UIC Official http://www.uic.edu/uic/feeds/official.rss Official, urgent and emergency campus announcements en-us Wed, 10 Apr 2013 22:02:53 -0500 60 UIC Official http://www.uic.edu/favicon.png http://www.uic.edu/uic Official, urgent and emergency campus announcements Holiday Building Closing and Intersession Schedule The Holiday Building Closing Schedule, and the Unit Holiday and Intersession Schedule, are now online. These schedules include the most recent information provided to us by the departments. Updates will be made as they are received.<br /><br />The Holiday Building Closing Schedule provides the most up-to-date list of buildings and the accessibility status during the reduced service schedule (December 22 – January 2).<br /><br />The Unit Holiday and Intersession Schedule [http://www.uic.edu/depts/avcad/] provides unit operating hours for the period beginning December 22 through January 4.<br /><br />Employees who have keycard access to their building will have access on the reduced service days. Employees who do not have keycard access and need to work on those days should have their supervisors send the required information to Building Access Control (x5-3529) to activate their I-cards for those days. Employees without keycards can call UIC Police (x6-2830) for access. Please send the police those employees’ names as much in advance as possible. Employees not on the list may be denied access.<br /><br />Mark Donovan<br />Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services<br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:48:13 -0600 Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:48:13 -0600 UIC Chancellor named Dear colleagues:<br /><br />We are pleased to announce that Dr. Michael D. Amiridis has been selected as chancellor and vice president of the University of Illinois at Chicago, pending approval by the Board of Trustees at its Jan. 15 meeting.<br /><br />He brings leadership experience that will continue the growth of our Chicago campus, in both size and stature. He is a veteran administrator on a flagship research campus, with a proven record of building academic and research excellence and a clear vision of the key role that public universities play in driving progress and economic growth.<br /><br />Dr. Amiridis is an award-winning teacher and researcher who rose quickly in senior leadership during a more than 20-year career at the University of South Carolina’s flagship Columbia campus. Since 2009, he has served as executive vice president for academic affairs and provost, where he oversees more than 320 degree programs in 15 colleges and schools, and shares responsibility for budgeting and capital planning.<br /><br />As provost, he helped lead initiatives that have increased the size of the freshman class by 70 percent in the last decade, and raised average SAT scores of incoming freshmen by 100 points. He created strategies for growth and excellence that gauge performance compared to peer institutions and also helped develop a plan that earned Board of Trustees funding for 200 new tenure and tenure-track positions.<br /><br />More on Dr. Amiridis can be found at http://www.uillinois.edu/searches/UICchancellor<br /><br /><br />We are deeply grateful for the hard work and guidance of the Search Advisory Committee for the Chancellor and Vice President of UIC and the leadership of its chair, Mrinalini (Meena) Rao. We are also grateful to all of the campus stakeholders who shared their insights to assist the search, and to Paula Allen-Meares for her six years of distinguished service as chancellor.<br /><br />We hope you will join us in welcoming Dr. Amiridis to the University of Illinois family, and our thanks to all of you for your commitment and service to UIC.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Robert A. Easter<br />President<br /><br />Timothy L. Killeen<br />President-elect officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:50:27 -0600 Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:50:27 -0600 Job Analysis Project Update Dear UIC Campus Community,<br /><br />I am writing to provide a status update on the Job Analysis project currently underway. A major goal of the project is to ensure that positions are properly classified as either Civil Service or Academic Professional. The need to engage in this project was precipitated by an audit finding declaring UIC to be non-compliant with Civil Service guidelines. To date, a small team of analysts have evaluated approximately 2,200 positions in 19 units representing colleges and administrative business units across Campus. Project completion should be realized by June 30, 2015.<br /><br />The job analysis project involves three primary components. These components include appropriately categorizing positions as Civil Service or Academic Professional; calculating seniority for individuals converting from Academic Professional to Civil Service; and facilitating an appeals process to ensure employees exercise due process when they disagree with the analysis.<br /><br />As the UIC Human Resources Compensation Unit moves into the final project phase it is appropriate to remind the Campus community about employee appeal rights under the conversion process.<br /><br />There is an appeals process available to employees who have completed job analysis and have concerns regarding the new title and classification. The appeals process may be an appropriate avenue if the employee believes that the new classification is an inaccurate reflection of their duties. If an employee is unsure, UIC Human Resources is available to help employees determine if an appeal is the appropriate course of action.<br /><br />When an employee disagrees with the outcome of the analysis, the employee may request reconsideration by the UIC Human Resources Compensation Unit. If the employee desires further review beyond the Campus level, the employee may ask the Executive Director of the State Universities Civil Service System (the System Office) to review and issue a decision. This is referred to as a position audit appeal. Additional detail regarding the classification appeals process is outlined in the State Universities Civil Service System Procedures Manual, Section 2.4 [http://www.sucss.illinois.gov/ProcMan/manuals_results.aspx?ID=8&kw=&osm=c40]. Some employees have already exercised their right to appeal.<br /><br />An appeal process also exists for those employees who have completed job analysis but have concerns regarding the seniority that is calculated during the conversion process. The State Universities Civil Service System Exemption Procedures Manual Section 8.2(b) (4) [http://www.sucss.illinois.gov/ProcMan/manuals_results.aspx?ID=223&kw=&osm=c40] provides the formula for determining seniority. On occasion, UIC Human Resources is asked to clarify the method for calculating seniority in the new Civil Service position. In those cases, we are available to help employees understand how seniority is calculated and determine if an appeal is appropriate.<br /><br />To ensure compliance, a method for calculating seniority was developed in keeping with Section 8.2(b) (4) [http://www.sucss.illinois.gov/ProcMan/manuals_results.aspx?ID=223&kw=&osm=c40] of the Exemption Procedures Manual. The method used considers the historical record keeping practices at UIC. Simply stated, this practice is defined by our ability to document the exact job duties and responsibilities of a position. In some situations records do not exist to sufficiently document duties and/or responsibilities.<br /><br />The appeal described above is referred to as a Director’s Review process. Review procedures are outlined in Section 250.130 [http://www.sucss.illinois.gov/sar_report.aspx?sm=SR&ID=16&kw=&osm=c43] of the Illinois Administrative Code (80 Ill. Adm. Code §250.130).<br /><br />UIC Human Resources is in the final months of the job analysis project with an anticipated completion date of June 30, 2015. Some employees may be waiting for the final determination regarding their position. To help better communicate progress, the UIC Human Resources website will be enhanced to include a tracking mechanism that allows the Campus to monitor the Job Analysis project by unit. This feature is currently under development with an anticipated rollout in early January. Once the tracking tool is available, instructions will be communicated to the Campus.<br /><br />If you have any further questions or concerns regarding this process, please feel free to contact me at crouchr@uillinois.edu or Ron Puskarits, Director of Compensation at puskarit@uillinois.edu.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Robert A. Crouch<br />Assistant Vice President for Human Resources<br /><br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:00:07 -0600 Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:00:07 -0600 Spring 2015 Payment Plan Enrollment Reminder Dear Student,<br /><br />Enrollment in the Spring 2015 Payment Plan is available. If you would like to utilize the 6 month Payment Plan option, the enrollment deadline is December 26, 2014. After December 26, the only options available will be the 5-, 4-, and 3-month Spring Semester Payment Plans.<br /><br />Enrollment in the Payment Plan is optional and is an alternative to the regular University payment policy. Payment Plan payments are automatically deducted from your checking or savings account electronically each month. For more information regarding eligibility requirements and enrollment instructions, visit our Payment Plan web page at: http://paymybill.uillinois.edu/PaymentPlan<br /><br />Please disregard this message if you are currently enrolled in the Annual 2014-2015 or the Spring 2015 Semester Payment Plan.<br /><br />Customer Service<br />University Student Financial Services and Cashier Operations<br />Room 1900 (MC 073) <br />Student Services Building <br />1200 West Harrison Street <br />Chicago, Illinois 60607-7162 <br />(312) 996-8574<br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:00:28 -0600 Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:00:28 -0600 Chancellor announcement <br />Dear colleagues:<br /><br />On Thursday, I will have the privilege of introducing the new chancellor of the University of Illinois at Chicago and hope you can find time in your end-of-semester, pre-holiday schedule to join us.<br /><br />Pending formal approval by the Board of Trustees in January, the new chancellor would succeed Paula Allen-Meares when her six-year term ends on Jan. 15, 2015. I am grateful for Paula’s dedicated service and her contributions to UIC’s continued rise as one of the nation’s premier urban universities.<br /><br />President-elect Timothy Killeen and I chose the new chancellor from an outstanding field of finalists recommended by a campus-based search committee that spent the last eight months identifying and screening candidates. Our deepest thanks to the committee and Chair Mrinalini (Meena) Rao for their commitment to UIC and its future.<br /><br />The new chancellor will be introduced at noon Thursday in the Illinois Room at Student Center East, and the announcement also will be webcast live at http://go.uillinois.edu/UICchancellor. Another opportunity to greet the new chancellor will follow at 2 p.m. Thursday at the College of Nursing.<br /><br />I hope to see you there.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Robert A. Easter<br />President officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:32:32 -0600 Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:32:32 -0600 Best Wishes from UI Health To the UI Health Family, <br /><br />Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful Holiday Season and a very Happy New Year<br /><br />Jerry Bauman, Interim Vice President for Health Affairs <br /> official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:43:49 -0600 Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:43:49 -0600 Summary of Chancellor's Recent Activities Dear Students, Faculty and Staff, <br /><br />It’s my pleasure to bring you once again an update on what has been taking place on our campus and in our community during the past two months. <br /><br />Announcement of 20th University of Illinois President<br />On November 19, the campus kicked-off the announcement of the new president of the University of Illinois, Timothy Killeen. I was joined by Chairman Kennedy, President Easter, campus leadership and student leaders in welcoming President-elect Killeen to the UIC campus. Currently, Dr. Killeen serves as president of the Research Foundation of the State University of New York; he oversees about $900 million in annual funding across SUNY’s 29 state-supported research campuses. His appointment is pending approval by the Board of Trustees at their January 15 meeting. <br /><br />Board of Trustees Meetings<br />At the November 14 Board of Trustees meeting, the Board approved a modified item to “Direct President to Explore Medical Education and Research for the Twenty-First Century,” including the UIC College of Medicine’s proposal for a unified multi-campus medical school that integrates engineering and technology into learning and research. http://www.trustees.uillinois.edu/trustees/agenda/November-13-2014/009-nov-resolution-med-school-11-12-14.pdf<br /><br />Dimitri Azar, Dean of the College of Medicine, presented the business plan to the University Healthcare System Committee. The proposal emphasizes the academic and clinical merits, the greater feasibility, and the economic-development benefits of a unified college. <br /><br />Obama Presidential Library<br />Also at the November 14 Board meeting, the Trustees approved a resolution in support of UIC’s bid to host the Obama Presidential Library: http://www.trustees.uillinois.edu/trustees/agenda/November-13-2014/013-nov-Obama-Library-Resolution.pdf. UIC submitted its proposal to the Barack Obama Foundation on December 11. The proposal, a video, and supporting documents can be found at http://presidential-library.uic.edu.<br /><br />I want to personally thank members of the Obama Presidential Library committee for all their hard work and dedication in moving this proposal forward. <br /><br />The Barack Obama Foundation board will share its recommendations with the president and first lady, who will make the final decision in early 2015. The library will be constructed with funds raised by the foundation, operated with federal funds and an endowment provided by the foundation, and administered by the Office of the Presidential Libraries at the National Archives and Records Administration. The library will preserve and make available to the public the papers, records, and other historical materials that document the lives of the president, his family, associates, and administration. <br /><br />Select Awards and Recognitions<br />The Department of Computer Science was listed among the 50 most innovative computer science departments in the U.S. by Computer Science Degree HUB, an online information source on accredited computer science degree programs. The No. 26 ranking cites UIC’s exploration of computer science subfields, from artificial intelligence and parallel algorithms to data mining and multimedia communication.<br />Through the efforts of the Office of Sustainability, the campus received a silver rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. UIC also earned the 28th Annual Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award for 2014 for its commitment to improving the environmental health and sustainability of Illinois.<br /><br />Search Committee for the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs <br />I am pleased to share with you that the search committee to identify a permanent Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs has been appointed and will hold its first meeting before the end of the calendar year. The roster of committee members can be found on my website: http://www.uic.edu/index.html/Chancellor/index.html<br /><br />Meetings with University Leadership and Others and/or Invited Experts Guests to Speak<br />We continue to meet regularly with the Chancellor/Vice Chancellor group and deans to discuss important issues including a strategic increase in enrollment, budget planning, facilities and construction, campus insights, human resources, compliance, federal and state priorities, development, IT security, marketing and branding, and recent changes to the federal Clery Act. Recent guests have included Vanessa Peoples, Executive Director and Assistant Chief Business Officer – OBFS, and Christophe Pierre, Vice President for Academic Affairs.<br /><br />IBHE Meeting<br />On December 2, I joined my fellow university chancellors and presidents at the Illinois Board of Higher Education on the Springfield campus. Dr. James Applegate, Executive Director, discussed our budget priorities and agendas for fiscal year 2015 and 2016. Governor-elect Rauner asked the General Assembly not to take action regarding the income tax sunset during the veto session. The Governor must submit a budget by February 18 based on reduced tax revenue due to the lower rates that go into effect January 1. The Governor-elect’s transition team has therefore asked the IBHE to plan for a 20% reduction in FY 2016 and a rescission of 5 percent to 10 percent for FY 2015. The campus has begun to develop strategies and plans with the deans, vice chancellors, and university administration to address these serious financial challenges. Budget planning parameters will continue to be refined as the legislative session progresses. <br /><br />President Easter, Chancellors Wise and Koch, and I attended a kickoff reception for the Higher Education Caucus with representative of public universities, private universities, and community colleges on the evening of December 2. <br /><br />Meeting with Chancellor Student Advisory Committee<br />On November 11, Vice Chancellor Barbara Henley, Student Trustee Danielle Leibowitz and I held a meeting of my Student Advisory Committee. These meetings with student leaders continue to provide an invaluable opportunity to discuss a wide range of topics. <br /><br />Development<br />December 2 was #GivingTuesday, a day for individuals and organizations around the world to join in celebrating generosity and giving back. UIC spent the day celebrating its superheroes, the people whose giving provides our students with access to excellence and nurtures our culture of service, discovery and civic engagement. We invited all UIC students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends to do something heroic by making a gift of any size. More important than dollars raised was expanding our force of UIC superheroes. I am thrilled to share that 572 members of the UIC community participated by making a gift, a 400 percent increase over Giving Tuesday 2013. If you happened to have seen a red superhero cape on campus that day, know it was worn with pride by someone who supported UIC. Visit givingtuesday.uic.edu to learn more about UIC's superheroes, see who participated and even make a gift. <br /><br />Select Special Events and Visits<br /><br />White House College Opportunity Day of Action<br />On December 4, I attended the White House College Opportunity Day of Action, which supports the president’s commitment to partner with colleges and universities, business leaders and nonprofits to support students across the country and help the U.S. reach its goal of leading the world in college attainment. The event was highlighted with comments by President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and hundreds of college presidents and higher education leaders to announce new actions to help more students prepare for and graduate from college.<br /><br />I was interviewed by NBC 5 while attending the White House College Opportunity Day of Action. The story can be viewed at: http://beta.criticalmention.com/app/#clip/view?12260827/token/2462c98f-6c88-4ef4-826c-1daeee933413<br /><br />[NOTE: Video content at the above link is copyrighted material and restricted to internal use within the University of Illinois at Chicago. Downloading or posting to websites, or sharing this link outside of UIC, is prohibited.] <br /><br />Visit by USU<br />As I shared with you this summer, UIC received a grant from the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU) and the Gates Foundation to promote student success initiatives. On December 4, USU conducted a site visit on our campus. Representatives from the Offices of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Student Affairs met with the site team and I am delighted to report that the visit went extremely well. <br /><br />Upcoming Events<br /><br />UIC Campus Insights, 1/14<br />To coincide with the January Board of Trustees meeting, UIC will host the annual Campus Insights on January 14, themed UIC: Research and Innovation on a Global Scale. The program will showcase faculty, student, and alumni driven research breakthroughs, social advances and creative developments that are fundamental to the mission of UIC -- to create knowledge that transforms our views of the world and, through sharing and application, transforms the world <br /><br />50th Anniversary of the Circle Campus, 2/22<br />February 22, 2015 will mark 50 years since the official opening of the Circle Campus in Chicago. Many changes have taken place in the University and on our campus since that time. To mark the start of a year-long celebration – “Circle Back…UIC Forward” – the campus will re-enact the ribbon cutting. We will be joined by two alumni who were part of the ceremony, Anthony (Tony) Podesta, now a well-known lobbyist, was president of student government, and civil engineering alumnus Lt. Col. William J. Hawes (ret.), who was an ROTC cadet at the time, will participate. <br /><br />Thank you once again for everything you do to support the excellence of UIC. Holiday wishes to you and yours.<br /><br />Paula Allen-Meares<br />Chancellor, University of Illinois at Chicago<br />John Corbally Presidential Professor<br /><br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Tue, 16 Dec 2014 09:00:20 -0600 Tue, 16 Dec 2014 09:00:20 -0600 Jane Byrne Interchange construction update The Illinois Department of Transportation has informed us that the westbound lanes of Harrison between Halsted and Morgan will be closed Dec. 15-21 for utility work.<br /><br />Lot 9 parkers will have access to the lot. <br /><br />As always, use caution when walking or driving through work zones.<br /><br />Michael Landek<br />Executive Associate Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:47:32 -0600 Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:47:32 -0600 Message from the Chancellor Dear UIC students, faculty and staff,<br /> <br />Today we celebrate the submission of UIC’s formal proposal to host the Barack Obama Presidential Library.<br /><br />UIC, along with our community partners in North Lawndale, NBA Hall of Famer and business leader Isiah Thomas, elected officials and civic leaders, marked the occasion by sharing our vision for a presidential library and museum with 350 elementary school students at Sumner Math & Science Community Academy, a magnet elementary school located across the street from the proposed library site.<br /><br />Please join me in thanking those faculty and members of the senior leadership team who have led this endeavor and provided their guidance and expertise to this worthy project.<br /><br />You can view the full proposal, and a video, at presidential-library.uic.edu<br /><br />A news release summarizing highlights of the proposal is available at http://news.uic.edu/?p=32233.<br /><br />The Barack Obama Foundation will review the proposals submitted by the four finalists — UIC, University of Chicago, Columbia University and the University of Hawaii — and share recommendations with the president and first lady, who will make the final decision in early 2015.<br /><br />While we await their decision, I hope that you will share our vision for a presidential library with all of Chicago and the nation.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Paula Allen-Meares<br />Chancellor<br />John Corbally Presidential Professor<br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Thu, 11 Dec 2014 14:00:04 -0600 Thu, 11 Dec 2014 14:00:04 -0600 Student Sexual Misconduct Website UIC is committed to maintaining a campus environment free from sexual misconduct. Our community’s standards for all interpersonal relationships and interactions are based upon values of mutual respect, dignity, responsibility, open communication, and clear consent. Sexual misconduct violates our shared values and is a barrier to fulfilling the university's mission and goals. It is critical that everyone feel safe and respected on our campus.<br /><br />The Student Sexual Misconduct Policy was developed to address sexual misconduct including sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, dating violence, and domestic violence. The policy states that sexual misconduct "will not be tolerated at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is expressly prohibited." The policy applies to all UIC students and student participants in university-sponsored programs. If you have been a victim of sexual misconduct or would like additional information, please contact the UIC Title IX Coordinator at titleix@uic.edu in the Office for Access and Equity or call 312-996-8670.<br /><br />A UIC Student Sexual Misconduct website, http://sexualmisconduct.uic.edu, was created in response to federal laws requiring universities to develop policies and provide education to the campus community related to sexual misconduct. The website is a comprehensive resource for students, faculty, and staff. In addition to the student sexual misconduct policy and procedures, the website includes campus and community resources and the university's education and training programs. The website was created by the Student Response Team, which includes representatives from the UIC Police, Office of the Dean of Students, Office for Access and Equity, University Counsel, Campus Advocacy Network, Counseling Center, Campus Housing, Wellness Center, Office of International Services, Campus Programs, Campus Auxiliary Services, and Public Affairs.<br /><br />All members of the university community must play a role in building a safe, supportive environment. We ask for your help in our efforts to prevent sexual misconduct, to promote the reporting of sexual misconduct, and to offer compassionate responses to survivors of sexual violence, all while providing just treatment of student complainants and respondents. While the new policy specifically addresses sexual misconduct among students, it also describes how faculty and staff can help prevent sexual violence and intervene and respond effectively.<br /><br />Please peruse the site to learn:<br /><br />--how to report an incident of sexual misconduct;<br />--how to get help for yourself;<br />--how to help someone who has been sexually assaulted;<br />--what campus and community resources are available; and<br />--what you should know about student rights and confidentiality.<br /><br />If you have any questions, please contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 312-996-4857.<br /><br />Paula Allen-Meares<br />Chancellor<br />John Corbally Presidential Professor officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Wed, 10 Dec 2014 14:47:01 -0600 Wed, 10 Dec 2014 14:47:01 -0600 Heavy traffic around UIC Forum this evening A political demonstration has been announced for 5 PM today near Roosevelt and Halsted, which may disrupt traffic in the vicinity. Alternate routes are advised.<br /> <br />Mark Donovan<br />Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Mon, 08 Dec 2014 12:01:50 -0600 Mon, 08 Dec 2014 12:01:50 -0600 Holiday Greetings Cheryl and I hope that you and your family and friends have happy holidays. We wish you all the best in 2015.<br /> <br />Please view this short video message from us both:<br /> <br /> http://youtu.be/FUu_97BHm1Y<br /> <br />Robert A. Easter<br />President<br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Mon, 08 Dec 2014 07:07:09 -0600 Mon, 08 Dec 2014 07:07:09 -0600 A Holiday Message from Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares A holiday message for you from Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares [http://www.uic.edu/index.html/Chancellor/holiday/]<br /><br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Fri, 05 Dec 2014 09:00:04 -0600 Fri, 05 Dec 2014 09:00:04 -0600 U-Pass Distribution for Spring 2015 starts Jan 7 CTA U-Pass Spring 2015 Distribution starts Jan 7<br /><br />U-Pass Distribution for the Spring 2015 Semester will start on January 7 in the ID Center, Suite 1790 Student Services Building (SSB) at 1200 W. Harrison. If you are enrolled and registered for classes as a fulltime undergraduate, graduate, or professional UIC student, you likely qualify for a U-Pass.<br /><br />If you currently have a UIC-issued Ventra U-Pass, you will not receive a new one. Your current pass will be activated after you become fulltime at the start of any term until the pass expires. Make sure you are registered for a full-time course load by December 17 to insure that your U-Pass will be activated on January 7.<br /><br />If you are a new fulltime student at UIC, you must be registered for a full-time course load and have taken your UIC i-card photo prior to December 17 to have a U-Pass printed for you by the start of distribution. To retrieve your U-Pass, present your valid UIC i-card at the ID Center on or after January 7. <br /><br />The following is from the CTA:<br /><br />Don't forget your U-Pass!<br />Your U-Pass is good for up to five years and automatically reactivates when your next full-time term begins. I f you need to replace your card the replacement fee is $50. Should you experience any issue with your U-Pass, please contact the ID Center to make sure you are properly listed as full-time.<br /><br />Check your balance:<br />Please note your transit account must be in good standing prior to your next qualifying term for U-Pass privileges to be active. You can check your U-Pass Account balance by logging into https://www .ventrachicago.com/balance/. If you have a negative balance at the start of the semester or at any point during the semester, your U-Pass unlimited riding privileges may be suspended until the balance is paid.<br /><br />Adding value to your account for friends and family:<br />You can use your U-Pass to pay for friends and family on CTA and Pace. Your U-Pass card has the ability to provide your student rides and to load additional transit value onto the same card, funds that can be used to pay for the rides of others. Important: You can add value to your transit account in order to pay for other riders, since no one other than you is qualified to receive unlimited U-Pass rides as part of your enrollment.<br /><br />When travelling with others, the first use of your card will be applied toward your U-Pass. Any subsequent uses will be deducted from regular transit value on your U-Pass. If there are not enough funds in the transit account, your account balance will go negative resulting in the suspension of your U-Pass unlimited riding privilege. Again, your U-Pass unlimited free riding privileges are only intended for you because of your student status.<br /><br />Riding when school is out of session:<br />One of the conveniences of Ventra is that you may continue to use the same U-Pass card when school is out of session. This replaces the need to use a separate fare card when school is not in session. Between terms, your U-Pass card will function just like a normal fare card. In order to use it, you must add funds to your account. You will be charged full fares for your rides during school breaks. More information about how U-Pass functions when school is out of session is available at www.transitchicago.com/upass<br /><br />Adding Transit Value:<br />It's easy and convenient to add money to your Ventra card. You can add funds or load an unlimited-ride 1-day, 3-day, 7-day or 30-day pass online at www.VentraChicago.com if you have a registered transit account; at any Ventra Vending Machine located at CTA rail stations and at hundreds of participating retail locations - visit Ventra Chicago.com to find a location near you.<br /><br />Participating in the U-Pass program is a benefit that is for full-time student use only. Allowing others to use it will result in your suspension from the program for up to one year. Please immediately report lost or stolen U-Pass cards to the ID Center office in SSB to assist in protecting against fraud.<br /><br />As a reminder, the U-Pass is to be used only by the student for whom it is issued. The card will be confiscated if anyone other than the person appearing in the U-Pass photo is using the card. Upon confiscation, a student will not be eligible for another U-Pass until Fall 2015.<br /><br />Should you lose your U-Pass during the break, a new one can be obtained through the ID Center for a fee of $50.<br /><br />If a student requires assistance they may contact Ventra Customer Service at ventrachicago.com or by calling 877-669-8368.<br /> official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Thu, 04 Dec 2014 15:53:57 -0600 Thu, 04 Dec 2014 15:53:57 -0600 RE: Chief of UIC Police Candidates Forums Dec. 3 Dear Colleagues,<br /><br />Late yesterday afternoon we learned that one of the finalists for the UIC Chief of Police position, Eric Heath, has withdrawn from the search. All scheduled interviews with Mr. Heath have been cancelled.<br /><br />We will, however, proceed with the interviews of the other candidate, Kevin Booker, as scheduled, including the open forum December 3 from 2:00 to 2:45 p.m. in the Student Center East, Illinois Room C.<br /><br />I have asked the search firm that has been working with us, The Hollins Group, to intensify their efforts to identify qualified candidates as we reopen the search. I appreciate efforts of the search committee, chaired by Tyrone Forman, Vice Provost for Diversity, which will continue its engagement in the process.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Mark Donovan<br />Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services<br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Tue, 02 Dec 2014 15:31:18 -0600 Tue, 02 Dec 2014 15:31:18 -0600