Crime Alerts: Timely Warnings to Campus

Crime Alerts are issued whenever a serious crime or series of crimes – on campus and in University owned or controlled properties – poses a continuing risk to students and employees. Crime Alerts may be issued for Jeanne Clery Act crimes.

The decision to issue a Crime Alert will be considered on a case-by-case basis depending on when and where the incident occurred, when it was reported, and the amount of information known by the University Police. For example, if an assault occurs between two students who have a disagreement, there may be no on-going threat to University community members and a Crime Alert would not be distributed. In cases involving sexual assault; they are often reported long after the incident occurred, thus there is no opportunity to distribute a “timely” warning notice to the community. Crime Alerts may also be posted for other crimes when deemed necessary. The Chief of Police, Police Captain, and Police Lieutenants are authorized to create and disseminate Crime Alerts.

When issuing a Crime Alert, University Police send a mass email to all students, faculty, and staff indicating a crime has occurred.  This email also provides a link to the University Police website for more information.

We encourage all students, faculty, and staff to register for the UIS-Alert Emergency Notification System. For questions or problems concerning the UIS Alert system, please contact the UIS Police Department at 206-6690 or e-mail

For a quick reference list of important safety and security related phone numbers, please see the Important Numbers page on our website.