Safety tools available on campus

Emergency Notification System

UIC's Emergency Notification System (ENS) is more commonly referred to as UIC ALERT. If there is a threat to the campus community, a UIC ALERT will be sent describing the nature of the situation and instructions on immediate protective actions that you can take. In a campus emergency, the University will use several information delivery methods to reach you because, at any given time, one form of communications might be better to reach you than another. UIC ALERT will deliver messages using some or all of the following channels:
  • Digital Media

    -UIC homepage (

    -UIC emergency information website (

    -Emails to all accounts.

    -Twitter account (@UICReady and @UICNews)

    -UIC desktop alerts

  • Mobile phone text messages

    UIC ALERT is an optional free service that allows UIC officials to send text messages to your mobile phone or any text message capable device in the case of a campus emergency.

    LOG IN with your Net ID and password to subscribe your cellphone number to UIC ALERT.

  • Electronic message boards

    Electronic message boards in available classroom and campus spaces.

  • Emergency Callboxes and Blue Light Poles

    (Rath Security Emergency Blue Light Poles)

    Emergency blue light call boxes on campus will provide immediate access to the UIC Police Department. Press the call button on the unit to call for assistance. Any person on the campus who feels threatened can use the system.

  • Sound alerts

    Campus sirens and loudspeakers.

    Buildings have at least one device (a receiver, transmitter and blue strobe light for ADA compliance) which can emit a variety of sirens and pre-recorded messages.

Transit and Transportation Services

Safe Walks

SafeWalks is a free walking escort service provided by trained Student Patrol officers for university students and employees so no one has to travel alone at night.

By walking in groups, campus community members reduce their risk of being targeted by a criminal.

  • Available from 9:00 PM-2:30 AM every night, and until 3:00 AM, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
  • Call: (217) 333-1216

Night Ride

On-call* Transportation service operating during evenings to provide a safe after-hours transit option.

  • Available:11:00 PM and 7:00 AM, 7 days per week 
  • Call: (312) 996-6800
  • E-mail

Before riding the Night Ride, please create a TransLoc account. TransLoc is used for on-demand requests for the Night Ride and to provide real-time tracking.

Library Shuttle Service

Dedicated shuttle servicing the Daley Library during academic semesters from 11:00 PM to 7:00 AM.

Departs every 30 minutes.

Paratransit & ADA Services

24-hour campus wide paratransit services and ADA compliant intracampus bus routes assist in providing barrier-free travel to UIC students and staff.

Call: (312) 996-2842 for paratransit services between 7:00 AM and 11:00 PM

Call: (312) 996-6800 for paratransit services between 11:00 PM and 11:00 AM


Student Patrol

The Student Patrol was established in 1980 to act as the “eyes and ears” of the police and to handle non-law enforcement calls for service. The Student Patrol is comprised of approximately 25 students and provides an invaluable service to the UIC community.

The Student Patrol members are deployed from 6:30 AM–11:00 PM, 7 days a week, for walking patrols to observe and report suspicious or criminal activity to the department.

The Student Patrol is responsible for:

  • Providing after-hours walking escorts for students, faculty, staff, and visitors.
  • Verifying the identification of persons requesting access to campus facilities.
  • Locking and unlocking buildings.
  • Providing 24-hour access control at fixed posts (as needed).

Added safety tools

Bicycle Registration program

The program encourage the registration of as many bikes as possible to facilitate the recovery of stolen bicycles. Bicycles are registered through the community affairs officer and information is distributed throughout campus.

UIC Police Department -Non emergencies-  Call: (312) 996-2830.

Security Surveys

The UICPD consults on basic security surveys to identify sources for improvement for security and risk prevention. Meetings are held with UIC administrators to review and update security systems as part of the Building Representative Network.

The UIC Police provide input regarding the use of certain locks, special doors and frames, lighting and parking facility layouts, etc. as part of the design process for campus structures.

Safe Exchange Zone

The Safe Exchange Zone is an area where individuals can safely carry out legal swaps, sales or purchases on campus, as well as make child custody exchanges. The Safe Exchange Zone is clearly marked in the first-floor lobby of the UIC Police Station at 943 W. Maxwell St.

Open 24 hours, the police-protected area has round-the-clock video surveillance, a seating area and appropriate lighting for meetups that happen during the day or after dark.

UICPD supply a tablet that buyers and sellers can use at the station. Officers hope the device will help people steer clear of any fraud-related losses that may occur while using a party’s personal electronic device. Possession of weapons on university property is prohibited, so exchanges involving weapons are not permitted in the space. Free parking is available for visitors; designated parking spaces are located adjacent to the police station.

Women’s Self-Defense Course

The UICPD’s Women’s Self-Defense course is a free, women’s only course, taught by female UICPD officers certified in self-defense instruction. Priority consideration for the course is given to UIC students and employees, but women from the Chicago area are encouraged to sign up.

The course is split into two parts: classroom learning and hands-on practice. In the first half, the instructor will cover important facts about sexual assault and violence and teach women how to identify potential attackers.

Topics include de-escalation techniques, dating and domestic violence, stalking, and reporting incidents to law enforcement. The second portion of the training teaches participants how to get out of threatening situations, such as how a victim should react if an attacker pulls her hair or how to work around the strength disparities that can exist between an attacker and a victim.

To sign up, e-mail