Fall 2020: Student Life FAQ Student Worker

What does the availability of student worker roles at Harris and at the University look like for the upcoming academic year?

We anticipate that the availability of student employment will be about the same as in previous years. A majority of the divisions and units that have previously hired Harris students have indicated that they do not anticipate a change to the number of student workers they will hire this year.  And, for most positions, students will be able to work remotely, unless the nature of the job precludes it. 

Harris Student Affairs and Career Development will advertise positions we become aware of via the student email listserv and/or student newsletter.  Students should also check the University student employment website at https://studentemployment.uchicago.edu/

Fall 2020: Student Life FAQ ID Card

How do I get my UChicago ID card?

The process will be modified this year to support the safety of our community. Photos will not be taken in the ID & Privileges Office (IPO) in order to reduce traffic and in-person interaction. The first step for students is to upload their own UChicago Card photos at https://myphoto.uchicago.edu/. Note, all students should upload a photo, not just those on campus, as these photos are used for several campus systems, including course rosters.

Only students who are in the Chicago area will be able to get a physical ID card. UChicago Cards this year by appointment only. If you have questions, please contact the ID & Privileges Office at ipo@uchicago.edu

Fall 2020: Student Life FAQ Orientation Virtual

Will orientation activities (Math Camp, Jumpstart, AEPP, Welcome Week, etc.) be held virtually?

Yes, all orientation activities for new students will be virtual. This includes our pre-orientation programs (Math Camp for all degree programs, AEPP, and Jumpstart) as announced in May. Our orientation Welcome Week and all onboarding activities will also be fully virtual, ensuring that all students are able to connect with one another and learn about the resources available through Harris and the University regardless of location.

Fall 2020: Student Life FAQ Meet Staff Faculty

Will I be able to meet with faculty and staff in person?

Details about faculty and staff’s return to the Keller Center are still being finalized. Students who are able to be on campus may be able to meet with faculty and staff in-person at the Keller Center starting in September. However, it is important to note that some faculty and staff may be unable to meet in person due to a variety of reasons, including health concerns and the need to reduce the overall density of people in the Keller Center. 

Evening Master’s Program Students can reach out to faculty and staff to request in-person meetings, which could take place at the Keller Center or another mutually agreed-upon location.

Any in-person meetings will need to incorporate all mandatory safety measures, including wearing masks and being at least 6 feet apart. Given these constraints, longer meetings, especially academic and career advising meetings, should be held virtually whenever possible, and some offices will not be able to be used for meetings.

Fall 2020: Student Life FAQ New Student

As a new student, how will I meet and make connections with my fellow students?

One of the key ways that we help students start to make connections with one another is through our orientation cohorts. The entire incoming class, across all full-time degree programs, are grouped into one of 15 orientation cohorts with about 35 students each. Each cohort is led by an Orientation Leader (OL), who is second-year Harris student. The orientation cohorts are designed to be as diverse as our student body, with students from different degree programs, ages, races, and countries of origin. You’ll be notified which orientation cohort you are in on the week of July 20, and that same week you’ll be invited to a virtual happy hour with your OL and the other students in your cohort. Take advantage of this time to get to know these “first friends” because you’ll be participating in activities with them not just during new student orientation, but also occasionally throughout your entire time at Harris.

We also want to make sure that all students, regardless of their location, have informal ways to interact with one another about both academics and other interests. We will make Slack, an instant messenger platform, available to all Harris students this year beginning later with details forthcoming later this summer. Slack is intended to be primarily for social interactions, and we’ll have channels for different policy areas of interest, Harris student organizations, and degree programs.

Of course, Harris Student Organizations (HSOs) play a key role in facilitating student engagement and connection. We have more than 30 current HSOs on a variety of policy areas and identity groups. We will share more information about how to engage with HSOs later in the summer, and HSO events and programming will resume in a primarily virtual format when the academic year begins in late September.

We also strongly encourage you to attend the many virtual events put on by Harris both over the summer and throughout the academic year. We think you’ll find that our events not only provide engaging content and learning opportunities, but provide a way to make connections with other Harris students. Over the summer, event invitations will be sent via email. Once the school year starts and we have more events each week you’ll learn about events through our app, HarrisHub, and also in our twice-weekly student newsletter.

Fall 2020: Student Life FAQ Activities

How will student activities and gatherings across campus be affected?

Gatherings on campus including at Harris will be limited based on parameters from the City of Chicago and State of Illinois, and University-specific factors such as overall density of the campus at a given time. The University is committed to facilitating meetings, performance, exhibits, social activities, and other events in our adapted environment with strict maintenance of our health and safety requirements. In the coming weeks the University will share plans for student activities, UChicago Arts, Athletics, and other programs in Autumn Quarter.

Fall 2020: Student Life FAQ More Questions

If I have more questions, who can I ask?

Once you have been assigned an academic advisor, they will always be the best person to go to with any questions. If you’re an incoming student and have not yet received your advisor assignment, you can submit a question using this form or email dayone@uchicago.edu and a member of the Student Affairs team will get back to you. 

Fall Updates 2020_Travel, Visas, and Housing - Claim Zoom

Where can I claim my UChicago Student Zoom account?

As a UChicago student, please make sure you use this link to claim your account since the student Zoom account has features that are different from those on the general free Zoom account. Additional information about training for Zoom and other systems will be shared later in the summer.