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At Benedictine University, faculty and staff work together to create an environment for student success that is grounded in the Benedictine Hallmarks. As we begin the 2020-21 academic year, we are focusing our efforts on the hallmark of Community: the call to serve the common good.
On these pages we hope to direct you to those resources that will be most useful to you as you join or continue with us in community. We have organized these resources into categories: Academic, Financial, Safety and Wellness, and Career Development.
Academic advisor - Advising Center
The Advising Center is a dynamic resource that contributes to the success of Benedictine students by providing guidance, resources and support on their academic pursuits. Our areas of support include: academic advising, transfer credit evaluation, and placement testing. Our office is here to provide quality advising services as well as offer resources to new freshman, new transfer and current students.
Some freshman and most returning students will have faculty advisors. Your advisor is shown on the Student Center page in MyBenU.
For more information: Visit Advising Center
Office locations vary by advisor
Academic Accommodations - ACE Center
The ACE Center is dedicated to creating an accessible environment through reasonable and appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities. Students with a disability are encouraged to seek an assistance by contacting the ACE Center.
For more information: Visit Academic accomodations
Career Development - ACE Center
ACE provides a variety of services to help students with their career paths. Individual career counseling and job search assistance is available to help students choose a major or career field, write a resume and cover letter, conduct a job search, identify occupations within a certain major, master interviewing strategies, and obtain graduate school information.
For more information: Visit Career Support
Goodwin Hall, Room 214
Desire2Learn (D2L) and the D2L Helpdesk
Desire2Learn (D2L) is our campus learning management system. You log in with your Benedictine credentials, and all of your courses should show up when you log in. (Before the semester begins, you may not see a course if the faculty member has not yet made the site visible.) https://ben.desire2learn.com/d2l/login
D2L-Brightpace Support- A D2L support resource has been created for students to get real-time answers to their questions, resolve technical issues, and get D2L support 24/7/365 in our Benedictine D2L environment. Students can use the link on the Benedictine D2L login page or navigate to https://community.brightspace.com/support/s/ to find resources or click Contact Support to communicate via chat, phone, or submit a support request via email.
The faculty at Benedictine are here to guide you along your academic career. You will find them willing to help – as long as your requests are presented respectfully and at appropriate times. Contact information for your professors can be found on the syllabus for each course you take. You can also contact your professors through the Desire2Learn (D2L) course system.
International Students and Scholar Services
All students on an F-1 or J-1 visa receive support and advising from International Programs and Services. This includes international orientation, advising to maintain your visa status, travel, and work authorization.
For more information Visit International Programs and Services
International Students and Scholars can contact:Xiaojin Yu
Hours: Monday - Friday - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Contact for help with networks and campus-owned computers. (See D2L support for assistance with Desire2Learn/BrightSpace!)
Please include phone contact information in email requests.
The new BenU Learning Center is here to assist you in anyway possible. Are you having trouble accessing technology? Need a place on campus to study or take a course? Want to drop a class but do not know what office to go to? We are here to help!
With any questions you may have please contact:Marc Davidson, Interim Director
Hours: Monday - Friday - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.To reserve a classroom or lab space, click here.
The Benedictine University Library directly supports the academic mission of the University through selecting, curating, creating, preserving, and providing anytime access to digital and physical resources and through providing the finest in-person and virtual support and services to all of our regional and global Library constituents.
For more information: Visit Benedictine University Library
Fall Hours: August 31 - November 25
2nd & 3rd Floors: Monday-Thursday - 10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Friday - 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Online classes - tips and suggestions
For more information: Visit Engaging in your online classes
Office of the Registrar (Student Records)
For more information: Visit Office of the Registrar
Lownik Hall, Room 103
Hours: Please visit our website to make an appointment and for updated hours.
Student Success Mentors
New students in the fall of 2020 have been assigned a Student Success Mentor. Your Mentor is another resource for you. Please feel free to contact your Mentor with any questions – they will help you to find the resources you need.
Don't know who your mentor is or have questions? Contact:Marc Davidson
You can study abroad, anywhere in the world, for any major, on a short-term faculty-led program, for a summer, or for a semester. Generous scholarships are available for study abroad, and you can use your financial aid package for semester programs. Contact International Programs and Services (IPS) to schedule individualized advising.
For more information: Visit Study Abroad
Interested students can contact:Dave Kleinberg
Hours: Monday - Friday - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Textbooks - Barnes and Noble Bookstore
Tutors (Math, Science, Writing) - ACE Center
ACE provides a variety of academic support services for all students free of charge. These services include:
Math Learning Specialist - Ms. Marian Fattum
Science Learning Specialist - Dr. Carol Fendrick
Writing Learning Specialist - Ms. Anne Marie Smith
Goodwin Hall, Room 214
The Writing Zone
There are many resources available to you for writing help at every stage of the writing process: choosing a topic, brainstorming ideas, researching, drafting, revisions, editing, and finalizing. We can help with writing required for any class and personal statements for graduate or professional school.
Writing Zone has many resources: Visit Writing Zone
Goodwin Hall, room 214
Login to Zoom at https://benu.zoom.us Use your Benedictine email address and password to login.
Every student has a Zoom licensed (Pro) account. This account allows to schedule and host meetings, share your video and screen, and record meetings to your computer (cloud recording is not available with the student license).
Learn how to Zoom: If you’ve never used Zoom before, watch this 45-minute video from Zoom
The Zoom help center offers additional videos, FAQs, and information on all topics related to Zoom.
Business Office - Student Accounts
Benedictine University’s Office of Financial Aid is dedicated to assisting students and their families make this investment in themselves and their education. By assisting students to understand the resources available to them, we work daily to help bridge the gap between the student’s cost of attendance and their ability to afford their degree. As a result, financial aid encompasses many different types of funding such as federal and state grants, federal student loans, work-study opportunities, and Benedictine University scholarships.
For more information contact:Jennifer Flynn
Lownik Hall - main floor
Hours: Monday - Friday - 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Current students can apply during November 1st and January 31st for scholarships. If chosen as a recipient you would receive funds for the following academic year, so if you apply as Freshman and are chosen, you would receive the funds for your Sophomore year. The process is completely digital. For more information: Visit Scholarships
Catholic Faith. Welcoming Spirit. All are Welcome!
Campus Ministry is built on relationships rooted in the care of the whole person. We are dedicated to pastoral care, faith formation, and furthering the common good through the practice of the Benedictine hallmarks in our community. Connect with Campus Ministry for a retreat, Bible Study, a service trip or even just for a listening ear!
For more information: Visit Campus Ministry
St. Benedict Chapel, Kindlon Hall 4th Floor
Carrie Ankeny, Director
The Counseling Center is dedicated to offering a student-centered approach while supporting each student in their pursuit of personal, social, and academic goals. We promote a student’s growth and development in a safe and confidential environment and by encouraging self-reflection.
For more information: Visit the Counseling Center
To schedule an appointment, please call 630-829-1800. (Calls will be returned within 24 hours.)
Students can contact:Liz Sodaro, Interim Director
The goal of Student Health Services is to help students maintain an optimal level of good health and well-being. We want to see students achieve academic, social, and personal goals and get the most of out their college experience. Services available include: Assessment of acute and minor illness and injuries, limited over the counter and prescription medicine, health education resources, and more.
For more information: Visit Student Health Services
Students can contact:Pam Deely, Director
Sue Salerno, Nurse/Program Coordinator
Rice Center / Fitness Center
The Fitness Center is an 11,000 square foot facility open to faculty, staff and students. It features a cardio center, a private dance/exercise studio and a strength training mezzanine. Fitness Center membership is free for all current students.
In order to utilize either area you must sign up in advance through Bookings. Links to signup are available below along with the full details of each area and expectations. Please wear a mask and maintain social distancing when utilizing the facilities and do not exercise if you are feeling sick. You will be required to sign-in upon arrival and show your reservation. Staff will be taking temperatures prior to entering the facilities.
General fitness center and Rice arena expectations:
Title IX is a part of the 1972 Federal Education Amendments, which states that “no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” Any student who feels that they have been discriminated against under this act (which includes sexual harassment and sexual violence) they should file a complaint with the University’s Title IX Coordinator or online.
Questions? Please contact:Dr. Tammy Sarver, Professor, Title IX Coordinator
Our officers are here to serve and protect students and other members of the Benedictine University community. We are also here to help in times of distress. Whether you have just locked your keys in your car or just need to talk to someone, we want to make your experience at Benedictine a safe and positive.
For more information: Visit University Police
Parking Garage, Lower Level
On our campus we believe that everyone- including all students, faculty, staff, and visitors- has a role to play in creating a community that is safe and welcoming for everyone. Our PEACE Team (Promoting Empowerment and Community Engagement) and Prevention Peer Educators provide opportunities to learn about healthy relationships, bystander intervention, and consent. We also offer resources for survivors of gender-based violence (sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking), including where to file a report, seek accommodations, or talk with confidential counselors or advocates on or off campus.
Interested students who want to become a peer educator can visit
Interested students can contact:Bernadette Ramsden
The PEACE Team: Promoting Empowerment and Community Engagement
For more information: Visit Violence Prevention
Benedictine University offers a choice of dining plans for on campus and off campus students, all designed to meet a variety of tastes and schedules. Each plan includes a combination of block of meals and BBuck$ (dining dollars) that can be used at all on campus eateries.
For more information regarding meal plans and hours operation: Visit BenUeats
Benny's at Krasa Student Center, 2nd floor
Coal Ben Pub (closed for Fall 2020)
#Coffee, Goodwin Hall, 2nd floor
University Housing provides on campus residence hall and apartments living opportunity for students to combine academic life with social development. Students must establish and test their own values, develop social skills, determine priorities and learn to organize their time. Daily living with others encourages the development of a cooperative attitude, respect for individual rights and a sense of group responsibility.
For more information: Visit Residence Life
Krasa Student Center, room 10