To report an emergency that may threaten the community, contact the UCPD:
123 (on-campus phone) 773.702.8181 (from an off-campus phone)
The University of Chicago’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Program outlines strategies to protect the life safety of University students, faculty, and staff, and to preserve University property and assets in the event of an emergency. The Emergency Management website is a resource the University community can use to receive information on how to prepare for emergencies and how to protect themselves from the effects of an emergency.
Emergency Management Plan
The University has a comprehensive Emergency Management Plan to cover emergency situations from weather to pandemics. You can read a summary of the plan below and find a description of four safety procedures that may be important in an emergency: Evacuation, Lockdown, Shelter-in-Place, and Social Distancing.
Emergency Management Resources and Definitions
cAlert is the University’s mass notification system. It is designed to provide rapid notifications and instructions to the campus community in the event of an emergency, via text message, voice calls, and email.
Internal Notification System
The University’s Internal public address system is installed in more than a dozen facilities that have large public gathering areas. The internal public address system can remotely broadcast emergency notification messages through pre-recorded, text to speech, and live broadcast methods.
Emergency Operations Center
The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is a scalable command center situated in a secure location. The EOC is large enough to accommodate dozens of response partners, has internet capability, and can monitor informational updates from emergency partners and the media.
Emergency Communications Center
The Emergency Communication Center is staffed 24 hours a day and has the ability to receive emergency calls, notify the University of Chicago Police Department and 911 of an emergency, and monitor certain areas of the campus remotely from video cameras situated in strategic locations.
The University has more than 300 emergency phones located throughout campus. Emergency phones connect directly to the University’s dispatch center and can be used to report emergencies. Additionally, some emergency phones have the ability to broadcast messages to the surrounding area and have cameras to monitor the area.
The University has the capability to control access to facility entrances through an ID card activated access control system. Access to doors can be controlled and locked remotely.