New Student Information
If you are a new student to
Illinois, we feel its important that you are aware
of a few Illinois laws found in the Illinois Compiled
Statutes (ILCS) and University policies.
It is not intended to be a
full statement of the law. For further assistance, please
visit our office, or call us at (217) 206-6690.
Criminal Sexual Assault (720 ILCS 5/12-13)
Sexual assault includes acts of sexual penetration by the use
of force or threat of force or an act of sexual penetration and
the accused knew that the victim was unable to understand the
nature of the act or was unable to give knowing consent. Criminal
sexual assault is a Class 1 felony punishable for 4 to 15 years in
Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault (720 ILCS 5/12-14)
A person commits aggravated criminal sexual assault if he or
she commits criminal sexual assault and the following aggravating
circumstance exists, the accused delivered (by injection,
inhalation, ingestion, transfer of possession, or any other means)
to the victim without his or her consent, or by threat or
deception, and for other than medical purposes, any controlled
substance. Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault is a Class X felony,
punishable for not less than 50 and not more than 60 years in
Driving Under the
Influence of Alcohol, or other Drugs 625 ILCS 5/11-501
Illinois law prohibits a person with a blood
alcohol content of .08 or higher, or who is under the
influence of intoxicants or any other substance that
may impair a person's driving ability, from driving a
motor vehicle. Don't drink and drive.
Criminal Trespass to
State Supported Land 720 ILCS 5/21-5
Charges could be filed if an individual
knowingly enters or unlawfully remains in a building
or on property after receiving notice from the state
or its representative to depart.
Theft 720 ILCS 5/16-1
Taking or exercising control over items of
another individual with the intent to permanently
deprive the owner thereof is against the law, and
could result in arrest.
Criminal Damage to
Government Supported Property 720 ILCS 5/21-4
It is against the law to unjustifiably deface,
destroy, or damage government supported property.
Firearms 720 ILCS 5/21-6
Possession of any type of gun or rifle on UIS
property is not permitted.
Dumping 415 ILCS 105/4
It is against the law in Illinois to dump,
discard, or litter or to permit dumping, discarding,
or littering on any public or private property.
720 ILCS 5/26-1
A person may be arrested for disorderly conduct
if he or she performs any act which would alarm or
disturb another or be considered a breach of peace.
These suggestions and
general guidelines are meant to be helpful to all
students attending U of I Springfield.
regarding alcohol and other drugs
The University of
Illinois at Springfield works to achieve a drug and
alcohol-free environment for students and employees,
in compliance with applicable federal and state laws.
Students or employees who violate federal or state
laws concerning drugs or alcohol are subject to
criminal prosecution. Those who violate UIS policies
may also be subject to institutional sanctions.
The unlawful or
unauthorized possession, use, distribution,
dispensation, sale, and manufacture of controlled
substances or alcohol are prohibited on UIS property
or as part of any UIS activity. Employees and
students who violate this policy may be disciplined
in accordance with UIS policies, statutes, rules,
regulations, employment contracts, and labor
agreements, up to and including dismissal and
referral for prosecution. Any employee convicted of a
drug or alcohol offense involving the workplace is
subject to discipline and/or may be required to
complete a drug rehabilitation program as a condition
of continued employment.
For more detailed
information about this topic, contact the UIS Office
of Human Resources, Building K, room 30, (217) 206-6652;
or the office of the vice chancellor for student
affairs, Building F, Room 23, (217) 206-6581.
If you need to obtain a social security card
contact the Social Security administration at 1-800-772-1213
or the local Social Security office, located at 2715
W. Monroe, Springfield, IL, telephone number (217)
492-4373, or contact International Student Services,
located in J building telephone number (217) 206-6678.
Checking and Savings
When opening a checking or savings account at a
local bank, you need a current address, telephone
number (work or home), and an identification with
your picture and social security number on it. Do not
write checks until you are certain that your deposits
are available for withdrawal. Businesses receiving
checks that are not honored by the bank normally
charge a penalty fee.
License plates are required on any automobile,
truck, or motorcycle. It is also required that a
registration sticker be affixed to the rear license
plate. The registration sticker must be renewed
annually. Be sure to keep your title or vehicle
registration in a safe place. For more information
direct your inquires to:
Illinois Secretary of
|2701 S. Dirksen Pkwy
Springfield, IL 62703
Telephone: (217) 782-6212
Motor Vehicle Services
501 S. 2nd Street
Springfield, IL 62701
Telephone: (217) 782-9453
It is unlawful in Illinois to operate, or to
allow another to operate, your motor vehicle without
Check with the State of Illinois Driver
Services at 2701 S. Dirksen Pkwy., telephone number
782-6212. You can obtain your driver's license at the
exam station located at 316 N. Klein, Springfield, IL
telephone number 782-4850. A person must have a valid
driver's license to be eligible to drive a motor
vehicle. Motorcycles and automobiles require
different licenses. Make sure you take proper
identification with you.
Operating a Motor
When operating a vehicle, you must have in your
possession your valid driver's license and a current
If you are involved in an accident, do not move
your vehicle until the police arrive and advise you
to do so. Exchange identification and insurance
information with the other parties involved in the
accident. An individual accident report form must be
filed if property damages of $500 or more are
sustained. This form may be obtained from the police
and must be completed within ten (10) days and
forwarded to the Illinois Department of Transportation.
Illinois traffic laws are enforced by UIS
campus police. Please obey all traffic laws and
regulations. Parking policies are enforced as well.
Failure to obey them may result in a citation or fine.
of Illinois Possession of Weapons Policy
Illinois State Statute provides as follows:
Unauthorized possession or storage of weapons
- Whoever possesses or stores any weapon
enumerated in Section 33A-1 in any building or on land supported
in whole or in part with public funds or in any building on such
land without prior written permission from the chief security
officer for such land or building commits a Class A misdemeanor.
(Class A misdemeanors are punishable by 6 to 12 months in jail or
up to two years probation, and a fine up to $2,500.00)
- The chief security officer must grant any
reasonable request for permission under paragraph (a).
720 ILCS 5/33A-1
(a) "Armed with a dangerous
A person is considered armed with a dangerous weapon
for the purposes of this Article, when he or she carries on or
about his or her person or is otherwise armed with a Category I,
Category II, or Category III weapon.
(b) A Category I weapon
is a handgun, sawed-off shotgun,
sawed-off rifle, any other firearm small enough to be concealed
upon the person, semiautomatic firearm, or machine gun.
A Category II weapon
is any other rifle, shotgun, spring gun,
other firearm, stun gun or taser as defined in paragraph (a) of
Section 24-1 of this Code, knife with a blade of at least 3 inches
in length, dagger, dirk, switchblade knife, stiletto, axe,
hatchet, or other deadly or dangerous weapon or instrument of like
character. As used in this subsection (b) "semiautomatic
firearm" means a repeating firearm that utilizes a portion of
the energy of a firing cartridge to extract the fired cartridge
case and chamber the next round and that requires a separate pull
of the trigger to fire each cartridge.
(c) A Category III weapon
bludgeon, black jack, slingshot, sand-bag, sand-club, metal
knuckles, billy or other dangerous weapon of like character.
For the purpose of implementing the provisions of this Statute for
the University of Illinois campuses and all properties administered
under the auspices of the University of Illinois the following
regulations and procedures are hereby established.
The University of Illinois hereby designates the Chiefs of Police
of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), University
of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and University of Illinois at Springfield
(UIS) as the Chief Security Officer, pursuant to 720 ILCS 5/21-6, to
receive, review and issue written permissions to possess or store
weapons on University property, in accordance with the provisions
Persons seeking permission to possess or store any weapon in or on
University buildings or land shall direct such request to the Chief of
Police of the University campus on which such building or land is
located. If the University building or land is not located within one
of the three specified campuses the requestor shall direct such
request to the Chief of Police of the campus that is responsible for
the management of the University building or land for which the
request is being made.
A request for permission to possess or store a weapon must be
submitted in writing to the appropriate Chief of Police. Said request
shall contain the following:
- The name, address, and phone number of the requestor;
- A full and complete description of the weapon(s) involved, to
include make, model, serial number and all other relevant
- The relationship that the requestor has to the University
building or land involved (student, faculty, employee, visitor,
- A detailed description of the purpose of the request;
- Copies of all relevant weapon documentation (e.g. licenses,
registrations, proof of ownership, etc.)
- Specific dates/period of time requested; and
- Complete description of the proposed mode of transportation to
and from University building or land and secured storage of said
Any changes in the above information or permanent removal of the
weapon(s) from campus buildings or land needs to be communicated in
writing to the appropriate Chief of Police. There are separate
requirements for purchasing, recording, and disposing of weapons
acquired with University funds. Please refer to sections 7.3 (Cash
Purchases), 12.2 (Capitalization and Valuation of Property and
Equipment), and 12.4 (Acquisition, Transfer, and Disposal of
Equipment) of the Business and Financial Policies and Procedures. This
information can be accessed via the web at
The Chief of Police receiving a request for permission to possess
or store a weapon shall:
- Review each request for completeness and verify information
- Ensure that the proposed possession/storage/ mode of
transportation would not entail a violation of any Federal, State
or local laws or ordinances;
- Ensure that the granting of such request would be in compliance
with existing University regulations;
- Determine the reasonableness of the request.
- A denied request shall be in writing, directed to the requestor,
outlining the reason(s) for such denial.
- An approved request shall be in writing, directed to the
requestor, specifying that approval is contingent upon the
requestor delivering the weapon(s) and specified original relevant
documentation (licenses, registration, proof of ownership, etc.)
for inspection to the Chief of Police, or his designee.
- Upon successful completion of 6 (above) the Chief of Police will
provide the requestor with written instructions as to the
possession/storage of the weapon(s) in question to include
duration, location, restrictions, use and limitations.
- The Chief of Police shall ensure that appropriate storage
facilities are available for the safe storage of any requested
weapon(s). Lack of appropriate storage facilities at the requested
location shall constitute sufficient reason for denial of such
- The Chief of Police can revoke approval for non-compliance of
the requestor, change in circumstances, change in law or
University regulations, or any other valid reason.
The following circumstances shall constitute written permission for
the possession/storage of weapons:
- Registration in any course of study where weapons are used in
connection with that course for such students to use any
University owned or controlled weapons when such weapon is used in
connection with that course of study;
- Employees or agents of the University who are required by the
University to possess or control weapons are authorized to possess
or store such weapons in the performance of their duties;
- Members of the Armed Services or Reserve Forces of the United
States of America or the Illinois National Guard, who are
authorized to possess weapons under the laws of the State of
Illinois, while in the performance of their official duties;
- Sworn local, state or federal peace officers, who are authorized
to possess weapons under the laws of the State of Illinois, while
in the performance of their official duties as designated by their
respective law enforcement agency;
- Wardens, superintendents and keepers of prisons, penitentiaries,
jails and other institutions for the detention of persons accused
or convicted of an offense, who are authorized to possess weapons
under the laws of the State of Illinois, while in the performance
of their official duty;
- Guards of armored car companies, who are authorized to possess
weapons under the laws of the State of Illinois, while actually
engaged in the performance of their duties as contracted by
employees or agents of the University.
- Off-duty sworn local, state or federal peace officers, who are
authorized to carry weapons off-duty both under the laws of the
State of Illinois and by authority of their respective agency,
while engaged in rendering services for the university. This
provision will only be applicable if the University unit/agency
engaging said services have first received approval from the Chief
of Police. Said unit/agency will provide such information relating
to the proposed activities of such officers as requested by the
Chief of Police.
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