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 4:40 p.m., Saturday, March 22 – A contract employee was walking northbound on S. Ellis Avenue at 56th Street and observed a silver car with two occupants. The passenger said something the victim could not understand and he approached the car believing the man was asking for directions. The passenger displayed a handgun and demanded the victim’s property.

At approximately 9:45 p.m., Saturday, March 22 – A University staff member and a friend walking northbound on the sidewalk on S. Kimbark Avenue between 55th Street and 56th Street were approached from behind by a group of four to seven unknown males who pushed and struck the victims and took their cell phones

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.