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Campus Safety

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus is a very safe one, but just like any other large campus or city, it will never be entirely crime-free. We have to work together as a community to keep ourselves and others safe. The campus has a variety of programs to provide a safer place in which you can study, work and socialize.

It is important to take sensible precautions and become familiar with your new environment in order to remain safe.

Safety Tips


SafeWalks is a free service provided by students which provides walking safety escorts at night throughout the year. Criminals look for thr right opportunities to commit their crimes. By walking together, we can limit those opportunities. Visit the SafeWalks page for more information, including instructions on how to request a walking escort or download the mobile app.


Offered by the Mass Transit District, SafeRides provides safe transportation between designated areas to University students, faculty, and staff. SafeRides is not intended to be a service of convenience, but rather a safe means of transportation when other travel options do not offer a secure environment. For more information, visit MTD Saferides website.

Rape Aggression Defense training

The Rape Aggression Defense System consists of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. The course begins with awareness and prevention before progressing on to basic hands-on defense training. R.A.D. is now offering a course for men called Resisting Aggression with Defense. For more information, visit our R.A.D. section.

Safety presentations and programs

The Division of Public Safety offers a list of programming for campus units and groups. Programming includes active threat training, bicycle and pedestrian safety presentations, office safety, and new student and employee orientations. Click here for a complete list and more information about all of our offerings.


Illini-Alert is used for incidents which present an imminent threat to life, health, or safety to the general campus population. These messages provide emergency information and instructions for personal protective actions. Illini-Alert sends email and text messages, posts to Facebook and Twitter, and triggers the Emergency Web Alert System for University websites. Additional alert options can added at emergency.illinois.edu. Click here for more information about Illini-Alert, including a full description of who receives messages and how to sign up.

Campus Safety Notices

Campus Safety Notices are issued whenever a serious crime or series of crimes in the core campus poses a continuing risk to students and employees. Campus Safety Notices may be issued for Clery Act crimes such as murder, manslaughter, sex offenses, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and arson. The decision to issue a Campus Safety Notice will be considered on a case-by-case basis depending on when and where the incident occurred, when it was reported, and the amount of information known by the University Police. In addition, the University Police may also post Community Safety Notices for non-Clery crimes occurring within the core campus; at the request of another law enforcement agency for a serious crime or series of crimes which occur within a reasonable proximity of the core campus; or when appropriate to share public safety related information where there maybe investigatory value in releasing the information. When issuing a Campus Safety Notice or Community Safety Notice, University Police send a mass email to all students, faculty and staff indicating a crime has occurred. This email also provides a links to safety resources and the Division of Public Safety website for more information.

Emergency phones

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has an extensive network of blue emergency phones located in all campus buildings, parking garages and in numerous bus shelters. They are also located on streets and walkways across campus in the familiar lighted emergency kiosks. The phones are connected directly to the University of Illinois Police Department and are monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including all holidays. The phones can be used to request help, report a crime in progress, report suspicious activities, request an escort, or for any other type of emergency you may encounter. If you need help, press the button on the emergency phone. The call will be answered by an on-duty staff person. They will ask you to explain your situation and will send the appropriate help to your location. As part of your safety preparedness, you should be aware of the locations of the nearest emergency phones as you move around campus. Locations of the exterior emergency phones are located on this map.

Campus lighting

The Campus Lighting Committee is an important component of our efforts to provide a safe and secure environment, underscoring our commitment to the safety and well-being of students, faculty, staff, and the public. The committee is responsible for determining areas where supplemental lighting will enhance security and safety, developing recommendations for the placement of lighting and emergency telephones, and studying the campus’ long-term needs related to upgraded security lighting policies and practices.

Security cameras

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign maintains an impressive security network with more than 1,000 cameras on campus grounds. Footage from these cameras has been valuable in solving dozens of cases each year, but more importantly, they serve as a deterrent to criminals. The Division of Public Safety intends to continue expanding this network on campus and onto public property in non-campus areas frequently used by students.

Crime prevention

In addition to the overall department’s commitment to preventing crime as part of policing efforts, the department supports a crime prevention unit with sworn staff holding an increased level of expertise and training. This unit supports the overall department’s efforts in crime prevention, including coordinating presentations and serving as a resource on facility issues using innovative concepts. The unit is also responsible for analyzing crime trends so that the department can better respond to safety issues facing campus.

Targeted Response Unit

The University of Illinois Police Department's Targeted Response Unit uses intelligence and investigative techniques to identify and apprehend individuals involved in drugs, firearms or other kinds of criminal activity. University of Illinois Police officers work very closely with the Champaign Police, Urbana Police, Illinois State Police and Champaign County Sheriff's Office to monitor and respond to criminal activity on or near campus. Between these agencies, the campus area is one of the most highly-patrolled in the region.


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