University of Chicago Student Government

University of Chicago Student Government The official independent, representative body for students at the U of C. Learn what we do with our $2+ million budget at http://sg.uchicago.edu.

SG, with a budget of over two million dollars, is responsible for the funding of all Registered Student Organizations on campus. We do this through a number of funding bodies, including Student Government Finance Committee (SGFC), the Community Service Fund (CSF), the Coalition of Academic Teams (CAT), the Program Coordinating Council (PCC), the Sports Fund, the Campus Dialogue Fund, Annual Allocations. Additionally, SG provides the quarterly airport shuttles, hosts conversations with University staff and administrators, and puts on events to foster an engaged and connected student body. We're always looking for more ways to support students, so drop us a line if there's something you'd like to see us doing.

Mission: The University of Chicago Student Government (SG) exists to further the interests and promote the welfare of the students at the University of Chicago; to foster a vibrant University community; and to represent the body more effectively before University authorities and the community at large.

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College Council members met with UChicago Dining and the Office of Campus and Student Life in November about on-campus d...
12/28/2020
University of Chicago Dining Survey

College Council members met with UChicago Dining and the Office of Campus and Student Life in November about on-campus dining. We are working with administrators on proposed changes to the meal plans and to allow for off-campus Maroon Dollar use. We want to gather data from students on their perspectives towards UChicago Dining, even those living off-campus! Please fill out this 5-10 minute anonymous survey to inform our initiative!

https://collegecouncil.wufoo.com/forms/z151pwl90htlihb/

College Council began an initiative in November to study the undergraduate dining program. UChicago Dining and the Office of Campus and Student Life has agreed to review and consider College Council proposals to reform the dining experience. To assist College Council in forming proposals, please com...

In light of recent changes to reading period and College Break Day, College Council is meeting with admin in regards to ...
12/15/2020
College Break Day Survey

In light of recent changes to reading period and College Break Day, College Council is meeting with admin in regards to the academic schedule. Please fill out this short survey on college break day.

https://forms.gle/oPJw7Bx5bZHD5uCy7

For over a decade, the University offered a College Break Day - usually on Week 5 or 6 - to combat poor mental health during the Winter Quarter. This year, the administration removed College Break Day from the Winter Quarter schedule. The only non-instructional day during Winter 2021 will be MLK Jr....

Final update on the fall P/F initiative: we’ve heard from 32 departments. 67.1% of students have access to major P/F rel...
12/04/2020
How To File Petitions — UChicago College Council

Final update on the fall P/F initiative: we’ve heard from 32 departments. 67.1% of students have access to major P/F relief, while 44.5% of declared minors have relief. Even if a doesn’t have a formal policy, anyone in need should submit a petition to their department. Consult the College Council’s website for how to do that here:

https://www.uchicagocollegecouncil.com/petitions

College Council will continue to pursue more uniform P/F policies across all departments and the Core for the winter quarter.

Unless otherwise stated on the Department Policy page, students in departments that require petitions for P/F grading should utilize the “general petition.” The general petition is a document that can be addressed to any administrator or faculty member on nearly any matter. To petition for P/F i...

College Council met with top Housing administrators this afternoon.  According to Dean Mason, ““no student has been reje...
12/03/2020

College Council met with top Housing administrators this afternoon. According to Dean Mason, ““no student has been rejected for winter break housing” due to not swiping their ID. Contrary to the email sent on December 1st, HRL will consider missed swipes on a case-by-case basis. Additional policy adjustments, at the recommendation of College Council, are currently being considered.

For more information and resources, please visit:

https://www.uchicagocollegecouncil.com/housing-removal-assistance

https://bursar.uchicago.edu/emergency-assistance-programs/

https://www.facebook.com/ucemergencyfund/

College Council’s initiative to implement an opt-in P/F grading system has garnered positive responses from over 30 depa...
11/30/2020

College Council’s initiative to implement an opt-in P/F grading system has garnered positive responses from over 30 departments and established mechanisms for academic relief for over 50% of students with declared majors. SG calls on the remaining departments and the administration to implement opt-in P/F policies for all major/minor and Core classes. These are our next steps.

Check out department policies at and how to file a petition at http://uchicagocollegecouncil.com

The administration has refused to continue opt-in Pass/Fail from the Spring.  They have made clear that grading policy i...
11/20/2020

The administration has refused to continue opt-in Pass/Fail from the Spring. They have made clear that grading policy is in the hands of individual departments. As of Friday, November 20th at 7am CST, College Council has launched discussions with every department, center, or program at the University of Chicago that offers a major, minor, or certificate to undergraduate students to continue opt-in Pass/Fail during the pandemic.

Elections & Rules Committee (E&R) is always considering ways to make elections better and more engaging for UChicago. Co...
11/16/2020
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Elections & Rules Committee (E&R) is always considering ways to make elections better and more engaging for UChicago. College Council has asked us to investigate whether our current plurality winner system achieves that end, or whether another method of preference aggregation such as runoff voting might be a worthwhile change. E&R is committed to a thorough study of the merits of such a change and is seeking volunteers to help us research the benefits and drawbacks of changing.

Please fill out this survey if you are interested in joining a working group that will study the effects and feasibility of Ranked Choice Voting and other electoral reforms at the University:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1FSlHlAjPLYjOC7_-sm-iivs6uNPqEO94ekzxF1UlDiQ/viewform?edit_requested=true&fbclid=IwAR21BfHQabEdgc4w43SE75lItB0UWeejY9xUHiQ8kP9vVz7UcF5xRuPK2gs

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Happy RSO Application Season! Are you, or someone you know, trying to start a new RSO? Apply for CORSO’s office hours! M...
11/16/2020

Happy RSO Application Season!

Are you, or someone you know, trying to start a new RSO? Apply for CORSO’s office hours! Meet one-on-one with a CORSO member for specialized advice and guidance through the application process. RSOs that meet with a CORSO member are generally more likely to get approved, so take advantage of the opportunity to craft the best application possible in this competitive process!

Office hour sign-ups can be found here: https://leadership.uchicago.edu/get-involved/start-an-rso/

Final applications are due on Friday, December 4th at 5:00pm CST.

The  Committee on Marginalized Student Affairs (COMSA) is a Student Government ad-hoc committee established to integrate...
11/09/2020

The Committee on Marginalized Student Affairs (COMSA) is a Student Government ad-hoc committee established to integrate the voices of marginalized students into governance and advocacy in Student Government. Committee members will collaborate to plan and execute initiatives that make campus safer and more accessible for marginalized identities, disburse funds to cultural/affinity organizations seeking additional funding, recommend policy to the Assembly and Executive Committee, and collaborate with student organizers to challenge and dismantle systems of oppression on campus.

Interested students marginalized on the basis of race, sex, income, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, immigration status, country of origin, religion, or disability are encouraged to apply.

https://forms.gle/ep8xKAud874U3rC16

Applications are due on November 27th by 11:59 pm.

Student Government recognizes that these are difficult times for all students, though especially our marginalized studen...
11/05/2020
SG Representatives Support Statement- Nov 1st, 2020

Student Government recognizes that these are difficult times for all students, though especially our marginalized student population here at UChicago. Members of the 2020-2021 Student Government want to share this message of love and support in these times. Stay safe and take care of yourself.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ezaFYu4Pfe3aAnDX9yUY_oVLAmeZoKk4zmQQDgA_4yg/edit?usp=sharing

To the University of Chicago Community, We know that many UChicago students are feeling a lot of emotions amidst the 2020 elections and the pandemic. As COVID-19 cases rise throughout the country, we are confronting how Black, Brown, and Indigenous people continue to be disproportionately impac...

Hi everyone,In anticipation for the election tomorrow, SG wanted to put together a centralized list for various digital ...
11/03/2020
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Hi everyone,
In anticipation for the election tomorrow, SG wanted to put together a centralized list for various digital grieving and decompressing spaces across and off campus that students can use and go to. This list is not comprehensive and if there are organizations planning on holding spaces, feel free to let us know so we can add it onto this list. Stay safe tomorrow and make sure to take care of yourself!

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-Ifvyxa0_kTBn_9IIZ0R29WrQp0SlsktissL8GCblaQ/edit

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11/03/2020
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TL;DR voting or person or working the polls? Worried about COVID-19 exposure? Fill out this College Council form (led by 2022 Reps) to apply to UChicago Medicine for post-Election testing.

In advance of the November 3rd election, an “unprecedented” number of 18-24 year olds have volunteered to work as Election Judges in Chicago, according to Mayor Lori Lightfoot. As a politically-active campus, many individuals affiliated with the University of Chicago will play a physical, in-person role in the 2020 Election. Many others will encounter long lines in polling places that cannot facilitate constant social distancing guidelines.

Class of 2022 Representatives to College Council have been working with members of the administration and leads at UChicago Medicine to allow University affiliates who play an in-person role in Election Day activities to receive testing. Unfortunately, the University does not have the infrastructure to facilitate a blanket testing policy for students and staff who participate in Election Day activities. Given capacity restrictions, it is likely that UChicago Medicine will also be unable to approve one-off testing for “possible exposures” on Election Day.

However, there is still a significant exposure risk to electoral workers and in-person voters. In cases where University of Chicago affiliates engage in Election Day activities with an exigent circumstance - for example, a poll worker interacting with maskless or symptomatic voters, or a voter waiting inside a small precinct for a long period of time - testing is possible through an initiative set-up by Class of 2022 College Council Representatives. Dr. Richard McDonough, who leads the COVID-19 student testing program, has agreed to evaluate and personally handle specific high-risk exposure cases resulting from Election Day activities. If you participate in Election Day activities and fear exposure due to an exigent circumstance, please fill out the following form with your name, Cnet ID, and a brief description of the circumstance. Student Government will then forward this data directly on to Dr. McDonough, at which point he will evaluate Election Day exposure cases for testing.

https://forms.gle/4gQE7NRkkF3hYvLo6

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THE COMMUNITY SERVICE FUND STILL NEEDS COMMITTEE APPLICATIONS! We are extending the application deadline to Saturday at ...
10/30/2020
Community Service Fund — Student Government

THE COMMUNITY SERVICE FUND STILL NEEDS COMMITTEE APPLICATIONS! We are extending the application deadline to Saturday at midnight. If you want to help allocate grants to University Community Service Recognized Student Organizations (CSRSOs) and to community service projects by Recognized Student Organizations (RSOs), APPLY TO THIS COMMITTEE.

to learn more about the CSF, look here:
http://sg.uchicago.edu/community-service-fund

APPLY HERE:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdms0n1Yo95f8iXsmkVBPR2AW8B6ij8vJzllJ4eDKyayy-ufQ/viewform?fbclid=IwAR1heZKJju3WeRM7TEYCtgpMrNqTQAdhsrkdVTGZ1L_7bQDgmhkdftFCrPs

CSF provides grants to University Community Service Recognized Student Organizations (CSRSOs) and to community service projects by Recognized Student Organizations (RSOs). There are 55 CSRSOs eligible to apply for funds for community service initiatives. CSF Annual Allocations are limited to CSRSOs.

Are you in a Sports Club? Apply to sit on SG's Sports Club Annual Finance Committee to help allocate Student Activity Fe...
10/29/2020

Are you in a Sports Club? Apply to sit on SG's Sports Club Annual Finance Committee to help allocate Student Activity Fees to Sports Club activities! To participate in this or any of Student Government's Committees, fill out the form below BY TOMORROW.

Learn more about the Sports Club Fund here:
http://sg.uchicago.edu/sports-fund

Apply here:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdms0n1Yo95f8iXsmkVBPR2AW8B6ij8vJzllJ4eDKyayy-ufQ/viewform?fbclid=IwAR0NkXo_pQ-LidMy7Jr9SGPQwcuyVJCecYAgG7DcIycdExX5dHKC4UNvw7s

Hey everyone! SG Executive Committee is releasing a brief survey to gauge how we can best support students through the i...
10/29/2020
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Hey everyone! SG Executive Committee is releasing a brief survey to gauge how we can best support students through the impending emotional turmoil next month. We realize it will be a tumultuous time for everyone, particularly for BIPOC, queer, undocumented, and otherwise marginalized folks. Let us know how we can help!

https://forms.gle/VNDZaQzpyzSbD4yK6

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Applications for the Committee on Recognized Student Organizations have been extended through October 30th. Members of C...
10/28/2020

Applications for the Committee on Recognized Student Organizations have been extended through October 30th. Members of CORSO have responsibilities, including:

*Learning about the process to apply for RSOs, and host Office Hours for prospective RSOs to craft the best application possible

*Taking in concerns RSOs have and crafting developmental material to improve programming, especially in a COVID-19 world

*Expanding the role of CORSO in the years to come, including creating a system for RSOs to hold one another accountable

Apply here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdms0n1Yo95f8iXsmkVBPR2AW8B6ij8vJzllJ4eDKyayy-ufQ/viewform?fbclid=IwAR1hirpMW7lj7mvK0_-eSrF0UM9m_0AIhlAR_ZL5wi_RjY87T_nWMTRVv-c

Apply for SG's Committee on Campus Sustainability! Work with students and community members to support sustainability on...
10/28/2020

Apply for SG's Committee on Campus Sustainability! Work with students and community members to support sustainability on campus and pro-environmental initiatives to reduce our negative reduce the environmental impacts. To apply to this or any of Student Government's Committees, fill out the form below.

Learn more about the committee here:
http://sg.uchicago.edu/committee-on-campus-sustainability

Complete the application here:
https://docs.google.com/.../1FAIpQLSdms0n1Yo95f8.../viewform

Last chance to submit questions for Administrators presentation for the Safety and Security Townhall on Thursday!Submit ...
10/28/2020
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Last chance to submit questions for Administrators presentation for the Safety and Security Townhall on Thursday!

Submit questions like: Why does UCPD have the power to police different areas of the Southside? When and why was UCPD established? What does the Office of Safety and Security do?

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Applications for the newly formed Student Government Technology Committee (SGTC) are now open! The SGTC is an ad-hoc com...
10/26/2020

Applications for the newly formed Student Government Technology Committee (SGTC) are now open! The SGTC is an ad-hoc committee with the following responsibilities:
1) Create relevant technologies for any arm of Student Government as necessary
2) Foster awareness about issues related to the rapidly evolving intersection of technology and policy/society
3) Provide essential feedback to administrators concerning campus information technologies
Because it is new this year, members of the SGTC will help influence the future direction of the committee. You can read more about the original vision for the committee here: [https://docs.google.com/document/d/1br12Qd6gp-AAZVA52Va8P0h0akIo8Squ6tPhHnvUdLk/edit?usp=sharing
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Student Government operates nine standing committees each year that manage a combined $1.9 million in Student Life Fees and enrich the UChicago student experience as it relates to a variety of topics. Additionally, the ENGAGE slate is making two new ad-hoc committees this Fall. If you are interested in sitting on any committee, we encourage you to fill out this application: [https://forms.gle/dRgW6UHyM4keAAxW7](https://forms.gle/dRgW6UHyM4keAAxW7)
Hope to see you there!

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SG, with a budget of over two million dollars, is responsible for the funding of all Registered Student Organizations on campus. We do this through a number of funding bodies, including Student Government Finance Committee (SGFC), the Community Service Fund (CSF), the Coalition of Academic Teams (CAT), the Program Coordinating Council (PCC), the Sports Fund, the Campus Dialogue Fund, Annual Allocations. Additionally, SG hosts conversations with University staff and administrators, puts on events to foster an engaged and connected student body, and seeks to improve all aspects of student life by planning and leading initiatives. We're always looking for more ways to support students, so drop us a line if there's something you'd like to see us doing.

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I am running for Graduate Liaison to the Board of Trustees. Send me your concerns: https://tinyurl.com/yb6n9k3l The nature of the position is focused on bringing student groups’ and schools/divisions concerns and recommendations to the Board. While I include a platform in my candidate statement regarding my priorities to focus on from what I have observed as widespread and pressing issues for graduate students, I also want to emphasize that I would serve as students’ connection to the Board.
The Ceremony! Re-membring the Peace.
I'm curating a special event tonight in Hyde Park that I believe U of C admin/staff/students would appreciate. Please join us and spread the word. This event will be filmed for tv:
My name is Jokari Miller. I am a scientist, engineer, and futurist who advocates for ethical science and technology, and innovation to serve as "checks and balances" on science/technology that could prove itself to be "problematic" in our near future (advanced robotics, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, etc.). As a Black man and father of 3, I decided to go back to college to finish my degree with hopes that I could be a positive example for my children. After many years of hard work and perseverance through unbelievable obstacles, I finally received my bachelor's degree from Chicago State University. I am currently pursuing my master's degree at Northern Illinois University (NIU). I have also consistently since my late teen years, been an advocate for stopping drugs, gangs and violence in our Black and Brown communities. During my time at Chicago State I was a staunch proponent of educational integrity, free speech, and administrative transparency. I was a student advocate who served as president in several student clubs/organizations, student government senator, speaker of the senate, student government president and Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) Representative. I somehow was able to manage this all while still finding the time to take my children to school, pick them up, help them with homework, play chess with them, take them to various places and teach them that there is more to life than the drugs, violence and economic disparity they see all around them. On May 9, 2014, less than a week before my graduation I was beaten, put in an illegal choke-hold and assaulted by University police upon my protest during a break at a board of trustees meeting in which I merely wore a Northern Illinois University hat. Two days prior to a court case that was common knowledge that the outcome was to be preceded with a federal lawsuit, I was taken out of grad school (right out of class) at NIU, brought to Chicago where I was being charged with a "purse snatching" that was said to have been committed way back in January of 2012. The police claimed that an entire wardrobe was left at the scene of this alleged purse snatching, and that my DNA was found on this wardrobe. What they were not aware of at the time, is that during this exact day and time back in January of 2012, I was on the campus of Chicago State University, miles away, working towards my bachelor's degree. I was heavily engaged in campus politics and would literally be on campus all day from early morning until 11:30pm (the time that my then girlfriend, who was the supervisor of the cafeteria at the time would close up for the day). Furthermore, I had upwards of $12,000 in the bank, a house in East Chicago, IN that I had just purchased, and a modest but sufficient stock portfolio. Also, the witness and victim to this alleged incident both stated that the assailant was 5'8", but I am 5'5". In the midst of all these circumstances, the police still somehow tried to accuse me of a $6 purse snatching. It must be noted that there has been no purchase orders, nor alterations of the university's surveillance system, and the video footage that would show me on campus all day from approximately 9am until 11:30pm is still on the university's DVR hard drive. Information on a hard drive is never erased and even if it has been rewritten 1000 times over, can still be recovered through a "forensic" audit of the drive. This is where every single state that the hard drive has ever been in will be recovered. There is also video of the “interview” that would prove that the detective gave false information stating that I gave a statement that denoted guilt, this is completely false and the detective is actually insulting the court by stating that there was no video of the “interview”. While I was awaiting all discovery in the purse snatching case, I was arrested again in July of 2016, ironically in front of Chicago State University (my Alma mater), during an unlawful stop. The police officer claimed (later) that my plate was not visible. After conducting an illegal search, officers allegedly found body armor, a non-working stun gun, and a "movie prop" ID that was to be used in a military workout video entitled "Break a Sweat". The police also claimed that I just casually had a knife on my lap during a police stop (in today's highly volatile climate for Black men encounters with police). During this time period, I was "on-call" for unarmed security at a local McDonald's, a neighborhood store, and a church. Now it is 2019 and the police are still claiming (in court) that there was no body cameras present nor dash cameras present during the arrest. At least 4 of the officers who arrived on the scene had body cameras and every police car that arrived on the scene had a dash camera. In fact, upon entering Cook County Jail, I immediately submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Chicago Police Department for the body cam footage and dash cam footage. The CPD responded with an official letter claiming there was no body cams present, but they admitted that there was dash cam footage, but they "deleted" it. If the police were confident that the stop was lawful, the search was legal, and all the information they reported was accurate, they would "rush" to "come forth" with the footage and not hesitate to proudly show it, even publicly, as they did in the Jussie Smollet incident. They instead have chosen to "stonewall" my defense, and continue to violate the "Brady Rule", which lays grounds for dismissal of charges where it is found that evidence, in this case video, that would exonerate me has been hidden by the prosecution, altered or deleted. There is body cam and dash cam footage of the incident of my arrest, and it must be brought forth in order for me to get any justice in this case. There is an attempt to take my freedom away for 14 years for an illegal stop, a stun gun that wasn't working, a body armor vest, and a "novelty" or "movie prop" ID, and I will not "roll the dice" and put my life in the hands of a biased system that will not even be forthcoming with the fact that there was multiple videos of the arrest. I am asking our new Mayor, Mayor Lori Lightfoot, to please review the actions of the CPD and to compel them to come forth with the body camera and dash camera records of the officers involved in the arrest, and I am asking that State's Attorney Kim Foxx please review the actions of the Assistant State's Attorneys in leveling incorrect charges of a Class X UUW for a non-working stun gun and "Brady Violations" committed by the Assistant State's Attorneys in her office, who were well aware that video footage existed yet still insisted on hiding this fact. Also, I am submitting an official complaint to the appropriate Bar Associations in reference to the Assistant State's Attorney's unethical practices and blatant Brady Violations. In reference to the initial "purse snatching" case, I am asking that State's Attorney's office retrieve the DVR hard drive that is located on Chicago State University, which is itself State property, and perform a forensic audit of the hard drive that has proof that would exonerate me of the initial "purse snatching" charges. I once "fought the good fight" to ensure that university free speech is protected for generations to come, now I am fighting for my life. Please look into my story and help me to get the word out there to the public. We still have a long way to go to address some of the racism, corruption, lack of professionalism, and blatant unethical practices that are "interwoven" into our criminal justice system. Thank You, Jokari Miller
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Hi guys! I have attempted to contact SG multiple times regarding my Marketplace account not working. Both IT Services and grad student support have directed me to you, but I've heard nothing back since the start of the quarter. Please contact me asap! :) Thanks!
Hi guys! College alum and current grad student who is completely unable to use Marketplace. The portal won't work for me at all, and it keeps giving me errors. I have contacted graduate support and IT Services, both of whom have directed me to SG/Marketplace directly. Marketplace is really important for me to get affordable books, housing, and items, so I really need my account restored ASAP. I have emailed you but have not received a response. Please contact me as soon as possible to resolve this matter. [email protected]. Thanks!
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