Safety on Campus
is in charge of campus security and law enforcement?
campus police department is responsible for law
enforcement and security on UIS property. The campus
police department is staffed 24 hours a day by
trained police officers and police telecommunicators.
police department uses two approaches in its efforts
to prevent crime. First, eliminating or minimizing
opportunity for crime; and second, encouraging
students and employees to be responsible for their
own security and the security of others.
authority do campus police officers have?
officers have full law enforcement authority granted
by the Illinois General Assembly under chapter 110,
section 305/7, Illinois Compiled Statutes. Their
jurisdiction includes all property owned or
controlled by UIS, as well as roads adjacent to and
running through the campus. The campus police
officers receive the same training as all other
public law enforcement officers in the state of
Illinois. The campus police department places special
emphasis on training and education.
officers work with the city of Springfield police
department, the Sangamon County sheriff's office, the
Illinois state police, and other municipal, state and
federal law-enforcement agencies, and all appropriate
agencies of the criminal justice system.
Think "Safety" on
you are walking between classes, or are in
the library, shopping, or driving, stay alert
and be aware of your surroundings.
- Walk with
confidence; show that you're aware and in
control. Body language is important.
- Trust your
instincts. If something or someone makes you
uneasy, leave the area immediately. Call the
campus police as soon as possible.
- Walk with a
friend whenever possible.
fumble in your pocket or purse for your door
key, have it in hand before reaching your
home or car.
- Stay in
well-lighted, well-traveled areas; do not
jogging or biking alone. If you must go by
yourself, stay clear of isolated or poorly
- If you're
out late studying or working after hours,
call the campus police for an escort when
you're ready to leave.
- Watch your
purse, backpack, and briefcase. Don't take a
break and leave them behind.
carrying your purse under your coat to avoid
- If you
think someone is following you, abruptly
switch directions or cross the street. If
you're still being followed, head in the
direction of other people or to a Code Blue
Emergency telephone and notify the campus
- Make sure a
roommate or friend knows your routines; tell
someone if you are going to be late or are
Door-to-Door, and Street Solicitations
Better Business Bureau offers these guidelines regarding
you are approached for a contribution of either your time or your
money, ask questions, and don't give a donation until you're
satisfied with the answers. charities with nothing to hide
will encourage your interest. Be wary of their reluctance or
inability to answer questions.
for the charity's full name and address. Demand
identification from the solicitor.
if your contribution is tax deductible. Contributions to
tax exempt organizations are not always tax deductible.
if the charity is licensed by the state and local
authorities. Registration of licensing is required by most
state and many communities. However, bear in mind that
registration in and of itself does not imply that the state and
local government endorses the charity.
succumb to pressure to give money on the spot or allow a
"runner" to pick up the contributions; the charity
that needs your money today will welcome it just as much
out for statement such as "all proceeds will go to the
charity." This can mean that the money left after
expenses, such as the cost of written materials and fundraising
efforts, will go to the charity. These expenses can make a
big difference, so check carefully.
you're asked to buy candy, magazines, cards, or tickets to a
dinner or show to benefit the charity, be sure to ask what the
charity's share will be. You cannot deduct the full amount
paid for any such items, as the Internal Revenue Service
considers only the part above the fair-market value of the item
to be a charitable contribution. For example, if you pay
$10 for a box of candy that normally sells for $8, only $2 can
be claimed as a charitable donation.
your local Better Business Bureau if a fund raiser uses pressure
tactics such as intimidation, threats, or repeated and harassing
calls or visits. Such tactics violate the Council for
Better Business Bureau's recommended Standards for Charitable
UIS Campus Police
Emergency: (217) 206-7777
Non-emergency: (217) 206-6690