Safety On Our Campus and In Our Neighborhood
Loyola and our Campus Safety department are working closely with the community and other authorities to respond to recent disturbing incidents, including two homicides in Rogers Park that have been highly publicized. The Chicago Police Department (CPD) has determined that these two fatal shootings are connected. While not in Loyola University Chicago’s Campus Safety’s patrol boundaries and not involving Loyola students, both departments feel that the offender in these murder investigations is an ongoing threat to the campus area and Campus Safety’s patrol boundaries as well.
Our Campus Safety police officers are engaged and cooperating with the Chicago Police Department and the other local and federal law enforcement resources they are using in their intense search for this perpetrator. In addition, we are conducting additional foot patrols and intensifying other campus safety and security measures for our students. My office is in constant communication with the mayor and other city officials to ensure their focused attention on the safety and security of our campus community and the city.
No motives have been clearly established in the homicides. Campus Safety is working with CPD to assist in the investigations in any way and to best serve the University community. If you or your student might have any information relating to these homicides, I ask that you contact CPD at CPDtip.com or 312.744.8263.
We are communicating updated information and community alerts through e-mail and social media channels as well as flyers and campus wide safety bulletins. You may refer to the Campus Safety website or Crime Alerts page for updated information on the homicide investigation and for other safety and security information.
Loyola University is located in a densely populated urban area, and we take every opportunity to educate and inform our community members about the safest ways to navigate the urban environment. We are also increasing resources for our 8-RIDE service during this time so that students do not have to walk alone at night. The service operates from 6:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. and until 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Rides can be booked through the OneMV app or by calling 773.508.7433. Details can be found at https://luc.edu/campustransportation/services/8-rideprogram/
We also take every opportunity to reinforce to students that they keep the following risk-reduction tips in mind. Please also reinforce these messages with your students:
- Do not walk or jog alone.
- If a person threatens you, follow any demands and run away as soon as it is safe to do so. Once in a safe place, immediately notify Campus Safety at 773.508.6039 or the Chicago Police Department via 9-1-1 or 312.744.8263.
- Investigative follow-up will be dependent on the amount of detail a person can recall. It is important to remember as many identifying characteristics about the offender(s) as possible. This can include the license plate of any involved vehicle, physical characteristics of the person, their clothing, any weapons used, direction of flight, etc.
- If you see something you believe to be suspicious, immediately contact Campus Safety or the Chicago Police Department.
Please know that as president of Loyola that my highest daily priority is the safety and security of our students, faculty, staff, and neighbors. Our heartfelt sympathy and prayers go out to those families and friends of the victims of the shootings as they deal with this frightening and terrible loss. My commitment to you and our entire Loyola family is that we will continue to work diligently to make our campus and surrounding communities as safe and secure as possible.
Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD