Student Resources

Out of concern for the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff as well as our friends and families, all School of Design (DES) spring 2021 instruction will take place online during the scheduled course time. Students are expected to log in and to be present via video during the times/days listed. 
Please note that you may see a room number associated with each course. This is NOT an indication that the class will meet in person. We have retained assigned room numbers in the event that instructors and students together decide to hold small, socially distanced group meetings on campus. Any such gatherings would be an option, not a requirement. You would know about an in-person session in advance. 

Beginning April 12, 2021, all individuals in Illinois who are over the age of 16 are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, based on guidelines from the Illinois Department of Public Health. In light of this good news, UI Health – UIC’s academic health enterprise – is now offering vaccine appointments to all UIC students. Vaccines are available at the Credit Union 1 Arena (525 S. Racine Ave.) Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., by appointment only.

By Monday, April 19, UIC students who are newly eligible for vaccinations will receive an email notification directing them to schedule a vaccine appointment using their UI Health MyChart account. For those who do not have an active UI Health MyChart account, you will receive an email containing an activation code. Once a MyChart account is established using the activation code, you will receive a notification to schedule an appointment. If you do not have an activation code or need to reset your password, please call the helpline at 844.906.9844. The helpline is available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

The School of Design will operate in full compliance with campus guidelines for providing a safe environment for all UIC students, faculty and staff. 
Masks are required at all times on campus. Classrooms and public spaces are organized and labeled for proper social distancing. Hand sanitizing stations can be found in high traffic areas.

Because our classes are to be held online during the fall semester, we are not expecting undergraduate students to be seeking access to the Architecture + Design Studios Building (ADS). If you have need to utilize space in ADS Building, please contact Kathie Chung with details. Once your space use is approved, we can be certain that safe accommodations are provided. Any students entering the building are required by campus to submit a Daily Wellness Screening. This is a self-reporting form that checks for Covid-19 symptoms.
Note: Faculty members may be organizing in-person sessions for one-on-one or small group student meetings. These will be organized in advance for those who are able to safely commute to and be present on campus. 

Please email Itzel Lopez for any questions about lockers. Returning students have the option of keeping last year’s locker or cleaning it out. Students may request a locker for the 2020-2021 academic year. Deadlines and more details to come. 

The ADS Print, Project and Fabrication Labs will be operating on a service bureau model. For the fall semester, printing and prototyping services are arranged through your course instructor. As always, your lab fees cover costs of some course materials and a percentage of all course fees are directed towards maintenance of school-wide student resources including print, fabrication and project lab operations and supplies. General classroom and lab supplies (printer ink, toner, paper, etc.) are also included in course fees. During remote instruction, fees will additionally be used for material and supply kits, delivery costs, software and technology support, remote lab services, virtual workshops and demos, web server space and lab-based personal protective equipment (PPE).

Many Design courses will utilize Blackboard for organizing/delivering content. We ask that you familiarize yourself with the basics of this campus resource prior to the start of the semester. Individual instructors will additionally determine the technology platforms that work best for the instructional goals of their course. 

As a complement to our School of Design Laptop Requirement, UIC is offering a remote desktop service to support student technology needs. Use the Virtual Computer Lab to remotely access specialized software such SOLIDWORKS and to request a cellular hot spot if you need to boost internet connectivity.

To discuss your degree process, general education and general elective requirements, minors, registration, academic probation, or other issues, login to My.UIC and click the Advising tab or go to the iAdvise website. Use iAdvise to connect with Maria Gutierrez, our Academic Advisor in the college Office of Student Affairs. Through iAdvise, you will be able to schedule a meeting with Elizabeth to talk on the phone or meet virtually through Blackboard at a time that works for you. CADA Office of Student Affairs is located on the 2nd floor of Jefferson Hall. While working remotely, Student Affairs maintains normal business hours Monday–Friday 8:30am to 4:45pm. 

Graduate Advisor, Kevin Strickland, leads Student Affairs in the School of Design and serves as an additional resource for all UIC Design students.

Congratulations to our elected leaders, who serve as your representatives of the student voice for School of Design governance. Please note the Student Advisor for your cohort and be on the lookout for communications from this group.
/ MDes GD: Josh Cook
/ MDes ID: Mari Miller
/ BDes Double Major: Cody Moore
/ BDes Year 4 GD: Tiffany Friese
/ BDes Year 4 ID: Maxwell Wang
/ BDes Year 3 GD: Bex Damore
/ BDes Year 3 ID: Phoebe Liandyartha 
/ BDES Year 2 GD: Jessica Katrein
/ BDes Year 2: ID: Maryrose Haley
/ BA in Design Studies: Mykiyah Jackson
/ Design Foundations: Celine Alonzo, Grey Miecznikowski

UIC is committed to public safety, and provides a free smart phone app that allows you to take advantage of the many campus safety services offered. Please download the appropriate UIC SAFE mobile app to your smart phone—Apple (UIC SAFE) or Android (UIC Mobile)—and familiarize yourself with its features so you’re prepared in case of an emergency. The UIC app also contains a full Safety Toolbox, Emergency Response Guidelines, and Support Resources. 

Location Tracking + Escort:
Virtual Friend Walk—real-time tracking with a contact
UIC Police Virtual Escort—real-time tracking with campus police
Call UIC Police—share your location and/or call campus police

Safe Commute:
Night Ride—a campus shuttle van will give you a ride 11pm–7am
UIC Safe App or dial direct: 312-996-6800

Student Patrol Escort—a campus walking escort 6:30am–11pm
UIC Safe App or dial direct: 312-996-2830

Call UIC Police
UIC Safe App or dial direct: 312-355-5555
from a campus phone: 5-5555

Report a crime or a tip
Text UIC Police 312-355-5555
Call UIC InTouch Crisis Hotline: 6 to 10pm Sunday through Friday 312-996-5535
Call National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 24 hours a day, everyday  800-273-8255


UIC Pop-Up Pantry
If you or someone you know is experiencing food insecurity issues, there is a UIC Pop-Up Pantry that serves students on Wednesday and Thursday from 1:00–4:00pm. The Pantry, located in Student Center East Tower Room 603, offers fresh fruit, vegetables, milk, cereal, eggs and sometimes cheese and yogurt. No registration required.

Counseling Center
UIC is committed to helping students deal with stress, handle a crisis or trauma, cope with the transition to college, gain strength from gender and cultural identity, or manage serious mental illness and many other issues. Our counselors can help students increase resilience and positive well-being by developing effective coping and problem-solving skills. Visit the UIC Counseling Center website to make an appointment.

Disability Resource Center
UIC is committed to full inclusion and participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of university life. Students who face or anticipate disability-related barriers should use the link to connect with the Disability Resource Center (DRC). Instructors in receipt of a Letter of Accommodation will work with the student and the DRC to implement the approved accommodations.  

Office for Access and Equity
UIC OAE is committed to providing access to employment, programs, and services in an environment free of unlawful discrimination and harassment. Dispute Resolution Services (DRS) provides confidential consultation, facilitation, and mediation services to students, faculty, academic and support staff. 

Academic Integrity Policy
UIC is committed to providing an environment in which research, learning, and scholarship can flourish and in which all endeavors are guided by academic and professional integrity. All members of the campus community—students, staff, faculty, and administrators—share the responsibility of ensuring that these standards are upheld so that such an environment exists. Instances of academic misconduct will be handled pursuant to the Student Disciplinary Policy.

Nondiscrimination Statement
UIC is committed to the most fundamental principles of academic freedom, equality of opportunity, and human dignity involving students and employees. Freedom from discrimination is a foundation for all decision-making at UIC. Students are encouraged to review the university’s Nondiscrimination Statement.