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Common Reasons for Contacting the SAC

Health and Safety

Health and Safety Threats

Major health threats to the student body should be reported to the Office of the Dean of Students. Examples of such threats may include but are not limited to reports of meningitis, smallpox, the plague, massive food poisoning, and chemical/biological spills. The Dean on Duty will ensure that all appropriate units are notified of the health threat.

Fires in Student Residences

If a student is displaced or injured due to a fire in his/her residence, the Dean on Duty is available to respond to any needs that may arise including but not limiting to following-up with medical personnel on the status of injured students, assisting with the contact of family members, securing temporary/permanent housing, and issuing absence letters if appropriate.

Illini-Alert

All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to sign-up for Illini-Alert. The Illini-Alert service sends email and text messages in the event of a campus emergency. These messages are sent by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in order to communicate information as quickly as possible. For more information or to sign-up for this service, visit emergency.illinois.edu.

Hospitalization

Please contact the Dean on Duty if you are aware of a student who has been hospitalized for injury, illness, alcohol or drug overdose, or mental health issues. The Dean on Duty will contact the hospital staff to determine the student's condition and provide support and resource information for the student and family.

Immunizations (Exemption Petition)

All University of Illinois students must show proof of immunity to certain vaccine-preventable diseases as defined by state law. Students must submit a completed Immunization Information Form and return it to McKinley Health Center. Failure to do so will result in being prohibited from future registration.

If a student wants to be exempt from such immunizations, the Immunization Exemption Petition (pdf) must be completed and turned in to the Office of the Dean of Students. Once a decision is made about the petition, the student will be notified and the document will be maintained at McKinley Health Center. For more information, visit www.mckinley.illinois.edu.

Missing Student

We can assist locating a student if an academic department, parents, or others who have a concern have been unable to locate the student. Due to FERPA regulations, we cannot provide or verify contact information for those not affiliated with the University. We will, however, attempt to contact the student asking that student to contact the person trying to locate him/her. If the situation warrants, we will involve the police departments for assistance in performing a welfare check on the student.

Hazing

The University does not condone any form of activities that degrade, humiliate, and/or harm students psychologically, emotionally, and/or physically. Regardless of willingness, if a student is in an environment where they are expected to comply with such activities in order to gain access, membership, or status into military, sports team, Greek organization, or any other association they are encouraged to contact the Office of the Dean of Students. If you have concerns about hazing, please contact:

Contact Student Due to Emergency

The Office of the Dean of Students will attempt to locate a student if an emergency such as family death or sudden hospitalization for serious illness or accident occurs. We can also attempt to reach a student's emergency contact if warranted by medical or safety professionals.

Interpersonal Violence

Interpersonal violence may include such things as domestic violence, mutual combat, or assault. If you or someone you know has been involved in such an act, please contact the Office of the Dean of Students. The Dean on Duty will gather information and offer assistance. Resources that may be involved are the Women's Resource Center, University Police, University Housing, Trauma Response Team, Office of Student Conflict Resolution, and Student Legal Services.

Death of a Student

In the event that a University of Illinois student dies, notification should be made immediately with the Office of the Dean of Students. The Dean on Duty will gather the necessary information, inform the appropriate University officials, and provide support and resource information to the family and friends.

Please Note: The Office of the Dean of Students is not responsible for any financial expenses that academic units, students or families may incur during this time.