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PUBLIC SAFETY – The Public Safety office works to create a safe campus community in which to work, live and learn. Public Safety is primarily a service-oriented depart- ment created to meet the specialized needs of a large urban university. Some of the duties of the officers include foot and vehicle patrols, record keeping and medical emergency coordination. The Public Safety office operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to serve and protect students, faculty and staff. To request assistance on the Lincoln Park campus, call (773) 325-7777. Students should report all suspicious activities or persons to the Public Safety office via phone or by visiting Public Safety, Centennial Hall, 2345 N. Sheffield, Suite 304.

BALCONIES/REAR STAIRWELLS – Certain apart- ment buildings have rear stairways or balconies attached to them, but not all are open for resident use. The balco- nies located on the west side of Sanctuary Main and the Townhomes are closed to student use. The Sheffield Square Apartments have rear stairways for fire evacuation purpos- es only. Residents present in areas not open for student use may be subject to discipline. The following is a non- exhaustive list of balcony and rear patio or stairway policies:

• Alcohol is not permitted on any rear stairway, balcony, deck or patio.

• No furniture or other items may be used or stored on any balcony, rear deck or patio.

• No decorative lighting or lanterns can be displayed • Grilling on the back porches, patio areas or yards of apartment units is strictly prohibited throughout campus.

• Garbage must be disposed of and should not be stored on back porches.


installed in all community areas of residence halls and may be recording at any time. Community areas include resi- dence hall front desks, hallways, study lounges, kitchens and study rooms. The main purpose of the cameras is to provide additional security throughout the residence halls.

MINOR ILLNESS & INJURY – A minor incident or illness is a situation that does not require immediate emergency room treatment. The resident is advised to see a Residential Education staff member for assistance or, if covered by Medcare, visit a designated health clinic.


SERIOUS PHYSICAL ILLNESS & INJURY – A serious incident or illness is one that needs immediate professional emergency care. The resident is advised to dial 911. The resident may also contact Public Safety at (773) 325-7777.

SEVERE WEATHER – The following steps may help keep you safe in severe weather conditions. You can use the radio to monitor live weather reports (for example, WGN or WBBM radio), or go to for continuous live radar reports.

TORNADOES – Be alert for these danger signs (gener- ally March through September): severe thunderstorms with frequent lightning; heavy rain; hail; roaring noise; funnel clouds; strong winds; and power failure. The local branch of the National Weather Service will issue severe weather bulletins to the local authorities and local TV and radio sta- tions. Chicago is located in Cook County.

Tornado Watch: A “watch” indicates that conditions are conducive to the development of a tornado.

Tornado Warning: A “warning” indicates that a tornado has been detected and may be approaching. If a tornado warning is issued, or the city warning sirens have been acti- vated, take the following precautions:

• Seek shelter immediately in the lower levels of the build- ing or an internal hallway. Stay away from windows and

glass enclosures.

• Use only stairwells. DO NOT USE ELEVATORS. • Remain in the sheltered area until the “all clear” is com- municated by hall staff.

• Cooperate fully with university employees, who have your safety as their first priority.

THUNDERSTORMS – If you hear the sound of thunder, immediately proceed to the closest indoor location, because no place outside is safe when lightning is in the area. We want everyone to stay indoors until the storm has safely passed.

• Use only a corded telephone for emergencies. Cordless and cellular telephones are not safe to use.

• Unplug appliances and other electrical items, such as computers, and turn off air conditioners. Power surges

from lightning can cause serious damage.

• Avoid showering, bathing, washing hands and doing dishes or laundry. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can

conduct electricity.

• Close window blinds, shades and curtains. • Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches.

• Do not lie on concrete floors and do not lean against concrete walls.

• DO NOT USE ELEVATORS. • Go to the area instructed by a Student Housing staff member.


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