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2020-2021 University Student Handbook 
2020-2021 University Student Handbook

Rush University Student Handbook 2020-2021

Directory of Administration

Title Name Location Phone
President, Rush University Sherine E. Gabriel, MD, MSc 202AAC (312) 942-5762
Provost, Rush University Susan Freeman, MD, MS 202 AAC (312) 942-6683
Vice Provost, Student Affairs Gayle B. Ward, JD 1028 AAC (312) 942-2819
Vice Provost, Faculty Affairs Susanna G. Chubinskaya, PhD 1044 AAC (312) 942-8873
Vice Provost, Academic Affairs; Chief Knowledge Officer David Katz, PhD 1037 AAC (312) 942-3536
Chief Financial Business Officer Vince Gattuso 202 AAC (312) 563-7527
Chief Enrollment Management Officer and
University Registrar
Brenda L. Weddington 440 AAC (312)942 -5681



College Phone Location
College of Health Sciences
Charlotte Royeen, PhD, Dean
(312) 942-7120 Suite 1001 AAC
College of Nursing
Christine M. Kennedy, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean
(312) 942-7117 Suite 1080 AAC

Rush Medical College
Badrinath Konety, MBBS, MBA, Dean

(312) 942-6915 Suite 403 AAC
The Graduate College
Andrew J. Bean, PhD, Dean
(312) 942-3589 Suite 438 AAC



University Offices and Related Resources

Office Title Name Location Phone
Center for Academic Excellence Program Manager Jacqueline Walker Library, 571 AAC (312) 563-1800
Center for Clinical Wellness Director, Strategic Initiatives Evelyn Poczatek 150 TOB

(312) 947-2323

Financial Aid Director Jill Gable 440 AAC (312) 942-3072
Registrar’s Office University Registrar Brenda Weddington 440 AAC (312) 942-5681
Student Accessibility Services Director Marie Lusk 901 AAC (312) 942-5237
Student Affairs Director Kapula Patalinghug 1029 AAC (312) 942-2819
Student Diversity and Community Engagement Senior Director Sharon Gates, DSW 979 AAC (312)942-3670  
University Systems and Operations Director David J. Nelson 440 AAC (312) 942-4851
Office Title Name Location Phone
Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation (CTEI) Director Angela Solic, PhD 919 AAC (312) 942-3740
Financial Affairs Manager Patrick McNulty 282A TOB (312) 942-6849
Library Director

Scott Thomson

571 AAC (312) 942-5950
McCormick Educational
Technology Center (METC) & the Academic Testing
Center (ATC)

Brian A. Thomas

919 AAC
135 TOB
(312) 942-6799
(312) 563-4929
Parking Manager Ken Shmoel Parking Garage
(312) 942-6594
Security and Emergency Management Director Peter Arndt Tower (Lower
Level One)
(312) 942-5678
Title IX Coordinator Manager Nancee B. Hofheimer, JD   (312) 942-2104
University Facilities, General Educational
Resources & Quick Copy
Director Chris Kanakis 720 AAC (312) 942-6791
University Marketing Director Rebecca Darmoc 1078 AAC (312) 942-5006

Important Phone Numbers

Security (312) 942-5678
Operator/Rush Switchboard (312) 942-5000
Rush Hotline (for reporting discrimination or harassment) (877) RUSH-009
Rush University Medical Center Emergency Room (312) 942-0100
Student Complaint Portal

(833) 625-3778


University Resources

Academic Testing Center (ATC) (312) 563-4929
College of Health Sciences (312) 942-7120
College of Nursing (312) 942-7117
Community Engagement (312) 942-3670
Center For Clinical Wellness (312) 947-2323
Financial Affairs (312) 942-6584
Financial Aid (312) 942-6256
The Graduate College (312) 942-3589
HelpDesk - University (for computer/technology problems) (312) 563-CLAS
Library (312) 942-5950
McCormick Educational Technology Center (METC) (312) 942-6799
Registrar (312) 942-5681
Rush Medical College (312) 942-6915
Rush Wellness Assistance Program (833) 304-3627
Student Accessibility Services (312) 942-5237
Student Diversity and Community Engagement (312) 942-0725
Student Life and Engagement (312) 942-6302
Tailor Lofts Student Apartments (312) 563-5638
Title IX Coordinator (312) 942-2104
University Systems and Operations (312) 942-4851

Crisis Resources

Alcoholics Anonymous 24-hour Hotline (312) 346-1475
Domestic Violence Helpline (City of Chicago) (877) 863-6338
Narcotics Anonymous 24-hour Hotline (708) 848-4884
Rape Crisis Hotline (YWCA) (888) 293-2080
Resilience Confidential Advisor Services (sexual violence hotline) (312) 443-9603
Sarah’s Inn Hotline (domestic violence shelter) (708) 386-4225
Suicide Hotline (Nation-wide) (800) 273-8255

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Mission, Vision, and Values


Rush University provides outstanding health sciences education and conducts impactful research in a culture of inclusion, focused on the promotion and preservation of the health and well-being of our diverse communities.


The Rush learning community will be the leading health sciences university committed to transforming health care through innovative research and education.


Rush University’s core values - innovation, collaboration, accountability, respect and excellence - are the roadmap to our mission and vision. 

These five values, known as our I CARE values, convey the philosophy behind every decision Rush employees make.  Rush employees also commit themselves to executing these values with compassion.  This translates into a dedication - shared by all members of the Rush community - to providing the highest quality patient care.


Rush University Honor Code

The Rush University Honor Code is as follows:

I pledge that my academic, research and/or clinical work will be of the highest integrity. I shall neither give nor receive unauthorized aid; I shall not represent the work of others as my own; I shall not engage in scientific misconduct, and I shall treat all persons with the greatest respect and dignity, just as the ethical codes of Rush University Medical Center and my future profession demand.

I recognize that behaviors that impede learning or undermine academic, research and clinical evaluation - including but not limited to falsification, fabrication and plagiarism - are inconsistent with Rush University values and must be reported.

Implementation of the Honor Code

This Rush University Honor Code (from now on referred to as the Code) sets the standards for expected professional behavior within the University and the Medical Center. Commitment to this Code is a shared responsibility of all faculty, staff and students within the Rush University community to ensure the highest standards of behavior - whether in the classroom, the laboratory or in the clinical setting - and to ensure that education obtained at Rush provides a sound foundation for each student’s future success as an academic, scientific, or health care professional.

Code Enforcement

Annually, all students have the opportunity to attest to their commitment of the Code during the completion of annual mandatory trainings within the learning management system. Any violations of this Code or suspicion of student or academic misconduct should be reported to the student’s college for further review in accordance with the procedures specified by that college. Each college will be expected to set standards for addressing Honor Code violations and cases of misconduct in a fair and consistent manner that best fits their respective student population. Students refusing to sign the Code attestation must submit a letter to their dean’s office explaining why. Adherence to the Code is required for matriculation, whether or not the document has been signed. The Code may also be enforced for off-campus actions when the student is representing themselves as a member of the University.

Dress Code

All Rush University students are required to dress professionally and appropriately when in clinical areas at Rush and at off-site locations. Identification cards should be worn by all students at all times, whether on campus or in clinical areas off-site.

First- and second-year medical students should wear white clinical jackets during their preceptorships. Third- and fourth-year medical students should wear white clinical jackets during their clinical rotations.

For specifics regarding the Rush University College of Nursing uniform for pre-licensure students, students should consult the College of Nursing Student Guidebook.

Street clothes, with or without a lab coat, are worn for some clinical experiences. The lab coat, when worn, must be marked with the appropriate identifying patch. Many students in the College of Health Sciences and The Graduate College are required to wear lab coats in clinical areas.

I Care, I Connect Values for Students

  • Scan the environment for opportunities to help.
  • Be familiar with the Rush campus and locations of Guest Relations/Information Desk Staff.
  • Initiate greeting and offer assistance.
  • Let patients go first through doors, hallways and elevators.
    • Be courteous to others and remember that visitors cannot always tell the difference between a student and an employee.
  • Be aware of backpacks and other bulky possessions, especially in elevators and public spaces.
    • Be careful not to push or bump patients with your backpacks or possessions.
  • Assist and accommodate with special needs.
    • Remember you are representing Rush.
  • Use professional language, tone and volume in public areas.
    • You never know who might be around.
  • Protect privacy and confidentiality, especially in public areas.
    • Remember that examples from class may be real cases, or similar to what a patient or family member is going through.
  • Demonstrate active listening.
  • Refrain from eating, drinking or gum chewing in public areas (non-food service areas), except for the Armour Academic Center.