Support

19.1 ASSISTANCE FOR STUDENTS WITH CHILDREN

The University’s Office of Graduate Student Affairs runs a Family Resource Center, which is free to students and open to university-affiliated families.  The mission of the Family Resource Center is to provide a welcoming space where families from the University community can access resources, information, and supportive programming and services.  For information on the Family Resource Center, please visit the Resource Center website at: http://grad-affairs.uchicago.edu/page/family-resource-center.  Many students have found the Family Resource Center’s listserv especially helpful.  Additional information on resources available to student parents is available at http://grad-affairs.uchicago.edu/page/resources-university-parents.

In addition, the Law School student group Amicus usually collects informal information about child care options and emergency baby-sitting contacts.

A room for nursing mothers is located in the Lower Level. Nursing mothers should pick up a key from the Student Affairs Administrator in the Office of the Dean of Students.

The Law School hosts Family Days each year designed to welcome students and their family members to the Law School community.  Spouses, children, and significant others are also more than welcome to attend all programming and events (Coffee Mess, Wine Mess, Study Breaks, Wellness and Professionalism programming, etc.) organized by the Office of the Dean of Students.  

19.2 COUNSELING

Most academic and personal counseling is done by the Dean of Students, the Associate Dean for Careers Services and Policy Initiatives, and the Associate Director of Student Affairs. Students should feel free to approach these individuals to discuss academic and personal issues.

In addition, the University has a staff of professional counselors in the Student Counseling Service (SCS) at 5737 South University Avenue (773-702-9800). The SCS provides coordinated and comprehensive consultation and counseling services, ranging from study skills counseling to alcohol abuse treatment to psychotherapy, for all registered University of Chicago students and their families who are covered under the University’s health insurance plan. The SCS specializes in diagnostic evaluation, short-term individual, couple and group psychotherapy, as well as in services for students who are experiencing difficulties in studying and learning or in managing their time.

For an evaluation, outside referral, or assignment to a therapist call 773-702-9800 to schedule an appointment. You can also speak with the Dean of Students or the Associate Director of Student Affairs for a referral. Ordinarily, students are scheduled for an intake evaluation within a few days, although emergency cases are handled immediately. There is no need to make an appointment in a crisis. The SCS counselor on-call for evenings and weekends can be reached at 773-702-3625.

LET’S TALK offers free and confidential consultations and support with professional counselors on a variety of issues.  No appointment is necessary.   See http://counseling.uchicago.edu/page/let’s-talk. 

19.3 DEAN-ON-CALL

The Dean-on-Call is the University official responsible after business hours for determining how emergencies involving students are to be handled.

A Dean-on-Call is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year, and may be reached through the University Police. The Dean-on-Call is notified any time a student is involved in a serious incident. It is the responsibility of the University Police to decide when a notification is appropriate, but any member of the University community may contact the Dean-on-Call by calling the University Police at 773-702-8181 and asking them to page the Dean-on-Call. When a sexual assault is reported to the University Police, the University Police will contact the Sexual Assault Dean-on-Call.

The Dean-on-Call’s role is both supportive and administrative. The Dean-on-Call supports the student by trying to inform and support him/her in whatever ways possible. The Dean-on-Call is also responsible for ensuring that the full resources of the University are available to and working for the student. Particularly in cases of a serious illness or other life-threatening situation, the Dean-on-Call is central in planning a comprehensive community response. After a crisis has passed, the Dean-on-Call usually monitors a student’s case to make sure that adequate support continues to be made available.

A Dean-on-Call or other appropriate administrative official will be notified whenever a student enters the University Medical Center for treatment on an emergency basis or as an inpatient and identifies himself or herself as a University student.

19.4 ASSISTANCE FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

The University of Chicago is a community of scholars, researchers, educators, students, and staff members devoted to the pursuit of knowledge. In keeping with its traditions and long standing policies and practices, the University, in admissions and access to programs, considers students on the basis of individual merit and without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or other factors irrelevant to study at the University.

The University does not have a comprehensive program oriented wholly towards educating students with disabilities, but it strives to be supportive of the academic, personal, and work related needs of each individual and is committed to helping those with disabilities become full participants in the life of the University.

Students with disabilities should contact the Dean of Students and the University’s Director for Student Disability Services to request assistance and coordination of accommodations at the University.  Students should not contact faculty regarding accommodations.

Once the appropriate documentation is received, professionals will review it to clarify the nature and extent of the disability. If academic work is at issue, faculty also may become involved in these discussions. The student and the Dean of Students should maintain contact as appropriate in ongoing efforts to accommodate the student. Assuming the documentation submitted is current and complete, this process may require up to ten weeks.

More information can be found at disabilities.uchicago.edu.

19.5 ASSISTANCE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

LL.M. students should feel free to contact the Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs or the Dean of Students with questions. In addition, the Office of International Affairs (http://internationalaffairs.uchicago.edu/) addresses issues unique to foreign students at the University. The Office is located at International House, 1414 E. 59th Street, Room 291 (second floor), 773-702-7752.

19.6 ASSISTANCE FOR STUDENTS OF COLOR

The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA) supports the academic success of students of color at the University of Chicago and works to build an inclusive campus community. OMSA’s programs focus on enriching students’ experiences and encouraging cross-cultural dialogue on campus. OMSA serves and advocates for all African American, Asian American, Latino, and Native American students who attend the College, Graduate Divisions, and Professional Schools.

OMSA executes its mission in collaboration with other departments within the University of Chicago. All students, faculty, staff, and alumni of the University are welcome to partner with OMSA in advancing its efforts to support students of color.  Students can learn more about OMSA and its services and programs at http://omsa.uchicago.edu.

Law students should also feel free to contact the Dean of Students or the Associate Director of Students Affairs with concerns.

The University has a Bias Response Team that can be called upon if students wish to report an incidence of bias on campus.  Please see the Dean of Students or the Associate Director of Students Affairs for more information. 

19.7 OMBUDSPERSON

The Student Ombudsperson is an independent University official appointed by (and reporting to) the University President. The Ombudsperson is responsible for investigating and helping to resolve student complaints and grievances, particularly in instances where regular channels or processes have not proved sufficient. You do not need to make an appointment to see the Ombudsperson. Office hours vary, so please check the website at ombudsperson.uchicago.edu for information.  The Office of the Student Ombudsperson is located in Suite 305 of the University Bookstore Building (970 E. 58th Street).  To contact the Ombudsperson, email ombudsperson@uchicago.edu or call 773-702-8422. 

19.8 SERVICES FOR VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT

A student who is a victim of a sex offense is urged to call the University Police or the Sexual Assault Dean-on-Call. If the University Police are called, they will respond at once, and at the same time notify the Sexual Assault Dean-on-Call. The Sexual Assault Dean-on-Call may be reached directly through the University Police by dialing 123 from any University phone or 773-702-8181 and asking for the Sexual Assault Dean-on-Call. The student is not required to give a reason for calling the Sexual Assault Dean-on-Call, nor does contacting the Dean-on-Call oblige the student to make a report with the police.

The Sexual Assault Dean-on-Call is available to answer any general or personal questions related to sexual assault. The Sexual Assault Dean-on-Call ensures that the full breadth of University resources is available to assist the student through the crisis, explains procedures at the police station or the emergency room, gives general information about the criminal justice system and University disciplinary procedures, and provides referrals for counseling and other services, such as legal advocacy. The Sexual Assault Dean-on-Call will remain in contact with the student as long as the student wishes.

The University of Chicago will make every reasonable effort to preserve an individual's privacy and protect the confidentiality of information related to sexual assault. Because sexual assault is a serious crime that may threaten the community as a whole, in rare instances the University may be obliged to pursue an alleged sexual assault through internal disciplinary procedures without the cooperation of the victim. Always in such instances, the University will inform the victim of its obligation to address a community safety issue.

 The Sexual Assault Dean-on-Call will contact the student or, if appropriate, will go to the Emergency Room to offer assistance. The student may ask the Sexual Assault Dean-on-Call to leave and not become further involved, but should recognize that doing so will make it much more difficult for the University to provide coordinated assistance.