This December, UIC will host its first Fall Commencement. There will be two ceremonies on Friday, December 11 for graduates in the colleges of Applied Health Sciences; Architecture, Design, and the Arts; Business Administration; Education; Engineering; Liberal Arts and Sciences; and Urban Planning and Public Affairs. The ceremony for students receiving graduate degrees will be held at 2:00 p.m., and the ceremony for students receiving bachelor’s degrees will follow at 7:30 p.m. Both events will be held at the UIC Pavilion.
You have been instrumental in our students' achievements, and I urge you to join our graduates and their families as we celebrate this important milestone in their lives. Information on ordering academic regalia at no charge will be forthcoming from the Provost.
I look forward to celebrating our graduates’ accomplishments and greeting our newest alumni and their families with you.
Michael D. Amiridis
October 1, 2015
Today, Illinois begins its fourth month without a state budget.
The University of Illinois has managed through the ongoing impasse that has shut off funding from the state. Through efficiencies and careful financial management, we have maintained operations without disruption to students, and we will continue to honor all commitments to employees and vendors.
But operating without a critical source of funding is not sustainable in the long term. Already, we have significant vouchers for traditionally eligible expenses that cannot be submitted because there is no budget for fiscal 2016. Other public universities across the state also face shortfalls that will continue to grow as the stalemate lingers.
So, today, I joined the presidents of the state’s nine public universities in signing a letter to Governor Rauner and our legislative leaders, urging them to end the impasse before it does serious harm to the public higher education campuses that are vital to the state’s future. A copy of the letter is available online: http://go.uillinois.edu/October1BudgetUpdate.
Collectively, our state’s public universities are large-scale incubators of the highly skilled workforce and groundbreaking innovation that are central to prosperity and economic growth in the 21st century. But the funding lapse poses threats for both the current academic year and for our future.
The letter sent to the governor and legislative leaders seeks face-to-face meetings to discuss sensible solutions to the impasse and to make our case collectively for robust, appropriate and predictable funding.
In the meantime, our coalition of public university leaders is stepping up advocacy efforts – meeting with legislators in Springfield and in their districts and mounting grassroots campaigns that encourage students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends to join with us in articulating the value of public higher education for Illinois. I will provide updates as our efforts continue.
I want to assure you that the University of Illinois will continue to do whatever it takes to maintain, preserve and extend our reputation for excellence during this period of budgetary uncertainty and stress.
As always, I am deeply grateful for your commitment to the University of Illinois and for your patience, understanding and support during these uncertain times.
Read this message online [http://news.uic.edu/files/official/2015_1001_bg_check.html]
Dear Faculty and Staff,
Recently, the University of Illinois Board of Trustees approved a policy [http://www.trustees.uillinois.edu/trustees/agenda/September-10-2015/010-sep-UniversityBackgroundCheck-Policy.pdf] requiring criminal background checks for new hires effective October 5, 2015.
The policy was designed to help ensure the provision of a safe and secure environment for all students, employees and visitors at the university.
The university previously required background checks for employees who hold security sensitive positions, who work at the hospital or who work with children.
The new policy will expand the checks to all newly hired faculty, academic professionals and civil service workers.
Offers of employment will be made contingent upon the results of a criminal background check and other pre-employment assessments. A criminal record or history will not automatically exclude a person from being considered for or being offered employment, but it will be taken into consideration to determine if an individual is suitable for employment.
The Chicago and Springfield campuses will implement the new policy Oct. 5.
President Killeen and leadership of the Board of Trustees have agreed to extend the implementation deadline for the Urbana campus until Nov. 1 due to recent concerns raised by the Academic Senate. During this four-week period, hires cannot be finalized on the Urbana campus unless a background check is conducted.
If you have questions about the policy or procedures relating to background checks at UIC, please contact Odell Richmond, firstname.lastname@example.org or 6-6356, or Jack McEnery, email@example.com or 6-3581.
Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services
Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources
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