(Un)Common Sense

Quarterly Deadlines

  • Friday of First Week: Last day for full tuition refund on courses dropped below three or for complete withdrawal.
  • Friday of Third Week: Last day to add or drop courses; last day to withdraw entire registration without incurring administrative W’s (Withdrawal) on the transcript; 50% tuition refund if the number of courses drops below three or for complete withdrawal.
  • Friday of Fourth Week: NGs (No Grades) from previous quarter change to Ws.
  • Eighth Week: Students pre-register for the next quarter of classes through my.uchicago.edu. To be eligible to pre-register, all new students must meet with their adviser for a half-hour appointment before the end of seventh week.
  • Tenth Week: Last day of classes on Wednesday; Thursday and Friday are College Reading Period. Pre-Registration requests for the upcoming quarter are ‘resolved’ and added to students’ schedules.
  • Eleventh Week: Exam week; Convocation.
  • For official start and end dates of the quarter, view the Academic Calendar.

About Campus Telephone Numbers

The majority of telephones on campus, including the ones in your dorm rooms, use the Cisco VoIP telephone system, with prefixes of 702, 834, or 753. Any campus phone number that begins with these three digits can be reached from other campus phones by dialing only the last five numbers, such as 2.8616 for the College Programming Office (773.702.8616). Most of the phone numbers you will find around campus, including the ones in this booklet, only list the last five numbers. To call from a personal phone line, if the 5-digit extension starts with a 2, you’d dial 773.70 before the extension, if it begins with a 4, you’d dial 773.83 before the extension and if it begins with a 3, you’d dial 773.75 before the extension.

Emergency Services

To contact the University of Chicago Police, dial 123 or 2.8181 from any campus telephone. Off campus, dial 773.702.8181. The Student Emergency Response System can also be accessed via the UChicago phone app by tapping the emergency icon. 

To use one of the more than 300 emergency telephones (identifiable by their blue lights and white cases) around the neighborhood, press the red button to immediately contact the University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD). To contact Chicago Police, dial 911 or 9.911 from any campus phone.

In the event of any critical incident, students can speak with the Dean-on-Call (DoC) or the Sexual Assault Dean-on-Call (SADoC) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. The DoC or the SADoC can be reached by calling the UCPD Dispatch at 773.702.8181 and asking for the Dean-on-Call or Sexual Assault Dean-on-Call. The dispatcher will notify the DoC or SADoC and the DoC or SADoC will contact the caller. A caller does not have to tell the dispatcher why they are calling or give their name. Students can also page the DoC or SADoC directly, by dialing 773.834.HELP (4357), and following the instructions on the automated system. Students should be prepared to punch in their call-back number. The DoC or SADoC will contact the caller back. Visit deanoncall.uchicago.edu or help.uchicago.edu for more information about these services.

In the event that a student experiences or witnesses an incident of bias, students have the opportunity to speak with the on-call Bias Response Team (BRT) Member. The direct number for the on-call Bias Response Team member is 773.834.HELP (4357). Just like the DoC and SADoC, a BRT Member is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. The on-call BRT member is available to inform students how to seek guidance and support for bias-related incidents that occur on campus. 

If you are the victim of a crime, witness a crime, or feel suspicious about something, there are many ways to call for help by using campus telephones or the emergency telephones throughout the Hyde Park neighborhood. The University of Chicago Police Department is the main resource for students who have been victims of crime or the witnesses of crime, but they are also able to direct students to other services and individuals that can help with unique cases.