University Policies

Free Speech Policy

The University of Chicago is an institution fully committed to the creation of knowledge across the spectrum of disciplines and professions, firm in its belief that a culture of intense inquiry and informed argument generates lasting ideas, and that the members of its community have a responsibility both to challenge and to listen. Geoffrey R. Stone, Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law and former Provost of the University, captures this ethos in his Report of the Committee on Freedom of Expression.  The full speech is available at

Harassment, Discrimination, and Sexual Misconduct Policy

Sexual misconduct may violate the law, does violate the standards of our community, and is unacceptable at the University of Chicago.  Sexual misconduct can be devastating to the person who experiences it directly and can adversely impact family, friends, and the larger community.  People who believe they have experienced any sexual misconduct are encouraged to report the incident and to seek medical care and support as soon as possible.  The complete University Harassment Policy is available online at

Alcohol Policy

A complete description of the University Alcohol Policy is available in the Student Manual of University Policies and Regulations, which is available online at  

A synopsis of that policy follows:

All members of the University community are responsible for being familiar and complying with the requirements of federal and Illinois statutes and Chicago ordinances regarding the consumption, possession, and sale of alcohol and other drugs. The University expects each member of the community to be responsible for his or her own conduct and the consequences of that conduct.

The University recognizes both alcohol and drug abuse as potential health, safety, and security problems. The University expects faculty, students and staff to assist in maintaining a University environment free from the effects of alcohol and other drugs.

The University prohibits all students and employees from the unlawful manufacture, possession, use, distribution, sale, or purchase of alcohol and other drugs on University premises or as part of any University activity, and from working under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs. The only exception to this provision applies to moderate consumption and/or possession of alcohol on University premises at approved functions (e.g., receptions) by those legally permitted to consume or distribute alcohol. Such functions must comply with all applicable University guidelines.

Alcoholic beverages may not be served at any event at which undergraduates are present unless prior written approval has been obtained at least two weeks in advance from the Center for Leadership and Involvement or the Office of the Dean of Students.

All areas of the University that wish to serve alcohol in a University public area (common rooms, lounges, quads, etc.) at an event at which graduate or professional students are likely to be in attendance must, at least one week in advance of the event, consult with the Office of the Dean of Students and the unit responsible for the particular space allocation, and must designate a faculty or staff member to be present and responsible for the event. Recognized graduate and professional LSSOs must obtain written authorization to hold such events through the Center for Leadership and Involvement or the Office of the Dean of Students.

All areas of the University which will serve alcoholic beverages at a function when students will be present must have the servers or a responsible event representative of the function successfully complete alcohol risk management training (UCARE) offered by Health Promotion and Wellness and be present the entire length of the function (details at

Sufficient amounts of non-alcoholic beverages must be available at all functions where alcohol is available. Further, appropriate quantities of non-salty food must be served at all such events. There may be no reference to the availability of alcohol in any publicity, including electronic notices, for a University event.

University officials or agents of the University have the authority to prohibit attendees from bringing alcoholic beverages to a function or into a building, including events held in outdoor areas such as the Laird Bell Law School Quadrangle.

No Outside Bank Accounts

LSSOs may not maintain bank accounts outside of the University accounting system.  Non-University of Chicago accounts for LSSOs jeopardize the University’s status with the Internal Revenue Service, and can nullify an organization’s eligibility to use the University of Chicago name or to benefit from its non-profit status.

Other University-Wide Policies

All LSSOs must also adhere to the University-wide policies.  The University policies can be found at