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 2014-2015 Five-Month Payment Plan Deadline Reminder Dear Student,<br /><br />Enrollment in the Spring 2015 Payment Plan is available. If you would like to utilize the 5-month Payment Plan option, the enrollment deadline is January 27. After January 27, the only options available will be the 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 />Phone (312) 996-8574 <br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Wed, 21 Jan 2015 11:05:46 -0600 Wed, 21 Jan 2015 11:05:46 -0600 Crime alert On Jan. 16 , at about 9:30 AM, a UIC student was the victim of an armed robbery off-campus, near Polk Street and Aberdeen. The victim stated that as she was walking east on Polk, an unknown offender approached from the front, displayed a handgun, and demanded her possessions. The victim claims an accomplice was also behind her. The victim surrendered her mobile phone and cash from her wallet. The offenders fled westbound on Polk and remain at large.<br /><br />The first offender is described as a black male, 6-0 in height, 160 pounds, with brown eyes, of dark complexion, and wearing a black ski mask, black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans, carrying a snub-nose revolver with a brown handle.<br /><br />The second offender is only described as a male. <br /><br />The UIC Police/Chicago Police Department Joint Robbery Task Force will conduct the follow-up investigation.<br /><br />Anyone with information is asked to call UIC Police at 312-996-2830.<br /><br />Crime location mapped: https://goo.gl/maps/KOGnD<br /><br />***UIC Police strongly recommend complying with an armed or violent offender whose intent appears to be property or valuables.***<br /><br />Other security tips:<br /><br />--Be aware of your surroundings. Use all your senses to be alert for danger, and when walking alone, don't wear headphones or earbuds.<br />--Don't display electronic devices in public.<br />--Try to travel in groups when possible, particularly after dark.<br />--Use well-lit walkways.<br />--On campus, look for the location of the nearest emergency call box (there are more than 1,500 across campus.)<br />--The emergency number for UIC Police is 5-5555 or 312-355-5555, which should be set on speed-dial on your cell phone.<br />--Report crime promptly to police.<br /><br />---------------------------------------------------------------------------<br />Crime alerts are distributed to the university community in compliance with the federal Clery Act. UIC Police also issue notifications for off-campus crimes in the interest of public-safety awareness. Security tips are standard precautions, not special or incident-specific measures. Offender descriptions and precise locations are provided only to aid in the identification of possible suspects. Updates to investigations are not sent by email but will be posted online at: http://www.uic.edu/uic/studentlife/campus/crime-alerts.shtml<br /><br />UIC Annual Security Report <br />http://www.uic.edu/securityreport/index.shtml<br /><br />Chicago Police Department Crime Incidents <br />http://gis.chicagopolice.org/clearmap/startpage.htm<br /><br /> urgent http://www.uic.edu/uic UrgentFeed Fri, 16 Jan 2015 14:48:35 -0600 Fri, 16 Jan 2015 14:48:35 -0600 Message from the Chancellor Click here to see this online [http://news.uic.edu/files/2015/01/2015_0114_chancellor.html]<br /><br /><br />Dear students, faculty and staff:<br /><br />It has been a pleasure and honor to serve as Chancellor of the University of Illinois at Chicago for the past six years.<br /><br />There is tremendous spirit and pride among the UIC community. I am grateful that I had an opportunity to work with all of you who contribute in so many ways to make this university great.<br /><br />Together we can take pride in all that we have accomplished:<br /><br />UIC is recognized as a top urban research institution. The creation of programs such as the Faculty Discovery Fund and Chancellor’s Innovation Fund to support UIC discoveries and seed investments in startups; the Graduate Research Fellowship Program to support interdisciplinary graduate research; and the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program have generated opportunities and support for faculty, staff and student research and leveraged significant extramural funding.<br />In a 2013 survey of the 55 top research universities in the country, UIC led all with seven startup companies formed as a result of federally-funded basic research on campus.<br />The reorganization of the health care enterprise and the search for a vice chancellor for health affairs will position the health sciences colleges and hospital to optimize patient care and health care delivery, promote community health care services, and coordinate health care and health science research and education.<br />The creation of the Student Success Plan to increase student retention and graduation rates and enhance the student experience is well underway and increased UIC’s student’s access to excellence and success.<br />The six-year graduation rate for the full-time freshmen who entered UIC in fall 2008 is 60 percent, up three percentage points from the year before. The five-year graduation rate for new transfers who entered in fall 2009 also increased three points, to 77 percent. <br />Providing an educational opportunity for students from every economic stratum in an inclusive and engaged environment makes UIC one of the most diverse campuses in the nation. UIC is a designated Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution and is on the cusp of becoming a Hispanic-Serving Institution.<br />To better prepare Illinois students for careers in science, technology, engineering and math fields, UIC launched the Health Science Learning Exchange program, part of the state’s Illinois Pathways initiative.<br />Several initiatives developed in the past few years have strengthened the diversity of UIC students and faculty. The Chancellors’ Cluster Initiative to Increase Diversity and the Interdisciplinary Culture at UIC provides funding to recruit underrepresented minority faculty to conduct research on topics related to diversity.<br />The establishment of the Chancellor’s Lecture and Event Series to bring intellectuals and performance artists from around the world to discuss issues of universal importance to UIC. An initiative in the humanities was established to support public lectures, conference and fellowships related to food studies.<br />The successful completion of the “Brilliant Futures” fundraising campaign for UIC, which at its conclusion in 2012 raised $678 million.<br />The creation of a Global Excellence Task Force to develop a plan to leverage and expand on UIC’s research strengths and international relationships.<br />An expanded relationship with the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies which convened a regional meeting at UIC in 2010 to discuss the rapidly rising rates of diabetes and obesity in the United States and increased faculty participation in IOM boards and committees. UIC will host a second listening tour event about community health, at a date to be announced, to facilitate dialogue with IOM members and health care leaders and providers, business and community leaders.<br />Improving the UIC campus environment with several capital and infrastructure improvements, including the renovation of 73 percent of classrooms, the construction and completion of Curtis Granderson Stadium, a new Mile Square Health Center headquarters, and Chicago Circle Memorial Grove. The Advanced Chemical Technology Building has been approved, but is not yet completed.<br />Submission of a UIC proposal to host the Obama Presidential Library. This achievement is an example of the dedication and unwavering support of faculty, staff, community partners, the Board of Trustees, and friends of the University who moved this visionary project forward to ensure UIC was among four finalist-institutions. Regardless of the outcome of our proposal, the process has provided an opportunity to articulate our mission and vision to a broader audience.<br />While much has been accomplished, there is some unfinished business that I would have liked to pursue before the end of my term, including a second cluster hire initiative focused on science, technology and engineering, a new Performing Arts Center, and additional experimentation with massive open online courses, known as MOOCS.<br /><br />As the next chapter begins for UIC, I have great confidence that Interim Chancellor and Provost Eric “Rick” Gislason and Chancellor-elect Michael Amiridis will build on the institution’s strengths and your affinity for this institution we call “UIC”.<br /><br />Thank you for everything you do to embrace our mission of excellence.<br /><br />Paula Allen-Meares<br />Chancellor, University of Illinois at Chicago<br />John Corbally Presidential Professor officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Wed, 14 Jan 2015 16:58:24 -0600 Wed, 14 Jan 2015 16:58:24 -0600 Interim chancellor <br />Dear colleagues:<br /><br />I am pleased to announce that Eric A. “Rick” Gislason has agreed to serve in the combined position of interim chancellor and provost of UIC, pending formal approval by the Board of Trustees at its Jan. 15 meeting.<br /><br />Rick has been interim provost since August and would add the duties of interim chancellor from Jan. 15 to March 16, leading the campus during the period between Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares’ departure and the arrival of Chancellor-elect Michael D. Amiridis.<br /><br />This is yet another example of Rick’s devotion and loyalty to UIC, where he has shared his talents in a variety of key leadership roles since joining the faculty in 1969. He also served as interim chancellor from 2008-2009, as vice chancellor for research from 1999-2008, as head of chemistry from 1993-1999, and as interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences from 1997-1998.<br /><br />Any time UIC has needed him, Rick has answered the call. I’m grateful for his dedication and for his many contributions to UIC’s success during his more than 40-year career on the Chicago campus.<br /><br />I’m also grateful to Paula for her six years of dedicated service as chancellor. She has built a foundation of excellence that will grow under Dr. Amiridis’s leadership, and continue UIC’s rise as one of the nation’s premier urban universities.<br /><br />I hope you will join me in thanking Paula and Rick and in welcoming Dr. Amiridis when he joins the UIC family this spring. <br />My thanks to all of you for your commitment and service to this great university.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Robert A. Easter<br />President official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:22:07 -0600 Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:22:07 -0600 Launch of Job Analysis Project Tracking Report Dear faculty and staff,<br /><br />It pleases me to announce that the UIC Human Resources website has been enhanced with a Job Analysis Project tracking tool. This tracking mechanism will allow the Campus to monitor progress of the Job Analysis Project by unit.<br /><br />You can access the online tracking report here [https://www.hr.uic.edu/classification_and_compensation/jobanalysis]. The report will detail various stages of the Job Analysis Project by Campus unit. As more current information is available, the report will be updated.<br /><br />For future reference, you can view the tracking tool by visiting the UIC Human Resources website at www.hr.uic.edu and clicking on the Classification and Compensation link. Once on the Compensation page, you will click Job Analysis Project to be directed to the report.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Robert A. Crouch<br />Assistant Vice President for Human Resources<br /> official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Wed, 07 Jan 2015 16:16:14 -0600 Wed, 07 Jan 2015 16:16:14 -0600 Launch of Job Analysis Project Tracking Report Dear faculty and staff,<br /><br />It pleases me to announce that the UIC Human Resources website has been enhanced with a Job Analysis Project tracking tool. This tracking mechanism will allow the Campus to monitor progress of the Job Analysis Project by unit.<br /><br />You can access the online tracking report here [https://www.hr.uic.edu/classification_and_compensation/jobanalysis]. The report will detail various stages of the Job Analysis Project by Campus unit. As more current information is available, the report will be updated.<br /><br />For future reference, you can view the tracking tool by visiting the UIC Human Resources website at www.hr.uic.edu and clicking on the Classification and Compensation link. Once on the Compensation page, you will click Job Analysis Project to be directed to the report.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Robert A. Crouch<br />Assistant Vice President for Human Resources<br /> official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Wed, 07 Jan 2015 16:11:13 -0600 Wed, 07 Jan 2015 16:11:13 -0600 Launch of Job Analysis Project Tracking Report Dear faculty and staff,<br /><br />It pleases me to announce that the UIC Human Resources website has been enhanced with a Job Analysis Project tracking tool. This tracking mechanism will allow the Campus to monitor progress of the Job Analysis Project by unit.<br /><br />You can access the online tracking report here [https://www.hr.uic.edu/classification_and_compensation/jobanalysis]. The report will detail various stages of the Job Analysis Project by Campus unit. As more current information is available, the report will be updated.<br /><br />For future reference, you can view the tracking tool by visiting the UIC Human Resources website at www.hr.uic.edu and clicking on the Classification and Compensation link. Once on the Compensation page, you will click Job Analysis Project to be directed to the report.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Robert A. Crouch<br />Assistant Vice President for Human Resources<br /> official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Wed, 07 Jan 2015 16:09:09 -0600 Wed, 07 Jan 2015 16:09:09 -0600 Launch of Job Analysis Project Tracking Report Dear faculty and staff,<br /><br />It pleases me to announce that the UIC Human Resources website has been enhanced with a Job Analysis Project tracking tool. This tracking mechanism will allow the Campus to monitor progress of the Job Analysis Project by unit.<br /><br />You can access the online tracking report here [https://www.hr.uic.edu/classification_and_compensation/jobanalysis]. The report will detail various stages of the Job Analysis Project by Campus unit. As more current information is available, the report will be updated.<br /><br />For future reference, you can view the tracking tool by visiting the UIC Human Resources website at www.hr.uic.edu and clicking on the Classification and Compensation link. Once on the Compensation page, you will click Job Analysis Project to be directed to the report.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Robert A. Crouch<br />Assistant Vice President for Human Resources<br /><br /> official http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialFeed Wed, 07 Jan 2015 16:07:45 -0600 Wed, 07 Jan 2015 16:07:45 -0600 Extreme Weather and Emergency Conditions Policy This memorandum describes the operations of campus during extreme weather/emergency conditions and policy relating to the cancellation of classes.<br /><br />Extreme Weather<br />As a matter of policy, the campus is never closed. The residential, healthcare, and research aspects of UIC operations make this a requirement.<br /><br />In the event of extreme weather conditions, the campus will continue to operate during regularly scheduled hours. Staff are expected to report to their respective offices or workstations. Staff who are not able to commute to campus and who wish to be paid may request that the time missed be charged to vacation time, or make other arrangements. Alternate arrangements are subject to approval by the supervisor and unit head and must meet all University rules and regulations. Policy questions should be directed to Human Resources, Labor and Employee Relations, at (312) 355-5510.<br /><br />Cancellation of Individual Classes<br />In individual cases, an instructor may need to cancel a class. Instructors must notify college and departmental offices of such cancellations. All students registered in the class must be informed promptly by e-mail or Blackboard, and the work must be made up later in the semester. <br /><br />Cancellation of All Scheduled Classes<br />In accordance with Executive Notice 94-3, all classes will be canceled if, in the judgment of the Chancellor or the Provost, the health and safety of students, faculty, or staff would be seriously jeopardized. In this case, the Vice Chancellors will notify units that report to them. Campus will be notified via Urgent e-mail and sms text messaging to subscribed mobile phones; the UIC.edu website; and the UIC Information Line, (312) 413-9696. Notice will be sent to local radio and television stations for public announcement.<br /><br />Should you hear on radio or television that the campus is “closed,” know that while classes have been canceled, buildings and offices are open and some special events may take place as scheduled. Faculty and staff with non-instructional responsibilities are not excused when classes are canceled.<br /><br />UI Hospital Operations During an Emergency<br />UI Hospital operates continuously regardless of weather. Staff and students assigned to patient care and support functions are expected to report even when classes have been canceled at UIC.<br /><br />Support and Administrative Functions<br />Emergency conditions may warrant the suspension of non-essential operations such as university mail delivery or transportation services. The Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services will consult with representatives of campus components likely to be affected by service interruption and notify the other vice chancellors.<br /><br />Mark Donovan<br />Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services<br /><br /><br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Tue, 06 Jan 2015 09:03:18 -0600 Tue, 06 Jan 2015 09:03:18 -0600 Snow and Ice Removal on Campus Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:<br /><br />Winter weather has arrived, and Facilities Management wants you to know that during snow and ice storms we will work diligently to keep the campus open and accessible.<br /><br />During and after a winter storm, crews will work around the clock to clear the building entrances, streets, sidewalks, and parking lots. Wind, ice, and the timing of the storm can slow down removal, which may take a few days. Priority is always given to the hospital and ambulatory care areas, ADA entrances and parking spaces for disabled persons, emergency routes, and public walkways.<br /><br />Use the 24/7 phone number, 5-SNOW (312-355-7669) to report any snow- or ice-related problems on campus. Provide the following information: location; time; and a phone number or e-mail address to follow up if desired.<br /><br />Extra caution is needed in slippery or low-visibility conditions. Your patience and consideration are appreciated while our crews do their best to clear the snow and ice.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Michael Landek<br />Executive Associate Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services<br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Mon, 05 Jan 2015 09:33:36 -0600 Mon, 05 Jan 2015 09:33:36 -0600 UIC 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.<br /><br />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 Mon, 05 Jan 2015 09:01:03 -0600 Mon, 05 Jan 2015 09:01:03 -0600 Chief of UIC Police I am pleased to announce the appointment of Kevin L. Booker as Chief of Police for the University of Illinois at Chicago, pending approval of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.<br /><br />Mr. Booker joins the UIC community from the University of Chicago, where he currently serves as deputy chief of field services and previously served as deputy chief of support services and commander for community services and patrol services. Prior to serving at the University of Chicago, Mr. Booker was lieutenant of operations and training with the Purdue University West Lafayette Police Department. Mr. Booker began his law enforcement career as a patrol officer with the Indiana State University Police Department in 1997.<br /><br />Mr. Booker has a strong portfolio of specialized training experiences, including crisis and emergency management, community policing strategies, hostage negotiations, and event security management. In addition, he attended the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He earned a bachelor’s degree in criminology and a master’s degree in public administration from Indiana State University, Terre Haute. <br /><br />Mr. Booker’s broad set of experiences has prepared him to assume this leadership position in which he will be responsible for planning, preparing, and managing the safety and security of the campus and our community. During his visit to campus, he met with a wide array of campus stakeholders with whom he shared his commitment to developing and maintaining a dialog and building consensus when considering new ideas and initiatives. <br /><br />Chief Booker will join us on January 12. Please join me in welcoming him to UIC.<br /><br />I would like to thank the search chair, Dr. Tyrone Forman, and the entire search committee for their dedicated work. In addition, I also thank UIC Police Commander Dr. Frank Cappitelli for leading the department since the retirement of Chief John Richardson.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br /><br />Mark Donovan<br />Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services<br /> officialx http://www.uic.edu/uic OfficialxFeed Tue, 23 Dec 2014 11:36:50 -0600 Tue, 23 Dec 2014 11:36:50 -0600 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