

 

Contact:

Student Health and Counseling Center

Location:

Whitecar Hall
1st Floor, Suite 1200

Address:

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

Phone:

215-596-8980

Fax:

215-596-7621