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Safety tips

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Safety tips to navigate the campus Heading link

When navigating the campus at night there are steps you can take to enhance your personal safety, including:

  1. Be aware of your surroundings and identify the safest route to your destination.
  2. Always avoid walking alone. Try to travel in groups, when possible.
  3. Look for the location of the nearest emergency call box (there are more than 2,000 across campus).
  4. Become familiar with university confines and the neighborhood and know how to navigate it safely.
  5. Walk on well-lit sidewalks and pathways.
  6. Do NOT use headphones or earbuds while walking; music can be a distraction from hearing an individual or a group approaching from behind.
  7. Stay sober. Those who are under the influence of drugs and alcohol can be more vulnerable to would-be thieves or predators.
  8. Whether you live on- or off-campus, it is important to remember to lock doors and windows when you are away.
  9. Always have a charged cell phone and emergency cash.
  10. Always have emergency contacts on you or in your mobile device.
  11. Remember — A crime-free campus requires that everyone report suspicious activity by calling the UIC Police and report conditions that make crime possible.

Safety Tips when coming to, or from, classes:

  1. Whether you’re parking on the street or in a city parking lot, be sure to lock your car.
  2. Keep all valuables out of sight.
  3. Always be aware of your surroundings. Self-awareness is crucial!
  4. Try to use “the buddy system” when exiting the building, particularly after dark.
  5. When walking to your vehicle, have your keys ready in hand.
  6. Notify friends or family of your whereabouts and plans.
  7. If you notice anything suspicious or potentially dangerous, please inform a staff member immediately. If you are in the parking lot area and in need of emergency assistance, call 911.

Save UIC Police Department number on your phone

Emergency, UIC Police Department:
(312) 355 5555
From a campus phone

Telecommunication Devices for the Deaf (TDD):
(312) 413-9323
From a campus phone 3-9323

Non-Emergency, UIC Police Department:
(312) 996-2830



Subscribe to UIC ALERT

  1. Log in to the UIC Account Portal and select Emergency SMS.
    1. Click ADD next to “Mobile Phones”. Enter your mobile phone number (10 digits with area code, only numbers) and click CONTINUE.
  2. Confirm your Carrier from the dropdown list and click CONTINUE.
  3. In a few minutes, you should receive a text message which will contain a unique four-digit code (for example: 8888): “Your confirmation code is 8888”.
  4. On the web page type your confirmation code and click CONTINUE to complete the subscription process.
  5. You will receive a new text message: “Your phone is confirmed”.
  6. Important Note: The messages will offer you the option to opt-out of receiving text messages: “Reply w/Help for Help, Stop to Cancel. Message freq. may vary. Msg & data rates may apply. Info: get”
    *This is a free service. Note that your mobile service provider may charge you for receiving text messages, so consult your service plan. UIC does not charge for UIC Alert.
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Register or Update your Emergency Contact Information Heading link

In the event that you should need medical attention or in the case of an emergency while at UIC, it is vital that the university have accurate, up-to-date emergency point of contact information (POC) available so contacts can be notified. Decisions to access the information and call the designated emergency POC will be made by University leadership, UIC HR or the UICPD.

Please take a moment and review your emergency contact information for accuracy. Emergency contact information is kept confidential and accessed only in the case of a personal emergency and will never be made publicly available.

Emergency Contact Information [Employee]

  1. Go to “MY UI Info”
  2. Click on “My Profile”
  3. Select “Access My Profile”
  4. Log in using NetID and common password
  5. Scroll to “Emergency Contacts”
  6. Click on “Edit” or “Add Emergency Contact”
  7. Click on “Information up to date? Return to My Profile”
  8. Log out

Emergency Contact Information [Student]

  1. Go to my.UIC
  2. Log in using NetID and common password
  3. Click on “Student Tab”
  4. Click on “Student Self Services”
  5. Click on “Personal Information”
  6. Click on “Addresses & Phones”
  7. Under ‘Type of Address to Insert,’ select “Local Address (International),”
  8. Enter your complete U.S. address where you are living
  9. Click SUBMIT

Register a Mental Health Emergency Contact

In addition to registering an emergency contact, all students are notified bi-annually that they have the option to confidentially identify an individual to be contacted by UIC within 24 hours of the determination that the student is missing.

  1. Select University of Illinois Chicago
  2. Log in using NetID and common password
  3. Click on “Student Tab”
  4. Click on “Student Self Services”
  5. Select “Personal Information”
  6. Click on “Update & Insert Emergency Contacts”
  7. Click on the “relationship” drop down menu and select “Primary Contact if Missing”
  8. Enter contact information and select “Submit Changes”

NOTE: Missing student contact information is registered confidentially. This information is private and only accessible to University of Illinois System employees who are authorized campus officials. This information will not be disclosed, except to law enforcement personnel in the furtherance of a missing student investigation.