News Briefs: Jumpstart update, DePaul University policies revised

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Here’s what’s happening at DePaul and in Chicago.

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A student with the DePaul Jumpstart program plays with a girl in the program. The program needs help to remain afloat after most of it’s funding was cut.

Jumpstart update

Last month, The DePaulia reported on the DePaul Jumpstart program’s efforts to raise money amid a cut in a crucial federal grant. Since, the group has raised more than $6,000 through a crowdfunding effort and the story has been picked up by outlets such as Fox 32 News and the Chicago Tribune.

Those looking to show their support through a donation still have until Thursday to do so.

University policies revised

The university announced updates and revisions to several policies last week. Here’s a rundown of those changes:

  • Crime Reporting and Clery Act Compliance – This policy was revised to better reflect language in the Illinois Domestic Violence Act.
  • Telecommuting – This policy was revised to reflect changes in approval requirements. Additionally, the “Employee Telecommuting Request” form was updated.
  • Sexual & Relationship Violence Prevention and Response – This policy was revised to update terminology in the “Definition of Sexual & Relationship Violence” section.
  • Procurement Card Requirements – This policy was revised to update the requirements for completing the “ProCard Missing Receipt” form.
  • Bereavement Notices – This policy was updated to add as an alternate contact point in both the procedures and contact information sections.
  • Access to and Responsible Use of Data – This policy was updated to reflect changes in the “Security Classifications & Control Matrix” regarding controls for electronic data, credit/debit card numbers and HIPPA covered data.

For a full glimpse of university policies, access is available to those with a Campus Connect username and password here.

Alderman, parents unite in support of Lincoln Park High School


Ald. Michele Smith (43rd Ward) and parents of several Lincoln Park elementary schools and LPHS have partnered together to support the neighborhood high school and drive attendance.

The initiative, dubbed #1school1community, is trying to get the community more involved with the high school and promote it as a top option for families with school-aged children. The lack of quality school options is often an issue for families in the city. Many often bolt for the suburbs where school districts are better funded and have higher achievement numbers.

But in its current state, LPHS is no slouch. According to Chicago Public Schools statistics, LPHS’s PSAE scores more than double the system’s average and the school’s ACT schools average more than four points higher than city average. The school touts its wall-to-wall IB program and has one of the more diverse student bodies of CPS neighborhood high schools.

The initiative is following a trend of communities uniting around neighborhood schools. Earlier this summer, Aldermen Patrick O’Connor (40th Ward – Lincoln Square, Andersonville), Ameya Pawar (47th Ward – North Center, Ravenswood) and Tom Tunney (44th Ward – Lakeview) partnered together in support of a K-12 system. In that effort, they successfully warded off an attempt to move a charter school into the area.

Residents on the Southwest Side are trying to ward off a similar effort. With CPS’s frail financial situation, it will be interesting to see how it all plays out.

(Josh Leff / The DePaulia)

Numbers to ponder …

34 – The number of arrests at Lollapalooza this weekend
238 – Amount of festival goers hospitalized.

According to the Tribune, much of these numbers had to do with alcohol. Go figure.

More Lollapalooza coverage can be found here.