Category: Students

Campus Message 04.21.17

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

This is a reminder that your participation is welcome in several upcoming events when a peer review team from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) visits UIC on April 24-25. The site visits are part of the process to reaffirm our accreditation.

To ensure that all members of the UIC community will be able to participate, there will be several opportunities to share comments and feedback with the reviewers:

Open discussion for faculty members (full-time, part-time, and clinical)
Tuesday, April 25, 9:15-10:15 a.m., Illinois Room A in Student Center East.

Drop-in sessions. These are open sessions for members of the UIC community who would like to speak with the peer review team or ask questions about the accreditation process. Appointments are not necessary; feel free to stop by.
Monday, April 24, 10:45-11:45 a.m., Room 2650 in University Hall.
Monday, April 24, 1:00-2:00 p.m., Room 2650 in University Hall.

Open forums. There will be five open forums during the site visit, one for each of the HLC’s criteria. Faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend these sessions to discuss how UIC addresses the HLC’s accreditation criteria. Read more…


UIC junior wins national honor for civic engagement

A University of Illinois at Chicago junior has been selected to receive a 2017 Newman Civic Fellowship by Campus Compact, a national nonprofit coalition of more than 1,000 colleges and universities.

Alexis Smyser, a communication major in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is among 273 students honored for their efforts to find solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country and abroad.

UIC Chancellor Michael Amiridis, who nominated Smyser for the award, describes her as a “strong, vocal community activist.”

“She eagerly engages in community meetings with elected officials and contributes to dialogue regarding issues affecting Latinos in Chicago and nationwide,” Amiridis said. “Alexis is an outstanding active citizen who we are proud to have as a member of our community.” Read more…


Campus Message 04.18.17

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

Last year, the UIC Master Plan Advisory Committee began the process of formulating a 10-year plan to help UIC “Escape Forward” through strategic development of campus facilities and grounds. I am pleased to announce that the committee has developed a draft plan titled, Envisioning Our Future: 2017-2027 Plan, that is now ready for input from all campus stakeholders. The draft plan and video can be found at: https://architect.uic.edu/uic-campus-master-plan/

I have asked the co-chairs of the committee, Fernando Howell, Director of Capital Planning and Project Management, and Dave Taeyaerts, Associate Vice Chancellor of Learning Environments & Campus Architect, to present the draft plan before the end of the semester at two town hall meetings to gather your feedback. Read more…


Campus Message 04.13.17

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

Every ten years the University of Illinois at Chicago is evaluated by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) to reaccredit our institution. I invite and encourage you to participate in several events during peer review team visits on April 24-25. The site visits are part of the process to reaffirm our accreditation.

To ensure that all members of the UIC community will be able to participate, there will be several opportunities to share comments and feedback with the reviewers:

Open discussion for faculty members (full-time, part-time, and clinical)
Tuesday, April 25, 9:15-10:15 a.m., Illinois Room A in Student Center East.

Drop-in sessions. These are open sessions for members of the UIC community who would like to speak with the peer review team or ask questions about the accreditation process. Appointments are not necessary; feel free to stop by.
Monday, April 24, 10:45-11:45 a.m., Room 2650 in University Hall.
Monday, April 24, 1:00-2:00 p.m., Room 2650 in University Hall.

Open forums. There will be five open forums during the site visit, one for each of the HLC’s criteria. Faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend these sessions to discuss how UIC addresses the HLC’s accreditation criteria. Read more…


Campus Message 03.23.17

Chancellor Michael D. Amiridis

invites you to

“The State of the University of Illinois at Chicago Address”

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

UIC Forum
725 W. Roosevelt Rd.
Chicago, Illinois

Please RSVP online. UIC Faculty and Staff may park in Lot 5, 1135 S. Morgan St., at no cost if you present a valid UIC Parking hangtag.

This event will be streamed live on the Chancellor’s website.

The Chancellor will discuss UIC accomplishments, current challenges facing the campus, and future plans to be Chicago’s premier public research university.

The address 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.

Click here to see this message online.


Campus Message 03.21.17

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

On Wednesday, March 15, we alerted the campus community that offensive and anti-Semitic posters were found on campus. Unfortunately, and sadly, additional posters have been found on campus and we write once again to reaffirm that these actions do not reflect the values we hold as a community. As stated in our earlier communication, UIC strives to be an environment free of discrimination in all of its forms and we strongly encourage everyone in our community to respect these principles.

Much of the vitality of our campus is because of the diversity of thought and perspectives that exist here. The same laws that allow for that vitality also allow for speech that can be offensive and create discomfort and even fear. Though there are some exceptions to the First Amendment’s protections, they are highly circumscribed and not available to prevent or punish the posting on public bulletin boards of ideas that many find deeply offensive. Read more…


Campus Message 03.15.17

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

Today, anti-Semitic posters were found on campus that defame, insult and negatively portray Jewish members of our campus community. Such actions do not reflect the values we hold as a community. Acts that invoke hatred or violence toward members of our community will not be tolerated on our campus.

This event makes it necessary for us to reaffirm our collective commitment to two fundamental principles: the first is the importance of tolerance, inclusion and diversity to our university community and the second is the right to free expression that ensures we are a place of open inquiry and learning. Both of these principles are fundamental to who we are and what we aspire to be as a university. Read more…


Campus Message 03.01.17

Chancellor Michael D. Amiridis

invites you to

“The State of the University of Illinois at Chicago Address”

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

UIC Forum
725 W. Roosevelt Rd.
Chicago, Illinois

Please RSVP online.

The Chancellor will discuss UIC accomplishments, current challenges facing the campus, and future plans to be Chicago’s premier public research university.

The address 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.

Click here to see this message online.


Campus Message 02.27.17

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

Given the national dialogue and uncertainty surrounding immigration policy and enforcement, we want again to assure our campus community that we are committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for all.

We realize that some members of our community are concerned and uncertain about what to do if you are on campus and come in contact with federal law enforcement agents.

If you are on campus and federal law enforcement agents, such as the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), ask to speak with you, or present you with paperwork or a warrant, our legal experts suggest that you contact UIC Police immediately at 312-355-5555. Generally, you are not required to respond to questions or provide information, and if you are obligated in any way, the UIC Police will be able to help you make that determination. Read more…


Campus Message 02.06.17

Dear Students:

I write to request your participation in a survey to provide the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) reviewers with more information about the student experience at UIC. While this survey is voluntary, your comments are very important. The answers you give on this survey are anonymous. The Higher Learning Commission and UIC will not have access to any information that would identify you as an individual.

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is the institutional accrediting association that comprehensively evaluates our University, and information about your experience through this survey will be important during this process. Read more…