About Us

The University of Chicago’s Department of Safety & Security began in the spring of 2008 when a Campus Safety and Security committee was organized. The committee recommended the formation of a department where all elements relating to campus security would be integrated into one entity. Today, the Department of Safety & Security (DSS) includes the following areas:

Campus Safety

  • Security and Law Enforcement Systems
  • Security Services
  • University of Chicago Charter School Security
  • University of Chicago Laboratory Schools Security

Emergency Management and Communications

Environmental Health and Safety

Transportation & Parking Services

University of Chicago Police Department

  • Field Services
  • Protective Services
  • Support Services

Annual Report

To learn more about the Department of Safety & Security and the variety of work we do, please read our annual reports:

Mission Statement

The Department of Safety & Security is dedicated to promoting a safe and secure environment in which knowledge may be freely and rigorously pursued.

To achieve this mission, we call upon our collective skills and expertise to provide an integrated safety program through collaborative partnerships, while adhering to our core values of:

  • Respect - Engage members of the diverse community with dignity and compassion
  • Integrity - Perform our duties with an unwavering commitment to a code of honesty
  • Service - Serve with creativity and competence, and actively contribute to the well-being of our community through the understanding of its needs, values, and goals
  • Excellence - Strive for the highest of standards in our work every day