Section XII. The UIC Environment

A.    Maps and Directions

Campus Maps and Directions are available for inter-campus travel and for travel to and from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). A new Visitor’s Map of the campus features all UIC buildings, parking lots, and structures, showing ADA accessible entrances. CTA bus stops and train stations are also shown.

B.     Parking and Transportation

Campus Parking Services is responsible for providing safe, convenient, and affordable parking for vehicles by 1) issuing parking assignments for faculty, staff, and students 2) providing cash lots for occasional drivers and visitors 3) operating and maintaining the campus parking facilities and 4) offering special services for special needs, e.g., assistance with vehicle lockouts, battery charging, tire inflation, fuel assistance, and escort service within the Halsted, Harrison, Paulina, and Wood Street parking structures. The UIC parking program is self-supporting and all persons pay a fee when using any University parking facility.  In addition, the University operates a commuter bus, shuttle buses, Red Car service, paratransit service, and provides vehicles for University business.

1.      Daytime and Evening Shuttle Bus

The University operates free campus and parking lot shuttle bus service. The shuttle bus service operates around the campus during the business day and evening hours. A route map for both day and evening schedules is available through Parking Services. All University shuttle buses are handicap accessible and all riders must present their University identification (i-card) to ride the shuttle bus.

2.      Red Car Service

The University has an escort service to provide transportation to University employees, students, and other authorized individuals between University facilities and points of public transportation or residence facilities.  This service is available seven (7) days a week, including holidays, from 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. A valid Red Car access authorization card is required. University identification (i-card) must be presented to the driver when boarding.

3.      Paratransit Service

On-campus Paratransit Service is available for students, faculty and staff with disabilities. Paratransit Service is available seven days a week.  When scheduling rides, students need to register with the Office of Disability Services and faculty and staff with the Office of Access and Equity. For Paratransit service during the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., the Red Car Service should be contacted.

4.      Vehicles for University Business

University-owned vehicles are available for faculty and staff members traveling on official University business. A charge is made against the unit/department for use of these vehicles. Drivers must have a valid Illinois driver’s license.

C.    News/Media Relations

The Office of Public Affairs (OPA), a unit reporting to the Office of Public and Government Affairs, is responsible for relations with external news media. The OPA services the local and national media, news services, newspapers, television and radio, magazines, and professional journals, with news developments and feature articles related to UIC, its staff, faculty, and students. The OPA works with faculty and staff, departments, administrative offices, and the Medical Center to learn of newsworthy research and activities on campus and to make UIC expertise available to news media.  The OPA publishes UIC News, a weekly newspaper covering news, research, events, and feature articles of interest to the campus community.  Other specialized and general information brochures are published by the OPA or Marketing and Brand Management, another unit within the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Public and Government Affairs, and made available to the campus community.

The Center for Student Involvement  provides information that is pertinent to student leaders and student organizations and includes articles about campus programming and a calendar of upcoming events..  Under the direction of Campus Programs, UIC Radio, the official UIC webcast public radio station, serves the educational mission of the campus with broadcasts of campus interest.

D.    Publication Services

The Office of Publications Services (OPS) houses on-campus facilities equipped to handle every aspect of producing University publications at low cost. To support the teaching, research, and service missions of the University, the OPS helps individuals and campus units meet a wide range of communications needs in a variety of ways, tailoring its services to specific needs. OPS also performs some University-wide functions, such as producing the University catalogs and manuals, maintaining the online phone book, publishing the Staff Directory every fall, and generating both labels and electronic mailing lists for University use.

E.     University Mail Service

The University Mail Service (UMS) serves the UIC community by picking up, sorting, and delivering campus mail; receiving and delivering U.S. Mail; providing a full-service letter shop for outgoing mail. Campus and U.S. mail is delivered and picked up from most departmental mailbox locations twice daily. Deliveries begin by 8:00 a.m. and are completed by 3:30 p.m. Campus mail, stamped mail, and metered mail should be separated accordingly in the pickup location. Three-digit mail codes have been assigned to all UIC units/departments and function as internal zip codes.  As part of the unit’s official campus address, the mail code must be used in campus mail and on return addresses on U.S. Mail.

Mail can be sent to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) campus at no charge via the intercampus shuttle, which operates daily and provides next-day delivery, weather permitting.  UIUC mail can be placed with other mail in the departmental pickup location.  Individually addressed mail to the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS) or to the UIC Rockford, Peoria, and Quad Cities campuses must be posted and sent through the U.S. Mail. Mass mailings to these campuses are sent in bulk for local distribution

More detailed information about using the UMS can be found on their website.

F.     Safety Issues and Legal Affairs

  1. Emergency Information: There are a variety of ways to get help and get information on emergencies. The link above provides important information on a number of emergency topics including the annual safety and security report, extreme weather policies, and emergency response. UIC provides immediate updates to all employees via their Emergency Information website, via URGENT all-campus email, through SMS alerts, and by phone on the UIC Information Line (312) 413-9696. Emergency information and specific instructions on evacuation or sheltering-in-place are available for a number of situations. Visit the Office of Preparedness and Response for further information.
  1. UIC Police: Under the provisions of chapter 110, section 305/7, Illinois Compiled Statutes 1992, members of the Police Department are designated peace officers. University police have all the powers possessed by police in cities and by sheriffs, including the power to make arrests on view and on warrants of violations of state statutes and city or county ordinances.  The mission of the UIC Police Department is to promote and maintain public security and order in accordance with the Constitution and laws of the United States and the state of Illinois and to promote a sense of safety and well-being in the campus community. The UIC Police can be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week by dialing 355-5555, or by dialing “0” for operator assistance. For non-emergencies, dial 996-2830.
  1. Campus Safety and Security Policies: It is important that in conjunction with the protection received from the UIC Police, employees must take responsibility for their own safety and the safety of others by taking advantage of security awareness programs. Further, employees must assist the UIC Police by promptly and accurately reporting any and all criminal acts, dangerous situations, or suspicious behavior.  The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1990 mandates that colleges and universities report certain criminal incidents, identified in eight major categories, to the U.S. Department of Education each calendar year.  UIC compliance with the Clery Act is coordinated by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.
  1. Campus Advocacy Network (CAN): The CAN is a campus service center that provides a team approach to advocacy in order to assist UIC students, staff, and faculty who have experienced sexual assault, domestic/dating violence, stalking, and hate crimes.  CAN believes that all people deserve safety from harm, but believes that this safety may be achieved in multiple ways. Gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, class, religious beliefs, and ability can be factors that shape experience with violence.  For further information access the link above.

G.    Cultural Resources

  1. Art Galleries

The College of Architecture and the Arts sponsors Gallery 400 located in the Art and Design Hall at 400 South Peoria Street.  A not-for-profit exhibition space, Gallery 400 is committed to the production, interpretation, and exhibition of art, architecture, and design. The gallery provides an open forum for experimentation, collaboration, and dialogue about issues of art and architecture. The gallery also coordinates formal and informal educational programs such as lecture series, visiting artists programs, context talks, workshops, and symposia.

In addition, there are art galleries located in the UIC Student Centers, which feature work of UIC artists, as well as others of local, national, and international reputation. Exhibits change frequently and free opening receptions offer an opportunity to meet the artists and discuss their work. Galleries in the Student Centers include the Montgomery Ward Gallery and Lounge on the second floor at the north end of the Student Center East, and the Art Lounge on the first floor of the Student Center West.

  1. Gardens

Heritage Garden: The UIC Heritage Garden was established in 2013 as part of a collaborative program through the Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change (CCUSC, See Section H. below for further information).  It offers opportunities for paid student internships where students work with faculty, staff, and community members to connect horticulture with environmental sustainability, cultural diversity, and social justice as well as public educational events and tours of the garden satellites.  As of 2016, there are currently 8 satellite gardens on the east side of campus.  For additional information, refer to the link above.

Medicinal Plant Garden:  The Dorothy Bradley Atkins Medicinal Plant Garden was constructed and is maintained by a generous gift commitment made in 1999 by Dr. Robert A. Atkins to honor his wife Dorothy Bradley Atkins, who earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy in 1945 and died in 1995.  The garden, located next to the College of Pharmacy, exists not only for educational and research purposes, but also for the enjoyment it offers as an island of beauty on the campus of UIC.  The garden was dedicated during a ceremony held on the afternoon of Friday, July 19, 2002. For additional information call the College of Pharmacy at 996-2497.

  1. Museums

The Jane Addams Hull-House MuseumThe Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, part of the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts, is a historic site and is open to the public.  Restored by the University in the mid-1960s, the Hull-House memorial commemorates the life and work of social welfare pioneer Jane Addams, and the history of Hull-House and its surrounding neighborhood. The memorial is made up of two original buildings, the Hull Mansion (1856) and the Residents’ Dining Hall (1907), which contain restored rooms, rotating exhibits, and memorabilia.  Guided tours of the Hull-House buildings and slide-tape presentations are available to individuals and groups making reservations in advance.  The museum is located at 800 South Halsted Street.

The Kottemann Gallery of Dentistry:  The UIC College of Dentistry has had a profound impact on dental teaching, research, and public service. Its Kottemann Gallery of Dentistry, named for Dr. George Kottemann, a 1955 alumnus of the College of Dentistry, chronicles the innovative research and accomplishments of the College’s faculty and students, which have had international impact on dentistry.  Located on the fifth floor of the College, the Kottemann Gallery is being refurbished to display graphics, text, and approximately 200 artifacts of dental equipment and instruments.

  1. James Woodworth Prairie Nature Preserve

Consisting of over five acres of natural tall-grass prairie on agricultural grade soil, remnant of the Peacock estate settled in 1843, the preserve is typical of the Illinois prairie when it was first settled. It is an irreplaceable resource for scientific research in management ecology and the impact on natural areas. The staffed Interpretation Center has exhibits about the prairie and about pioneer life, and a garden with most of the species found in the native prairie surrounds the Center. The building and garden are both wheelchair accessible.  The preserve is located on the east side of Milwaukee Avenue in the Village of Glenview, half a mile north of the Golf Road intersection and a quarter mile north of the Greenwood Avenue intersection.  The Prairie is open to the public from mid-May through mid-September.  For additional information access the link above

  1. UIC Theatre

The UIC Theatre has one 150-300 seat flexible configuration theater and one black box studio. The Department of Theatre offers four main stage productions a year. From time to time, the UIC Theater presents visiting productions from Russia, England, and elsewhere. The theater is also home to the Chicago Circle Players, the student theater organization.

  1. UIC Skyspace

In Spring 2005, a spectacular public art project by acclaimed American artist James Turrell opened on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago. UIC Skyspace is the centerpiece of the newly built Gateway Plaza, also designed by Turrell, located on the university’s South Campus and situated on the southwest corner of Halsted Street and Roosevelt Road in the heart of Chicago. The UIC Skypsace, Turrell’s fifteenth permanent skyspace installation, will be the only freestanding structure of its kind in the Midwest.  To learn more about the project, view pictures, and read about the artist, access the website above.

  1. Electronic Visualization Laboratory

The Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) was established in 1973 as a joint effort of the UIC College of Engineering and the School of Art and Design.  The EVL is the oldest formal collaboration between engineering and art in the U.S.  As an internationally renowned interdisciplinary research laboratory, the EVL supports scientific and engineering discoveries by designing and developing high-performance visualization, virtual reality, and collaboration systems using advanced networking infrastructure.

H.    Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change

Reporting to the associate chancellor and vice provost for diversity, the UIC Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change (CCUSC) includes the African-American Cultural Center, Asian American Resource and Cultural Center, Disability Resource Center, Gender and Sexuality Center, Rafael Cintrón Ortiz Latino Cultural Center, and Women’s Leadership and Resources Center. Detailed information regarding the histories and missions of the CCUSC can be found by accessing the link above.

I.       Sports and Recreation

UIC Campus Recreation offers a wide variety of recreational sport opportunities to meet the needs of the campus community.  Recreational sports programs, equipment, and services are available for students, faculty, and staff in the following campus facilities: 1) Sports & Fitness Center located in the UIC Student Center West, 2) Student Recreation Facility located at 737 South Halsted, 3) Bowling & Billiards Center located in the UIC Student Center East, and 4) Outdoor Field Complex located at 900 W. 14th Place.  Rates, fees, schedule information, and exact locations for each facility can be found at the UIC Campus Recreation homepage website.

The Human Performance Lab, located within the Student Recreation Facility is a testing facility open to everyone. The Lab has a unique team comprised of physicians, teachers, exercise physiologists, and students who perform fitness tests and evaluations of athletes and non-athletes. By conducting a series of comprehensive evaluations and laboratory measurements, these specialists can identify your fitness needs and provide you with an individualized exercise prescription. This exercise prescription can be designed to get you started or move you up to the next fitness level and beyond.

The UIC Pavilion hosts concerts, UIC sports, meetings, festivals, and corporate, civic, and cultural events.  Available for rental throughout the year, the Pavilion’s varied programs target the greater metropolitan Chicago community. The UIC Pavilion is one of the Midwest’s finest arenas. In its brief history, it has hosted many special or one-of-a-kind programs, providing an unparalleled view of entertainment or sporting events–as well as refreshments and a taste of the UIC campus.  The Pavilion is home to the UIC Flames Men’s and Women’s Basketball programs, the UIC Flames Women’s Volleyball program, and the professional Women’s Basketball team– the Chicago Sky.

Both the UIC Student Centers East and West provide a major contribution to the UIC campus community.  Both locations provide many events, opportunities, and amenities for UIC students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The UIC Student Centers’ services included bookstores, recreation facilities, meeting rooms, dining options and lounge areas, administrative services, and networking opportunities.

J.      Faculty/Student Housing Programs

Although the main focus for UIC Campus Housing is to offer comfortable and convenient living on campus for undergraduate students, graduate students, and students with families, UIC encourages faculty involvement through two programs that stress the importance of interactions between faculty and students outside the classroom. These are the “faculty in residence and alumni” program and “faculty associates” program.

The Faculty Members in Residence Program offers the opportunity for selected faculty and their families to live in a residential community with students. It is a unique experience that encourages a crucial link between students and faculty.  In order to facilitate contact with students, the Resident Faculty will work closely with the Residence Life staff and the Residence Hall Association.

The Faculty Associates Program assigns individual faculty to one specific floor in the residence hall, if possible based on a match between the individual faculty member and the types of students living on that floor: undergraduate/graduate, first year vs. upper-class students, typical colleges represented, etc.  Faculty Associates participate in any number of our New Student Days programs/activities in August, and volunteer their time to be active with the students on their floor about once a month.  This initiative provides another vital link between resident students and faculty and hopefully will foster a greater sense of community here at UIC – with an eye toward our primary goal of student retention and student success.

K.    Life/Work-Friendly Policies and Programs

During their term of employment, most faculty will be faced with some level of difficulty in balancing the needs of family with the needs of work.  It is the policy of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) to support faculty who face such issues as childbirth, adoption, child care and caring for ill children, spouses, partners, and parents.

Further information can be found throughout the Handbook and under the Workplace Flexibility section of the Office of Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs website.  Information contained in this section attempts to consolidate the life/work-friendly policies and programs available to faculty as a result of University, state, and federal laws and policies.   Contact your human resources representative in your department or college or the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs for more detailed information.

L.     Women in Science and Engineering System Transformation (WISEST)

WISEST is an initiative that began in 2003 in the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, in collaboration with the Center for Research on Women and Gender, to increase the number, participation, and leadership status of women in academic science and engineering at UIC.