Statement on incident at Lake Shore Campus
February 25, 2018
On Saturday, February 24, two individuals were approached by Loyola University Chicago Campus Safety police officers after receiving reports they were reselling tickets to the men’s basketball game, a violation of Gentile Arena policies.
Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Campus Safety is a sworn police department with primary responsibility for campus safety and law enforcement on Loyola campuses.
The initial investigation of what occurred reveals the following (most of which was not captured in the videos that have been posted on social media so far).
During the course of questioning these ticket resellers (neither of whom was a Loyola student), several people attempted to interfere with Campus Safety officers. These individuals initially failed to identify themselves as students but were later confirmed to be such.
Attempting to interfere with the questioning, one individual was not compliant with a Campus Safety officer who was attempting to keep that person from interfering and at a safe distance from the investigation. The Campus Safety officer then attempted to handcuff that individual. The individual resisted and was brought to the ground and restrained for the safety of the individual and others.
A second individual, who was later identified as a student, attempted to interfere with this action and was physically restrained by a Campus Safety officer.
The Loyola University Chicago student handbook clearly states that all students must identify themselves as such when asked to do so by a University official acting in an official capacity and must not interfere with Campus Safety officers when they are fulfilling their responsibilities.
The matter has been referred to the student conduct process, per University policy. After being detained and questioned, the two ticket resellers were released and given a verbal trespass warning.
The safety, security, and well-being of our students is Loyola’s top priority. We understand in our current social environment there is a heightened sensitivity to racial profiling by law enforcement. However, racial profiling is not what happened at Loyola outside Gentile last Saturday. This incident was not about race—it was about safety. Gentile Arena had a sold-out crowd that day, and Campus Safety was working to ensure a safe and secure environment for thousands of students and visitors.
We know that more can and must be done to foster an environment where students of all races, ethnicities, genders, religions, and socioeconomic backgrounds feel safe and supported at all times. In the spirit of continuous improvement, Loyola University Chicago is conducting a full investigation of the events that transpired and will take further action, as warranted, by the results of that investigation.