Staying Safe

Security Alert: Monday, August 19, 2019

At approximately 12:10 a.m., Monday, August 19, 2019 – a University student walking on the sidewalk at approximately 5637 S. Drexel Avenue was approached from behind by an unknown suspect who placed his arm around her torso, pushed her to the ground and attempted to place his hand up her skirt.  As the suspect did so, the victim bit the suspect’s arm, causing him to flee on foot in an unknown direction. The Chicago Police Department is investigating this crime.  UCPD has increased police presence in this area and is working closely with CPD on this case.


  • 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).