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I'm brand new to UIC. What do I need to operate here?
When does the semester start and end? Are there any holidays that affect my class?
Where and when does my class meet?
How can I see my class roster and contact students?
How do I get into CUPPA Hall?
How do I get into my classroom and access media?
Who do I contact if there's a problem with my classroom?
What do I do if I get to my classroom in the evening and it's locked?
How do I get a Blackboard site?
Where can I copy materials for my class?
When are grades due and how do I enter them?

I’m brand new to UIC. What do I need to operate here?
You should already have received the checklist from Wei Liu with instructions on how to complete your HR processing. Here's some information that will hopefully help you get up to speed on how things work in the Department of Urban Planning and Policy and on the campus.

First, your NetID : Your NetID gives you access to many campus services (email, library, Blackboard, etc.) To activate your Net ID and UIC email account, go to this page.  An active UIC email account is necessary for Web for Faculty and Blackboard.

Next, your Enterprise ID and Password. You are given the option to claim your Enterprise ID when activating your NetID. If you did not claim your Enterprise ID when activating your NetID, go to this page. Your login name is yourNETID@uic.edu.

NOTE: The NetID and Enterprise ID may seem the same and may have the same password, but they are different. The first one (NetID) allows you to access campus specific sites and services - such as UIC email, campus computers and Blackboard. The second (EnterpriseID) allows you to access the University-wide administrative system for official records, such as Web for Faculty. If you choose, you may make the password for these two IDs different.

And an I-Card: Obtain an I-Card letter from Wei Liu and take it to the Photo ID office in the Student Services Building (SSB), located on the northwest corner of Harrison and Racine (1200 West Harrison Street) to obtain an I-Card (used for parking, library books, building access). You must bring photo ID with you to receive your I-Card. There is a front desk in this building and staff can point you to the Photo ID office.

When does the semester start and end? Are there any holidays that affect my class?

Academic Calendar
University Holiday list

Where and when does my class meet?
UIC online schedule: Click on departmental view; click on pull down “Select Term” menu (even if default is correct); this will generate a pull down menu of departments, scroll down and select UPP; under this pulldown menu, change default on “Section Options” to “All” and then click search.

Reading the online schedule: The CRN is the unique 5-digit course identifier; in the Location column, 2 indicates Chicago campus, letters indicate building and a key to building abbreviations is on this map, final number is the room number.

How can I see my class roster and contact students?
You can view your roster and email students through the my.UIC portal.

Login (nav bar at left). You will login as existing portal user (as you
already have netid and passwords).
On the next page, click on the "Academics" tab at the top of the page.

NOTE: The roster you view through UIC Portal is the official roster; you should check for discrepancies between your Blackboard roster and the roster in Web for Faculty around the 2nd week of class, to make sure any late registrants/dropped students are reflected in the Blackboard roster, and again around the 13th week of class. This will allow time to communicate with students and correct any potential registration problems (students who have been attending not appearing on the roster or students who have not been attending remaining on the roster).

How do I get into CUPPA Hall?
For ID access and/or keys to CUPPA units, please contact Ann Barnds at 312-996-2165 or abarnd1@uic.edu

How do I get into my classroom and access media?

Unless you are teaching in Art and Design Hall (adjacent to CUPPA Hall), your classroom will be open. Check this page to see what media resources are in your assigned classroom (other than ADH rooms) and instructions for use.

If you are teaching in ADH, please contact Ann Barnds 312-996-2165 or abarnd1@uic.edu to arrange for classroom keys. All CUPPA computer equipment requests should be directed to cuppatech@uic.edu. Requests should be made at least 24 hours in advance.

Who do I contact if there’s a problem with my classroom?

In ADH, contact Ann Barnds 312-996-2165 or abarnd1@uic.edu; after 5 p.m., contact the CUPPA office 312-413-8088.

Outside of ADH, for classroom issues such as missing seating, heating and cooling problems, lighting issues, missing chalk: please send a note to classrooms@uic.edu and give an explanation of your issue. This account is checked throughout the day. Each note is distributed to the responsible party and the person who originated the note is kept informed about its status. You should also note in the subject line of the e-mail the building, room number and a condensed reference to the issue. For instance - BH 208 too hot.

You can find additional contact info for Learning Environments and Technology Services (phone, instant messaging) on this page. You might review their FAQ first on this page for many answers to many questions about media access and use.

For classroom scheduling and room change requests please contact Ann Barnds at 312-996-2165 or abarnd1@uic.edu

What do I do if I get to my classroom in the evening and it's locked?

Please call UIC Non-Emergency at 312-996-2830. They will send someone from student patrol to unlock the classroom door.

How do I get a Blackboard site?
Blackboard use is optional, but its functionalities will make managing teaching much easier. You can upload PDF readings, send email to students, have assignments submitted electronically, keep grades and more. Instructions, information and login from this page.

Where can I copy materials for my class?
You can make copies and scan readings on the department’s copier. Contact Ann Barnds to arrange to get keys and a copy code.

When are grades due and how do I enter them?
Grades are due at 5 p.m. on Tuesday following finals week.

Grades are entered through the my.UIC portal.

Login (nav bar at left). You will login as existing portal user (as you
already have netid and passwords).
On the next page, click on the "Academics" tab at the top of the page.

More questions? For more information on CUPPA policies, students, employees, technical assistance, and building issues, please see the CUPPA Dean’s Office FAQ.

For other questions, please contact Ann Barnds at abarnd1@uic.edu or 312-996-2165.

You can download this FAQ as a word document by clicking here.

Adjunct Faculty

Adjunct Faculty should contact Wei Liu, Assistant to the Head for Budgeting at weiliu@uic.edu or 312-413-1617 for information about their appointment and general human resource questions. For assistance with course schedules, classrooms, multimedia needs, entering grades, Blackboard, or student issues, contact Ann Barnds, Assistant to the Head at abarnd1@uic.edu or 312-996-2165.

Both the Adjunct Faculty Checklist (.doc, 29kb) and Adjunct Faculty Instructions (.doc, 52kb) can be downloaded.