Independent Review Committee for the University of Chicago Police Department

Purpose

The Independent Review Committee (IRC) reviews citizen complaints of abusive language, violation of rights, excessive force, and dereliction of duty brought against the UCPD. In the process of making their recommendations, the committee may also review and comment on related policies as well as procedural and communication issues. Its membership includes three faculty members, three students (representing the College, graduate divisions and professional schools), two staff members and three community members. The Committee usually meets once a quarter during the academic year. Further information on the IRC can be found here.

Eligibility

  • Student representatives must be a current College, graduate, or professional student at the University of Chicago.
  • Students must be enrolled and in good standing in your academic program, and will be physically present on or near the Hyde Park campus for the duration of your appointment on the IRC.
  • Students who are not present or actively engaged in the IRC may lose member status.
  • Terms for the IRC expire at the conclusion of the 2018-19 academic year.

Application and Selection Process

The Committee is seeking three students (representing the College, graduate divisions and professional schools) to serve a term of one academic year. Students who serve on the IRC should be mature, fair-minded and capable of maintaining the strict confidentiality of the cases they hear and of committee discussions and deliberations. This committee is not an advisory board and is thus not an appropriate venue for advancing an agenda or cause. Knowledge of the University is highly advantageous, so these roles are likely to be best filled by students who have been at the University for two or more years.

The Office of the Dean of Students in the University will review applications. Finalists will be invited for an in-person interview. The Office of the Provost appoints student representatives after nomination from the Dean of Students in the University.

Please apply here by Friday, May 18 at 12 p.m. 

Questions about the Committee or your application? Please contact Campus and Student Life at studentlife@uchicago.edu.