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The Roosevelt University Campus Safety Department is an unarmed, proprietary security force of 29 uniformed officers, 1 assistant director and a director of campus safety. Roosevelt University Campus Safety personnel do not have law enforcement authority. Roosevelt University Campus Safety officers do not have arrest powers.

Roosevelt University relies on local law enforcement agencies, the Chicago Police Department for the Chicago Campus and the Schaumburg Police Department for the Schaumburg Campus, for law enforcement response and assistance. Campus Safety offices are located in the Auditorium Bldg., room 113 on the Chicago Campus and room 102 on the Schaumburg campus. Campus crime documentation is available at each location.

Roosevelt University has verbal agreements of understanding with both agencies regarding law enforcement assistance. Campus Safety administration works closely with these agencies to develop and promote good working relationships. Roosevelt University does not maintain an MOU with Chicago or Schaumburg Police Departments pertaining to the investigation of criminal incidents.

Students and staff are strongly encouraged to accurately and promptly report any and all crime to the local law enforcement agency as well as Campus Safety.

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

The Roosevelt University Security Report is published annually and is available to all current and prospective students and staff.  The Security Report contains the following Information about campus safety:

  • Crime Statistics* for the Chicago Campus
  • Crime Statistics* for the Schaumburg Campus
  • Fire Safety Report
  • Crime Definitions
  • Campus Law Enforcement and the Behavioral Assessment Team (BAT)
  • Emergency Response & Evacuation Procedures
  • Crime Prevention
  • Safety Policies

* Criminal statistics are reported for the past three years, January 1 through December 31 of each year.

Questions or additional information regarding the report, such as how to obtain a printed copy, can be directed to the Director of Campus Safety at 312-341-4167.

Roosevelt University does not have any officially recognized student organizations with off-campus housing.

Reporting a Crime or Emergency

The university is committed to maintaining a safe and secure environment. All employees and students are encouraged to report anything which may affect security such as lost keys/ID cards, defective locks and broken windows immediately to the offices listed below.

In the event of a crime or life-threatening emergency, call the local police immediately by dialing 911. It is also necessary to notify the responsible university personnel to request assistance at the following locations:

Downtown Chicago Campus

Auditorium Building 430 S. Michigan Avenue
Wabash Building 425 S. Wabash Avenue
Goodman Center 501 S. Wabash Avenue

Call Campus Safety at 312-341-2020 (x2020 from campus phones) for emergencies and non-emergencies

Gage Building

18 S. Michigan Avenue

Call Campus Safety at 312-281-3111 (x3111 from campus phones) for emergencies and non-emergencies

Schaumburg Campus

1400 North Roosevelt Boulevard, Schaumburg

Call Campus Safety at 847-619-8989 (x8989 from campus phones).

Response to Reported Crimes and Emergencies

It is the policy of Roosevelt University to respond to any reported criminal action or emergency by assisting any student, faculty member, staff member or visitor. This assistance may take the form of calling police, fire or emergency medical personnel, completing an incident report and providing information on counseling services. All incident reports related to students are forwarded to the Student Affairs Office for review and potential action, as appropriate.

Crimes should be reported to Campus Safety pertaining to criminal offenses for the purpose of assessing the incident for issuing a Timely Warning Notice (Community Alert) and for including the incident in the annual statistical disclosure.

Behavioral Assessment Team (BAT) - Reporting a Person of Concern

If you witness students, staff, faculty or any person exhibiting concerning behaviors that may affect the Roosevelt community or any of its members, you are urged to report those behaviors to the University's Behavioral Assessment Team.

Emergency Notification and Procedures

Roosevelt has an emergency notification system and will, taking into account the safety of the community, determine the content of the notification and initiate the emergency notification, unless issuing a notification will, in the professional judgment of responsible authorities, compromise efforts to assist a victim or contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency. The emergency notification may be by text message, University email and/or the University homepage.

To ensure that you receive an emergency notification text message, please go to your RU Access account and enter (or verify) your cell phone number.

Emergency Evacuation Assistance

If you require any assistance to safely exit a Roosevelt University building in the event of an emergency evacuation, a voluntary self-identification form is available for you to complete. In the event of an emergency evacuation, we ask that you go to the nearest area of rescue assistance (Auditorium Building, Wabash Building, Goodman Center and Gage Building – usually in or by a stairwell) and press the emergency alarm button. This will inform emergency responders of your location.

Emergency Procedures

Roosevelt University has an Emergency Operations Plan and as a part of the plan, emergency procedures to follow.

Missing Student Notification Process

If a member of the Roosevelt University (RU) community has reason to believe that a student who resides in on-campus housing has been missing for 24 hours, he or she should immediately notify the RU Campus Safety Department at 312-341-2020 or ext. 2020 if on campus. RU Campus Safety will immediately notify the Director of Campus Safety, the Director of Residence Life and Dean of Students. The Campus Safety Department will generate a missing persons report and initiate an investigation.

In addition to registering a general emergency contact, students residing in on-campus housing have the option to identify confidentially an individual to be contacted by the Director of Residence Life (or Dean of Students or Director of Campus Safety) in the event the student is determined to be missing for more than 24 hours. If a student has identified such an individual, the Director of Residence Life (or Dean of Students or Director of Campus Safety) will notify that individual no later than 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing.

Student residents will identify a confidential contact through the Housing portal online Missing Person – Emergency Contact form which must be completed before housing check in. If a resident wishes to change their missing person emergency contact during the year, he/she may do this in person at the Residence Life Office, Wabash Bldg., Room 1413. A student’s confidential contact information will be accessible only by authorized campus officials and law enforcement in the course of the investigation.

After investigating a missing person report, should the RU Campus Safety Department determine that the student is missing for 24 hours, the Director of Residence Life (or Dean of Students or Director of Campus Safety) will notify the student’s emergency contact no later than 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing. If the missing student is under the age of 18 and is not an emancipated individual, the Director of Residence Life (or Dean of Students or Director of Campus Safety) will notify the student’s parent or legal guardian immediately after RU Campus Safety has determined that the student has been missing for 24 hours. Regardless of whether the student has identified a contact person, is above the age of 18, or is an emancipated minor, Campus Safety will notify the local law enforcement agency that has jurisdiction in the area within 24 hours that the student is missing.

Note for students under age of 21: Suzanne’s Law requires law enforcement to notify the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) when someone between the age of 18 and 21 is reported missing, as part of the national “Amber Alert” bill.

Sex Offender Information/Registration

The Victims of Trafficking and Violence Prevention Act of 2000 require colleges and universities to inform students and employees how to learn the identity of registered sex offenders living on or near campus. This is updated to comply with the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, which took effect October 23, 2002.

The Illinois State police compile sex offender information. The Illinois State Police maintains a website that allows you to search their sex offender database online at http://www.isp.state.il.us/sor/. To learn the identity of registered sex offenders on or near campus, or anywhere in Illinois, visit the Sex Offender Database. Once there, you can search by city, county, or zip code.

The University (both Chicago and Schaumburg Campuses) is in Cook County.

The University is in zip codes: 60605 (Chicago – Auditorium, Wabash Bldgs., Goodman Center, University Center); 60603 (Chicago - Gage Bldg.); and 60173 (Schaumburg Campus).

You can also check the Chicago Police Department’s Registered Sex Offender database at: http://sexoffender.chicagopolice.org/

The Chicago Campus (the Auditorium, Wabash Bldgs., Goodman Center, University Center, 218 S. Wabash and Gage Bldg.) are in the Chicago Police Department’s 1st District.

Sex Offender Registration

The Illinois Sex Offender Registration Act (730 ILCS 150/) requires sex offenders to:

If you are a student: You must, within three (3) days of enrolling at an Institution of Higher Education, notify in person the law enforcement agency of jurisdiction in which you reside, the law enforcement agency of jurisdiction in which you are attending an Institution of Higher Education and the public safety or security director of the Institution of Higher Education.

If you are an employee: You must, within three (3) days of beginning employment at an Institution of Higher Education, notify in person the law enforcement agency of jurisdiction in which you reside, the law enforcement agency of jurisdiction in which you are employed by an Institution of Higher Education and the public safety or security director of the Institution of Higher Education.

You must, within three (3) days of changing your employment and/or changing your status in enrollment at an Institution of Higher Education (commencement, termination, and any and all changes), notify in person the law enforcement agency of jurisdiction in which you reside, the law enforcement agency of jurisdiction in which you are working at or attending an Institution of Higher Education and the public safety or security director of the Institution of Higher Education.

You must renew your employment or student enrollment registration, in person, with the law enforcement agency having jurisdiction of your residence, the law enforcement agency having jurisdiction over the Institution of Higher Education, and the public safety or security director of the Institution of Higher Education within one year from the date of your most recent registration until you complete your registration requirement.

At Roosevelt University you must report in person to the Director of Campus Safety or Assistant Director of Campus Safety at:

Auditorium Building, Room 113
430 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605

Phone: (312) 341-4167 or (312) 341-4173

Crime Prevention and Security Awareness
  • Emergency Response Procedures are posted in campus buildings (classrooms, conference rooms, main office areas, resident suites and hallways).
  • Procedures are also published annually in the Student Handbook and on the Campus Safety website.
  • The Campus Safety Department coordinates crime prevention presentations by local police agencies. These presentations are made at new student and transfer student orientations and presentations are offered to staff.

Theft Prevention

The most common security incident is the loss of personal items left unattended. Signs posted in places such as the Library and periodic publications remind students and employees to protect their personal property. The University accepts no responsibility for the loss of any personal property of students or employees.

  • Don’t leave personal property (purses, backpacks, laptop computers, cell phones) unattended in classrooms, libraries, lounges, restrooms, corridors, or any public areas. Take personal items with you or ask someone you know and trust to watch the items for you.
  • Limit the carrying of money, personal identification, credit, and debit cards. Only carry what you need.
  • Record the serial number of your valuables, especially laptop computers. If valuables are stolen, serial numbers are needed for the police report.

Street Safety

  • Use the “buddy system” whenever possible. Avoid walking or jogging alone.
  • Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times.
  • Walk confidently and with a purpose.
  • Avoid talking on a cell phone or listening to music with earphones while walking or jogging.
  • Walk or jog in well-lighted and populated areas. Avoid alleys and construction sites.
  • Avoid engaging in conversation with individuals soliciting food, money.
  • Never accept a ride or get too close to a car if someone is asking for directions.
  • Carry a backpack, purse or bag that zips and has a cover flap with a strap(s) that can be worn across your shoulder. Avoid bags with outside compartments. Carry wallets in front, rather than rear pockets.
  • TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS! If you feel uncomfortable, immediately proceed to the nearest well-lighted, populated area (this may be an open restaurant, store or business) and ask for help, or call 911.

Public Transportation Safety

  • Use the “buddy system” whenever possible.
  • Know the bus or train schedule ahead of time to avoid waiting longer than necessary.
  • Choose a stop or station that is well lit and populated.
  • Choose a seat near the driver or conductor, whenever possible.
  • Avoid displaying cash, electronic devices and jewelry (remove jewelry or tuck necklaces inside your clothing and turn rings around so stones are not showing).
  • Stay alert! Don’t sleep on the bus or train.
  • Hold on to purses, backpacks and bags. Don’t rest on the seat or floor.

Parking Safety

  • Do not park in isolated locations.
  • Park in well-lit, higher traffic locations, whenever possible.
  • Make a note where you parked to avoid wandering around looking for your vehicle when you return.
  • Do not leave packages and valuables visible. Lock in storage compartments or place under seats.
  • Remove GPS devices/holders from the dashboard. Lock in storage compartments or take with you.
  • Always lock all doors and take your keys with you.
  • When returning to your vehicle, have your keys in hand and ready before arriving at the vehicle.
  • When approaching vehicle, look at all sides and beneath vehicle for someone who may be hiding. Check the interior of the vehicle as well, before entering.
  • Once in the vehicle, lock all doors, start the engine and move from the parking spot. Don’t sit there applying make-up, or talking on the phone.

Residential Safety

  • Keep your doors and windows locked, even when you are inside.
  • Don’t open your door to strangers.
  • Don’t let unfamiliar people into your room.
  • Don’t leave notes on your door about where you are or when you will be back.
  • Don’t loan your keys to anyone or place any identification on your key ring.
  • Don’t prop exterior doors open or allow unfamiliar people to enter the building behind you.
  • Immediately report suspicious persons or activity to your RA, Campus Safety or the police.

Acquaintance/Date Rape Prevention

  • Go to parties, clubs, and bars with a group of friends. Agree beforehand to leave together.
  • Go on group dates, too.
  • Never leave or go somewhere alone with someone you don’t know well.
  • Don’t accept open beverages from anyone but a bartender or other professional server.
  • Pour or open your own drink.
  • Never leave your drink unattended. If you do, discard it and get a new one when you return.
  • If you suspect that you or a friend has been drugged, call 911 or get to the nearest medical attention.
  • Date rape drugs are colorless, odorless, and tasteless.

Obscene Phone Calls

  • Hang up as soon as you realize the nature of the call. Don’t show any reaction and don’t engage the caller in any conversation.
  • Note the time, what the caller said, a description of the voice, and any background noise.
  • Report to the local police department and RA, if in a residence hall.

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