Resources for Students
Spring Quarter begins on Monday, April 6 via remote learning. The University is fully committed to supporting the education of all students throughout the Spring Quarter. Extensive preparations are in process to enable students to realize their academic objectives, while recognizing that there will be new and unique challenges. The information below outlines resources that have been put in place to help students. For additional undergraduate information, please visit Spring 2020 in the College.
- Remote learning starts Monday, April 6. We understand that remote instruction will not be the same as the on-campus experience. Our faculty and other instructors are adapting their courses in creative ways and taking additional measures to teach and work remotely with students in this changed environment. The move to online education is a necessary response to the extraordinary public health crisis that we all face.
- A new Learning Remotely website has been created to provide additional information and resources for students.
- In many cases, you will be using the audio and video conferencing platform Zoom.
- Ensure IT security when learning remotely:
- Avoid using shared devices and ensure others work under separate accounts from yours.
- Install all required updates to your device’s operating system, applications, browsers, and browser extensions.
- Use a secure, password-protected wired or wireless network — avoid using public Wi-Fi.
- Save and edit all data using cloud storage services (Google Drive,UChicago Box, or Microsoft OneDrive) rather than on a local computer or external storage device.
- Install antivirus software on your devices.
- Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP) is the University’s supported antivirus software
- Beware of COVID-19-related scams. Be wary of emails, attachments, social media pleas, texts, or calls related to coronavirus or COVID-19.
- Secure your Zoom meetings to protect your privacy. Use a password or disable the “join before host” option to protect your Zoom use a different password for meetings that are recurring.
- Baseline Protection of End-User Devices provides more information.
- The University bookstores will continue to ensure faculty and student needs are met by offering free shipping on all online orders, including Spring 2020 Course Materials. Please visit uchicago.bncollege.com. Booth students may order online at chicagobooth.bncollege.com. Several titles are also available to order for immediate access in e-format.
Health and Wellness
- Student health and counseling resources remain available to students through the quarter. Health insurance via the U-SHIP PPO plan is valid globally and coverage remains in effect as long as a student is enrolled at the University. Additionally, United Healthcare has confirmed that they will waive the requirement that students must first get a referral from Student Health and Counseling Services to see a specialist.
- The Gerald Ratner Athletics Center and Henry Crown Field House will remain closed through April 6. Reopening or extending the closure after April 5 will be communicated at the end of March. If Ratner is reopened in the Spring Quarter, Summer Interim Hours will be used, and Henry Crown will remain closed. While we are closed for recreational use, the Athletics Facilities offices will remain open Monday-Friday, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. If you have items in a permanent locker at either facility that you need to retrieve, you can come to the Ratner Front Desk during that time.
- Student Health and Counseling Services, in addition to responding to concerns related to COVID-19, is increasing capacity to provide remote options to deliver medical and mental health care. The Dean-on-Call and Sexual Assault Dean-on-Call can be accessed by calling 773-834-HELP (4357) 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.
- Staff at Student Disability Services and the Office of International Affairs have transitioned to virtual offices and can work with students using a variety of remote methods in the weeks ahead.
- In the Spring Quarter, the Center for Leadership and Involvement will be collaborating with student leaders and campus partners such as UChicagoGRAD, the Center for Identity + Inclusion and Spiritual Life to sustain student communities and support RSOs and other student-led initiatives that can take place remotely.
- Although the University does not anticipate any interruption of these critical student services and resources in the Spring Quarter, current restrictions do limit Campus and Student Life’s ability to deliver other normally available resources and programs which are supported by the quarterly Student Services Fee. Therefore, the quarterly Student Services Fee has been reduced to a flat $125 rate for the Spring Quarter.
- In keeping with University policy, students living more than fifty miles from the Hyde Park campus in the Spring Quarter will not be required to pay the Student Services Fee. This includes students who were not assessed the Fee in the Autumn or Winter Quarters and whose circumstances have not changed. Students with questions about the Fee or who believe the Fee should be waived due to their new Spring Quarter location, should contact email@example.com.
- Staff in the Dean of Students Office in the College are ready to work with you to make sure Spring Quarter is productive and that you continue to make progress in your academic journey.
- Career Advancement is here to support undergraduate students throughout Spring Quarter and beyond, no matter where you are in the world. During Spring Quarter, College students will continue to have access to personalized career advising, opportunities to interact with employers, and hands-on professional experiences.
Housing and Dining
- The University will continue to provide housing, dining, health, and other support resources to students for whom travel restrictions or other circumstances require them to remain on campus for Spring Quarter.
- In compliance with the Governor’s statewide directive, the University has ceased dine-in service for all on-campus dining halls and cafes through March 30. Arrangements are underway to keep one dining hall open. Once the location and hours of operation are confirmed, information will be shared with all on-campus students.
- Room and board fees will not be assessed to students who are not residing in a residence hall during Spring Quarter. Students who are required to vacate their residence hall will also not be assessed the Student Services Fee. Any balances of Maroon Dollars will be refunded in June for students graduating in Spring Quarter and rolled over (extended) to the next academic year for returning students.
Tuition and Financial Aid
- While all Spring Quarter courses will be taught remotely, courses will continue to fully satisfy degree requirements, regardless of their format and length. The Spring Quarter will count toward completion of all degree programs, with regular tuition rates.
- We understand that remote instruction will not be the same as the on-campus experience. Our faculty and other instructors are adapting their courses in creative ways and taking additional measures to teach and work remotely with students in this changed environment. The move to online education is a necessary response to the extraordinary public health crisis that we all face. We also understand that students may want to exercise their option to take a leave of absence.
- As long as students maintain the same number of remote learning units/courses as originally planned, financial aid for tuition will not be impacted.
Office of International Affairs
- The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security have provided guidance that remote learning will not impact international students on F-1 or J-1 visas.
- UChicagoGRAD is moving to virtual services, and encourages graduate students and postdocs to continue to take advantage of UChicagoGRAD resources that will be provided remotely. Advising appointments are available through Skype/Zoom or by phone, and most workshops and events will be moved to virtual platforms.
- Graduate student teaching assignments remain unchanged. Instructors will use alternative ways to meet their obligations of providing instruction for their students. We understand the nature of instruction may have to change to accommodate an online environment.
Convocation and Summer Quarter
- Discussions are underway regarding end-of-year celebrations for our graduates. Please stay tuned for updated information in the coming weeks.
- Currently Summer Quarter and Summer Language Institute courses will proceed as planned. Updates will be provided throughout the Spring Quarter through the College Dean of Students office.