Essential Services Information During Hurricane Sandy
UPDATE OCTOBER 30, 2012, 12:30PM:
Openings for Tuesday, October 30th:
Pottruck Health and Fitness Center is open from 1:00pm – 10:00pm.
Houston Hall is open from 1:00pm to 12:00am.
Van Pelt Undergraduate Study Center (Rosengarten)is open from 4pm and will remain open, staffing permitted.
Penn Transit will be operating on a normal schedule beginning at 5:00pm tonight.
Biomedical Library is open from 3pm to 12am.
Numerous retail stores in University City are also open for business.
UPDATE OCTOBER 28, 2012, 9:30PM:
UPDATE ON AVAILABLE UNIVERSITY ESSENTIAL SERVICES DURING THE WEATHER EMERGENCY:
As you know, classes have been cancelled for Monday and Tuesday due to this severe weather emergency. Ensuring the health and safety of our students is our primary mission as Hurricane Sandy comes through the Philadelphia region. To that end, the following services are available to students during this weather emergency:
Residential food services locations --1920 Commons upper level, Kings Court-English, Hill, McClelland and Falk Commons -- will operate on the following schedule Monday and Tuesday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for brunch and normal hours for dinner. All retail dining locations (i.e., Starbucks, Gourmet Grocer, Houston Hall) will be closed.
1920 5-9 pm
Hill 5-8 pm
Kings Court/English 5-8 pm
Falk 5-7 pm
Students who are not on a meal plan but who wish to purchase a meal are welcome.
All University College Houses have 24/7 front desk staff, Security Officers, CHAS and Residential Services staff on duty.
Penn Transit will cease operations effective midnight tonight (Sunday, October 28th). Emergency transports can be accessed by calling the Divison of Public Safety’s PennComm Center at 215-573-3333.
The garages located at the University Museum, 34th and Chestnut streets and 40th and Walnut streets will open on a regular schedule to accommodate Health System and other Emergency Personnel.
The University has reserved housing in hotel rooms in the event that students need to be relocated from their residence.
Student Health and University Life Services:
All VPUL facilities and offices are closed until further notice, including Student Health Service, CAPS, Weingarten Learning Resources Center, Perelman Quad and all performing arts facilities, and Career Services. Scheduled appointments for these offices have been canceled for the duration of the closure, although some departments have staff on call. Check the VPUL Web site (http://www.vpul.upenn.edu/) for updates on when services will resume.
Any student who needs emergency transportation to the hospital should call the Division of Public Safety’s PennComm Center at 215-573-3333.
A Student Health Service provider will be available by telephone 24 hours a day for medical advice and consultation (215-746-3535). Refer to the Student Health Web site (http://www.vpul.upenn.edu/shs/) for further information.
In addition, any student who needs to contact CAPS because of a clinical emergency should call the CAPS on-call clinician at 215-349-5490.
Appointments made through Career Services are canceled until further notice.
Students who live in University-owned fraternity or sorority chapter houses who need emergency maintenance may fill out a request online: http://www.vpul.upenn.edu/ofsa/form-maintenance.php. Students who can’t fill out the online may call 215-898-7208.
Advance registration will open at midnight tonight (Sunday, October 28th) as planned. We will continue Penn inTouch services for paper transcripts, but delays will be experienced due to the weather related closures. We encourage students to use the electronic process.
The following University facilities and/or services will NOT be available during this period:
All libraries will be closed.
Houston Hall will close at 1 am, October 29th and remain closed for the duration of the weather emergency.
Pottruck and Fox Fitness Centers will be closed.
Ringe Squash Courts will be closed.
Public Safety Services:
The Division of Public Safety Personnel will be monitoring all public safety concerns during this period. Students are encouraged to remain indoors, as the expected wind velocity and heavy rains could cause injury to pedestrians and motorists.
If you have any concerns during the weather emergency, do not hesitate to contact the Divison of Public Safety’s PennComm center at 215-573-3333. Also check the DPS Website, www.publicsafety.upenn.edu for additional updates on the storm.