Staying Safe

Security Alert: Wednesday, June 17, 2020

At approximately 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 17, 2020 – Chicago police and UCPD officers responded to calls of shots fired in the area of 916 E. Midway Plaisance (near Drexel Avenue). Officers learned from the victim, who is not affiliated with the University, that while he was sitting on a park bench, a gray sedan pulled up and one person exited the car and fired several shots in his direction. The suspect reentered the vehicle and the vehicle fled eastbound on the Midway. The victim reported no physical injuries and declined medical attention. The motive for the shooting is unknown at this time. UCPD is investigating this incident and has increased presence in the area.

Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times. Familiarize yourself with the location of the University’s emergency phones. If you see suspicious activity, please report it immediately to police by activating an emergency phone or by calling the UCPD when you get to a safe location. Use the UCPD’s Safety Escort Program and when possible use public transportation. Visit the Department of Safety & Security’s website for more information about safety and security at the University of Chicago. 

  • 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.
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  • 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.

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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).