Resources, Programs, and Services for UChicago Students

October 25, 2021

To: College, Graduate, and Professional Students
From: Michele Rasmussen, Dean of Students in the University
Subject: Resources, Programs, and Services for UChicago Students
Date: October 25, 2021

With the Autumn Quarter well underway, I am writing to remind you of the resources and opportunities available to support your experience at the University of Chicago.

Health and Wellness Services

UChicago Student Wellness offers students access to coordinated and comprehensive medical care, counseling, psychiatry, and health promotion services targeted at building and maintaining overall wellbeing. Services are provided in the University’s new Student Wellness Center located on 59th Street and Maryland Avenue. UChicago Student Wellness services include:

Medical Services

  • 24/7 Nurse Line, available at 773.834.WELL
  • Primary and acute medical care
  • Reproductive and sexual health care
  • Travel consultations
  • Referrals to medical specialists

Mental Health Services

  • 24/7 Therapist-on-Call, available at 773.702.3625
  • Individual and couples therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Support groups
  • Psychiatric consultations

Health Promotion Programs

  • Mindfulness Meditation
  • Wellness Coaching
  • Mental Health First Aid courses

A full list of services is on the UChicago Student Wellness website. Services are provided at no cost to eligible students. (Most degree programs that convene full time on the Hyde Park campus are eligible.)

Fitness and Recreation

You can stay active, make new friends, and de-stress through Athletics & Recreation’s many free fitness classes (available in person or virtually) and intramural and sport clubs. Students also have access to the Gerald Ratner Athletics Center with their UChicago ID (no membership is required). Ratner features a fitness center with weights and cardio equipment, an auxiliary gym with a multipurpose court, and the Myers-McLoraine Pool.

Center for Leadership and Involvement (CLI)

CLI supports more than 400 Recognized Student Organizations across a range of interests, from community service and fine arts to politics. CLI also offers leadership development programs to help students cultivate skills to become effective leaders.

Center for Identity + Inclusion (CI+I)

CI+I creates intentionally diverse and inclusive communities and is home to the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, LGBTQ Student Life, and Student Support Services. CI+I offers a variety of programs and resources designed with students of color; LGBTQ students; and first-generation, lower-income, and/or immigrant students in mind.

Speakers, Performances, and Other Special Events

UChicago offers opportunities to see leading figures from the world stage. International House’s Global Voices Performing Arts and Lecture Series hosts prominent speakers, roundtable discussions, music and theater groups, and other guests. Rockefeller Chapel and Spiritual Life offer in-person and virtual spiritual support and programs for students of all traditions, in addition to regular worship services.

Access Services

Student Disability Services can help students with disabilities find services and accommodations to ensure equitable access to University programs. The Center for Awareness, Resolution, Education, and Support (UChicago CARES) supports the full participation of all members of the University community and works to prevent and respond to all forms of discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct.

Emergency and Crisis Services

The Dean-on-Call and Sexual Assault Dean-on-Call are available 24/7 to support and care for students. To contact either resource, call the University of Chicago Police Department at 773.702.8181 and ask for the Dean-on-Call or Sexual Assault Dean-on-Call to be paged. These resources are also available via text through the UChicago Safe App.

If you are concerned about the physical or mental wellbeing of another student, contact the Dean-on-Call or report your concern online to request a well-being check.

More information about these resources is at help.uchicago.edu. In addition, the University’s new safety webpage has an overview of the robust safety resources available to members of the University community.

You can learn more about Campus and Student Life programs and services on our website. On behalf of my colleagues, best wishes for a healthy and successful year.