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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: This past year, I received multiple emails about sexual assaults on campus so I do not know exactly what happened but I think something should be done..

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on my campus and believe there isn't a big issue with crime. We have an organization called Safe Walk where other students aid others during nighttime hours, so that they feel safe and have someone else there with them. We also have university police who are great at responding to worried civilians and they have a big presence on campus, which makes me feel safe.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Everyone is required to learn about campus safety.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I haven't had any problems, but I know people who have reportedly gotten subpar care at McKinley clinic.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safety is not really a concern on campus, but I haven't ever been in danger so I may not know as much as others. The "safe rides" program is bad though, and they may sometimes just tell you to take the bus when they are full. I've personally never felt uncomfortable walking alone at night, but there are some parts near campus that I wouldn't go.


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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 221 responses

  • 16% Criminal activity near campus
  • 15% Theft/robberies
  • 13% Walking alone
  • 11% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 10% Excessive drinking
  • 7% Non-students on campus
  • 6% Unlit pathways
  • 4% Drugs
  • 4% None
  • 4% Dorm safety
  • 3% Gang violence
  • 2% 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 138 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 visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 220 responses

  • 10% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 55% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 26% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 7% Not very visible.
  • 1% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 273 responses

  • 16% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 47% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 34% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 2% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.


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