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.