Safe Living Environment

Safety Measures in University Housing

University Housing is committed to the safety and security of our residents. Here are some tips, reminders, and resources to help keep our community safe.

Emergency Notifications/Missing Person Contact

All incoming student are enrolled in campus emergency notification as part of their admissions acceptance process.

The University of Illinois offers students the opportunity to identify a contact in the event that they are determined to be missing. To provide this contact, please visit the Banner Self-Service page and click on Personal Information. 

Security Measures in the Residence Halls

Exterior door card access: Exterior doors on all residence halls are locked 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Residents should use their i-cards for entry. Access to individual residence hall floors are also card-access-only 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All guests must be escorted at all times!

Bathroom locks and shower locks: All common bathroom doors in undergraduate residence halls have been fitted with locks, and shower stalls have lockable doors.

Cameras in common areas and exterior doors: These cameras are a part of the campus surveillance network and will be used for recording. University of Illinois Police has access to the recordings.

Security patrols: Security officers from the Division of Public Safety patrol all undergraduate halls in the evening and early morning hours, seven days a week.

Fire Safety Report

Read the University's annual fire safety report (pdf). 

Alcohol Use & Policies

According to Housing's hall policies, "No person under the age of twenty-one may store, possess, or consume alcoholic beverages on any property under the control of the University of Illinois, including student housing. Residents who are twenty-one or over may possess or consume alcohol in their own rooms or the room of another twenty-one year-old as long as the room door is closed. No underage person may be present in such situations excepting any underage roommate(s)." See Hallmarks for more details.

We encourage students to make safe, responsible choices if they choose to consume alcohol.

See the Rethink the Drink Website for information about alcohol poisoning symptoms, advice for making responsible choices, and more.

Run, Hide, Fight

Emergencies can happen anywhere and at any time. When faced with any kind of emergency, there are three options:

RUN - Leaving the area quickly is the best option if it is safe to do so.

  • Take time to learn the different ways to leave your building.
  • Leave personal items behind.
  • Assist those who need help, but consider whether doing so puts yourself at risk.
  • Alert authorities of the emergency when it is safe to do so.

HIDE - When you can't or don't want to run, take shelter indoors.

  • Take time to learn the different ways to seek shelter in your building.
  • If severe weather is imminent, go to the nearest indoor storm refuge area.
  • If someone is trying to hurt you and you can't evacuate, get to a place where you can't be seen, lock or barricade your area, silence your phone, don't make any noice, and don't come out until you receive an Illini-Alert indicating it is safe to do so.

FIGHT - As a last resort, you may need to fight to increase your chances of survival.

  • Think about what kind of common items are in your area which you can use to defend yourself.
  • Team up with others to fight if the situation allows.
  • Mentally prepare yourself - you may be in a fight for your life.

For more information on how to prepare for emergencies, including how to run, hide or fight and building floor plans that can show you safe areas, visit

Crime Prevention for Residents

Theft, usually a crime of opportunity, is by far the most common crime in residence halls, and one that can be prevented. Thefts are most often committed by persons you or your roommates allow into your residence.

More important than any item of property is your personal safety. The chances of physical attack can be greatly reduced by taking simple precautions and by being alert when walking around the campus.

Things to do:

  • Leave valuables, particularly small items of value, at home if it is not necessary to have them at your campus residence.
  • Keep your door locked even when you're leaving for "just a moment."
  • Always keep the door locked when you are alone in your residence hall room.
  • Don’t investigate a suspicious noise or person by yourself, call the University Police Department to report suspicious persons.
  • Engrave your property with an identification number.
  • Use a safe property handout to record the make, model, and serial number of valuables and keep the records in a safe place. Should you have property stolen; this information will help provide the greatest chance of catching the thief and getting your property returned.
  • Report lost room keys or I-Cards to housing staff immediately.

Do not:

  • Allow strangers or hold large gatherings in your residence. It is easy for someone to steal small items without being noticed.
  • Prop open exterior building doors or violate guest policies. You are jeopardizing others' safety, as well as your own.
  • Never admit an uninvited nonresident into the building.
  • Do not let strangers enter the building by tailgating you.


Tailgating to gain entry to any residential facility is prohibited.  The term “tailgating” is used to describe the situation where one or more people follow an authorized person through an access-controlled door when the authorized person opens the door legitimately. This can be done either with or without the authorized person’s knowledge and/or consent. 

Never admit an uninvited nonresident into the building. Do not let strangers enter the building by tailgating you.

Emergency Kit

While the university plans for emergency situations, all faculty staff and students, should plan for taking care of their own needs—as it relates to possible evacuation and closure of campus. All individuals and their families should prepare a basic emergency supply kit.
The kit should include the following:

  • Water
  • Non perishable food
  • Battery powered radio, with extra batteries
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Dust mask (to filter dust, contaminants and germs)
  • Personal sanitation products
  • Local and regional maps
  • Additional cash or travelers checks
  • Sleeping bag or additional blankets
  • Important family documents, copies of insurance cards, identification (held in a waterproof container)

This list is only part of the government-suggested items, for a full list, please visit

Important Phone Numbers

  • Emergency 9-911 (on campus); 911 (off campus)
  • University Police (Non-Emergency Phone Number): 333-1216 
  • Domestic Violence Crisis Line: 384-4390   
  • SafeWalks: 333-1216
  • MTD SafeRides: 217-265-RIDE (7433)
  • Rape Crisis Line: 355-5203   
  • Mental Health Crisis Line: 359-4141   
  • Emergency Dean/Dean of Students: 217-333-0050
  • Campus Parking: 333-3530 
  • University of Illinois Information: 333-1000   
  • McKinley Dial-A-Nurse: 333-2700   
  • MTD Bus Hotline: 384-8188  
  • Crimestoppers Program (anonymous): 217-373-TIPS (8477)

What Are SafeWalks?

SafeWalks is a courtesy service provided to University of Illinois students, faculty, or staff, so that they do not have to walk alone within the campus area. Please give at least 20 minutes notice for the SafeWalk. Contact numbers: 217-333-1216 or press an emergency phone button and wait for the dispatcher. See the SafeWalks site for the most up-to-date hours and information.