Timely notification of campus community
Summarized below are the types of incidents that will result in the UCPD notifying the Vice President for Communications (or designee) and the Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services (or designee) and sending a timely security alert.
The Associate Vice President for Safety and Security and Chief of Police (or designee) will contact the above officers, if time allows, as soon as possible after a preliminary investigation, even if all the facts are not yet available. When enough details about the incident are known to provide useful information to the campus community, the Associate Vice President for Safety and Security and Chief of Police (or designee) will send a timely security alert to the campus community via the bulk email system and to those individuals who have subscribed to the Security Alert listserv. (An immediate security alert via email is different from a cAlert, which is to be used only in the event of a significant campus emergency and employs multiple forms of instant communication, such as phone call-outs and text messages to reach registered participants.)
The goal of a timely security alert is to give community members information that will allow them to adjust their behavior in order to protect their personal safety. An immediate security alert may not be sent if the perpetrators have been arrested, if there are other features that are judged to reduce the level of threat to the community, or if there is a risk of compromising law enforcement efforts.
A gun is fired in the direction of a person, whether or not the intended victim is struck by a bullet; or an assailant uses any other type of weapon, such as a knife, to injure another person; and these events occur on campus, in University-owned or -managed buildings where there is a concentration of University students, faculty, and/or staff (such as Residential Services), or in the area immediately contiguous to such University property, including the adjacent street and the sidewalk on the opposite side of the street. A University affiliate is killed due to violence in the UCPD service area (37th to 64th Streets and Cottage Grove Avenue to Lake Shore Drive). An individual reports a recent "criminal sexual assault" or battery by an unknown suspect, and the incident occurred on campus or in the immediately contiguous areas, as defined above. A pattern or cluster of violent crimes is observed on campus or in the immediately contiguous areas, as defined above. For these purposes a pattern is considered to be the occurrence of three or more crimes over a short period of time that appear to be related.
Other circumstances that may or may not warrant timely notification:
Additionally, for the following types of incidents, consideration will be given as to whether there are special features such that a timely security alert is warranted.
If it is decided not to issue a timely security alert, this information may be included in a security alert the next day; or may be included on the UCPD's Community Safety website. In addition, depending upon location, a specific crime may merit an alert or announcement posted in the location affected by the incident. Examples include incidents in or near residence halls, academic buildings, or University-affiliated schools.
Any violent crime on campus or in the immediately contiguous areas as defined above. Any pattern of violent crimes in the UCPD service area, whether that pattern occurs in a single day or over an extended period of time. Any individual killed due to violence in the UCPD service area. Any violent crime in the UCPD service area that exhibits one or more of the following characteristics:
• It occurs during the day, defined as between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.
• It occurs near high-traffic locations, such as a Metra stop.
• The victim is a child and it occurs near a school.
• The crime can be classified as a hate crime, where the victim has been intentionally targeted on the basis of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, etc.
Safety Awareness Program
The University’s Safety Awareness Program was established in 1992 based on the recommendations of a taskforce composed of students, faculty, and staff. In 2008, the program was reviewed by and has been enhanced based on the recommendations of the Campus Safety and Security Committee. The program has several components, including a Public Safety Notification system. The system is designed to change and impact behavior in order to prevent injury or harm and to prevent or reduce the risk of becoming a victim of a crime. The notification system is three-tiered: