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2 College Senior

Health & Safety: Two students went missing and were found dead this year. Assaults, robberies and rapes have occurred somewhat frequently since my time on campus. I used to not be afraid to walk home, but now I wouldn't recommend it. Police may or may not help you and will ticket for underage drinking. There are safety rides, phones, and a sexual assault mandated prevention course however.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Nowhere is safe. It is quite naive to feel safe when anything can happen but generally nothing happens

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus safety is usually fine, but using the Health Center is very time consuming.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The campus makes it a major part. Requiring new students to attend workshops

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Having attended a sexual assault class as a freshman, I know of services available to me as I go about campus.


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U of I is always looking for better ways to protect its students. There are blue emergency phones scattered all over campus, and security officers are always present, whether they are patrolling the bars at night, or monitoring speed limits in the daytime. SafeRides are also a valuable resource. They operate from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. and will drive University students to their dorm or apartment at no charge. So whether you are out late at the library or too drunk to drive, you can always depend on SafeRides to get you home. In addition, all the residence halls require either an outside key or an I-card after dark, so non-students can't slip in. Students know that the University is serious about their well-being, and they appreciate the security of the campus.

Emergency phones and SafeRides can only go so far, though. That is why the University tries to educate its students on the dangers that exist and the precautions that they should take. Whether it is a sign in the library reminding you not to leave your bag alone, or a workshop educating people on the dangers of rape drugs, U of I wants everyone to be in the know. Mass e-mails are sent out in case of a campus emergency, as well as text messages to students registered for the emergency notification system. Students are notified of any increases in crime or assaults so that they can be especially careful when they travel the campus at those times. All the resources are there, and if you choose to utilize them, your time at U of I should be very safe.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 2
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 70
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 7
  • Sex Offenses: 7
  • Vehicle Theft: 11
Security Office
Division of Public Safety/Police Department
1110 W. Springfield Ave.
911 or 9-911 (campus phone), (217) 333-1216 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • Blue emergency phones
  • Rape Aggression Defense System (RAD)
  • SafeRides
  • Student Patrol Walking Escorts
Health Center
McKinley Health Center
1109 S. Lincoln Ave.
(217) 333-2701
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • Basic medical care
  • Counseling services
  • Dial-A-Nurse Hotline (24/7)
  • Flu clinic
  • HIV/STD testing
  • Immunization and travel medicine
  • Laboratory services
  • Mental health clinic
  • Pharmacy
  • Radiology
  • Sports medicine
  • Women's care
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
The Dial-A-Nurse hotline is open all day, every day. You can call this number for assistance with a simple cold or even for suspected alcohol poisoning. The people who work there are comforting and give great advice, just what you need when you have a health problem and the clinic is closed.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 184 responses

  • 16% Criminal activity near campus
  • 16% Theft/robberies
  • 14% Walking alone
  • 10% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 10% Excessive drinking
  • 7% Non-students on campus
  • 6% Unlit pathways
  • 4% Drugs
  • 4% Dorm safety
  • 3% None
  • 3% Gang violence
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 47 responses

Strongly Disagree
Strongly Agree
  • Alcohol plays a significant role in sexual assault on campus.
  • Campus administrators provide a supportive environment for victims of sexual assault.
  • Campus administrators work hard to actively prevent sexual assaults on our campus.
  • A friend, a classmate, or I have been a victim of sexual assault on/near our campus.
  • Our campus has easily accessible support services in place to address sexual assaults.
  • Sexual assaults are a serious problem on campus.
  • Students take the issue of sexual assault on campus seriously.

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 180 responses

  • 29% High quality, very convenient.
  • 39% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 12% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 16% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 1% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 3% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 182 responses

  • 9% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 52% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 29% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 8% Not very visible.
  • 2% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 183 responses

  • 13% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 46% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 38% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 3% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.


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