Loyola University Chicago

Residence Life

Safety on Campus


Loyola University Chicago and the Department of Residence Life are committed to providing a safe educational environment for all students. Creating a safe environment is accomplished through strong partnerships between the University, students, faculty, staff, and the surrounding community.

Some of the safety systems currently in place are:

  • Campus Escorts

  • Effective Campus Lighting

  • Campus Safety Patrols

  • Published Safety Information and Emergency Procedures

  • LoyolaAlert System (REGISTER NOW)

  • Multiple Security Posts

  • Emergency 'Blue Light' Phones throughout Campus

  • ID Card Controlled access at residence hall entrances

  • Building and Area Front Desks staffed 24/7

  • Security Cameras in some halls and throughout campus

  • Door Viewers (peep holes) on all residence hall apartment/room doors

The effectiveness of all systems depends on student cooperation.

To help maintain safety on campus, please consider the following:

  • Do not prop open entrance doors, stairwell doors, or other secured doors

  • Do not allow anyone you do not recognize you to follow you through secured doors/gates

  • Keep the door to your room locked

  • Do not allow access to buildings by non-residents unless they are your guest

  • Properly register and escort your guests

  • Watch out for your friends and help them practice safe habits

  • Report suspicious persons, packages, or behaviors found in buildings or on campus to Campus Safety (773) 508-7233 or 44-911 from campus phone

  • Do not tamper with security cameras, fire alarms, or other safety equipment

  • Take part in fire drills and identify at least 2 ways to exit your room/building

  • Never give your key(s) or ID card to another person

  • If you see something, say something

Random crimes are difficult to prevent, but you can take steps to reduce crimes of opportunity and remain safe:

  • Stay alert at all times and tuned in to the surroundings; wearing headphones while walking or jogging may limit your awareness and also shows you may be carrying a valuable item

  • Plan routes in advance; vary those routes when possible

  • Get to know the neighborhoods where you live and work; find out what stores and restaurants are open at the times you're out and where police and fire stations are located

  • When walking or jogging, use busy streets, and avoid shortcuts through deserted parks, vacant lots, and unlit passages

  • At night, walk or jog only on streets with plenty of light and traffic, and avoid walking alone if possible

  • Walk on the part of the sidewalk close to the street and away from shrubbery, trees or doorways

  • Stand and walk confidently

  • Trust your instincts: get help right away if a situation or place is uncomfortable

  • Don't carry large sums of cash or display cash in public

  • If possible, carry only identification, phone numbers and the credit cards you need and keep a list at home of credit cards and other important material you would need to replace in case of loss

  • Keep house keys and car keys on separate key rings; if you carry a purse, consider carrying your keys somewhere other than your purse

  • Keep names and phone numbers of relatives or friends handy in the event of an accident or emergency; if your phone offers the ability to do so, program an emergency contact

If you are the victim of a crime, get to a safe place and let someone know.

Call Campus Safety at (773) 508-7233 or 44-911 from a campus phone.

For information about safety on campus and off, visit Campus Safety.