The University of Chicago Student Manual is the official statement of University policies and regulations, and expected standards of student conduct that are applicable to all students.
The Divinity School's Announcements contain annual policies.
The Doctoral Student Handbook is for Divinity PhD students.
Every member of the University - student, faculty, and staff - makes a commitment to strive for personal and academic integrity; to treat others with dignity and respect; to honor the rights and property of others; to take responsibility for individual and group behavior; and to act as a responsible citizen in a free academic community and in the larger society.
The Divinity School aspires to be a community in which the commitments of a free academic community are upheld and in which students and faculty cultivate excellent relations. Students should bring concerns about an academic matter forward in a timely manner, and the concern should be responded to as expeditiously as is feasible. Academic matters include but are not limited to such matters as course grades, teaching assignments, publication rights, timely feedback on academic work, timeliness of letters of recommendation, and application of policies and practices.
Grievance Resolution Process
Students with a grievance should bring it to the attention of the Dean of Students. If the grievance concerns the Dean of Students, the student should bring it to the attention of the Dean. In case of a grievance related to academic assessment brought by a student about an instructor for a course grade or the area faculty for academic progress, the resolution process addresses whether the assessment was made impartially, solely based on academic performance and conducted using standard procedures. For grievances related to other academic matters, the resolution process addresses whether the established policies and practices were appropriately applied.
The Dean of Students will meet with the student to discuss the grievance. If the student wishes to file a formal grievance, the Dean of Students will ask the student to submit the grievance in writing. The Dean of Students will consult as appropriate with other faculty and/or the Dean to review the student grievance. The student should submit the grievance, along with any supporting materials to the Dean of Students. The dean of students will review the written materials, and may ask the student for clarification. As part of the initial review, the Dean of Students may consult with the course instructor, student academic advisor, area chair or program director (Director of Ministry Studies or Director of MA Studies), and the academic dean. The Dean may delegate resolution of the matter to the Dean of Students based on existing Divinity School policies or the authority placed with the Dean of Students per University and Divinity School policy.
Based on the outcome of this review, the Dean of Students may recommend that the Dean convene a Grievance Review Committee, comprised of Divinity School faculty, the members of which are appointed by the Dean. The Dean of Students attends the Review Committee meeting as a non-voting member. The Dean of Students will discuss the outcome of the Committee’s review in a meeting with the student and follow up in writing.
Students with questions about the procedures may contact the Dean of Students.