Community Membership and Expectations of Residents

Persons living in the McCormick Residential Community are students whose primary pursuits lie in their academic program and their formation and preparation for ministry.  It is the responsibility of the Residence Life Program to provide a comfortable, and secure living environment with as few distractions as possible for residents.

Persons living in the McCormick Residence Facilities are expected to respect other residents and roommates by behaving in ways which honor the rights of others and do not create unnecessary or significant difficulty for others.  Residents are required to observe noise levels, respectful behavior, and a spirit of cooperation that will enable all residents to study, sleep, and pursue their academic and personal goals.

Differences between persons may result in conflict or misunderstanding.  Residents are encouraged to communicate directly when conflict arises and make every effort to resolve the conflict themselves.  If mutual agreement cannot be reached, the RA and/or the Director of Residence Life are available to work closely with students to assist in their successful resolution of a problem.
In the event that a resident is unwilling to work toward resolution of conflict or is unwilling to respect the rights of other community members, that resident risks losing the privilege of living in Residence Facilities.  Students not paying rent or other McCormick/LSTC charges on time also risk losing the privilege of living at McCormick. 

Guidelines For Residential Students are located in the Residence Life Handbook.

Important information for residents is provided within these guidelines.  Please contact the Diane Sinish, Director of Residence Life if you need additional information or have questions.

Policy On Pets In Residence Facilities

As stated in the Guide to Residence Life and Facilities at McCormick, it is the Seminary’s intent “to offer students and their families an affordable, comfortable and secure living environment.”  The following policy on pets in residence facilities attempts to meet the needs of the Seminary and the desires of residents within this context.

Emergency situations could be:  water flooding; an elevator stuck with a person trapped inside; broken locks which make the building or your apartment door not secure; electrical problems, etc. 

Emergency situations are not routine work orders request.

Director of Residence Life
773/947-2950 (office phone)

After office hours or on weekends:
Resident Assistant on call:
773/550-7718 (cell)

When you become aware of a problem that is not an emergency within your apartment or building:
Complete a Work Order Form: Turn in work orders to the Residence Life Office in the basement of the 1400 building.  Work order forms are available from the entryways of the 1400 and Kimbark Buildings, or the Residence Life Office.  Please use a separate work order form for each work order request. You may also email your work order requests to Natasha Gaines at

After submitting the completed work order form, you can expect an initial response to your request within 48 hours.  For non-emergencies, use the work order forms and DO NOT leave voice mail messages to place a work order.

If at anytime you have questions about the status of a work order that you have already submitted, please do not hesitate to call the Director of Residence Life at 947-2950.

Panic Buttons are connected to a designated outside line.  When McCormick’s phone system goes down, the panic buttons are not affected.  The panic buttons are connected to a monitoring service that contacts the University of Chicago Police, the Chicago Police Department and McCormick’s Buildings & Grounds.

To activate the panic button, you must push up from the bottom.  Once the panic button is activated, B&G will need to re-set it.  If you see one that is not re-set, please let us know.

Fire Alarms/Smoke Detectors are located in each apartment, in each lobby, one in the student lounge, and one in the laundry room

1400 building: all smoke detectors in the common areas and each individual apartment are hard wired with a battery back-up.  The fire alarm is monitored by Security Systems Inc.  When the fire alarm is sounded throughout the building, the monitoring station contacts the fire department, Ignacio Salinas, Building & Grounds and the Resident Assistant.  All residents must leave the building and wait until the fire fighters or a McCormick staff member say it is OK to enter the building.

Kimbark building: the building is equipped with fire alarms/smoke detectors throughout the building.  The fire alarm/smoke detectors located in the common areas, hallways, stairwells are hardwired with a battery back-up.  When the fire alarm is sounded throughout the building, the monitoring station contacts the fire department, staff and the Resident Assistant.  The fire alarm/smoke detector in the individual apartments fire alarms are not connected to a monitoring system that notifies the fire department or other residents.  If you have a fire in your apartment that is not containable:

1) Leave your apartment immediately
2) Go to the nearest pull station to activate the alarm to notify the fire department, staff and other residents living at Kimbark.
Note: the pull stations are located in each main entry way.

Your smoke detector in your apartment uses batteries.  Batteries are changed once a year.  Never remove the batteries.  Call Resident Assistant at x1357 (home) or 773/550-7718 (cell) if you are having any problems with your fire alarm.

It is the policy of Residence Life to direct residents to safer locations whenever Residence Life staffs learn that a Tornado Warning has been issued or other life-threatening weather emergencies arise.  However, you should take these precautions for your own safety and that of your neighbors whenever you become aware of severe weather because Residence Life staff may not always be immediately available to assist you.  Often severe storms occur in the evenings.

The Emergency Broadcasting Service (EBS) will broadcast weather related emergency information via local broadcasting means, i.e. television, radio, air horn sirens.  The television and radio will alert the public to present or pending storms that are determined to be severe.  The television or radio will indicate if it is a storm watch or a storm warning.  The following radio station gives weather information in the Chicago area:  WBBM 780AM.

WATCH – Indicates that the weather conditions in an area could develop into a severe storm or tornado.

WARNING – Indicates that a severe storm or tornado has struck the indicated area.

The following website explains thunderstorms and tornados that can help you recognize severe weather, develop a plan, and be ready to act when threatening weather approaches:

Severe Storm / Tornado Response Procedures
Listen for emergency weather broadcasts and sirens indicating severe weather or tornado status in a particular area.  Note: Sirens/alarms are not always loud and clear.

• Stay away from windows that could shatter and cause injury from wind or flying debris.
• Gather flashlights or candles for lighting in case of a power outage.
• Unplug unneeded electronic devices and/or turn off the power to surge protectors to prevent electrical surges from damaging electronics.

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