Everyone needs to play a part in keeping our campus and community safe. Stay informed about the resources, be aware of your surroundings and others, and make smart choices.

Illini Alerts

Illini Alerts is our emergency messaging system.
It will provide text and e-mail notifications during campus emergencies.
Sign up for Illini Alerts at: university police department

Safety Tips

  • Keep doors and windows locked at home or in your room.
  • Lock car doors and windows, even if you are running a quick errand.
  • Have your keys ready before approaching car door, apartment or dorm room.
  • Park in well-lit areas.
  • When driving, be alert for pedestrians and bicyclists and yield to them when required by law.
  • Avoid walking alone or walking near vacant lots, alleys, construction, etc.
  • Avoid walking or running alone at night.
  • Use well-lit and busy sidewalks. 
  • Be aware of your surroundings and the people around you.
  • Utilize crosswalks and obey the signals at intersections when walking. 
  • Minimize volume on electronic devices so you avoid being easily distracted and can stay alert when you are out and around campus.
  • Never leave personal property (books, bags, computers, etc) unattended in campus buildings, libraries, etc., even if you are just stepping away to use the restroom. 
  • Do not openly display valuables.
  • Be cautious around ATM machines.
  • When you go out, let a friend or roommate know where and with whom you'll be and when you'll be back approximately.
  • Trust your instincts! If you feel uncomfortable about someone near you whether you are on the street, in an elevator, getting off a bus, etc., head for a populated place, yell for help, or use a whistle.
  • In an elevator, stand near the controls. If you feel threatened, hit the alarm.
  • Carry a cell phone, whistle, or personal alarm to alert people that you need help.
  • Learn the locations of emergency phones on campus.


Sidewalks run throughout campus. At cross walks be sure to look for vehicles and/or cyclists. Stay off your phone and limit other distractions so you can be alert.


Throughout campus there are a number of designated bike paths.

Bike Safety Tips

  • Use lights on your bike at night
  • Know and obey traffic signals and laws
  • Travel in the same direction with traffic on streets
  • Know the University Bicycle Ordinance: University Bicycle Code
  • Visit the campus bike center as needed to repair and maintain your bike

Register Your Bike

  • Serves as a deterrent to theft
  • Can help in the recovery of lost, stolen, and impounded bicycles
  • Enables the university to plan more accurately for improved bicycle parking and other infrastructure on campus

To Register Your Bike: go.illinois.edu/mybike

Biking Resources: Facilities and Services 

Mass Transit District

The University of Illinois is fortunate to have an exceptional public transit network available for students, faculty, staff, and visitors.


  • Safewalks is a free service provided by the University Police Department.
  • Trained student patrols provide walking escorts for those who do not want to walk alone.

To Request a SafeWalk Escort

Call 217-333-1216 or pick up one of the blue emergency phones located throughout campus.

Please give at least 15 minutes notice.

Hours of Operation

Sun - Wed: 9:00 pm - 2:30 am

Thurs - Sat: 9:00 pm - 3:00 am