Loyola University Chicago

Residence Life

Campus Security Tips

Loyola is committed to providing an environment which inspires personal safety, educational growth and peace of mind. To this end, our security services provide the following:

  • Campus escorts
  • Effective campus lighting
  • Security patrols
  • Safety information
  • Loyola Alert System
  • Multiple security posts
  • Emergency phones throughout the campus
  • Entry-door keycard readers and peep holes in every residence
  • Closed circuit television cameras in some halls

The effectiveness of all systems depends on student cooperation. This means that:

  • Building entrance doors, stairwell doors and other secured doors must not be propped open
  • Doors to student rooms should be locked at all times
  • Non-residents of a hall should not be allowed access to the hall unless they are the guests of a resident of that hall
  • All guests must be properly registered and should never be left unattended
  • Suspicious persons found in or around the building should be reported to Public Safety at x44911
  • Security cameras and monitors must not be tampered with
  • Keys and key cards should never be loaned to another person

While random crime is difficult to prevent, the following safety tips are provided as a reminder that options are available to reduce the possibility of being a victim:

  • Stay alert at all times and tuned in to the surroundings (wearing headphones while walking or jogging can reduce the level of alertness)
  • Plan routes in advance, and vary those routes whenever possible
  • Get to know the neighborhoods where you live and work: find out what stores and restaurants are open late and where police and fire stations are located
  • When walking or jogging, use busy streets, and avoid shortcuts through deserted parks, vacant lots and unlit passages
  • At night, walk or jog only on streets with plenty of light and traffic, and avoid walking alone if possible
  • Walk on the part of the sidewalk close to the street and away from shrubbery, trees or doorways (on less busy streets at night, it is sometimes safer to walk in the street rather than on the sidewalk)
  • Stand tall and walk confidently
  • Trust your instincts: get help right away if the situation or place is uncomfortable
  • Don't carry large sums of cash, or display cash in public
  • If possible, carry only identification, phone numbers and the credit cards you need and keep a list at home of credit cards and other important material you would need to replace in case of loss
  • Separate house keys from car keys (women should keep their keys in places other than their purses)
  • Keep names and phone numbers of relatives or friends handy in the event of an accident or emergency

You can see some safety tips suggested by the Campus Safety.