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    The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
  Dec 06, 2023
2014-2015 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook with Addendum 
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2014-2015 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook with Addendum [Archived Catalog]

Student Life

Access to Electronic Systems

Each Chicago School student is provided with a school-sponsored email account. The student is responsible for all information communicated through email in the same way and to the same extent as if published in hard copy and distributed through other means. The student must regularly check this account for information transmitted by various departments of the school. The school will not direct electronic correspondence from official school email accounts to personal email addresses; the student is expected to utilize the institutional email addresses for all electronic communication about school matters.

Files and email messages that travel using the school’s network are not private. A user’s privacy is superseded by the school’s requirement to maintain the network’s integrity and the rights of all network users. For example, should the security of the network be in danger, user files and messages may be examined under the direction of the Director of Information Technology. The school reserves its right, as owner of the network and the computers in question, to examine, log, capture, archive, and otherwise preserve or inspect any messages transmitted over the network and any data files stored on school-owned computers, should circumstances warrant such actions. All members of the community must recognize that electronic communications are by no means secure, and that during the course of ordinary management of computing and networking services, network administrators may inadvertently view user files or messages.

Should a student withdraw or be dismissed from The Chicago School, access to the institution’s electronic systems including, but not limited to, the library databases, the Applied Professional Practice (APP) database, the wireless network, the campus access control system, school-provided email, and other systems will be suspended. This suspension will remain in place for at least one year from the dismissal or withdrawal date, after which time the accounts may be deleted.

A student who graduates from The Chicago School is granted lifetime access to email. Access to all other electronic systems is removed after graduation.

Address Change

A student is responsible for ensuring that the school has current contact information on file at all times. This will ensure appropriate delivery of school correspondence and the school’s ability to contact the student regarding school matters. Address changes must be initiated by the student online through the Student ePortal. In order to protect the privacy of student records information, changes will not be accepted by telephone or fax.

Career Services

Career Services is committed to complying with the ethical standards of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and expects students and employers to be honest and professional in the job search process. All students who choose to participate in Career Services events and utilize resources must abide by the following agreement. By logging into the Career Services online systems, a student is indicating adherence to the following standards:

  1. Provide accurate and honest information on the profile, CV/résumé, and job search documents and in interactions with employers. Examples include but are not limited to GPA, major, and student status. Any information provided and all usage of the account will accurately reflect a student’s identity.
  2. Be responsible for selecting an appropriate position. Although Career Services reviews postings, the posting of a job on a Career Services-maintained site neither means that the office is making any recommendations, representations, or guarantees regarding the job, nor is there a guarantee that employment opportunities will be available in every geographical or functional area. Requesting additional information from a potential employer is necessary to make an employment decision.
  3. Keep all interview appointments with employers or notify employer and Career Services in advance of any emergency requiring cancellation. Late cancellations require an apology email or phone call to the employer, and Career Services must be copied or notified.

Students are encouraged to notify Career Services if any perceived violations of ethical conduct on the part of employers occurs.

Chicago School Student Association

Student associations exist to meet the needs and serve the interests of all students at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. The associations strive to provide meaningful opportunities for involvement that promote personal growth, professional development, and community engagement.

The shared mission statement of The Chicago School Student Associations is:

“The Student Association exists to meet the needs and serve the interests of all students at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Recognizing that students’ needs and interests go beyond the academic environment, the Student Association is committed to addressing various aspects of the student experience including personal and professional development, information resources, and social outlets. The Student Association advocates mutual respect and inclusion in support of students’ educational goals, occupational development, and community engagement.”

Structure and Purpose

The association structure provides for the election of a student cabinet each year. The term of office is one year in duration. The purpose of the student association is to:

  • Foster campus community and engagement through purposeful dialogue and events
  • Provide programs to enhance the students’ social, professional, intellectual, and cultural development
  • Serve as the student voice, both locally and across the institution, to administration
  • Give students the opportunity to maintain and enhance their leadership skills
  • Disburse student activity fees in a just and equitable manner to meet the needs of the student body
  • Facilitate the election and appointment of student represent

Representation on Committees of the Faculty

Where required, the student association works with faculty to appoint students to serve on committees.

Student Interest Groups and Recognized Student Organizations

As organizations devoted to specific interests and activities are developed by students, they are required to become officially recognized by the regional Chicago School Student Association (CSSA). All new student organizations must first apply to become a Student Interest Group.  After three months in Student Interest Group status, the organization may apply to become a Registered Student Organization. Once a group becomes a Registered Student Organization, it may request funding from the regional CSSA for approved events and activities. Information on this process is available from any CSSA executive officer.

Course Evaluations

The Office of Institutional Research (OIR) offers TCSPP students the opportunity to participate in online course evaluation each term. These evaluations are intended to assist instructors in improving student learning. Evaluations are conducted online through an external vendor, Online Course Evaluations, to process the data and summarize results. All student responses are anonymous.

The purpose of this guide is to provide a basic overview of the course evaluation process, the types of courses that are evaluated, and the policies adhered to by the Office of Institutional Research.

Course Evaluation Eligibility

The following types of courses qualify as atypical student experiences and are NOT administered evaluations:

  • Courses enrolling 4 or fewer students (to maintain anonymity)
  • Dissertation
  • Thesis
  • Independent study
  • Competency examination
  • Clerkship courses

Basic Evaluation Information

A student is notified through the school’s email system at the beginning of each evaluation period to log in to Online Course Evaluations. The student uses the TCSPP email and Canvas password to login. Any questions about login information should be directed to the IT Help Desk: 800.787.8367 or 312.467.8600.

Midterm Course Evaluations

Midterm course evaluations are administered to eligible classes during the fifth week of fall and spring terms (summer terms are not provided with evaluations due to their shortened length). Classes that are seven (7) weeks or fewer in duration do not receive midterm course evaluations. The midterm course evaluation period lasts one week, beginning the Sunday of the evaluation period at 11:01 PM and ending at 10:59 PM the following Sunday.

Final Course Evaluations

Final course evaluations are administered during the final two and one-half weeks of each term for eligible courses, beginning on Sunday at 11:01 PM and ending at 10:59 PM the Wednesday two and one-half weeks later. Final course evaluations for online programs are administered during the final two weeks of each session, beginning on Sunday at 11:01 PM and ending Sunday at 10:59 PM two weeks later

Online Advisor Evaluations (online programs only)

Certain online courses (601B, 602B, 603B, 604B, 605A) are evaluated using a distinct advisor evaluation form. These evaluations are administered at the same time and using the same procedure as the online final course evaluations.

If an evaluation form is filled out incorrectly and if the evaluation period is still open, a student may email to have the form reset. Course code, course number, and course section must be included in the email message when making this request. The student should also contact OIR in the event of an incorrect course name or instructor listing so that appropriate changes can be made. Online course evaluations may not be completed once the evaluation period has ended.

Questions regarding the use of course evaluation results should be directed to program managers or Department Chairs/Lead Faculty.

Faculty and Staff Mailboxes

The Chicago School maintains mailboxes for faculty and staff at each ground location. In Chicago and Southern California, mailboxes may be found in the copy/mail rooms. At the Washington, D.C. campus, materials may be left with the receptionist or placed in mailboxes outside individual offices. Materials for online faculty and staff should be directed to the academic department.

Instructional Technology

Projectors, laptops, video recorders, cameras, and other equipment are available for use by a student or a faculty member. In Washington, D.C., students and faculty may borrow equipment through the campus library. In Chicago and Southern California, video and camera equipment are lent by the library while other equipment is available through the IT department. Contact the  IT Help Desk to inquire about borrowing specialty items. Equipment is available on a first come, first served basis. The student is responsible for any lost or damaged equipment.

International Programs & Services

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Office of International Programs and Services fosters a global, scholastic environment by coordinating international activities for students, faculty, and alumni. Through its two key functions, the office serves both international students studying domestically and students participating in overseas opportunities.

Staff members in the International Programs and Services office advise international students on immigration matters, specifically focusing on F-1 status, and provide support to students pertaining to cross-cultural adjustment. Questions regarding status, travel, or employment (on-campus, Curricular Practical Training (CPT), or Optional Practical Training (OPT)) should be directed in advance to the Designated School Official (DSO) on the student’s home campus.

International Programs and Services manages quality international education through the administration of study abroad and field experience programs. Please refer to the Study Abroad website or email for specific information on eligibility, registration, and in-country requirements.


The Chicago School has dedicated library space at its Chicago, Southern California, and Washington, D.C. locations. All of these locations offer bibliographic instruction and access to online databases and other e-resources, with hours of operation varying according to the needs of the specific location.


The Chicago School Libraries provide access to information and materials that support the teaching, research, and public service programs of the school. The libraries support these programs by acquiring and managing scholarly information related to the theory, teaching, and practice of professional psychology, providing access to information only available elsewhere, providing reference and instruction, and exchanging information resources with other libraries around the world.

Electronic Resources

A student has access to over 20,000 full-text and abstract psychology-specific journals and APA-published books through the online reference databases. The databases include Academic Search Complete, Proquest ABI/Inform, PsycArticles, PsycBooks, PEP Archives, PsycInfo, Tests in Print and Mental Measurements Yearbook.

Dissertations by Chicago School graduate students and students from around the world can be accessed online through Proquest Database.

Print Resources

The libraries have books and videos that can be checked out for a limited period of time. In order to check out material, a student needs to bring a student ID card and register with the library.

Psychological Test Materials

The libraries maintain an extensive range of psychological assessment materials in support of The Chicago School’s academic programs. Professional guidelines set forth by the APA and assessment publishers limit the use of and access to materials to qualified individuals.

Reserves/Electronic Reserves

All required readings are available at the circulation desk. Electronic reserves are available through the website.

Interlibrary Loan Services

A student can request books, dissertations, and journal articles that are not available locally through interlibrary loan. The library belongs to two major consortia that allow a student to borrow material free of charge.


Bibliographic instruction is provided at TCSPP’s locations; in addition, the TCSPP librarians work with online and on-ground students by phone or GoToMeeting. A student may ask questions through email 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Librarians are also available to answer questions via email or phone during normal business hours.

Name Change

A student is responsible for keeping the school updated at all times with a correct legal name. A student must submit official proof of a legal name change in the form of a driver’s license or state ID, marriage license, or court document. A photocopy of the documentation submitted as proof of the name change must be attached to the Name Change Request Form and submitted to the Office of the Registrar. Note that the student’s school email address will not be changed.

National Center for Academic & Dissertation Excellence (NCADE)

The National Center for Academic & Dissertation Excellence (NCADE) provides support to students in the areas of academic and professional writing, including thesis and dissertation research and post-defense publication. NCADE staff members serve as consultants on APA writing style (e.g., grammar, usage, and mechanics of style), APA citation and formatting, research methodology, methodological and editorial preparation of IRB applications for submission, and dissertation copy editing. For more information on NCADE’s services, including dissertation services, please refer to the Academic Resources section on TCSPP’s website.

Academic Success Programs

To ensure academic preparedness, a key to success in graduate school, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology provides support through Academic Success Programs (ASP), which includes the Writing Assessment Process (WAP), Academic Writing Seminar (AWS), Graduate Student Success Program (GSSP), Writing Coaches, and E-Tutors. These programs, managed by NCADE, reinforce the skills new students need to achieve their academic goals.

The completion of WAP and AWS is an institutional requirement for all new students, regardless of other advanced degrees they may have earned at other schools. Based on their WAP results, some students are placed out of the AWS and automatically receive a passing grade on their transcripts. Students incur a one-time fee for their participation in the WAP. (See TCSPP’s website for information regarding this fee.) Students who transferred from one TCSPP program to another and alumni who are returning to TCSPP to continue their studies are exempt from this requirement, provided that they have fulfilled the WAP and AWS requirements in their original program.

Writing Assessment Process (WAP): To complete the WAP, each new student writes a 500-word essay in response to a specific prompt and submits it to NCADE for assessment by two writing specialists. The instructions for writing this essay are sent to all admitted students upon future deposit. The essays are due within 10 days of receipt of the notification (unless the student is admitted to a program with a start date more than three months after the date of deposit). Students have the right to request a one-time extension. Failure to complete the WAP in a timely manner results in a registration hold during which a student will be unable to register for courses. Failure to complete the WAP in a timely manner results in an account hold, and the student may not be able to continue in the academic program until successful completion is demonstrated. Based on the WAP score, a student will be required to either complete, or be considered exempt from, the AWS.

Academic Writing Seminar (AWS): Based on the WAP scores, a student may be required to complete the Academic Writing Seminar, a seven-week online writing workshop taught by experienced writing instructors. However, AWS is available to all students who would like to enroll. A final grade of “Pass” (P) is considered successful completion of the AWS. Students who do not pass the AWS receive a grade of “No Pass” (NP) and are enrolled to retake the course the following term. Failure to earn a final grade of “Pass” (P) on a student’s second attempt may result in an Academic Development Plan or referral to the Student Affairs Committee. It is the sole responsibility of the student to make the necessary adjustments in the school, work, and personal schedule to ensure full participation in the AWS.

Phone Messages

The Office of the Registrar will accept emergency phone messages for campus-based students. Every effort will be made to locate the student immediately. If this is not possible, a message will be sent to the student’s school email account. A student may make outgoing local emergency calls; please visit the Office of the Registrar for an available phone.

Student Health and Wellness Resources

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology offers Student Solutions, a free, confidential, around-the-clock counseling service. Student Solutions resources may be accessed by calling 1-855-460-6668 or visiting (Web Identifier: TCSPP). The Student Solutions toll-free line is answered by counseling professionals and is strictly confidential, as mandated by law.

Counseling Providers

Student Solutions is available to students struggling with stress and anxiety, relationship issues, or legal and financial concerns. Should a student desire to access in-person care with a mental health provider in the local area, Student Solutions will make a referral, and TCSPP will pay for the student’s first three (3) counseling sessions. Should a student choose to engage in ongoing treatment with the referred provider, the student may have the opportunity to establish a sliding scale service rate or arrange for payment by a health insurance plan.

Legal and Financial Information

Through Student Solutions, a student has an attorney “on call” for questions about legal matters including divorce, custody, adoption, real estate, debt and bankruptcy, landlord/tenant issues, civil and criminal actions, and more. Additionally, financial advisors are available for consultation on budgeting, debt management, tax issues, and other money concerns.

Health Insurance

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology requires all on-ground, full time, domestic and international students to carry health insurance coverage. A student must enroll in either TCSPP’s insurance plan or provide proof of comparable alternative coverage. TCSPP’s plan is not available to online students or students enrolled less than fulltime.

All on-ground, full time, domestic and international students will be automatically enrolled in and billed for the student health insurance plan. A student who has insurance that offers coverage equal to or greater than the TCSPP plan may apply to waive enrollment. A student is able to waive the student health insurance plan during the open waiver period only.  After the waiver deadline, a student may not waive the student health insurance plan. Additional information may be found here.

Student Identification Cards

Identification cards are issued automatically to an on-ground student. This card permits student access to the campus buildings and allows for the use of materials and services in the library. The identification card should be displayed at all times using a TCSPP-provided lanyard. Identification cards of a student who withdraws or who is dismissed from the institution will be deactivated.

A Grayslake or online student may obtain an identification card, if desired. Requests for information on identification cards, including how to provide a passport-ready head shot (jpg format) may be sent to

A student must report to Facilities all lost, stolen, damaged, or misplaced cards. A replacement fee applies to all reissued cards.

Study Areas and Project Rooms

Chicago, Online, Southern California, and Washington, D.C.

In addition to the library, a student may study or meet in any classroom or project room that is not otherwise in use. A student is advised to reserve a room in advance for dissertation defense requirements; please see the local Facilities department for more information. Classroom schedules displaying regularly scheduled courses are posted outside all classrooms, and are subject to change without notice. Additionally, meetings and other events are scheduled in classrooms, conferences rooms, and project rooms and may not be listed outside of the door. Please respectfully acknowledge and relocate if someone claims to have a reservation for the space. In the event of any dispute over room reservations, please contact the campus Facilities department.


Study rooms located in the Library of the University Center of Lake County are available for student use. Please communicate with the librarian or contact Classroom Scheduling at 847.665.4006.