Message from the President
Perhaps we wonder, from time to time, whether we are in a safe place: on the street, on public transportation, or maybe even in our homes. Personal safety often isn't much about where we are as it is about how we are - our awareness and interpretation of our surroundings. It's possible to learn ways to enhance one's own safety. Whether you're new to Chicago or you're a life-long city dweller, we want your time here at Loyola and in this city to be enriching and safe. Loyola is committed to the safety and security of students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni and visitors. Thus, we encourage everyone to be alert and active for their own safety, and we provide tools to help: crime prevention and safety seminars, regular tours of hot spots near campus, classes on self-defense techniques, and partnerships with student, faculty and staff groups.
We have comprehensive campus and neighborhood security plans to assist you when you do need help. Our officers are available on foot patrol, on bikes, and in security vehicles, and our campuses are equipped with visible security phones. Residences have desk monitors and secure entrances, and Loyola Security personnel readily and regularly escort students to campus and nearby apartment residences during evening and early morning hours. We use the university's e-mail system to send safety alerts, including tips for safe behavior; and we post similar flyers on campus. Our security department also operates a free daily shuttle bus service that links to both our Lakeside Campuses and their diverse neighborhoods. Busses run from early morning through the evening.
Loyola has worked diligently over the years to be a good citizen in our Lake Shore and Water Tower neighborhoods. We feel responsible for their maintenance and growth. In turn, the city of Chicago offers us all its resources: museums, theaters, sporting events, historic neighborhoods and parks, and internship and volunteer opportunities at many institutions. However, being a city resident requires being aware that not every one is a good neighbor, and that urban life has its share on anti-social and illegal activity.
To help stay safe, wherever you are, take advantage of our security department's classes to add safety skills to your life skills. Be enriched in all aspects of urban living during your time at Loyola University Chicago.
Michael J. Garanzini, S.J.
President, Loyola University Chicago