Undergraduate Studies Catalog
The administrative responsibility for the co-curricular life of the university rests with the vice president for student affairs and her staff. The Division of Student Affairs works in collaboration with academic administration to promote the intellectual, emotional, physical, creative, moral, social and spiritual growth of students in the Jesuit tradition of developing the whole person.
The university, through the Division of Student Affairs, provides a wide range of support services and programs designed specifically to meet the out-of-class and developmental needs of students. These services include career counseling and placement, learning assistance services, services for students with disabilities, psychological services, and student health services.
In addition to providing students with various services, the division also has the responsibility to create and maintain a safe, stimulating and vibrant campus life. While the departments of public safety, residence life and university dining services address the basic needs, the departments of student activities, student union and recreational sports provide for a student’s social and recreational needs. The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics not only provides a host of services to support the student athlete, but also contributes to the campus ambiance and university cohesiveness through intercollegiate competitive play.
Since Loyola’s mission is guided by an educational philosophy which emphasizes the development of the whole person as a unique individual, the Division of Student Affairs provides an array of co-curricular services and programs to address individuals and groups of individuals who may have special interests and/or needs. Toward this end, services and programs are provided not only for support but also to facilitate further personal development for women, adult students, students of color and international students. Educational programs in the area of drug and alcohol prevention are offered; for student leaders a comprehensive leadership program is offered throughout the year. All of these efforts have an educative focus aimed at meeting each individual at their unique personal level of development with programs that foster their continued personal growth. Even our conduct system is guided by this orientation. That is, through the conduct process it is the division’s intention to help individuals understand their behavior and its consequences.
The Division of Student Affairs is committed to the development of an educational environment consistent with principles rooted in the Jesuit tradition. As a reflection of this commitment, an ethos statement was created which serves as a formal declaration of expectations governing student conduct and serves as the framework for the student conduct system. The four principles of the ethos statement are: personal integrity, care for others, responsible for use of property, and respect for authority.
The focus of Student Life, a component area within the Division of Student Affairs, is to assist students in their personal growth and development by providing specialized programming and services to meet their unique needs and to enhance the vibrant and active campus climate on the Lakeside campuses. Student Life seeks to promote a broad range of opportunities for students, assisting students to realize their potential through involvement beyond the classroom and to provide a variety of co-curricular programming which develops students’ leadership skills and builds community. Student Life is comprised of the Office of the Dean of Students, the Center for Student Life, and Campus Recreation.
The Office of the Dean of Students offers several services, programs, and resources for students. The dean of students and the staff in the dean’s office serve as resources for students and facilitate referrals to appropriate areas within the university. The dean’s office oversees: the university student conduct system, the publication of the Student Handbook, advocacy and crisis intervention initiative for students, the development of educational programs on topics such as sexual harassment and the university ethos statement, and the advisement of the student governments.
As members of the Loyola community, students assume obligations of performance and conduct reasonably imposed by the institution relevant to its objectives and mission. Due to the unique character of academic and campus life, some very specific guidelines are necessary. All students are responsible for the guidelines on conduct published each year in the Student Handbook, available in the student life offices at Lake Shore, Water Tower and Mallinckrodt campuses. The primary goal of the university’s student conduct system proceedings is to provide the student(s) involved with an overall educative experience. Hearings are non-adversarial, confidential, and are conducted in accordance with due process guidelines adopted by the university to protect the rights of all concerned.
The Center for Student Life is an integrated, holistic service operation which includes the following components: student organizations, student leadership, and campus programs. The center provides a convenient and efficient "one-stop shopping" venue for students. The center is located in the Centennial Forum Student Union.
Involvement in student activities contributes significantly to a student’s total educational experience at Loyola. Students are encouraged to participate in any of the approximately 110 organizations and groups which are represented at all three lakeside campuses. These organizations include programming boards, service or academic groups, hobby/special interest clubs, recreational clubs, ethnic organizations, political or social interest groups, religious organizations, residence hall councils, publications, and fraternities and sororities. Membership in student organizations is open to all currently enrolled students. The officers and leaders of all groups must be in good academic standing at the time of their election or appointment and throughout their term of office. Students who are not in good standing may be removed from offices or membership.
The Centennial Forum Student Union is located on the Lake Shore Campus. The Union’s facilities include the Crossroads Community Lounge, a recreation center and game room, a convenience store, and two dining halls. Centennial Forum houses meeting rooms and the Katherine Mullady Memorial Theater which showcases productions sponsored by the university’s Theater Department. The Offices of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Dean of Students, the Center for Student Life, and University Dining Services can be found in Centennial Forum.
A primary focus of the student union is to provide support for student organizations and their activities. The lower level of Centennial Forum houses offices, mailboxes, and a student organization resource center and graphic arts operation for over 100 student organizations housed on the Lake Shore Campus.
There are a broad array of programs offered in leadership education, development, and recognition. Many of the programs incorporate a strong emphasis on peer education and community service. The leadership grant program recognizes student leadership on campus and awards tuition grant to exceptional student leaders who contribute greatly to their organization(s) and to the campus community. Other workshops, retreats, and development programs are offered throughout the academic year including team building and transitions workshops for members of student organizations.
The commuter connections program assists commuter students with their integration and connection to the university community. Services offered include special programming, resources, referrals, support, and peer advising. The program provides leadership opportunities to commuter students through the commuter advisor program. Commuter advisors serve as peer educators who offer support and assistance to commuter students. The commuter advisors have office hours in the Crossroads Community Lounge, second floor of Centennial Forum Student Union.
The Students Together Are Reaching Success (STARS) program is another leadership opportunity offered for students. This is a big brother-big sister program which offers mentoring, peer support, group study, academic success workshops, and social-cultural programs to first-year students of color. The Gannon Scholars program recognizes the leadership contributions of women.
There are a variety of campus programs offered which support the academic and co-curricular development of students. These programs contribute to the holistic education of students, providing opportunities for adjustment and transition to the university environment, social interaction, self-awareness and understanding, integration into the university community, and an appreciation of diversity.
The Discover Loyola program celebrates the beginning of the Loyola University Chicago experience for new students. During Discover Loyola sessions, which are held in the summer, new students receive personal advisement, register for fall semester classes, meet other new students, select a residence hall room for the upcoming year, and become acquainted with university programs and services. Welcome Weekend, which begins a few days prior to the beginning of fall semester classes, offers students a more complete introduction to academic programs and student services. This program is full of many social and informational programs designed to bring together new and returning students.
In addition to encouraging high standards of academic progress through good study habits, the Loyola University Chicago experience extends beyond walls of the classroom. The Loyola Experience is a program which offers opportunities for students to learn about, enjoy, and participate in various events and activities in and around the City of Chicago. As part of the cultural events series, tickets are made available at reduced rates to groups of students and faculty or staff members to enjoy theater performances, sporting events, the symphony, the opera, and other activities in the city.
Unity in Diversity Week, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration programs, Latino heritage month, women’s history month, African-American history month, and Asian-American heritage month are examples of some programs which foster appreciation and understanding of the various backgrounds that comprise the Loyola community.
The area of campus recreation includes: the Halas Sports Center, intramurals programs, fitness and wellness programs, the campus game room, club sports, and leisure learning activities. Campus recreation recognizes the importance of educating the university community regarding the benefits and rewards of lifetime activities and daily health habits by providing quality recreational activities which contribute to the physical, mental, psychological, and social well-being of the individual. By providing opportunities through structured activities for leadership, socialization, self-actualization and enjoyment, the campus recreation area contributes to the holistic mission of Loyola University Chicago and strives to enhance the university’s community’s quality of life.
The George Halas Sports Center, located at the Lake Shore campus, is a 25,000 square foot multi-purpose area containing five racquetball courts, a dance studio, a general exercise room equipped with a variety of cardiovascular exercise equipment, a free weight room, a general exercise room, a 25-yard swimming pool, locker rooms with sauna, lounge areas, administrative offices, and a pro shop. An all-weather turf field is located directly east of the Halas Sport Center.
Major programs such as intramural sports and club sports provide varied opportunities for all to enjoy recreational activities suited to their needs.
Loyola University’s Water Tower Campus is located in the heart of the "Magnificent Mile," one of Chicago’s most exciting business, entertainment, and cultural centers. This vibrant campus is home to Loyola’s School of Social Work, Law School, and School of Business Administration, and offers classes through the College of Arts and Sciences. The Student Life offices and the WTC Center for Student Life are located in the lobby of 25 East Pearson. At the Water Tower Campus, there are several student organizations ranging from academic groups and volunteer service organizations to the Water Tower Student Association, the student government and programming body.
Student Services is composed of the Internship and Career Center, the Counseling Center, the Health Center, and the Learning Assistance Center. In addition, services for students with disabilities is located within the Learning Assistance Center. Student Services responds to the physical, psychological, learning, and career needs of students. All services are guided by a person-centered philosophy which emphasizes an individualized, personal relationship as the means through which services are offered.
Particular emphasis is placed on promoting the dignity and uniqueness of each individual and the development of the whole person in the attainment of academic, career, health, and personal goals.
These services provide students with the tools necessary to make informed career decisions. Choosing a major, a career field, an industry, or a graduate program are among the many topics addressed by career development services. Counselors use a variety of instruments and techniques to guide students as they make their decisions. Interests, values, abilities and personality inventories can provide individuals with a gauge of their strengths, as well as relate these assets to academic disciplines and occupational areas.
Self-assessment services are available at the Internship and Career Center on a group workshop basis. Alternatively, a student may enroll in a two-credit-hour elective class on career and life planning (CPSY 224).
As students get ready to graduate, the Internship and Career Center offers a myriad of services to guide them through the job search process. Workshops on résumé writing, interviewing and job search strategies are presented continually at both the Lake Shore and Water Tower campuses. Students are encouraged to stop by the Internship and Career Center to meet with a counselor who can critique a résumé, offer interview suggestions, or clarify a job search plan.
Graduating seniors can participate in on-campus recruitment and be interviewed by employers for open positions. They can also register for résumé referral service. This is a service through which students’ résumés are sent to employers who list their vacancies with the Internship and Career Center.
Research indicates that the probability of securing a position immediately after college graduation greatly increases for the individuals who possess significant career-related experience. Part-time and summer jobs, internships and volunteer work all enhance a student’s employability. Recognizing this fact, the Internship and Career Center maintains extensive listings of on-campus and off-campus job openings as well as information about available internships.
Students eligible for employment through the Federal Work-Study Program (need-based, financial assistance) will find work-study job listings at the Internship and Career Center.
At the Counseling Center, licensed clinical psychologists, advanced psychology graduate student interns, graduate student counselors, and a psychiatrist are available to help students deal with personal problems, including relationship issues, depression, family conflicts, self-doubt, anxiety, eating issues, shyness, and any other emotional concerns. Individual, couple, and group counseling are available to help students in these personal areas. Services provided by the Counseling Center are strictly confidential as protected by law.
Roommate problem consultation
Audio-tape "Overcoming Procrastination" program
Presentations or group meetings on stress management, conflict resolution, interpersonal styles or other requested topics are also available.
The three service areas that comprise the Internship and Career Center are career development services, opportunities for career-related experiences, and job search services.
The Learning Assistance Center offers services designed to help all students at Loyola achieve to their fullest academic potential. The support services include tutoring, individual and group sessions for improving study skills, and workshops on special topics such as reading, test taking, and test anxiety.
Academic Success Workshops are a support program for students on academic probation.
Learning Enrichment for Academic Progress (LEAP) is a program of academic support services for a select group of freshmen. These students participate in a summer enrichment program and then are supported throughout the year with group seminars and individualized support. Admission takes place through the Undergraduate Admission Office.
Athletic Learning Assistance Program (ALAP) is a support program designed to meet the needs of student-athletes.
Services for Students with Disabilities. Special accommodations are arranged for students with disabilities. Type of accommodation needed is determined in consultation with the coordinator of services for students with disabilities. Documentation of disability is required.
Faculty Consultation. Faculty consultation for the improvement of teaching and learning and various other special programs including exam preparation, time management, and reading improvement are offered during the year.
The Health Center is an outpatient facility providing quality health care, education and preventive services to students, staff, and faculty. All medical records are strictly confidential and cannot be released without your written permission.
Nursing, physician and laboratory services are provided with confidential consultation available in reference to any medical problem or health-related subject. Included in our services are treatment of illnesses, injuries and emergencies, referral services, immunizations, allergy injections with treatment plan and serum provided by your specialist, health education programs and materials. Although most of the services are covered under the student services fee, some charges are assessed for medications and/or laboratory tests beyond the scope of our lab. An intake interview is usually conducted with a registered nurse before appointments are made with physicians.
The State of Illinois requires students to provide the University with evidence of immunity to Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Tetanus and Diphtheria. Failure to comply will result in blocked registration. More detailed information can be found on the Health Center web page at www.luc.edu/depts/studaff/studserv/health.htm
All students are expected to carry some form of insurance coverage while attending the university.
The offerings of the Health Center are not to be confused with or substituted for plans that cover hospitalization. Both are necessary.
Students may elect to enroll in a student injury and sickness insurance program underwritten by an outside agency. This plan is offered at group rates to students enrolled at the university. Brochures are available at the Health Center. Detailed information is available by calling the agency toll-free number.
Lake Shore Campus
Learning Assistance Center
Services for Students with Disabilities
Water Tower Campus
Learning Assistance Center
Services for Students with Disabilities
Intercollegiate Athletics of Loyola University Chicago directs its activities to encourage positive attitudes in its student athletes and to motivate them to be the "brightest and the best" in physical fitness, academic development and moral character. Loyola University Chicago considers intercollegiate athletics an integral part of the education and developmental process of the complete student athlete.
The department is committed to providing opportunities for its student athletes to strive for excellence both academically and athletically. Through participation in intercollegiate athletics, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics hopes to inspire each student athlete to:
Acquire a strong sense of pride, sportsmanship and personal integrity.
Experience the positive effects of teamwork, an appreciation of diversity and a strong sense of loyalty.
Recognize the benefits of hard work, patience and perseverance in both winning and losing.
Carry forth into the community the values gained from the competitive experience and the academic opportunity provided by the university.
The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics generates enthusiasm and loyalty among the student body, stimulates strong interest and support from alumni and increases public awareness of Loyola’s athletic and academic achievements.
The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics offers fifteen sports programs for men and women. They compete in the N.C.A.A. at the Division I level. The programs offered are as follows:
Cross-Country/Track (indoor and outdoor)
Cross-Country/Track (indoor and outdoor)
For further information, please contact the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at 773-508-2560.
JOSEPH J. GENTILE CENTER
Opened in Fall, 1996, the Joseph J. Gentile Center is a 5,200 seat arena designed to be the home of the men’s and women’s intercollegiate athletic teams.
The Gentile Center is a multi-use facility which will host concerts, programs, university activities, and the university’s graduation ceremonies.
The 50,000 square-foot Gentile Center offers unobstructed views of the event floor from all seats and all locations.
Located adjacent to the Halas Sports Center, the Gentile Center also hosts intramural sports activities at times when the facility is not in use for a special event.
Residence halls are an integral part of the university educational program. Students living in the halls come from a variety of backgrounds and learn from one another. Our residence hall staff and hall governments plan programs to encourage students’ academic, social, cultural, physical, and spiritual development. Residence hall staff and University Ministry staff live in each building and are available to students in meeting their goals.
Residence halls accommodate full-time undergraduate students. Space is available for graduate students on a first-come, first-served basis. Housing for part-time students will be offered with approval of the director of residence life on a space-available basis.
All university housing is located on the Lake Shore Campus. A variety of housing accommodations are provided. Traditional residence halls are available for freshmen and some upper-class students while most upper-class resident students live in university-owned and maintained apartments. Upper-class students will be given assignment options in the Spring semester for the following year.
While exact room type and roommate requests cannot be guaranteed, every effort is made to help incoming students meet individual needs. If space is not available when the housing contract is received by the university, all materials will be returned to the student and the student will be placed on a waiting list. The university reserves the right to change housing assignments during the course of the academic year. Cancellation policies as well as rules and regulations are noted on the contract and in the section of the Student Handbook entitled "Living in Residence."
As of 1998, traditionally-aged freshmen and sophomore students are expected to live in university-owned campus housing, unless they live at home with their parents. Contract materials will be available to students following notification of admission to the university. A complete program of activities associated with the Loyola Freshman Experience will be made available. Both freshmen and transfer students should indicate a personal preference for a specific hall in the space provided on the contract. As demand for on-campus housing is extensive, a timely response to the contract material is recommended. All building assignments are made according to the date completed contracts are received in the Student Business Office.
Freshman students will be given the opportunity to select a roommate during the summer academic registration program. Roommate selection for those not making a selection will be completed by Residence Life.
For more information regarding the undergraduate housing policy, contracts, and services, please write to:
Department of Residence Life
Food service for resident students is provided in the Lake Shore dining room located on the second floor of Centennial Forum and in the Simpson Living Learning Center. Guidelines regarding the food service program are distributed at the beginning of the academic year. Students living in Avenue Apartments, Campus View Apartments, Kenmore Hall Apartments, South Hall Apartments, and Winthrop North and South Apartments may elect to cook their own meals and not participate in the food service program.
Food service for the university community is coordinated by an independent, contracted company. Students, faculty and staff are welcome to dine in any of the food service facilities at the Lakeside Campus. Catered functions for parties, meetings, and gettogethers may be arranged through the dining service office.
Students wishing to participate in a "meal plan" program may purchase a dining card with a declining balance. Each time food is purchased at a university food facility, the amount of the meal is deducted from the available balance at the cash register.
Resident students have a declining balance program with a "base" rate. Additional dollars may be added to the account at any time.
In all food service offerings, personal flexibility and choice are inherent in the program.
For more information regarding undergraduate housing policy, contracts, and services please write to:
Department of Residence Life
The Office of Public Safety is committed to providing a safe and secure learning environment for the two lakeside campuses. Our new approach, university-based community policing, is designed to create an environment that focuses on crime prevention and problem solving. We seek to do this through the establishment of partnerships between the Public Safety Office and the Loyola community. This approach seeks to "build new traditions" through periodic open forums on security and safety issues, monthly crime prevention seminars, implementation of bicycle patrols and increased use of walking patrols. The end result will be a safer and more secure living and learning environment for the Loyola community.
This department offers a number of services for students: parking, free shuttle bus services among all university campuses in the Chicago-land area, escort services, local transportation, crime prevention programs for students, safety tips and information hotline, and emergency services. The Office of Public Safety has offices at the Water Tower Campus in Seidenburg Hall, Room 103A; at the Lake Shore Campus on the first floor of the parking structure (main office), and at the Mallinckrodt Campus in the reception area of the main building.
Main telephone numbers:
• Parking permits:773-508-2403
• Security Services and Lost & Found: 773-508-6039
• Escort service:773-508-R I D E
• Safety tips:773-508-4725
• Shuttle bus:773-508-2333