October 06, 2016

AVP Heath’s Autumn Message to Campus

As the new Associate Vice President for Safety & Security, I would like to welcome you to campus and share with you some information on services provided by the Department of Safety & Security. Staying informed of security matters is an important way to help you stay safe. Regular updates on efforts to enhance campus security can be found on the Department of Safety & Security’s website in addition to extensive safety and transportation related resources. 

In addition to our website, the University provides a number of methods to communicate safety information to the campus community:

  • For emergencies that pose an immediate threat to campus, the University uses a system called cAlert, which sends alerts to members of the UChicago community through desk and cell phones, using automated calls, text messages, and emails. Please log on to calert.uchicago.edu to ensure your contact information is accurate so these important messages reach you. The University will conduct a test of the cAlert system once a year to ensure the system is operating effectively.
  • For crimes that present a specific threat to campus but do not require immediate action, the University sends an all-campus email known as a security alert. The University regularly reviews and updates the security alert guidelines used in determining when these types of alerts should be sent. I encourage you to familiarize yourself with this information.   
  • The University’s Annual Security & Fire Safety Report, formerly called Common Sense, has been updated for the 2016-2017 academic year and can be found at securityreport.uchicago.edu. This report contains crime statistics for the past three calendar years, information about campus resources for safety- and security-related matters, relevant policies and procedures, and other information in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.
  • To track daily crime and police activity throughout the University of Chicago Police Department’s patrol area, a full report is listed every day at incidentreports.uchicago.edu. You can also subscribe to receive the log through an RSS feed and check crime statistics for our area.

Transportation Updates:
There are a few changes to the UGo shuttles that travel around the greater campus area:

  • The Polsky Express Shuttle, formerly the CIE Express, now operates from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. This route makes the following four stops: Polsky Center, Shoreland Building, Charles M. Harper Center, and Levi Hall.
  • The NightRide South Route shuttle now travels further south on Woodlawn Avenue from 57th Street to 63rd Street, and west onto 63rd Street.
  • New UGo Shuttle signs have been installed around campus to indicate where the University’s shuttles stop. Please be aware that not all shuttle stops have these signs at this time.

For service alerts and to track any of the UGo shuttles or CTA buses that travel on or close to campus, please use TransLoc, a GPS tracking service. TransLoc can be found at uchicago.transloc.com or on monitors in several campus buildings, or it can be downloaded from the app store for smartphones.

Environmental Health and Safety Update:
Environmental Health and Safety has created an improved online Fire Safety and Evacuation Training for all faculty and staff. There are now separate training modules for University faculty and staff and another for University of Chicago Medicine staff. As a reminder, all faculty and staff are required to take the Fire Safety and Evacuation Training every year. When it’s time for you to complete the training, you will receive an email prompting you to take the training through the University’s Chalk website.

I look forward to serving the campus community in my new role, and I encourage all of you to reach out to the department to share with us your ideas for improving campus safety. I wish you a safe and productive year.

Eric M. Heath

Associate Vice President for Safety & Security