Community Safety

The University is committed to working with the community and the Chicago Police Department to prevent crime and improve public safety in our community. The University of Chicago Police Department has approximately 100 professionally trained officers with full police powers to serve University students, faculty, staff, and community members. In addition, the University partners with the City of Chicago as well as neighborhood organizations to improve transportation and other aspects of community life.

Whether you are a longtime resident or a newcomer to urban living, it is important to keep in mind that a level of responsibility for crime prevention and personal safety rests with each of us.

We encourage you to take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with our Community Safety FAQs and Safety Resources.

Security Alert

At approximately 12:30 a.m., Monday, April 20 – 3 victims not affiliated with the University were shot by an unknown person(s) off campus in the alley at 5487 South Ellis Avenue. The victims subsequently fled onto campus into the parking garage at 55th and Ellis where UCPD officers responded to the incident.

2015 Spring Safety Update

Marlon Lynch, Associate Vice President for Safety, Security, and Civic Affairs & Chief of Police, provides an update on news and ongoing initiatives related to your safety on campus and throughout the greater Hyde Park area.