Academic Policies & Expectations

Academic Code Statement and Student Responsibility

“As a student of Concordia University Chicago and a member of the larger society, I pledge to uphold an academic honor code that supports serving and leading with strong personal integrity. Specifically this includes not cheating or using inappropriate or dishonest means in the completion of academic requirements. This also includes not giving unauthorized assistance to others. I understand that it is my responsibility to comply with this honor system.”

1.   Every student will sign this honor pledge at the time of registration for courses at Concordia University Chicago.

2.   Every syllabus will include the statement, “In accordance with the honor code that you have signed, turning in any piece of work with your name on it constitutes your pledge that you have not given or received any unauthorized aid.”

3.   Continued participation in a program also affirms a student’s upholding of the pledge in all non-course related requirements of the program.

Helpful Information:

Location: Addison Hall – Room 131
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday  8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Phone: (708) 488-4112
Email: Katherine.heetel@cuchicago.edu

Course Attendance         

As a University student, each individual must develop a sense of personal responsibility. Part of this responsibility is demonstrated through attendance in class. The dynamics of a classroom are enhanced by regular class attendance, and a student may be deprived of an integral portion of the course by missing class. Instructors may specify such attendance policies as they deem appropriate to support the objectives of a course, and assist the student in developing this self-discipline. Attendance policies will be written in the course syllabus

Course Attendance Policy:

1.   Class attendance can be used as a criterion in determining a student’s grade.  Please refer to the class syllabus for the attendance policy in each class.

2.   Attendance at clinical, laboratories, and announced evaluations (tests, quizzes, class presentations) may be required.  The professor will designate these requirements at the beginning of the quarter semester.

3.   Written excuses for absence are necessary only for required attendance times when absences result from an officially sanctioned activity of the University, instructors will be notified by a written announcement from the office of the Sr. Vice President for Academics and/or Dean of Students. If the absence is unexcused, the student may receive a failing grade for any and all of the work which was missed.

4.   The student is responsible for making up all class work missed because of class absences.

5.   Students with a high rate of absences and a low performance level should be counseled by the instructor, academic advisor, and/or the Dean of Students.

6.   Final decisions regarding an excused absence and ability to make up coursework will be determined by the assigned instructor.

Class Dismissal

If an instructor is not in class by ten minutes after the designated starting time, it may be assumed that the class is considered dismissed unless otherwise notified.  One member of the class should be designated to report the fact that no class was held to the office of the Sr. Vice President for Academics. 708 209-3011

Academic Success

The Office of Undergraduate Academic Advising is dedicated to student retention and graduation. At Concordia University, a student will have access to a professional academic advisor as well as a faculty advisor. Both advisors cultivate a proactive learning partnership with students to help achieve their graduation goal. Advising is provided for all current undergraduate students to educate, assist and empower students in making well informed decisions related to academic goals, program of study, and supplemental learning experiences.

Concordia University- Chicago Academic & Faculty Advisors:

•     Interpret and enforce university policies and procedures with integrity

•     Help students explore, set and achieve academic, career, and personal goals with creativity

•     Share responsibility for developing educational plans that will lead to graduation with competence

•     Develop mentoring relationships to foster student growth, independence and accountability with compassion

If you are a current undergraduate student and would like to schedule an appointment with your Academic Advisor, please contact Academic Advising at (708) 209-3256. In addition, if you would like to obtain academic forms, please login to Concordia Connect under the Academic tab..

Helpful Information:
 Addison Hall 155-Lower Level
Office Hours:  
Monday – Friday; 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
 (708) 209-3256
 (708) 209-3176

Academic Center for Excellence (ACE)

The Academic Center for Excellence provides students with strategies to improve their academic performance.  Support is available in the form of a 1 semester hour elective course entitled Strategies for Academic Success or workshops covering such topics as time management, test taking and note taking.  Individual counseling appointments are also available for student experiencing academic difficulty.

Services provided by the Academic Center for Excellence:

•     Academic Success Program

The Academic Success Program provides extra structure and support for students who are conditionally admitted to Concordia University Chicago. Conditionally admitted students are limited to 13 semester hours of coursework for the first semester. They are required to enroll in, attend, and successfully complete COL 1000 Strategies for Academic Success, which is taught by the Director of the Academic Center for Excellence. The Success course carries 1 semester hour of elective credit. The remaining 12 semester hours are selected based upon test scores and academic program requirements.

•     Disability Support Services Center (DSSC)

Students with disabilities should contact the Disability Support Services Center for information concerning accommodations in the classroom.  A diagnosis and documentation of testing by a licensed professional must be submitted before services may be received. You may contact the coordinator at ace@cuchicago.edu or (708) 488-4109.

•     Peer Tutoring

The Peer Tutoring Program provides free tutoring to Concordia University students.  Currently enrolled students, who have strength in a particular academic area, help fellow students who may be experiencing difficulty in that area.  Depending on the demand, tutoring may be done individually or in groups. You may contact the graduate assistant at peer.tutoring@cuchicago.edu or (708) 209-3462.

Helpful Information:
Location: Klinck Memorial Library – Lower Level
Office Hours: Monday- Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Evening hours are posted each semester.
Phone: (708) 209-3462
Email: ace@cuchicago.edu

Math Lab

The Math Lab is administered by the Mathematics Department and staffed by advanced math students.

Helpful Information:
Location:  Klink Memorial Library – Lower Level
Office Hours: Posted each semester
Phone: (708) 209-3024
Email: mathlab@cuchicago.edu

Writing Center

The Writing Center is administered by the English Department and staffed by excellent student writers from the English Department and other disciplines. As such, the Center offers help with written assignments for all classes, not just English papers. 

Helpful Information:
Location:  Klink Memorial Library – Lower Level
Office Hours: Posted each semester
Phone: (708) 209-3438