E. University Resources
28. Access and Equal Opportunity (AEO)
29. Brookens Library
30. Center for Online Learning, Research, and Service (COLRS)
31. Counseling Center
32. Cox Children’s Center
33. Diversity Center
34. Faculty Athletics Representative
35. Grants, Contracts, and Research Administration
36. Health Services
37. Lost and Found
38. Office of Disability Services (ODS)
39. Ombuds Office
40. Pre-Law Center
41. The Learning Hub
42. The Recreation and Athletic Center (TRAC)
43. University Student Financial Services & Cashier Operations
45. Women’s Center
The Office of the Associate Chancellor for Access and Equal Opportunity serves students, faculty, staff, administrators, and community partners by fostering environments and practices which affirm the value of diversity; engage dialogue and discovery; address complaints of unlawful discrimination and harassment; ensure compliance with applicable policies and law; and support safe, welcoming, and inclusive environments. Services include:
- Skill-building and mandatory awareness training on applicable university policies and state and federal laws, including regulations designed to address violence against women and support appropriate response to claims of sexual assault
- Support for diversity, access, and equal opportunity
- Leadership of AA/EEO and human rights compliance goals and obligations
- Oversight for academic searches, employee retention strategies, and employment practices
- Support for student access and success
- Title IX/gender equity compliance coordinator
- ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliance coordinator
- Outreach to diverse communities
- LGBTQA Safe Zone member and ally
- Support for staff diversity goals and initiatives, and climate and equity concerns
- Dialogue, training, identity-affinity workshops and awareness
- Complaint response and confidential consultations
- Conflict management and advice
You can contact the AEO Office and Associate Chancellor Deanie Brown at 217-206-6222.
Brookens Library supports teaching and learning at UIS through both its collections and services. Librarians serve as liaisons to the academic departments, providing course-related instruction, collection development, and other specialized assistance. Librarians collaborate with teaching faculty in a variety of ways to reach teaching and learning goals, including the information literacy baccalaureate goal. The faculty resources page on the Library’s website provides links to Brookens Library news and information for faculty. Library faculty also create and post research guides for individual academic programs. The library’s electronic newsletter, Faculty Focus, is published during the fall and spring semesters.
The library holds over 750,000 volumes in a collection that includes more than 60,000 journals, 485,000 books, 11,000 audiovisual materials and 21,000 e-books. The library is also a selective depository for federal and state government publications. The library’s Archives and Special Collections department houses UIS records, student theses, and a variety of special collections. Archives and Special Collections is also an Illinois Regional Archives Depository, hosting records from 14 counties in central Illinois. In addition, the library hosts an institutional repository (IR) as a community of the University of Illinois IDEALS Institutional repository. The IR is available for archiving original content from UIS faculty, students, and staff.
Brookens Library is a member of the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois which includes 85 academic libraries in Illinois from whom you can borrow directly. The library also offers an interlibrary loan service that can obtain items from across the U.S. and overseas.
Most library reserves are created and accessed through Blackboard. The library has expertise in navigating the complexities of copyright and obtaining permission to use copyrighted works in your instruction. Please contact the library if you have questions concerning copyright, streaming media, or related scholarly communications issues.
Since the first online course offered at UIS in 1998, and the establishment of the Center for Online Learning, Research, and Service (COLRS), UIS has experienced phenomenal growth in online enrollments. Additionally, UIS is nationally recognized as a leader in online learning and the use of technology instruction. Read about UIS’ Online and Blended Learning awards
UIS faculty members’ responsiveness to adopting high-quality web-based curricula and other instructional technologies has continued to add to the prestigious online program. The Center for Online Learning, Research, and Service contributes significantly to the field of online education through grants and research contracts related to new technologies, teaching methodologies, and pedagogy. Additionally, COLRS supports faculty research in online learning through the Faculty Fellows program. Faculty Fellow applications are accepted each year. The Faculty Fellows Program is very competitive. Faculty are encouraged in their research and publication efforts to have senior faculty assist with development of research agendas, publication suggestions, and other support as needed for faculty who are engaged in the Faculty Fellows Program.
The Counseling Center provides counseling, outreach, and psychological consultation to UIS students. Counseling services are free of charge to UIS students who have paid the Health and Counseling Fee. Exclusively online students will be charged the equivalent of the Health and Counseling Fee for each semester that they receive counseling services. In the event that an online student’s needs would be better met by receiving services locally, the Counseling Center is located in the Human Resources Building, Room 64 (217-206-7122).
The Cox Children’s Center is an auxiliary service offered by the Division of Student Affairs. The Center is licensed through the State of Illinois and holds voluntary accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children. In addition, the center has achieved the ExceleRate Illinois Gold Circle of Quality recognition. Both of these demonstrate their commitment to providing quality care and education in the field of Early Childhood. The Children’s Center phone number is 217-206-6610.
The Diversity Center is dedicated to developing understanding of differences through educational, cultural, and social programming activities, and assisting in the recruitment, transition, and retention of ethnic minority and underrepresented students at UIS. The Diversity Center promotes intercultural dialogue and other initiatives to create a campus climate that welcomes diversity and eliminates divisions, intolerance, and stereotyping.
The Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR) is a faculty member appointed by, and who reports to, the Campus Senate and the Chancellor to help ensure (1) the academic integrity of the athletics program, (2) the institutional control of the athletics program, and (3) a quality student-athlete experience. For more information about the Faculty Athletics Representative, please contact Marcel Yoder
35. Research & Sponsored Programs
Information about research policies, administrative procedures, and funding opportunities is available through the Research & Sponsored Programs website
Health Services provides non-emergency medical care to full- and part-time students, whether or not they have health insurance. Each semester, students pay a mandatory Health and Counseling Fee that helps provide medical appointments and health and wellness programming. Exclusively online students who have not paid the Health and Counseling Fee will be charged the equivalent of that fee prior to receiving medical care from Health Services. Physician, physician assistant and nurse office visits are provided without charge. Minimal user fees are charged for some services; patients are informed of these fees before the service is rendered. A list of these fees appears on the Health Services web site.
All students taking classes on the UIS campus must submit proof of required immunizations to Health Services. The clinic is located in the Business Services Building, Room 20. Hours of operations are from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (when UIS is open).
The Parking Operations Office located on the first level of the Public Affairs Center, Room 119, directly across from Cashier Operations, maintains the official campus Lost and Found. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, closed daily 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Lost items are turned in to the Parking Operations Office for safekeeping. If the lost item contains identification, staff make every effort to contact the owner. Lost items are retained by the Parking Operations Office for 60 days. You may be asked to describe the item and/or show proof of identity.
The Brookens Library circulation desk (217-206-6605) also retains items lost by patrons; however after a period of one week, lost items are forwarded to the Parking Operations Office. The Parking Operations office can be contacted at 217-206-8502.
The Office of Disability Services (ODS) provides reasonable academic accommodations to students with approved documented disabilities. All accommodations must be approved through ODS, which is located in the Human Resources Building, Room 80 (217-206-6666).
Ombuds resources and procedures can be found on the Ombuds Office website. Laurel Newman, UIS Ombuds, can be contacted directly at 217-206-7931.
The Pre-Law Center serves as an informational resource for UIS and community college students who are considering law school, a career in law, or a legally related field. Contact Eugene McCarthy to schedule an appointment for assistance with law school preparation and applications.
The Learning Hub offers free academic support services to currently enrolled UIS students. Through a peer tutoring program, The Hub offers one-to-one appointments – both in-person and online – in writing, math, accounting, economics, science, and academic skills. In addition to peer tutoring, The Hub offers supplemental instruction; online, on-ground, and in-class workshops; walk-in writing assistance; and additional support materials hosted online. The Learning Hub is located in Brookens Library 460. More information about available services can be found by calling (217) 206-6503.
Managed by the Department of Campus Recreation and home to UIS Prairie Stars varsity men’s and women’s basketball teams and women’s volleyball team, TRAC is a 72,000 square-foot, two-story facility featuring a 3,000-seat performance arena with three collegiate-length basketball and volleyball courts, an elevated running track, two racquetball courts that convert to squash courts, cardio/weight training areas, and a multi-purpose exercise room. Located on the south edge of the campus, TRAC was primarily funded by student fees, as well as a very generous gift from the Hoogland Family Foundation.
The offices of University Student Financial Services and Cashier Operations (USFSCO) is responsible for the billing and collection of student accounts for all three University of Illinois campuses. USFSCO offices are located just inside the teardrop entrance on the first floor concourse area of the Public Affairs Center, Room 184 and 182. SMTD bus passes can be purchased here. Hours of operation and contact information:
- Cashier Window
- Open 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. M-F (closed daily 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.)
- Phone number: (217) 206-6738, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Student Financial Services (student accounts)
- Open 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. M-F (closed daily 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.)
- Phone number: (217) 206-6727, email: email@example.com
Faculty members are eligible to purchase software for their personal use through the UI Webstore. More than 350 titles are available at competitive prices.
The UIS Women’s Center works to improve the status of women in higher education by addressing matters of particular concern to women. The Center promotes a campus climate that is safe, healthy, and respectful of all people. The Women’s Center enhances all students’ academic experiences by offering information, support, advocacy, referrals, and programming on a variety of gender-related issues.
The Women’s Center is located in the Student Affairs Building, Room SLB 15 (217-206-7173). Additional information is available on the Women’s Center facebook page.
Links to additional resources are available on the UIS home page’s A-Z index
Links to faculty, staff, and departments can be found in the online directory