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Announcements for the week of August 14, 2017

Deadlines and Policies
Fall Registration and Cancellation Reminders


Please make sure to register correctly at the beginning of the semester to avoid problems with registration and unwanted tuition charges later. Students are responsible for their own registration and for ensuring the accuracy of their schedules. Please refer to the Graduate College Handbook for details about requirements. If you have questions about requirements, please contact your department office.

For more academic and registration deadlines for Fall 2017, please visit the Graduate College Calendar.


Students may be released from their obligation to pay ALL tuition and fees by canceling their fall registration by August 27, 2017.  You may cancel your registration through Student-Self Service or by submitting a Withdrawal/Cancellation form to your department office. Completed Withdrawal/Cancellation forms must be received in the Graduate College by 5 p.m. August 25, 2017, the last business day before instruction begins.

August Graduates

Please make sure that you are not registered for the Fall 2017 semester so that you do not face unwanted tuition and fees charges. If you are registered and are not continuing in another program, cancel your registration by the August 27 deadline.

Change in Curriculum Deadline

Friday, October 27 is the last day to change your curriculum for the current term. This includes adding or dropping a campus approved minor or concentration. Please check your student program information in Student Self-Service to verify your program information is listed correctly.

Information on how to change your curriculum is available online. Please contact with any questions.

Register in Abstentia

September 11 is the last day to elect “in Absentia” registration for the Fall term. “in Absentia” is an alternative registration type available for students who plan to be studying or away doing research for at least one semester and at least 50 miles away from campus. Find the “in Absentia” registration form in our forms directory.

Thesis Tip
Download Our Thesis Deposit Checklist

If you are working on your thesis, make sure to download our Thesis Deposit Checklist. Whether you are just starting your work or getting ready to deposit, this checklist will remind you of some of the deposit requirements and help you plan ahead. The checklist also includes a list of proofreading tips so that you can put the finishing touches on your paper and prepare it for format review.

Health and Wellness
Campus Safety and Security

Illinois Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) is aware that students and scholars are potentially being contacted by individuals claiming to be from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the IRS, and a number of other government offices and organizations, who try to scam them, specifically by claiming their immigration status is in jeopardy if they do not pay excessive sums by purchasing gift cards. Please be aware.

For information on common scams, visit the USCIS website and the ISSS website. If at any time you think you may be the victim of a scam or attempted scam, please feel free to contact ISSS (217-333-1303, for assistance.

Another great resource for safety and security concerns on campus is University Police. For more information about safety and security on campus, please visit their website.

Campus Bike Parking Map

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Find a place to park your bicycle or discover how many bike racks are available at a location by using the new Campus Bike Parking Map. The map was developed from data collected by volunteers in the Campus Bicycle Census which is a collaborative community-wide effort between Champaign County Bikes, Scholarly Commons, and Facilities and Services. Questions? Contact Lily Wilcock at or 244-6865.

Cash at College Webinar


Cash at College is a must-see webinar for all students headed to college. University of Illinois USFSCO's Student Money Management Center and University of Illinois Extension have teamed up to offer this educational and engaging webinar for all University of Illinois students.

This free webinar features lessons on:

  • how to effectively budget your money while in college
  • the basics of banking
  • options for paying your college tuition
  • understanding credit
  • and how to make the most of your college education

Cash at College offers an important guide to managing your finances, so don't miss out!

Your Research and Teaching
Present Your Research Poster at the New Graduate Student Welcome Reception

Do you have a research poster sitting in your office? The Graduate College is looking for volunteers to present their posters at the New Graduate Student Welcome Reception to showcase the work of Illinois graduate students. The reception will be on Monday, August 28 from 4-6 p.m. Help welcome new grad students to campus by sharing your exciting research!

 Monday is the last day to fill out the form if you are interested in participating.

CITL Draft List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent - Spring 2017

The Spring 2017 draft List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students is available on the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) website now. It will be published in the Daily Illini on Thursday, September 7. Please contact CITL if you have any changes or questions about the list by calling 244-3839 or emailing

Compass 2g Essentials Training

In this hands-on workshop, participants will practice building and organizing content within the Illinois Compass 2g environment, including teaching tools and the Grade Center. The Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) workshop facilitator will also provide examples of best practices drawn from research on teaching and learning in both online and face-to-face settings.

This workshop is offered several times throughout August. All workshops are held in Armory, room 428. View the full list of offerings and register online.

Technology Services Help Desk Now Fixes Classroom Tech Problems

Starting Monday, August 14, instructors and students will need to remember only one number to get help with classroom technologies and general IT support. Technology Services has combined the Classroom Technologies group with the Help Desk in order to provide improved support to campus. To get help with technology in a classroom, please call the Technology Services Help Desk at 217-244-7000 or email

Call for Applications: 2018 Humanities Without Walls Pre-Doctoral Career Diversity Summer Workshop

Application Deadline: November 1

The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH) invites applications for fellowships from pre-doctoral students to participate in a three-week intensive, residential summer workshop for individuals who are working towards but have not yet received a PhD in a humanities discipline, and who plan to continue their degree programs while also considering careers outside the academy and/or the tenure-track university system.

2018 Virginia Tech Future Faculty Development Program

January 8 - 11, 2018, Virginia Tech campus

Application Deadline: October 1

The Virginia Tech Future Faculty Development Program is an intensive two-day event for doctoral candidates and post-doctoral scholars interested in academic careers. The program brings a dozen participants to Blacksburg for an all-expense paid workshop on preparing for life as a faculty member. Visit the program website for more information. 


GradLinks is distributed weekly to graduate students and staff who work with graduate students. Please see our website for submission information

If you will need disability-related accommodations in order to participate in any of the programs or events listed in GradLINKS, please email the contact person for the event. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.