Staying Safe

Security Alert: Friday, May 4, 2018

On the afternoon of May 4, 2018 a student reported to a Campus Security Authority that at approximately 12:00 a.m., Thursday, May 3, 2018 she went to sleep in her unlocked room at International House, 1414 East 59th Street. She was awoken sometime later by an individual known to her who was on top of her having sexual intercourse.

  • The University is concerned about the safety and well-being of the community, and is committed to taking necessary action to prevent, correct, and where indicated, discipline instances of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual abuse, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.
  • 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.
  • 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. The reported information may not have been investigated or confirmed at the time the security alert was issued.
  • Physical descriptions of a suspect are included in security alerts only when they provide several details that might help distinguish the suspect's appearance from the general population. 

Additional information on University of Chicago policies and resources regarding sexual misconduct:

  • Consent means voluntary, active, and clear agreement, communicated by words or actions, to participate in a specific sexual activity. A person who is incapacitated due to the use or influence of alcohol or drugs cannot provide consent. For additional information about consent, please see Section V of the University's Policy on Harassment, Discrimination, and Sexual Misconduct.
  • If you are ever in a situation where you are unsure or scared, call UCPD immediately at 773.702.8181 or Chicago police at 911. If you choose to report sexual misconduct to the University of Chicago Police Department, a criminal investigation can begin with your consent following a conversation with an officer.
  • If you witness a situation that appears to be unsafe or makes you uncomfortable, intervene if it’s safe to do so, elicit help from a friend, or go to a safe area and call for help.
  • Seek medical help immediately if someone starts to exhibit symptoms of dizziness, nausea, memory loss, breathing, or motion difficulties, or if they are acting disproportionately intoxicated relative to the amount of alcohol consumed.

Reporting Sexual Assaults:

If you have been the victim of a sexual assault, you are not alone. There are people and organizations within the University of Chicago community that can provide you with support (including confidential support), resources, and information about participating in the University’s investigation and disciplinary process and reporting to law enforcement. Please note that retaliation for reporting is strictly prohibited and adjudicated in University policy.

Additionally, there are several external resources that can assist students including, but not limited to, the Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline (888.293.2080) and the YWCA (866.525.9922).

Title IX Coordinators at the University of Chicago: 

  • Bridget Collier, Associate Provost & Director of Equal Opportunity Programs, 773.702.5671, bcollier@uchicago.edu
  • Shea Wolfe, Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students, 773.702.0438, swolfe1@uchicago.edu

Confidential Resources:

  • Sexual Assault Dean-on-Call: 773.834.HELP (4357) via direct paging system. Available 24/7. For additional information, visit deanoncall.uchicago.edu
  • University Police: 773.702.8181.; Available 24/7. 
  • Student Health Service: 773.702.4156 5839 or South Maryland Avenue, R-100
  • Student Counseling Service: 773.702.9800 or 5737 South University Avenue. Available 24/7.
  • Employee Assistance Program (Perspectives): 800.866.7556. Available 24/7.

Additional Resources:

Resources for Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP), 773.834.7738, csl.uchicago.edu/get-help/resources-sexual-violence-prevention
University of Chicago Medicine Emergency Room: 773.702.6250 or 901 East 58th Street
UMatter: https://umatter.uchicago.edu/

For a summary of additional resources and reporting options, please see: http://voices.uchicago.edu/equity/information-sheet-for-student/

Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to share this information with other members of the community, and are asked to be aware of their surroundings, report suspicious activity to police and/or the other reporting options listed above.

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


  • 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).