Returning to Campus and a Culture of Safety
To: Members of the University Community
From: Robert J. Zimmer, President, and Ka Yee C. Lee, Provost
Date: August 6, 2020
We are looking forward to welcoming as much of the University community as possible back to campus for the Autumn Quarter that begins on September 29, guided by the University’s academic missions and values and in close collaboration with public health experts and the University of Chicago Medicine.
The video linked below provides an overview of UChicago’s plans and expectations for students and families, faculty, researchers, and staff about the resumption of on-campus activity, including the health practices to promote safety within our community.
If you have questions, we encourage you to visit the UChicago Forward website for more information.
The past few months have highlighted the intense inequities and racism in our country, and the murder of George Floyd and subsequent protests have amplified the injustices that Black people in America face. UChicagoGRAD recognizes that many students and postdocs are feeling hurt, trauma, and increased anxiety. These are challenging issues to grapple with, and we don’t purport to have quick or easy solutions. We encourage you to check in on each other—reach out to your peers. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let UChicagoGRAD know how we can support you in efforts to change the reality in this country so that we have an inclusive and equitable society for everyone.
Dana Bozeman, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, is available for advising and personal support (schedule in GRAD Gargoyle using appointment type ”GRAD Diversity: Topics Related to Diversity & Inclusion” or email Dana at email@example.com).
Emotional distress is common and normal in the context of uncertainty and potentially health-threatening situations. Taking care of your mental health needs during the COVID-19 Pandemic is challenging and particularly when being required to shelter in place, oftentimes, in isolation. Tend to your wellbeing by reaching out to UChicagoGRAD’S Sounding Board advising service which provides remote phone consultations addressing anxiety, fear, relationship concerns, and other destabilizing reactions during these uncertain and upsetting times. Make a Sounding Board remote appointment here.
Tackle your taxes with confidence. While we’re not able to provide individual tax advice, the University has resources to help you navigate your tax filing process.
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No need to panic – here are three tips on getting started:
- Sign up for a workshop. UChicagoGRAD will offer tax workshops online and in-person to review the basic requirements for domestic and international graduate student filers, including an overview of common student filing situations and how to find the right professional help if you need it.
- Review your funding. Different types of fundings have different tax implications – including different forms and reporting requirements. Take the time to look over your records (e.g. bank statements, award letters, my.uchicago.edu portal) to review what types of income you’ve received and what you’ll need to report.
- Set a schedule. Annual tax returns are due to the IRS and the State of Illinois on April 15, 2020. Aiming to prevent tax panic? Schedule some time to get started and start early. Don’t wait until the last minute to get started. (April 14 is National Dolphin Day and you deserve to celebrate with videos of dolphins playing with cats.)
When you have questions, check in with firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Graduate Council provides attorney office hours to eligible, full-time graduate and professional students in the University of Chicago for advice and consultation regarding legal matters and to make referrals for students who seek legal representation. Olivia Long, JD’09, will provide office hours through Graduate Council at no additional charge to students.
The attorney is able to advise students on a wide variety legal issues, see below for a list of common topics. The attorney will not consult on issues relating to the University of Chicago; other University of Chicago students, faculty, staff, other academic appointees, or postdoctoral researchers; or University of Chicago student organizations. Title IX issues will not be handled by the attorney and should be directed to the Office for Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Support. Immigration-related matters should be directed to the University’s Office of International Affairs. At her discretion, the attorney may decline to provide legal consultation due to a conflict of interest.
All currently enrolled, full-time University of Chicago graduate and professional students who pay the Student Services Fee as part of their registration status are eligible to receive legal consultation. Graduate Council is funded in part through the Student Services Fee. Students enrolled full-time, but not charged the Student Services Fee are not eligible. Students are eligible for one thirty-minute appointment per legal issue, as the attorney’s time allows.
Office Hours will be held at UChicagoGRAD on the third floor of the University Bookstore at 970 E 58th St, Chicago, IL 60637
Office Hours will be 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM on the second Monday and third Thursday of each month
Appointments scheduled in advance are highly recommended and can be made online through GRAD Gargoyle
The attorney will not do consultations by telephone or via email
The following list is a non-exclusive list of legal issues addressed by the attorney. The attorney will not consult on issues relating to the University of Chicago; other University of Chicago students, faculty, staff, other academic appointees, or postdoctoral researchers; or University of Chicago student organizations.
Landlord/tenant issues including lease and sublease review
Municipal ordinance violations
False identification matters
Credit and debt issues
Dissolution of marriage
Consumer rights issues
NOTE: Communications made between a student client and the attorney will be protected under attorney-client confidentiality rules in accordance with the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct. If a student’s matter requires further legal assistance, upon request, the attorney can assist the student in locating an attorney suitable to the student’s needs.
Staying in Chicago? Check out these free activities across the city.
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- Saturday, December 14 – Community Yoga | Washington Park Arts Incubator
- Saturday, December 14 – Volunteering Untapped | Various locations
- Saturday, December 14 – Polar Express Holiday Party | 57thStreet Books
- Saturday, December 14 – Gallery Walk | CPS Gallery 37
- Saturday, December 14 – Christmas Comes But Once A Year | Newberry Library
- Saturday, December 14 – Chicago Architecture Biennial Family Tour | Chicago Cultural Center
- Saturday, December 14 – Habitat Home Care Workshop: Weatherization | Habitat for Humanity ReStore
- Saturday, December 14 – Arts Bank Cinema: I Called Him Morgan | Stony Island Arts Bank
- Saturday, December 14 – Lampo: Catherine Lamb & Rebecca Lane | Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts
- Saturday, December 14 – Lights and Miracles: Hyde Park Sounds Good! Choir | University Church
- Saturday, December 14 – Latin Nights in River North | Cava Room
- Saturday, December 14 – Saturday Night Stand Up Comedy Show | Laugh Factory
- Saturday, December 14 – Rock en Español | Simone’s
- Saturday, December 14 – Film Screening: “All the President’s Men” | Filmfront
- Saturday, December 14 – Merry Making: DIY Ornaments | Macy’s
- Saturday, December 14 – The Principles of Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community, and Culture | Coleman Library
- Sunday, December 15 – OI Screening: Ben-Hur | Oriental Institute
- Sunday, December 15 – Pipes for the Season | Rockefeller Chapel
- Sunday, December 15 – Christmas in Chicago Concert | Moody Church
- Sunday, December 15 – The Music Inside: Beethoven Edition | New Acropolis Chicago
- Sunday, December 15 – Chississippi Mixtape | Stony Island Arts Bank
- Sunday, December 15 – CWCMC Holiday Music Concert | Garfield Park Conservatory
- Sunday, December 15 – MADE Holiday Pop Up | Morgan MFG
- Saturday, December 21 – #EveryWomanProject Chicago | Gary Comer Youth Center
- Saturday, December 21 – Fun with Gingerbread Architecture | Chicago Cultural Center
- Saturday, December 21 – Holiday Ornament Making with MSI | Stan’s Donuts
- Saturday, December 21 – Let’s Meditate Chicago | Harold Washington Library
- Saturday, December 21 – Get Back to Nature with Meero | Garfield Park Conservatory
- Sunday, December 22 – Festival of Lights | Lincoln Park
- Sunday, December 22 – Humboldt Park Bird Walk | Humboldt Park Field House
- Sunday, December 22 – An Open Mic MOOD | Gallery Cabaret
- Tuesday, December 24 – Lessons and Carols for Christmas Eve | Rockefeller Chapel
- Saturday, December 28 – Let’s Meditate Chicago | Harold Washington Library
- Saturday, December 28 – Kwanzaa Celebration | The Black Star Project
- Sunday, December 29 – The Greatest Hanukkah Festival | NEWCITY
- Sunday, December 29 – Free Yoga | Windy City Strength and Conditioning
- Sunday, December 29 – Foosball Tournament | Emporium Logan Square
- Tuesday, December 31 – New Year’s Eve at Noon Party | Lincoln Park Cultural Center
UChicago Food Security Program
Winter Quarter is coming! Be financially prepared.
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Along with snow, ice, and a wind so famously fierce it’s known as “the Hawk,” Winter Quarter brings an opportunity to review your funding and make sure you’re set to start of the New Year on solid financial footing. Get ready with three simple things to do in the coming month:
- Winter Quarter scholarships for tuition, fees, and/or insurance will post to your account on December 27, 2019. Mark the date and log in to your account to check your balance, make sure you understand your bill, and plan ahead to make any relevant payments.
- Are you still getting a paper check? Get your funds faster with direct deposit, which you can set up in your student account and your Workday profile. 98% of students have signed up for direct deposit and you should too.
- Students get paid many different ways. As you plan for Winter Quarter expenses, get a handle on your situation by reviewing what payments you can expect in Winter Quarter and when you can expect to receive them. Not sure? Your Dean of Students Office is a great resource to review and you’re always welcome to contact us at email@example.com for a quick overview,
And, keep email handy – firstname.lastname@example.org is the dedicated resource to help you manage you navigate your financial relationship with the University. Not sure who to check in with? Not sure what type of payment you’re receiving? Something doesn’t look right? Email us. We’re here to help.
More to come on the most wonderful time of the year. . .that’s right. . .tax season is right around the corner too! Don’t sweat it though – we have workshops to help you get everything filed efficiently and on time. Stay tuned and stay warm.
Staying in Chicago over Thanksgiving Break? Check out these free activities across the city.
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