Safety tools available on campus
Emergency Notification System
Mobile phone text messages
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.
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.
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 email@example.com.