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11. Facilities

11.1 Building Hours

The hours during which law students will be able to access the Law School and Library vary throughout the year (longer hours during exams and shorter hours during the summer) but are generally:

  • Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. (Library opens at 8:00 a.m.)
  • Saturday – Sunday: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 a.m. (Library opens at 10:00 a.m. on Saturdays and 12:00 p.m. on Sundays)

Members of the University who are not enrolled in the Law School have access to the building and Library when the Library’s Circulation Desk is open. The Library’s hours when classes are in session are as follows:

  • Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday:12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

The Law School uses a card-key access system at all doors depending on the time of day. The security benefits of the card-key access system depend on the conscientiousness of the users. Key access points are located at the northeast entrance (north side of the classroom wing) and the East Breezeway.  Students are able to enter the building using their Chicago Card during building hours.  During weekday business hours, the Receptionist monitors building entry. All members of the University community may enter during the day.  Visitors must sign in, show ID, and indicate the purpose of their visit.  An appropriate person from that area will be notified.  A Visitor Control Attendant (VCA) is stationed in the East Breezeway area after business hours through the time the building closes. The VCA may leave his or her station to patrol the building during the later hours, so students should be aware that they may not be able to enter the building for several minutes if they do not have their Chicago Card with them. Moreover, the VCA may not be available to escort students to their cars during those times.

Students should carry their Chicago Card at all times. In addition to needing it to enter the building, students may be asked to display it to verify that they are a law student.

Please do not hold doors open or admit people not known to you. Direct guests to the East Breezeway entrance.

A receptionist or VCA is present at all times when the building is open.

It is the VCA’s responsibility to ensure access to the building is restricted to those who are authorized and to check the bags and briefcases of those exiting to make sure books have been properly checked out. S/he is also responsible for checking to make sure all exterior doors are securely locked and alarmed, and for escorting students to their cars in the Law School parking lot at night upon request. All students must be out of the building by the time the VCA leaves for the night. Remaining in the building after the VCA departs for the evening is grounds for disciplinary action.

The VCA takes periodic walks throughout the building, lasting for approximately 10 minutes at a time.

Students are not to allow admittance to the building by an individual who is not a Law School student, faculty member, or staff member.  Guests should be referred to the receptionist or the VCA.

Non-service animals are not permitted in the building.

11.2 Building Services & Maintenance

The Facilities Office has primary responsibility for the daily operation and maintenance of the Law School Building.  If you wish to report a problem with the building (heating, lighting, etc.), please see a member of the Facilities staff, Room K007, or email facilities@uclaw.uchicago.edu. The Associate Dean for Administration (Room A207, 773-834-3790) is ultimately responsible for building operations.

11.3 Green Lounge

The Harold J. Green Lounge is the focal point and “living room” of the Law School. Please help maintain the Green Lounge and clean your tables after you have eaten, and remember to deposit any trash (food containers and wrappers, papers, etc.) in the trash cans and recycle bins located throughout the Green Lounge. Do not post or place notices/signs on any surfaces in the Green Lounge.

Please note: students should not move tables in the Green Lounge, except under the supervision of Law School staff for the purpose of event set-up. In all other circumstances, the tables must remain in their locations and may only be moved by Law School staff.

11.4 Lockers

Lockers in the Law School Lower Level are automatically assigned to all students by the Administrative and Instructional Support Specialist.  Students leave items in lockers at their own risk.  Please keep your valuables with you.  Please also make sure that the door is secured and that you spin the dial after you close the locker door. If there is a mechanical problem with your locker, please report it to the Facilities staff (facilities@uclaw.uchicago.edu). Graduating students must remove all personal items from their lockers by the date specified by the Office of the Dean of Students or the items will be discarded.

11.5 Lost and Found

Found items are deposited in one of three areas:

  1. Library Circulation Desk
  2. Reception/VCA Desk
  3. Facilities Office (K007)

11.6 Smoking Policy

Under the University’s campus-wide non-smoking policy, no smoking is permitted in University buildings or within 15 feet of any building entrance.

Please note the smoking policy includes electronic cigarettes of any kind.