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Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership is committed to accountability and transparency. It is therefore our pleasure to share the following information for our donors, students, and constituents.

Annual Security Report
This report contains policy statements and crime statistics for Spertus Institute. Required by federal law, it addresses the policies, procedures, and programs concerning safety and security, for example, policies for responding to emergency situations and sexual offenses. Three years’ worth of statistics are included for specific types of crimes reported to have occurred on campus, in or on off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the school, as well as on public property within or immediately adjacent to the campus. This report is sent annually to students, faculty, and employees, and is available here. You may request a paper copy from our Operations Office at 312.322.1797. DOWNLOAD>

In addition, it is our pleasure to provide links to other websites that provide important information and prevention tips.

Crime Prevention
National Crime Prevention Council
National Criminal Justice Reference Service
Crime Prevention Research Center

Sexual Harrassment 
US Women's Equal Opportunity Commission
National Women's Law Center

Sexual Assault and Date Rape Prevention
Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network
Date Rape Drugs
Date Rape Drug Fact Sheet
Tips for Preventing Sexual Assault

Ratios and Financial Health
For several years Spertus Institute has been classified as an institution under “heightened cash monitoring” by the Department of Education, in connection with its Title IV Federal Student loan program. As noted in a recent article in Inside Higher Education, there are a range of reasons why institutions are classified this way and, in fact, some experts have argued that the methodology of calculating such ratios does not provide a full picture of an institution’s financial health.

For the sake of transparency, the Department of Education recently released a list of all institutions of higher education under heightened cash monitoring as of March 1, 2017 (for the Fiscal year ending June 30, 2015). Institutions classified in this way must meet certain reporting standards and maintain a letter of credit on file with the Department of Education to guarantee their financial position and ability to adequately and appropriately administer federal student loan funds. In the case of Spertus, the reason for this designation was the debt associated with the Spertus building.

Spertus has maintained that its financial ratios were in fact within the acceptable range, because a significant project endowment fund was held for the benefit of Spertus by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago as part of the agreements related to the capital campaign in support of the Spertus building project. However, since these substantial funds are held by the Jewish Federation and do not appear on Spertus Institute’s audited statements, the Department of Education has been unable to include them when calculating financial ratios. We maintain that with the inclusion of these funds Spertus’ financial ratios would fall within the acceptable range as outlined by the Department of Education.


Dean Phillip Bell 
PhD Provost and Vice President, Spertus Institute

Seeking Comments

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership is seeking comments from the public in preparation for its periodic evaluation by the agency in charge of its regional accrediting. Spertus Institute will host a visit on December 4 and 5, 2017, by a team representing the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Spertus has been accredited by HLC since 1971. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation. The public is invited to submit comments to the following address:

Public Comment on Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership
Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411

You may also submit comments online at Comments must be in writing, address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs, and be received by November 3, 2017.

Disclosures for Students
Participating in the
Title IV Federal Student
Loan Program

Students receiving financial aid through the Title IV Federal Student Loan program will have their enrollment status regularly updated on the National Student Loan Database System.


Students may provide feedback or register complaints with the Illinois Board of Higher Education through the IBHE online complaint system, accessible through the IBHE website ( Students may also contact the IBHE via mail or phone:

The Illinois Board of Higher Education
431 East Adams, 2nd Floor
Springfield, Illinois 62701-1404

Institutional Complaint Hotline

General Phone 217.782.2551
Fax 217.782.8548
TTY 888.261.2881