Chicago State University

Academic Resources

Academic Computing Facilities

The academic computing facilities are comprised of two open computer laboratories, located in Douglas Hall room 122 and the Cordell Reed Student Union Building, room 150. Both of these laboratories are open to all current CSU students, faculty, alumni and staff for research and instructional use. These laboratories are equipped with IBM compatible microcomputers running the Windows/XP operating system and the following software: Microsoft Office (includes Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Visio and Publisher), Statistical Packages (SPSS and SAS) as well as access to the internet. Remote access to the library databases is also available with a CSU e-mail username and password. Additional laboratories are operated by the academic departments throughout the campus buildings and are for use by the respective student majors.


There are three levels of athletics activity at Chicago State University: intercollegiate athletics, intramural athletics and campus recreation, all under the Director of Athletics. The mission of the department of intercollegiate athletics at Chicago State University is committed to providing opportunities for student-athletes to achieve excellence in academic endeavors and maximum potential in their sport. Excellence is achieved through the constant pursuit of equity, student welfare and sportsmanship. The athletics environment serves as an educational laboratory for life -long learning in self-discipline, honest effort, and cooperation which contributes to the growth of the student-athlete as a productive member of the university and the global community. The university is a member of the Mid-Continent Conference and the National Collegiate Athletics Association at the Division I level. Intercollegiate sports for men are basketball, baseball, cross country, golf, indoor and outdoor track and field, and tennis. Intercollegiate sports for women include basketball, cross country, golf, indoor and outdoor track and field, tennis and volleyball.

Both full and partial scholarships are available to qualifying student-athletes. Questions on eligibility should be referred to the coach of the sport in which a student is interested. The Athletics Department offers an extensive study and tutorial assistance program for all athletes.

A comprehensive program in intramural athletics and recreation is available for both traditional and nontraditional students. Information regarding intramurals and recreation can be obtained by contacting the Athletics Department.

Breakey Theater

The Breakey Theater is housed in the Douglas Hall, room 104. With a seating capacity of 350, the theater provides a space that can be utilized for recreational, entertainment or ceremonial purposes. The Breakey Theater is the home for displaying such talents as the CSU Danceworks, the Music Department and the Theater Department. It is available to any organization on campus.

Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry seeks to support, encourage, and develop the faith/spiritual life of the university community, students, administrators, faculty, and students. Campus Ministry offers opportunities for bible study, worship, counseling, retreats, community service, and peace and justice awareness. Although the campus ministers are sponsored at present by the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago and the Chicago Metropolitan Baptist Association, their ministry is extended to all members of the university regardless of denomination. Members of the university are encouraged to utilize the Parker Meditation Room (DH 304) which is provided for quiet reflection, prayer, and worship.

Career Development Center

The Career Development Center assists students and alumni in investigating career and professional development opportunities. Workshops and individual consultations assist students in identifying career goals and scheduling on-campus interviews by recruiters from corporations, businesses, and graduate and professional schools. Services include resume writing and interviewing skills development, researching jobs and companies, professional image development, computerized career guidance systems, such as, a career resource library, and career awareness days. The Career Development Center is located in

Cordell Reed Student Union 180, telephone 773/995-2327.

Center for Urban Research and Education

The Center for Urban Research and Education (CURE) was founded in 1997. The mission is to serve Chicago State University and the surrounding urban, suburban and rural communities. In support of this mission, CURE will demonstrate leadership through continuous efforts to:

  1. define those factors that enhance opportunities for youths in the community;
  2. accommodate and serve pre-service and in-service educators;
  3. develop those elements and attributes that enhance the professional attainment level of educators; and
  4. actively promote the improvement of the learning environment.

The programming framework focuses on seven (7) programs, including Grant Research in Operation (GRIO), Pre-Student Teaching Seminars, Community Development and Technology, Professional Development Colloquia, Technology and Education, Urban Visions Journal, and an Annual Conference. In addition to the seven core programs, CURE publishes a biannual newsletter and hosts an annual open house. A six-member executive board governs CURE. Each member assumes responsibility for directing one or more CURE programs.

Counseling Center

All college students must balance personal and career aspirations with the demands posed by school, work and home. These demands may result in high levels of personal stress or in social/emotional obstacles that prevent students from attaining the skills needed for achievement, social participation, and self-fulfillment. The university’s Counseling Center offers all Chicago State University students opportunities to address these problems in a confidential setting with approachable, qualified mental health counselors on an individual basis or in group programs.

Special programs in the areas of study skills and academic self-development are offered

throughout the year. Workshops and presentations on a variety of topics such as interpersonal relationships and skill building, depression and other emotional difficulties, and sexual responsibility are also offered each year. Psychological assessments are also available to assist students in career exploration, choosing a major or learning more about their specific learning difficulties. In addition, the Counseling Center provides consultative services to other campus offices, faculty and staff and assists the university community in understanding our student body through involvement in educational planning and decision-making. Services are free and available to all students. Professional confidentiality is maintained. The Counseling Center is located in the Cordell Reed Student Union Building, Room 190, telephone 773/995-2383.

CSU E-mail Accounts

All Chicago State University students are assigned CSU e-mail accounts when they are admitted to the university. To activate the email accounts, students must go to the computer lab in DH 122. Students are strongly encouraged to activate their e-mail accounts immediately upon admission. Information concerning financial aid awards and disbursements, as well as other important information is sent to students via their CSU e-mail accounts. Students enrolled in courses using Blackboard Software must use their CSU email accounts to complete class assignments.

Disabled Student Services (Abilities Office)

Chicago State University is committed to providing students with a disability an equal opportunity to access the benefits, rights and privileges of University services, programs and activities in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Title II), as amended.

Qualified students with disabilities who seek reasonable accommodations and support services, including use of auxiliary aids or programmatic modifications or adjustments, must register with the Abilities Office of Disabled Student Services. The registration process will require documentation of the disability. Contact the Abilities Office Coordinator for additional guidelines. The Abilities Office for Disability Services is located in the Counseling Center in the Cordell Reed Student Union Building, Room 198, telephone (Voice) 773/995-4401, (TTY) 773/995-3761.

Note: Petitions filed by students based on circumstances that could constitute a request for an academic adjustment or modification on the basis of a disability as defined by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 will be referred to and processed by the Abilities Office for Disability Services. 

Office of Distance Learning

The Office of Distance Learning (ODL) was developed to service mature, self-motivated and busy adults in need of a flexible educational schedule. This program is especially designed for students needing a program free of time and space limitations and requiring no or minimal campus classroom attendance. Chicago State University’s highly recognized full time faculty and adjunct lectures teach distance learning courses from the Colleges of Arts and Science, Business, Education, and Health Sciences. Presently ODL offers three distance learning methods of delivery: CSU Online, interactive audio/video, and satellite networks. As with traditional campus-based enrollment, students must apply to the university and be accepted in order to earn credit towards a degree.

Specific Requirements

Chicago State University’s Distance Learning programs are designed for technologically literate students with an interest in learning from a distance. However, other interested students can receive hands-on training from ODL in order to prepare for distance learning courses. Various computer-training workshops are offered four times a year. A key element to successful completion of these programs is access to course delivery systems. For example, online courses require students to have immediate access to the Internet, electronic mail, and electronic discussion sessions. The Videoconference Center provides live 2-way audio and video connections to either single or multiple sites utilizing digital compressed video technologies.

Chicago State University’s distance learning programs are designed for technologically literate students. However, other interested students can receive hands-on training from ODL in order to prepare for distance learning courses. Various computer-training workshops are offered four times a year. Online courses require students to have immediate access to the Internet and a CSU

electronic mail account. The videoconference Center provides live 2-way audio and video connections to either single or multiple sites utilizing digital compressed video technologies as well as video-broadcasting (or extension course) using satellite downlink technology.

The in-state or out-of-state tuition for distance learning students is the same as for other full-time CSU students with the addition of a $50.00 distance learning fee per course covering telecommunication costs.

Tuition and Fees

The tuition for distance learning students is the same as off-campus tuition with the addition of a $50.00 distance learning fee per course that covers telecommunication costs. For more information call 773/995-2960 or visit our website at:

Equal Employment Opportunity Office

Chicago State University supports the principles of equal opportunity in employment and education. The University seeks to insure that no person will encounter discrimination in employment or education on the basis of age, color, disability, sex, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran’s status. This policy is applicable to both the employment practices and administration of programs and activities within the University. It is the policy of the University that no person shall be excluded from the participation, be denied the benefits of, or in any way be subject to discrimination in any program or activity in the University.

The Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Office handles complaints of discrimination. Any employee or student may at any time contact the EEO Office for purposes of advice, discussion of an alleged discrimination complaint and/or assistance in undertaking a formal or informal resolution of a complaint. The Office is located in the Cook Administration Building, Room 317A, 773/995-2380.

Office Of Field Placement

The Office of Field Placement, located in ED 322, is responsible for the selection and monitoring of field experience sites for the College of Education teacher preparation programs. The sites are carefully selected to provide experiences in multicultural, special education, public, private, urban, and suburban settings. The office also coordinates the placement of students for all field-based experiences: observing, teacher aiding, tutoring, and student teaching. A record of each student’s field-based experiences is maintained in the Office of Field Placement as required by the Illinois State Board of Education.

The Fredrick Blum Neighborhood Assistance Center

The Fredrick Blum Neighborhood Assistance Center (NAC) provides technical and research assistance to neighborhood-based, community, and economic development organizations. While housed in the Department of Geography, Sociology, Economics, and Anthropology and drawing heavily on the resources and skills of the department, the NAC endeavors to involve faculty and students from across the university. Thus the NAC not only applies discipline-specific skills to the solution of neighborhood problems, it also acts to increase the level of service to the community by the university.

Undergraduate and graduate students can become involved with the NAC through internships and work study assignments. Students work with community organizations and faculty members on projects utilizing skills they obtain in their classes. Graduate students can become involved in NAC projects through funded research assistantships. The main goal of the NAC is the fostering of self-reliant community development. This is accomplished by:

  1. Assisting in the development of neighborhood planning projects in ways that enable neighborhood residents to develop their own strategies for neighborhood maintenance and revitalization.
  2. Performing land use and housing quality surveys, feasibility studies, market analyses, location analyses, grant writing assistance, and data base construction.
  3. Mapping assistance and spatial analyses using the department’s Geographic Information System (GIS) laboratory.
  4. Maintaining documents and data pertaining to land use, housing, economic development, and community planning.

The Calumet Environmental Resource Center (CERC) is a unit of the Fredrick Blum Neighborhood Assistance Center and is a repository for environmental information relating to the Lake Calumet region of southeast Chicago. Through its participation in the Lake Calumet Ecosystem Partnership, CERC helps to co-ordinate environmental initiatives in the region. CERC resources are available to students, faculty, and members of the community.

Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing

The Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing, founded in 1990, is a literary and cultural center invested in researching, teaching, and disseminating information about acclaimed Black writers, especially the life and works of Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000), former

poet laureate of Illinois and distinguished professor of English at CSU. The goal of the Brooks Center is to strengthen the humanities in general and promote the study of Black writers to a local, national, and international community of students, faculty, and the general public. The Center’s broad selection of culturally insightful and academically stimulating programs includes the annual Gwendolyn Brooks Writers’ Conference, Black History Month Video and Film Festival, Women’s History Month Lecture and Workshop Series, and Poetry and Writing Festival. The Center publishes a biannual literary journal, WarpLand: A Journal of Black Literature and Ideas, featuring the works of renowned, emerging, and new writers.

The Latino Resource Center

Dedicated to the Latino students and communities, the Latino Resource Center is a comprehensive service unit, providing assistance with pre-college activities, admissions, retention, and advisement. The office also provides liaison with community groups, businesses, and service agencies in the Latino communities.

Larry A. Harris Reading Center

The Larry A. Harris Reading Center (LAHRC) is a site at Chicago State University where teachers are trained in reading diagnosis and remediation. Each year a limited number of individuals, both adults and children, come to the center for help with reading problems. Their reading difficulties are diagnosed and they are given remedial instruction by graduate student teachers under the supervision of the center’s professional staff. All diagnosis and instruction are provided for a small fee on either an individual or group basis. Additionally, the LAHRC hosts informal forums where recent research in reading and language arts are presented to undergraduates, graduates and teachers.

Library and Information Services (LIS)

The mission of the Library and Information Services (LIS) is to provide comprehensive information and instructional resources, support and sustain informed learning at the University, assist faculty in quality teaching and research, support curricula and help students succeed in gaining a higher education. The Library is a 142,000 square-foot facility at the head of the campus and comprises the university library, archives, media center and an all-campus computer laboratory. Reengineered in every sense, this new facility combines traditional library with media services, archives, and records programs. The new building will also include an Automatic Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) served by robotic delivery to patrons and a projected Materials Handling System (MHS), and over half of its intellectual resources are now digital and available on-line. The library works in conjunction with the nearby Cordell Reed Student Union Building and university conference center as a cultural complex capable of hosting major conference events in the library up to 600 people.

LIS is comprised of four departments. LIS Administrative Services (LISAS) coordinates overall management. LIS Information Technology and Systems (LISTS) addresses acquisitions, automation, and bibliographic control. Information, Instruction and Public Services (LISPS) is responsible for reference, access, instructional and media services. Archives and Records Management Services (LIS ARMS) organizes the University’s archives in the library proper and leads the University Records Advisory Council (URAC) in addressing the University’s responsibilities as a public agency in managing its records that document the community’s teaching, learning and service. 


The Library seeks to be the library of choice for the CSU academic community and a model teaching library. It is open 84 hrs/week, and electronically 24/7. It provides a broad information literacy program for tutorial and class instruction in library use, an information skill set, bibliographic knowledge, and exposure to countless resources. It has 176 open seats for study (carrels and tables) and 60 person café seating. Its (state-of-the-art) Information Mall with 36 user multi-media workstations, and a 30 workstation Bibliographic Instruction Studio and Laboratory.

The library’s physical collections number nearly 500,000 volumes and are augmented by electronic journals and 3000 e-books, microforms, and audio-visuals, amounting to a total bibliographic unit equivalency of over a million volumes. Access is provided through I-Share, our statewide online resource sharing network containing 22 million volumes available at 65 colleges and universities throughout the state. In addition to the use of the extensive Chicago Public Library system and its nearby Woodson Regional Library, LIS’ networking provides direct access to most Chicago academic libraries through infopasses distributed by LISPS Reference; indirect access to Center for Research Libraries (CRL’s) 3.5 million volumes; and through interlibrary loan to OCLC’s 8000 libraries worldwide and their 48 million titles.

Archives and Special Collections

This department is responsible for the University’s official records, its archives, and historical collections, which are maintained in the library. Management is also responsible for records management campus-wide, in fulfillment of the University’s responsibilities as an Illinois agency. Special Collections contains some depository archives and small book collections that speak to the University’s important history as a normal school and teachers college, as well as books of special value to the contemporary University community at large. Foci of Special Collections include Leadership Archives with the paper of Senator Emil Jones, other political leaders, and Regional Studies with a core document of the Calumet Environmental Research Center (CERC). The Department offers meeting and seminar space for events related to its functions, and a secure reading room for the use of special collections.

Education Resource Center (ERC)

Located on the library’s third floor, the ERC is part of LISPS. It contains a specialized collection of 48,000 volumes to support teacher preparation programs and works closely with the College of Education. It houses children’s and young adult literatures, textbooks, and other curriculum materials including electronic resources and other media for pre-K through 12th-grade education.

Government Documents

LISPS includes a selective US federal documents repository, which focuses on government information relating to the teaching and research interests of the university. It houses over 15,000 documents and many more in electronic form.

Media Center

This first floor facility operates like an audio-visual materials library for patron viewing, listening, and use of interactive multi-media software. It has 60 multimedia workstations, and a variety of recorders, viewers, and projectors, on which to use a growing collection of instructional software over 2000 videos, and more than 3000 CDs. It provides a studio for faculty and course development and an adjacent Instructional Lab (30 workstations total). There is an adjacent lounge area in the lobby and 20 study seats.

Arts Center

Music and Performing Arts, and the Visual Arts work with the ERC and Special Collections to form a third floor cultural and education center. Reference collections of work of art, documentary art, and instructional materials are available with music scores and parts with multi-media workstations, audio rooms, and study area. Audio-visual media from the general collections can be accessed through Circulation and Audio-Visual services in the Media Center on floor one.

Media Production

This is a production studio for media, mostly videos of commercial quality, which are filmed, scripted, edited, and produced as customized services. Productions include satellite down-linked media presentations in the public domain which are recorded for later use; customized videos; Power Point and other computer-generated presentations; and video-recorded public events, which also contribute to the development of a visual archives for the university.

Media Technical Outreach Services

This unit delivers instructional media software and hardware to classes in the university’s academic buildings and to distance learning off-campus sites through a media reservation system. Its technicians also do set-ups with facility management for public events and special programs on campus. It houses an array of equipment, and operates the large lecture halls and auditoria that rely on media and computerized presentations through rear-view projection and modern sound systems. Its services are available to all official campus organizations, but its primary goals are to integrate instructional technology into teaching and learning.

Media Production

This is a production studio for media, mostly videos of commercial quality, which are filmed, scripted, edited, and produced as customized services. Productions include satellite down-linked media presentations in the public domain which are recorded for later use; customized videos; Power Point and other computer-generated presentations; and video-recorded public events, which also contribute to the development of a visual archives for the university.

Ombuds Office

The Ombuds office exists to enhance the university’s ability to assist students with the solving of problems while maintaining independence, confidentiality, and neutrality. The Ombuds Office is not an advocate for the student, nor for the university, but an advocate for CSU student success. After a student has exhausted all other avenues to resolve a problem or complaint and is still unsatisfied, he/she may bring the issue to the Ombudsperson. Complaints lodged with the President of CSU may also be referred to the Ombuds Office. The office is located in the Cordell Reed Building, Room 188, 773/995-2496.

Office of Student Affairs

The Office of Student Affairs is responsible for the formulation of policy governing student activities on campus. It serves as liaison and resource and referral center for any student concern, and as coordinator of matters relating to student life. The Office of Student Affairs provides leadership for, and maintains close liaison with students, student publications, student organizations, and other administrative units of the university. The office is staffed by persons with experience and training in student development and other areas of student personnel service. The staff is available to assist students in a variety of ways including the interpretation of student life policies and the resolution of personal, social, and academic concerns.

Office of Student Activities

The Office of Student Activities provides academic, cultural, social, intellectual, and civic programming designed to enhance the academic experience of Chicago State University students. The office works in conjunction with the Student Government Association and Campus Life Board to provide guidance and supervision to a diverse group of student programs sponsored by the Office of Student Activities. These activities include Welcome Week, Hispanic Heritage Month, Homecoming, African American History Month, Cinco de Mayo, Women’s Awareness Month, and other activities. The office is located in the Cordell Reed Student Union Building, Room 260, telephone 773/995-2300.

Student Government Association

Located in Room 268 of the Cordell Reed Student Union Building, the Student Government Association (SGA) is the representative body for students and serves as an umbrella organization for all campus student organizations. All students who have paid their student fees are automatically members of the SGA and as such are entitled to vote, chair and serve on committees, hold office, and take advantage of all SGA sponsored activities and services.

Television Services

Television Services supports the undergraduate program in radio-television broadcasting as well as to other areas of the university. The color television studio can be used for microteaching and for the production of instructional programs for local viewing or cable casting. Also, Television Services undertakes field production as requested. A professional level audio facility is available for radio and other audio productions.

Veterans Affairs

The Office of Veterans Affairs is designed to provide a variety of essential services and activities to veteran students. Services provided by the Office of Veterans Affairs include certifying enrollment, verifying information, processing appropriate applications and forms, adhering to and disseminating information about veterans and university policies, procedures and regulations, and maintaining current data on all veterans receiving VA funds to defray educational cots. In addition, the VA-program helps veteran students to make a successful transition to the university.

Wellness/Health Center

The Chicago State University Wellness/Health Center is a comprehensive health and educational resource for the campus community. Directed by a family nurse practitioner, the Wellness/Health Center is the campus community’s link to personal health and wellness. The center provides primary health care and wellness programs, encourages students, faculty and staff to develop healthy lifestyles, serves as a health consultant and referral resource, and acts as a liaison for health issues that affect the university community. Students may be seen by a primary care provider by appointment for a nominal fee with a valid Chicago State University identification card. All students must submit an official immunization record to the Wellness/Health Center as part of the registration process. Immunizations needed to comply with registration and the immunization laws are also available through the Wellness/Health Center. Information regarding the mandatory student health insurance is available through the student health insurance coordinator. The Wellness/Health Center is located in the Cook Administration Building, Room 131, 773/995-2010.