Loop universities alter schedules because of NATO/G-8 summits
by kara spak Staff Reporteremail@example.com February 23, 2012 6:10PM
Updated: March 25, 2012 8:15AM
At least three universities in and around Chicago’s downtown plan to close or have already changed schedules because of the NATO and G-8 summits that are expected to attract an influx of thousands of protesters, many security restrictions and commuter headaches.
DePaul has taken the most drastic action, closing its Loop campus and instructing professors slated to teach downtown between May 18 and May 21 to move classes to the Lincoln Park campus, reschedule them or create an alternative assignment for students.
In a statement, DePaul officials said they were taking these precautions “to lessen traffic and address commuting issues that might occur downtown during the summits.” DePaul also moved its law school graduation May 20 from downtown to the Akoo Theatre in suburban Rosemont because of the summits.
Columbia College shifted its semester start two weeks earlier so that commencement and Manifest, its annual street festival, would not be affected by the summits. In a letter to students and faculty, Columbia President Warrick Carter noted that they would not be able to get a permit for Manifest during the summits and hotel rooms would be extremely hard to come by if the commencement weekend was unchanged.
Loyola University Chicago students will still begin summer classes May 21 at both the downtown Water Tower and Lake Shore campuses. That’s the same day Roosevelt University begins summer school in the Loop, a week delay from its original start date because of the meetings.
Officials at Northwestern, University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago and Robert Morris University all said while they were monitoring the situation, nothing in their schools’ schedules had changed.