Report of the University of Chicago Committee on Graduate Education
The Committee on Graduate Education, comprised of faculty and PhD students, was appointed by Provost Diermeier in April 2018 to assess PhD education at the University in light of our commitment to excellence in research and teaching and in the context of a changing landscape of higher education.
Spring 2016 Climate Survey Results on Religion and Spirituality
The Spring 2016 Campus Climate Survey provides data that will be enriched through further discussion. In this report, the terms “religious identity” and “religious identification” are intended as broadly construed, to include today’s diverse human experience of religious and spiritual affiliation and practice, including nonreligious and secular approaches as well as individual experience that does not readily fit within traditional lines of definition. The findings from this survey compel us to contend with complex national and institutional issues. The University of Chicago has a foundational commitment to the idea that a culture of free and open inquiry requires empowering individuals of all backgrounds, experiences, identities, and perspectives to challenge conventional thinking in pursuit of original ideas. Such goals can only fully be realized within a climate that is inclusive.
Report of the Diversity Advisory Council
The Diversity Advisory Council (DAC) was formed in February 2015 by the President and Provost of the University of Chicago. The DAC’s charge was to review institutional practices in consultation with members of the campus community in order to “insure an intentionally open community of learning, for all.” The Council was encouraged to consider all forms of diversity and inclusion; advise on best approaches to attracting and retaining underrepresented faculty, students and staff; identify promising approaches to cross-cultural awareness and inclusivity; submit recommendations designed to enhance the priority of diversity and inclusion within the University; and suggest measures for improved institutional coordination of existing initiatives.
Spring 2016 Climate Survey Report
The Spring 2016 Campus Climate Survey is the first University of Chicago survey to attempt to capture some of the experiences and perceptions of students, staff, and academics (defined as tenure track and non– tenure track academic appointees and postdoctoral researchers) on a broad range of issues related to diversity and inclusion. Administering the Climate Survey is intended to be a crucial step towards improving our campus climate. The survey will serve as one baseline against which to measure improvement; be a catalyst for communication and discussion; and contribute to thinking about the implementation of new programs, policies, and activities that will foster an inclusive climate.
Spring 2015 Climate Survey Preliminary Report
The University of Chicago conducted the Sexual Misconduct Survey: Attitudes, Knowledge and Experience, or the Spring 2015 Climate Survey, to examine the campus climate, with a particular focus on questions of sexual misconduct, including sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and sexual harassment. This document constitutes a preliminary report on the outcomes of the survey, which was administered in April 2015 and included all enrolled students 18-years-of-age and older.
Report of the Committee on Freedom of Expression
The Committee on Freedom of Expression at the University of Chicago was appointed in July 2014 by President Robert J. Zimmer and Provost Eric D. Isaacs “in light of recent events nationwide that have tested institutional commitments to free and open discourse.” The Committee’s charge was to draft a statement “articulating the University’s overarching commitment to free, robust, and uninhibited debate and deliberation among all members of the University’s community.”
Provost's Initiative on Minority Issues, Annual Report AY 2004-05
A report from the Provost’s Initiative on Minority Issues (PIMI) evaluating the status of diversity programs on campus and making recommendations to the University administration in AY 2004-2005.
Provost's Initiative on Minority Issues, Annual Report AY 2003-04
A report from the Provost’s Initiative on Minority Issues (PIMI) evaluating the status of diversity programs on campus and making recommendations to the University administration in AY 2003-2004.
Provost's Initiative on Minority Issues, Annual Report AY 2002-03
A report from the Provost’s Initiative on Minority Issues (PIMI) evaluating the status of diversity programs on campus and making recommendations to the University administration in AY 2002-2003.
Report of the Committee on the Criteria of Academic Appointment
On 17 April 1974, President Levi requested the Committee on the Criteria of Academic Appointment to propound its views on the standing and rights of persons who are invited by The University of Chicago, through appropriately constituted appointive bodies, to lecture or conduct seminars on particular occasions. The Committee concluded that deliberate frustration of this activity is an illegitimate abrogation of the powers of invitation and appointment, which are absolutely crucial to the University's execution of its proper functions.
A Report of the University of Chicago Committee on the Criteria of Academic Appointment (Shils Report)
Report on the University's Role in Political and Social Action
The Kalven Committee was appointed in February 1967 by President George W. Beadle. This faculty committee was charged with preparing "a statement on teh Univeresity's role in political and social action." The resulting Kalven Report now stands as one of the most important policy documents at the University of Chicago. It affirms the University's commitment to the academic freedom of faculty and students in the face of suppression from internal and/or external entities while also insisting on institutional neutrality on political and social issues.