I Want to File A Police Report

There are two ways to file a report with Campus Safety:

  • Report in person to the Campus Safety office at 6427 N. Sheridan Rd.
  • Call the Campus Safety Dispatch Center at 772-508-6039

Campus Safety can help you report violence to the Chicago Police Department.      

If you wish to file a report without alerting Campus Safety:

  • You can report in person or call the number of the nearest police department.
  • For those at Lakeshore Campus, the nearest police district is located at 6464 N. Clark St, 312-744-5907.
  • For those at Water Tower Campus, the nearest police district is located at 1160 North Larrabee Ave, 312-742-5870.

 

When calling Campus Safety or another police department, a dispatcher will answer the phone and ask if your call is an emergency. The dispatcher's job is to gather the necessary information from you to then pass on to the responding units.

Depending on the nature of the call, the dispatcher may ask you the following questions:

  • What is your name?
  • What is your location?
  • What is your phone number?
  • Do you require medical assistance?
  • Were you the victim of a crime?
  • If you were the victim of a crime, is the offender still nearby?
  • Can you provide a physical description of the offender?

Try to answer these questions to the best of your ability.

Campus Safety Officers have received training on how to handle sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking cases. When an officer arrives they will ask if you want medical assistance.  From there they will ask you very basic questions about the assault.  They will ask you if you want to sign a complaint.  Signing a complaint is what is commonly referred to as "pressing charges."  Signing a complaint means that you want the case to be investigated by the police.  
 
If you agree to sign a complaint, the Chicago Police Department will be contacted and an officer will respond to take a report.  

If you wish to sign a complaint, or what is commonly referred to as “pressing charges,” the police will investigate and collect evidence. They may want to interview any witnesses. The police will also share this information with a prosecutor. Furthermore, the police report is considered public record and is accessible to anyone who requests a copy.

 

Proceeding with a police report or signing a complaint can be a scary process. If you have any questions or concerns about your options, please consider reaching out to a confidential trained Loyola sexual assault advocate at 773-494-3810.

You are not obligated to report sexual assault, domestic/dating violence, or stalking to the police. There are many considerations when deciding what to do. Some reasons people choose to report include:

  • Regaining a sense of control
  • Holding the assailant responsible
  • Helping prevent this from happening to others
  • Getting connected to resources

Deciding whether or not to report is a personal decision that only you can make. If you choose to report violence at Loyola, we are committed to providing you with nonjudgmental support.  If you report, we will:

  • Believe you
  • Treat you with dignity and respect
  • Give you options
  • Connect you to support services on or off campus

If you have any questions or concerns about your options, please consider reaching out to a confidential trained Loyola sexual assault advocate at 773-494-3810.

Campus Safety Officers have received training on how to handle sexual assault, domestic/dating violence, and stalking cases in a way that is trauma-informed and sensitive to survivors. When an officer arrives they will ask if you want medical assistance.  From there they will ask you very basic questions about the assault.  They will ask you if you want to sign a complaint.  Signing a complaint is what is commonly referred to as "pressing charges."  Signing a complaint means that you want the case to be investigated by the police.  
 
If you agree to sign a complaint, the Chicago Police Department will be contacted and an officer will respond to take a report.  
 
Campus Safety’s role is to ensure that you have someone with you that understands the legal process and is able to help you better understand what to expect from a legal perspective.