Jun 10, 2023  
2020-2021 University Student Handbook 
2020-2021 University Student Handbook

Campus Resources and Services

Child Care

Laurance Armour Day School
2150 West Harrison St.
(312) 942-6501

Laurance Armour Day School (LADS) is a not-for-profit, fully licensed day care center for children ages 4 months through 5 years (no kindergarten). The school is owned and operated by Rush University Medical Center, and provides day care services for children of employees and students affiliated with Rush University Medical Center. LADS provides professionally trained teachers on the premises at all times from 6:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Copy Machines

  • Photocopy and wireless printing machines are located in the Library (fifth and seventh floors, Armour Academic Center), METC and the 24-hour student lounge (Room 992, Armour Academic Center)

Fitness Center

711 S. Paulina St.
5:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m., Monday to Friday
7 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday
(312) 947-BFIT (2348)

The Rush Fitness Center, which is open to all students, features cardio equipment, circuit and free weights, a variety of group exercise classes and personal training. Locker rooms with showers and towel service available. Memberships are also offered to significant others or spouses. The student rate is $27 per month; the rate for couples is $47 per month.

Food Services

Au Bon Pain
Fourth Floor, Atrium Court
Open 24/7

(312) 942-5696

Au Bon Pain Kiosk
First Floor, Professional Office Building
7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday to Friday


Cafeteria - featuring Fooda pop-ups
Second Floor, Armour Academic Center
6:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Monday to Friday

(312) 942-9018

Common Grounds (Coffee Bar)
Second Floor, Armour Academic Center
6:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday



Tailor Lofts, Student Apartments
315 S. Peoria St.
Chicago, IL 60607
Sabrina Hunt: shunt@peakcampus.com

(312) 563-5638

Tailor Lofts are located one mile east of Rush, just two stops away on the blue line train. All leases are for 12 months, and provide access to great amenities such as 24-hour fitness center, kitchens in every unit, Wi-Fi throughout the building, 24-hour security presence at the first-floor entrance and a laundry center on every floor. Registered Rush students residing at Tailor Lofts will have the added convenience of having their housing costs billed to their University accounts. For special Rush pricing, interested students should view the rates on Rush’s housing website listed below.

For additional off-campus housing options, check out Rush’s housing website at https://www.rushu.rush.edu/rush-experience/student-services/housing or contact the Office of Student Life and Engagement at student_life@rush.edu or (312) 942-6302.

ID Cards

Security Office
Sub-Basement 1502, Atrium
1 - 4 p.m., Monday
9 - Noon, Tuesday
7:30 - 10:30 a.m., Wednesday
1 - 3 p.m., Thursday
7:30 - 10:30 a.m., Friday

(312) 942-5678

Rush students are required to wear their student ID card at all times while on campus. Students not wearing a valid student ID card may be asked to leave the University or Medical Center and related clinical sites. A valid student ID card is needed to access and use the library, laboratories, bookstore and student lounge, and is required for admission to some school events.

The student ID card is valid only while the student is enrolled at Rush University and is immediately deactivated upon graduation, withdrawal or dismissal from the University. Students must return their ID card to the Office of the Registrar upon separation from the University.

New students who attend a formal orientation program will be issued their ID card during the orientation. Otherwise, new students can request an ID card from the Rush Security Office starting the Friday before the term of matriculation.

The Armour Academic Center building opens at 5:30 a.m. and is locked at 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. On Saturday, the building opens at 8 a.m. and is locked at 1:30 p.m. The building is closed on Sundays and holidays. The opening and closing times may change if there is a special event in the building or a special request is made. Visitors may enter Rush through the main visitor entrance in the Atrium Building and request a visitor pass.

In order to make it easier for students to enter the Armour Academic Center after the building has been locked at night, and to utilize new and extended-hour study spaces, there is a card reader on the ground floor of the Armour Academic Center near the bookstore. Rush student, faculty and employee ID cards are accepted by the card reader.

Lactation Rooms

Professional Office Building, Suite 328

(312) 563-2118

This space includes four private breast pumping stations, a sink and refrigerator.  Each station includes a comfortable chair designed to support the pumping process, a small table and subdued lighting.

To access the suite, moms first need to call medical affairs at ext. 3-2118.  Staff will take your information and work with security to code your ID badge (two-day turnaround) so that you can swipe into the secure suite.  The space is available on a first-come, first served basis.

Armour Academic Center, Room 945 (312) 942-8631

This space is available to Rush University students, faculty and staff, and includes a bed, chair, refrigerator and sink.  Scheduling is handled by university facilities at ext. 2-8631.

Kidston House, Room 802 (312) 942-4632

Located in the Office of Women’s Professional Advancement, this office is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Triangle Office Building, RUI Clinic 5505 emily_vatannia@rush.edu or rene_bucio@rush.edu

This space is a former exam room.  To access the space, please contact Emily Vatannia or Rene Bucio to show you how to access the space.

7 Tower, Room 07504  

This space includes four pumping stations and a sink.  Key card access is required and the stations are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  The suite is managed by the operating room.

Tower Respite Rooms  

While the Tower respite rooms are available to all employees to take a relaxing break, moms who breastfeed can use the rooms to pump by slipping a note on the outside of the door requesting privacy.  These rooms, which are accessed via key card, are managed by the floors’ unit director.  Tower respite rooms include:

  • Tower 14, room 14338
  • Tower 13, room 13338
  • Tower 12, room 12338
  • Tower 11, room 11437
  • Tower 10, room 10338
Lactation Support Services, Atrium, Room 880 (312) 942-4803

Rush offers a Mother Baby Unit breastfeeding support group that meets on Mondays from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. int he Mother Baby Unit conference room, 880 Atrium Building. For more information about the group or to reach Rush Lactation Support Services, call ext. 2-4803.


Office of Student Life and Engagement
Suite 984, Armour Academic Center
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday
(312) 942-6302

Lockers will be assigned at orientation based on availability. Students are assigned the same locker until graduation, and often share a locker with another Rush student. In the event that students share lockers, first priority is given to assigning students within the same program and ideally the same cohort, with second priority being assigned with someone from the same college. Rush University assumes no responsibility for the loss of personal property from lockers. If any difficulties with a locker arise, contact the Office of Student Life and Engagement.


Ken Shmoel
Parking Garage Office
1641 West Harrison St. (Fourth Floor)
8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday to Friday
(312) 942-6594

The following parking facilities are available to Rush University students with an avit, a small electronic device that provides a vehicle access to the parking garage. The monthly avit may be obtained from the Parking Garage Office for a $30 fee. A valid Rush University student ID card must be presented to obtain an avit.

  • Main parking garage at 1641 W. Harrison St. (entrance on Flournoy Street), $40 per month.
  • Student and staff parking garage at 711 S. Paulina St. (entrance on Paulina Street), $40 per month.
  • Ogden-Wood surface lot (entrance on Wood Street), $25 per month; students registered for parking at the Ogden-Wood lot may park in the Harrison Street parking garage from 3 p.m. to 5 a.m. on weekdays and anytime on weekends and holidays.
  • Students who commute to Rush by bicycle may safely store their bikes in a secure bike room located in the main parking garage. A $10 deposit is required for a key to the bike room, but no additional fees are charged. Students who are interested should contact the Parking Garage Office for detailed information.

Please contact the Parking Garage Office for the most current rates, as rates and available parking locations are subject to change.

Quick Copy Center

Chris Kanakis
Room 780, Armour Academic Center
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday
(312) 942-6697

Rush Production Group

David Mrazek
Room 121, Professional Building
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday
(312) 942-6375

Rush Wellness Assistance Program

(833) 304-3627 https://www.perspectivesltd.com/

Username: Rush
Password: Wellness1


The Rush Wellness Assistance Program is a comprehensive, system-wide resource for all Rush employees, students, and their families.  This program serves the Rush community through offerings in three areas:

Work: Professional and personal development through “Skill builders” - free 30-45 minute online tutorials that address numerous topics including Emotional Wellbeing, Achieving Personal Goals, Managing Stress, Time Management, The Power of Resilience, and much more.

Life: 24/7 Confidential, short-term counseling services, including videoconferencing available on mobile devices.

Home: Connecting Rush community members to pre-screened services for child and elder care, legal support, and financial planning.


Access Anywhere

To access on your mobile device, visit the App Store (iPhone) or Google Play (Android) to download.

Download Spark for Rush Wellness Assistance Program services.

Download Zoom for mobile videoconferencing telehealth; call to schedule an appointment.

Security and Lost & Found

Peter Arndt
Director, Security Services and Emergency Management
Lower Level One, Tower 1620
West Harrison St.
(312) 942-5678

RU Alert Emergency Communication System

  • Real-time text, telephone and/or email alerts
  • All students are automatically enrolled in the system and should login to select how they wish to be notified
  • To edit your enrollment or enroll other numbers, please click on the RU Alert link on the RUportal home page
  • For any questions regarding RU Alert, contact (312) 947-0005

Security Services administers Lost and Found services at Rush University Medical Center. Lost and Found is located on the lower level of the Tower, 1620 W. Harrison St., in the Security Department. Items found anywhere in Rush University Medical Center should be brought to the Security Department. Inquiries regarding lost items can be made at any time by visiting the Security Department or calling the Security Dispatch Center.

Student Lounge

Room 992, Armour Academic Center
24-hour ID card access
(312) 942-6302

The Student Lounge includes board games, kitchen with sink, two refrigerators, two microwaves and fresh coffee delivered three times a day Monday - Friday. Students are welcome to take advantage of these services 24/7; access during the weekends can be gained via student ID card through the back hallway.

Student Union

Room 216, Armour Academic Center (inside the cafeteria)
24-hour ID card access
(312) 942-6302

The Student Union offers a 24-hour space where students can relax and enjoy playing ping-pong or pool, or just hanging out.  Cable tv and a piano are also available in the space.  A refrigerator is included for students to store their food during the day.  The refrigerator is cleaned out the first and third Friday each month at 10 p.m., and all items in the refrigerator are disposed of at that time.  Students can access the space using their student ID.