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 more than 140 professionally trained officers with full police powers to serve University students and staff, as well as 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 2:00 p.m., Thursday, April 24 – A minor walking in the east stairwell of the 53rd Street Metra Station was approached by an unknown male armed with a handgun.  The suspect took the victim’s cell phone and wallet before fleeing eastbound on East 53rd Street. The victim reported no physical injuries.

2014 Spring Safety Update

Marlon Lynch, Associate Vice President for Safety and Security and Chief of Police, provides an update on some new and ongoing initiatives to improve safety on campus and in our surrounding communities.