UIC Official http://www.uic.edu/uic/feeds/official.rss Official, urgent and emergency campus announcements en-us Wed, 10 Apr 2013 22:02:53 -0500 60 UIC Official http://www.uic.edu/favicon.png http://www.uic.edu/uic Official, urgent and emergency campus announcements Harrison Street Construction Read this message online [http://news.uic.edu/files/official/2016_0429_harrison.html]<br /> <br /> <br />City crews are closing down westbound Harrison Street from Morgan to Ashland to replace an underlying water main. The lane closure from Racine to Ashland is in place. Barricades from Morgan to Racine were set up too soon and were removed. These barricades will be set up again after May 9.<br /><br />The city is installing nearly a mile of new 16-inch water main from Ashland east to Morgan and north to Congress Parkway. The water main project is scheduled for completion by the end of August .The city will then repair curbs and resurface all lanes of Harrison between Ashland and Halsted. This portion of the work should be completed in late October.<br /><br />Improvements to the streets and bridges around UIC were badly needed. Construction has been ongoing for over two years, making travel around campus inconvenient. We thank you for your patience during this time. We anticipate that by late fall, much of the Jane Byrne Interchange and Harrison Street improvement work will be completed. <br /><br />Please continue to exercise caution when walking or driving through the work zones.<br /><br />Michael Landek<br />Executive Associate Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services<br /><br /> <br />© Copyright 2016 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Fri, 29 Apr 2016 14:46:51 -0500 Fri, 29 Apr 2016 14:46:51 -0500 UIC Library begins extended hours schedule April 24 Read this message online [http://news.uic.edu/files/official/2016_0425_library.html]<br /> <br /> <br />The University Library begins its extended hours schedule for the end of the semester and finals week on April 24, 2016.<br /><br />The Richard J. Daley Library will be open from 10 a.m. on Sunday, April 24 through 7 p.m. on Friday, May 6, 2016. During extended hours, only patrons with valid i-cards will be able to enter the building from 9 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. A dedicated Red Car will serve Library patrons from 11 p.m. – 7 a.m. every day from Sunday, April 24 (11 p.m.) to Friday, May 6 (7 a.m.). The Red Car picks up/drops off at the west (Morgan St.) door to the Daley Library. You must show a valid i-card to use the Red Car.<br /><br />The Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago is open extended hours on Sunday April 24, 2016 - Thursday, May 5, 2016:<br /><br />Sundays: 9 a.m. - 2 a.m.<br />Mondays – Thursdays: 7 a.m. - 2 a.m.<br />Friday: 7 a.m. - midnight*<br />Saturdays: 9 a.m. - midnight<br />*On Friday, May 6, the library will close at 5 p.m.<br /><br />Only UIC students, faculty, and staff will be admitted to enter LHS-Chicago after 7 p.m. during extended hours.<br /><br />Hours for all Library locations are available online: http://library.uic.edu/about-us/hours<br /><br /> <br />© Copyright 2016 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Mon, 25 Apr 2016 13:16:25 -0500 Mon, 25 Apr 2016 13:16:25 -0500 Crime alert UIC Police received a report on April 23 at 12:00 a.m. that on April 21 at approximately 3:15 a.m. a student was a victim of criminal sexual abuse by an acquaintance, also a UIC student, in a university residence hall at 600 S. Halsted St.<br /> <br />The victim reported that she accompanied the offender to his room and fell asleep. She was awakened several times by him touching her and rubbing his genitals against her, but she was too frightened to flee until later that morning.<br /> <br />The offender is described as a South Asian male, 5-9 in height, 130 pounds, with a thin build, brown eyes, short black hair, and a single ear piercing. <br /> <br />The university is providing resources to assist the victim and will continue to take actions to maintain the safety and security of the campus community.<br /> <br />UIC Police are leading the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call 312-996-2830.<br /> <br />Crime location mapped: https://goo.gl/maps/rMAHshG7HbB2<br /> <br />UIC Police offer the following security tips:<br /> <br />-- Report crime promptly to police.<br />-- To contact the UIC Police, call 312-355-5555 for emergencies or 312-996-2830 for non-emergencies.<br />-- For confidential counseling, contact Counseling Services at 312-996-3490 for students; and Employee Assistance Service at 312-996-3588 for faculty and staff.<br />-- Any student, staff or faculty member at UIC who experiences sexual assault, domestic/dating violence or stalking can access free, anonymous and confidential services by calling the Campus Advocacy Network (CAN) at 312-413-8206.<br /> <br /><br /><br />---------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />Crime alerts are distributed to the university community in compliance with the federal Clery Act. UIC Police also issue notifications for off-campus crimes in the interest of public-safety awareness. Security tips are standard precautions, not special or incident-specific measures. Offender descriptions and precise locations are provided only to aid in the identification of possible suspects. Updates to investigations are not sent by email but will be posted online at: http://www.uic.edu/uic/studentlife/campus/crime-alerts.shtml<br /><br />UIC Annual Security Report <br />http://clery.uic.edu<br /><br />Chicago Police Department Crime Incidents <br />http://gis.chicagopolice.org/clearmap/startpage.htm<br /><br /> urgent http://www.uic.edu/uic UrgentFeed Sat, 23 Apr 2016 01:54:25 -0500 Sat, 23 Apr 2016 01:54:25 -0500 Stop-gap funding agreement April 22, 2016<br /><br />Dear colleagues:<br /><br />Today, the legislature approved a bipartisan measure that will provide stop-gap funding for the University of Illinois and the state’s other public universities, and the governor has expressed his support for the bill.<br /><br />While we are grateful that partial funding will be restored, we see the agreement as only a beginning, not the end. We will continue to advocate strongly for adequate funding to support our students and our campuses, and I have outlined our goals and concerns in the statement below, which has been shared with legislators and with the media.<br /><br />I will continue to update you as our efforts unfold, and my thanks to all of you for your dedicated service to this great university.<br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Tim<br /><br /> <br /><br />Killeen statement on stop-gap funding agreement<br /><br />The University of Illinois system appreciates the bipartisan effort in Springfield to provide partial, stop-gap funding for the state’s public universities, who have been forced to manage through the first 10 months of fiscal 2016 with no state appropriation.<br /><br />The action Friday recognizes the importance of public higher education in Illinois and the critical role that universities throughout the state play in the well-being and prosperity of our citizens.<br /><br />It is imperative that the public universities in Illinois receive responsible, sustainable levels of financial support from the state. The legislation avoided a catastrophe of no state funding for higher education for fiscal 2016 and it will help public universities continue to operate through the end of the fiscal year on June 30.<br /><br />However, the measure is insufficient as a total funding commitment for fiscal 2016, providing only $180 million for the U of I – compared with $647 million for fiscal year 2015. The U of I may be forced to make additional drastic reductions in faculty, staff, academic offerings, student programs, economic development initiatives and public service if it does not receive more than the 27.8 percent of last year’s appropriation that is provided in the stop-gap bill.<br /><br />The stop-gap appropriation also includes greatly reduced funding for the University of Illinois Hospital – about $11 million, or a quarter of fiscal year 2015 levels– which will put medical care at risk for thousands of patients – many from underserved communities.<br /><br />Funding for Monetary Assistance Program (MAP) grants is also partially restored, but would provide only about $170 million statewide – about 45 percent of the fiscal year 2015 appropriation and short of the needs to serve deserving students across the state.<br /><br />The U of I is the state’s largest educator, with a statewide presence and 80,000 students, and state funding for our operations accounts for 54 percent of the state’s appropriation for public universities. Ninety-five percent of the appropriation is dedicated to personnel costs. Our fiscal year 2015 appropriation covered the salaries of roughly 6,000 employees and funding at the levels proposed in the stop-gap measure would cover only 2,000.<br /><br />We strongly urge the governor, legislative leaders and rank-and-file lawmakers of both parties to continue to work on a comprehensive budget for fiscal 2016 that includes levels for higher education closer to the level seen in fiscal 2015, along with adequate funding for fiscal year 2017.<br /><br /> <br /> <br /> ©Copyright 2016 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Fri, 22 Apr 2016 15:54:40 -0500 Fri, 22 Apr 2016 15:54:40 -0500 Happy Earth Day - UIC Climate Commitments Read this message online [http://chancellor.uic.edu/files/messages/2016_0421_earth_day.html]<br /><br /><br />Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,<br /><br />Last fall I charged the Chancellor’s Committee on Sustainability and Energy (CCSE) to work on advancing sustainability initiatives on campus to the next level. CCSE Subcommittees have met multiple times to refine the UIC Climate Commitments that include the following goals:<br /><br />Carbon Neutral University: UIC will strive to achieve carbon neutrality with net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.<br /><br />Zero Waste University: UIC defines zero waste as a 90% diversion rate of landfill-bound material through techniques such as source reduction, materials reuse, recycling, and composting.<br /><br />Net Zero Water University: UIC will use the same amount of water in its operations (irrigation, power plant, domestic water) as the amount of natural rainfall on the university’s grounds.<br /><br />Biodiverse University: We will create a resilient campus landscape supportive of a variety of life while increasing the greening of our community.<br /><br />Teaching and learning will play equally significant roles since education and research can contribute in concrete ways to our understanding of the science behind the earth’s climate, how human activities contribute to global warming, and what we can do to stabilize and secure a sustainable future for all. The commitment that UIC has made towards a greener healthier planet is something in which we can be very proud.<br /><br />I appreciate everyone’s participating in our efforts, and please show us how you go green at UIC by sharing your thoughts on social media with the hashtags #UIC #Climate Commitments. I also urge you to visit https://sustainability.uic.edu/climatecommitments/ to find ways you can become involved.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Michael D. Amiridis<br />Chancellor<br /><br /> <br /> <br />© Copyright 2016 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Wed, 20 Apr 2016 16:41:14 -0500 Wed, 20 Apr 2016 16:41:14 -0500 Happy Earth Day - UIC Climate Commitments Read this message online [http://chancellor.uic.edu/files/messages/2016_0420_earth_day.html]<br /> <br /><br />Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,<br /><br />Last fall I charged the Chancellor’s Committee on Sustainability and Energy (CCSE) to work on advancing sustainability initiatives on campus to the next level. CCSE Subcommittees have met multiple times to refine the UIC Climate Commitments that include the following goals:<br /><br />Carbon Neutral University: UIC will strive to achieve carbon neutrality with net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.<br /><br />Zero Waste University: UIC defines zero waste as a 90% diversion rate of landfill-bound material through techniques such as source reduction, materials reuse, recycling, and composting.<br /><br />Net Zero Water University: UIC will use the same amount of water in its operations (irrigation, power plant, domestic water) as the amount of natural rainfall on the university’s grounds.<br /><br />Biodiverse University: We will create a resilient campus landscape supportive of a variety of life while increasing the greening of our community.<br /><br />Teaching and learning will play equally significant roles since education and research can contribute in concrete ways to our understanding of the science behind the earth’s climate, how human activities contribute to global warming, and what we can do to stabilize and secure a sustainable future for all. The commitment that UIC has made towards a greener healthier planet is something in which we can be very proud.<br /><br />I appreciate everyone’s participating in our efforts, and please show us how you go green at UIC by sharing your thoughts on social media with the hashtags #UIC #Climate Commitments. I also urge you to visit https://sustainability.uic.edu/climatecommitments/ to find ways you can become involved.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Michael D. Amiridis<br />Chancellor official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Wed, 20 Apr 2016 16:34:27 -0500 Wed, 20 Apr 2016 16:34:27 -0500 Crime alert On Monday, April 18, at approximately 12:45 AM, a person not affiliated with UIC was the victim of an armed robbery in the 1100 block of West Vernon Park. The victim was walking westbound on the south side of the street when he was shoved from behind. He turned and saw two offenders, one of whom was pointing a handgun at him. The offenders demanded the victim's phone and backpack, took the property, and fled westbound on Vernon Park before entering a red vehicle (possibly an older model Nissan sedan) that was double-parked near Racine Avenue. The vehicle turned south on Racine. The victim delayed reporting the crime to police.<br /> <br />The first offender, armed with a black, semi-automatic handgun, was described as a Hispanic male, 30 to 40 years of age, about 5-9 in height and 150 pounds, and wearing a black jacket, blue jeans, Timberland boots, a backwards hat and a trimmed beard.<br /><br />The second offender was described as a Hispanic male, 30 to 40 years of age, about 5-8 in height and 280 to 300 pounds, and wearing a tight, white, long-sleeved shirt (possibly UnderArmor brand), blue jeans, Timberland boots, and a gold hoop earring in each ear.<br /> <br />The Chicago Police Department will conduct the follow-up investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call 311.<br /> <br />Approximate crime location mapped: https://goo.gl/maps/iNmuVg8bZqT2<br /> <br />UIC Police offer the following security tips:<br /> <br />--Be aware of your surroundings. Use all your senses to be alert for danger, and when walking alone, don't wear headphones or earbuds.<br />--Don't display valuables in public.<br />--Try to travel in groups when possible, particularly after dark.<br />--Use well-lit walkways.<br />--On campus, look for the location of the nearest emergency call box (there are more than 1,500 across campus.)<br />--To contact the UIC Police, call (312) 355-5555 for emergencies or (312) 996-2830 for non-emergencies.<br />--Report crime promptly to police.<br /><br /><br />---------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />Crime alerts are distributed to the university community in compliance with the federal Clery Act. UIC Police also issue notifications for off-campus crimes in the interest of public-safety awareness. Security tips are standard precautions, not special or incident-specific measures. Offender descriptions and precise locations are provided only to aid in the identification of possible suspects. Updates to investigations are not sent by email but will be posted online at: http://www.uic.edu/uic/studentlife/campus/crime-alerts.shtml<br /><br />UIC Annual Security Report <br />http://clery.uic.edu<br /><br />Chicago Police Department Crime Incidents <br />http://gis.chicagopolice.org/clearmap/startpage.htm<br /><br /> urgent http://www.uic.edu/uic UrgentFeed Tue, 19 Apr 2016 19:13:50 -0500 Tue, 19 Apr 2016 19:13:50 -0500 UIC Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Violence Read this message online [http://news.uic.edu/files/official/2016_0419_survey.html]<br /> <br />Dear Students,<br /><br />Recently you should have received an email regarding the online campus climate survey. The Office for Access and Equity supports UIC’s goal of a safe and productive educational experience for everyone and encourages you to take the voluntary, anonymous survey at [http://tinyurl.com/uicclimatesurvey].<br /><br />Interpersonal violence affects many students, and the campus climate survey will help UIC better respond to violence and improve services for survivors by giving us a clearer picture of how violence is experienced by students. The survey will also help us to plan prevention efforts to stop violence before it begins. Whether or not you have experienced violence, we hope to find out how well you feel UIC responds to violence.<br /><br />The survey should take about 30 minutes. You will be asked some basic information about yourself (age, gender, race, relationship status), and questions regarding your experience with interpersonal violence. You must be 18 years of age or older to participate in this IRB-approved research protocol (#2016-0045).<br /><br />When you have completed the survey, you will be given the opportunity, if you wish, to enter your email for a chance to win one of 60 cash prizes from $20 to $80. Chances of winning are approximately 1 in 50.<br /><br />If you have questions about the survey, contact Dr. Paul Schewe at schewepa@uic.edu.<br /><br />Amy Truelove<br />Deputy Title IX Coordinator<br />Office for Access and Equity official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Mon, 18 Apr 2016 16:15:22 -0500 Mon, 18 Apr 2016 16:15:22 -0500 Recycling at UIC Read this message online [http://news.uic.edu/files/official/2016_0419_recycling.html]<br /> <br /> <br />Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:<br /><br />Everyone has a part to play in UIC’s successful recycling program. Every year, we add new partners and new materials to the effort. In 2015, the Office of Sustainability:<br /><br />*expanded our Lab Share program to redistribute usable supplies<br />*partnered with several departments to collect alkaline batteries<br />*expanded pen recycling collection<br />*coordinated collection of nitrile gloves in five buildings<br /><br />All of which helped us achieve a recycling rate of 43%. The Student Centers will soon begin plastic bag collection in SCE, SCW, and SSB.<br /><br />The Chancellor’s Committee on Sustainability and Energy has set a goal of reaching a 50% recycling rate within five years. We are confident we can achieve this – even during a projected 6% growth in enrollment – if everyone pitches in.<br /><br />Everyone should know what materials can be recycled on campus and how to do it.<br /><br />In offices, each employee should have a recycling container at their workstation and be responsible for sorting recyclable material from trash and emptying both containers into the corresponding hallway bins. The building service workers take over from there, moving the sorted waste and recyclables to the dock.<br /><br />In the residence halls, residents must take recyclables from their rooms to the common recycling collection areas.<br /><br />Everywhere else: Deposit materials in the appropriate hallway bins.<br /><br />Want to take a bigger role in recycling? Join our Eco-Educators program and get a free t-shirt! Encourage anyone you see putting paper or a bottle into the landfill container to put it in the recycling bin instead. And, if the recycling bins aren't labeled correctly, or the lids don’t match the bins, or if there’s no signage in your building -- let us know at recycling@uic.edu.<br /><br />Cynthia Klein-Banai<br />Associate Chancellor for Sustainability<br /><br /> <br /><br />© Copyright 2016 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Mon, 18 Apr 2016 16:07:48 -0500 Mon, 18 Apr 2016 16:07:48 -0500 Evacuation drill On Wednesday, April 20, the Environmental Health and Safety Office will conduct a simultaneous evacuation drill at Art and Exhibition Hall (641 building, 400 S. Peoria St.) and the College of Urban Planning & Public Affairs Hall (642 building, 412 S. Peoria St.) at 10:00 AM.<br /><br />Both buildings will reopen at the conclusion of the drill.<br /><br />Richard Anderson<br />Director, Environmental Health and Safety<br /> official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Mon, 18 Apr 2016 15:41:18 -0500 Mon, 18 Apr 2016 15:41:18 -0500 Strategic Priorities Town Hall Read this message online [http://chancellor.uic.edu/files/messages/2016_0418_town_hall.html]<br /><br /> <br /> <br />Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,<br /><br />The Strategic Priorities Committee, chaired by Michael Pagano, Dean of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, and Dr. Robert Winn, Director of the Cancer Center and Associate Vice Chancellor for Community Based Practice, invites you to a Town Hall on Thursday, April 21, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the Student Services Building, Meeting Rooms B & C.<br /><br />The Strategic Priorities Committee has identified themes and focal points that will advance UIC. The Committee welcomes you to review the Strategic Priorities Draft Report [https://chancellor.uic.edu/files/2016/04/Strategic_Priorities_draft_report.pdf] and Overview document [https://chancellor.uic.edu/files/2016/04/Strategic_Priorities_overview.pdf].<br /><br />The Committee looks forward to your questions and feedback at the Town Hall.<br /><br />The Town Hall will be webcast live at: [http://www.ustream.tv/channel/uic-meetings-and-conferences].<br /><br />Michael D. Amiridis<br />Chancellor<br /><br />This Town Hall has been designated as an approved event for non-exempt civil service employees. These employees may attend, without having to charge a benefit, operations permitting and with prior supervisory approval.<br /><br /><br /> <br />© Copyright 2016 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Mon, 18 Apr 2016 09:00:20 -0500 Mon, 18 Apr 2016 09:00:20 -0500 Crime alert UIC Police received a report on April 15 at 1:50 p.m. that on April 14 at approximately 2 a.m. a student had been sexually assaulted in a university residence hall at 600 S. Halsted St.<br /><br />The offender, who is not UIC affiliated, was known to the victim through a mutual friend. The offender is described as a black male, height 6-3 to 6-4, 180-190 pounds, of muscular build, with a light complexion, and wearing a white t-shirt and dark sweat pants. <br /><br />The university is providing resources to assist the victim and will continue to take actions to maintain the safety and security of the campus community.<br /><br />UIC Police are leading the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call 312-996-2830.<br /><br />Crime location mapped: https://goo.gl/maps/rMAHshG7HbB2<br /><br />UIC Police offer the following security tips:<br /><br />-- Report crime promptly to police.<br />-- To contact the UIC Police, call 312-355-5555 for emergencies or 312-996-2830 for non-emergencies.<br />-- For confidential counseling, contact Counseling Services at 312-996-3490 for students; and Employee Assistance Service at 312-996-3588 for faculty and staff.<br />-- Any student, staff or faculty member at UIC who experiences sexual assault, domestic/dating violence or stalking can access free, anonymous and confidential services by calling the Campus Advocacy Network (CAN) at 312-413-8206.<br /><br /><br />---------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />Crime alerts are distributed to the university community in compliance with the federal Clery Act. UIC Police also issue notifications for off-campus crimes in the interest of public-safety awareness. Security tips are standard precautions, not special or incident-specific measures. Offender descriptions and precise locations are provided only to aid in the identification of possible suspects. Updates to investigations are not sent by email but will be posted online at: http://www.uic.edu/uic/studentlife/campus/crime-alerts.shtml<br /><br />UIC Annual Security Report <br />http://clery.uic.edu<br /><br />Chicago Police Department Crime Incidents <br />http://gis.chicagopolice.org/clearmap/startpage.htm<br /><br /> urgent http://www.uic.edu/uic UrgentFeed Fri, 15 Apr 2016 15:25:13 -0500 Fri, 15 Apr 2016 15:25:13 -0500 Updated: Finalists for Dean of the Honors College Read this message online [http://news.uic.edu/files/official/2016_0415_dean_honors.html]<br /> <br />I am pleased to invite you to meet the three finalists for the position of Dean of the Honors College at town hall meetings on the dates below. Please note that the candidate information for April 26 and April 28 has changed, and this supersedes yesterday’s announcement:<br /><br />Wednesday, April 20<br />Hormoz BassiriRad<br />Professor, Department of Biological Sciences<br />College of Liberal Arts and Sciences<br /><br />Town Hall Meeting: 1:30-2:30 p.m., 713 SCE<br /><br />Tuesday, April 26<br />Ralph Keen<br />Interim Dean, Honors College<br />Professor of History and Arthur J. Schmitt Foundation Chair in Catholic Studies<br />College of Liberal Arts and Sciences<br /><br />Town Hall Meeting: 1:00-2:00 p.m., 713 SCE<br /><br />Thursday, April 28<br />Hui-Ching Chang<br />Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Honors College<br />Associate Professor, Department of Communication<br />College of Liberal Arts and Sciences<br /><br />Town Hall Meeting: 1:00-2:00 p.m., 713 SCE<br /><br />I hope that you will take this opportunity to meet the finalists, and to provide your evaluations of them to me using the form available at the search website [https://adminsearches.uic.edu/dhc/finalists/]. If you have any questions, please contact the search coordinator, Faizan Abid, at fabid@uic.edu. <br /><br />I am grateful to the search committee, chaired by Dean Karen Colley, for its excellent work. <br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Susan Poser<br />Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs<br /><br /><br /><br />© Copyright 2016 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Fri, 15 Apr 2016 13:58:07 -0500 Fri, 15 Apr 2016 13:58:07 -0500 Summer 2016 CTA Ventra U-PASS Read this message online [file:///C:/Users/kokimo1/Documents/Sites/officials%20-%20UIC%20html/2016_0415_upass.html]<br /> <br /> <br />Summer 2016 CTA Ventra U-PASS is available to all full-time UIC students, including faculty or staff taking a full-time course load. All eligible students will be assessed the $108 nonrefundable CTA Transportation Fee for Summer Session. Students are responsible for paying the fee even if they choose not to pick up their U-PASS. The U-PASS is not available to part-time students.<br /><br />Returning students with a non-expired Ventra U-PASS must be registered as full-time by April 22 for the Ventra U-PASS to activate on May 11. New students (including transfer students) must be registered by April 22 and have an i-card picture on file to be able to pick up a U-PASS on May 11.<br /><br />If you do not register, or fail to have your i-card photo taken by April 22, you will have to allow extra time for your U-PASS to properly "load" or be printed; you also run the risk of incurring per-ride fare charges that result in a negative transit account balance. Any outstanding balance will have to be paid to CTA before your UIC Ventra U-PASS can be loaded. You can check the status of your card's transit account balance and U-PASS feature online [https://www.ventrachicago.com/balance/] by entering your card's serial number and expiration date.<br /><br />The UIC U-PASS is always valid 5 days prior to the first day of classes listed on the academic calendar, and it expires 5 days after the last day of finals. It is valid for unlimited travel aboard all CTA buses and trains during this time. The last day to use your Ventra U-PASS for the 2016 Summer Session is August 10.<br /><br />Students in the College of Dentistry, College of Medicine, and the Corporate MBA program may have start and end dates that differ from those listed above.<br /><br />One of the conveniences of Ventra is that students can continue to use their same U-PASS during the summer and semester breaks. To do so, you must add funds to your account, as you will be charged regular per-ride fares on days school is not in session. This practice replaces the need for you to use a separate fare card during school breaks.<br /><br />You can load transit value or CTA passes to your card online or at Ventra vending machines at CTA rail stations or participating retail locations – visit VentraChicago.com to find a location.<br /><br />If while using the U-PASS between semesters your account is not in good standing, such as a carrying a negative balance, U-PASS privileges will not work when the semester begins, and the account will be suspended. The Ventra U-PASS unlimited riding privilege automatically resumes for the next semester 5 days before the first day of school.<br /><br />U-PASS Distribution Policies<br /><br />Your valid i-card is required to pick up your U-PASS.<br />You may not pick up another student's U-PASS.<br />You must currently be registered as a full-time student.<br />Depending on when you registered, you may be asked to login to the Student Self Service system to provide proof of status.<br /><br />PARATRANSIT SERVICE<br /><br />The U-PASS program includes paratransit services for eligible students. Students who are unable to use fixed route public transportation due to a disability may be eligible for Paratransit Service, a shared ride program offered by the Regional Transit Authority (RTA). Students must be certified by the RTA in order to use the service. For additional details, please visit our website [http://www.uic.edu/depts/idcenter/upass.shtml], or call the ID Center at 312-413-5940 or the Disability Resource Center at 312-413-2183.<br /><br />REPLACEMENT U-PASSES<br /><br />For information on replacing a lost or stolen U-PASS, or regarding a damaged or captured U-PASS, see the U-PASS Replacement FAQ [http://www.uic.edu/depts/idcenter/upass_faq.shtml#replace].<br /><br />Students who are ineligible to participate in the U-PASS program will face disciplinary procedures for fraudulently obtaining, attempting to obtain, or selling a U-PASS. Additionally, the CTA may pursue criminal charges for fraudulent behavior related to U-PASS.<br /><br /> <br />© Copyright 2016 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Thu, 14 Apr 2016 16:21:18 -0500 Thu, 14 Apr 2016 16:21:18 -0500 Safety Nets for UIC Students Read this message online [http://news.uic.edu/files/official/2016_0414_safety_nets.html]<br /> <br /> <br />Dear Colleagues,<br /><br />As we commit to enhancing the student experience, the well-being of our students is a top priority. Once again I write to acknowledge the efforts of all faculty and staff in assisting students who are experiencing problems. UIC has established safety nets for our students that would not be possible without each of you.<br /><br />This time of the academic year can be very stressful for students. The Counseling Center is a resource for the referral of emotionally distressed students. It also provides assessment of students in crisis and consultation about how best to respond to a student of concern. If you are worried about a student, call the Counseling Center at (312) 996-3490. The professional staff will speak with you about a possible course of action to help your student. The Counseling Center also has an online resource, Helping the Emotionally Distressed Student: A Referral Guide for Faculty and Staff [http://go.uic.edu/distress].<br /><br />Another resource is the Office of the Dean of Students, whose staff offers consultative services and assistance to faculty and staff who might be dealing with a student's behavioral problems or misconduct. The staff can provide you with strategies and recommendations to resolve many student issues. Contact the Office of the Dean of Students at (312) 996-4857.<br /><br />Both the Counseling Center and the Dean of Students Office can refer you to other campus resources as needed.<br /><br />Thank you for your vigilance and support of our students. I look forward to the continuation of our partnership as we work to enhance the student experience.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Barbara Henley<br />Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs<br /><br /> <br />© Copyright 2016 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Thu, 14 Apr 2016 15:01:00 -0500 Thu, 14 Apr 2016 15:01:00 -0500