Staying Safe

Security Alert: Friday, September 11, 2015

At approximately 9:00 p.m., Friday, September 11 – A University staff member walking at 900 East 59th Street (on the western edge of campus) was approached by 3 or 4 unknown suspects, one of whom was armed with a handgun. The suspects ordered the victim to hand over his property. The victim complied and all of the suspects fled southwest towards Washington Park. The victim reported no injuries.

Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times. Familiarize yourself with the location of University emergency phones. When possible, use public transportation. or the UCPD Safety Escort Program. If you see suspicious activity, please report it immediately to the police by activating an emergency phone or by calling UCPD when you get to a safe location.

Marlon C. Lynch
Associate Vice President for Safety, Security and Civic Affairs


  • If you have any information related to this incident or if you witness any suspicious activity, please report it immediately to the Chicago Police Department (911) or the University of Chicago Police Department – 123 from a University phone or 773.702.8181 from other phones.
  • More safety and security information is available at safety-security.uchicago.edu.
  • Security alerts are issued by email and posted to the Department of Safety & Security’s website when an incident occurs that should be brought to the immediate attention of the University community. Security alerts are based on information reported to the University of Chicago Police Department. The reported information may not have been investigated or confirmed at the time the security alert was issued.
  • Physical descriptions of a suspect, including race, are included in security alerts only when they provide several details that might help distinguish the suspect's appearance from the general population.

Comments or suggestions about security-related issues should be directed to: ucpd-pio@uchicago.edu.

PLEASE NOTE: The University of Chicago Police Department patrol area boundaries are 37th Street on the north to 65th Street on the south/Cottage Grove Avenue to Lake Shore Drive (39th Street to 60thStreet)/Evans Avenue to Stony Island Avenue (61st Street to 64th Street)/65th Street (Ellis Avenue to University Avenue).