Loyola University Chicago

Campus Safety

Update on Recent Sexual Abuse Reports

September 22, 2016

Loyola Community,

Last night, our Campus Safety police officers arrested a subject in connection to sexual abuse incidents that were reported in early September on and around the Lake Shore Campus. The subject, who is not affiliated in any way with the Loyola community, is now in the custody of the Chicago Police Department.

We would like to thank you and the Chicago Police Department for your assistance and collaboration. We continue to work closely with the Chicago Police Department on the investigation of the last reported incident communicated on Monday, September 19. If anyone has additional information, please contact Campus Safety at 773.508.6039 or the Chicago Police Department at 312.744.8263 or 9-1-1.

Please keep the following safety tips in mind:

  • Always stay alert and tuned in to your surroundings. Refrain from using headphones or talking on the phone, as this minimizes your ability to hear an approaching threat.
  • Be wary of unsolicited strangers. If someone approaches you on the street, keep moving and try to avoid additional contact. If possible, cross the street or change your direction.
  • If you see something you believe to be suspicious, immediately contact Campus Safety at 773.508.6039 or the Chicago Police Department via 9-1-1 or 312.744.8263.
  • Investigative follow-up will be dependent on the amount of detail a person can recall. It is important to remember as many identifying characteristics about the offender(s) as possible. This can include physical characteristics of the person, their clothing, any weapons used, direction of flight, etc.

We also encourage students to join us at the Student Safety Forum next Wednesday, September 28, to discuss crime prevention efforts and tips, as well as current crime trends.

Sincerely,

Thomas K. Murray
Director of Campus Safety and Chief of Police