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Important Reminders
Please review the information below and remember, the Department of Public Safety can be reached by phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 217.245.3111 (please store this number in your phone if you haven’t already done so). Additional useful information can be found on the Connect2 Public Safety page.


Department of Public Safety
An escort to any location on campus may be obtained by calling the Department of Public Safety (217.245.3111) and a member of the department will provide this service.

SAFE Referral

Safe IC is designed to provide a coordinated referral system, a detailed behavioral assessment process, an internal communications structure, an intentional intervention strategy, and a comprehensive monitoring system to allow for followup and support. The SAFE IC Referral is designed to enable a person to voluntarily report behaviors that may raise concerns about a faculty, staff or student's safety or pose a threat to another person. The referral provides a mechanism for alerting appropriate personnel to potential concerns, helping them to respond to individual incidents and assisting them in finding patterns of behavior that might indicate growing problems. An incident, in this context, is an event that does not warrant immediate intervention. In the event of an emergency or crisis situation that requires immediate attention, call 911.

Active Shooter Training

The Public Safety site on Connect2 has a link to a training video called Shots Fired on Campus which provides valuable information about responding to a situation of an active shooter. Please take time to review this valuable information.

A brief summary of the training:

An active shooter is an event in which one or more persons are actively engaging in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area. In most cases, active shooters use firearms and there is no apparent pattern or method to their selection of victims. These situations are dynamic and evolve rapidly, with immediate deployment of law enforcement officers to stop the shooting and mitigate harm to innocent people. Because active shooter situations are often over within 10 to 15 minutes, before law enforcement arrives on the scene, individuals must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with an active shooter situation.

HOW TO RESPOND WHEN AN ACTIVE SHOOTER IS IN YOUR VICINITY: Quickly determine the most reasonable way to protect your own life. Remember that others are likely to follow your lead during an active shooter situation.

"WHAT IF" THINKING: Thinking through scenarios in your head can help you respond faster. Take time to understand your surroundings and environment then make a plan. During an active shooter or hostile intruder event, there are three choices an individual can make: Run. Hide. Fight.

HOW TO RESPOND WHEN LAW ENFORCEMENT ARRIVES: Law enforcement's purpose is to stop the active shooter as soon as possible. Officers will proceed directly to the area in which the last shots were heard.

Emergency Notification

IC ALERT is a state-of-the-art emergency notification system that sends important messages from the College to your mobile phone and email as well as pop-ups messages to campus computers. This service will only be used in emergency situations to provide information and directions for you to follow.

Emergency Phones

emergency phone
The department of public safety currently maintains ten blue-light emergency phones located at various places around campus. These phones are easily recognized by the blue light located above the phone. The phones are equipped with a red emergency button which, when pushed, automatically connects you to the 911 emergency operator and activates the blue light to flash, drawing attention to the area. These phones also have a conventional key pad which can be used for nonemergency calls. Most academic and residence hall buildings have a phone located in the lobby or foyer areas. Everyone should observe and become familiar with the locations of these phones.

Rape Aggression Defense

The Rape Aggression Defense Basic Personal Defense System is a national program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques taught for women only. All courses are taught by nationally certified R.A.D. Instructors. The goal of R.A.D. is to provide realistic self-defense options to women, regardless of their level of physical conditioning. Students at all levels of ability, age, experience, and strength will be provided with techniques and information that can be effectively used from the first day of class. R.A.D. is not a martial arts program, nor does it require students to be athletes in training to succeed. The R.A.D. system will provide students with the knowledge to make an educated decision about personal defense. We provide information on physical and non-physical options, as well as insight into the attacker mindset. Every student receives a manual for reference and practice. Once a student has completed a R.A.D. program, their signed manual becomes a ticket for free lifetime return and practice with any R.A.D. instructor in the US and Canada.

Vehicle Registration

All motor vehicles, including motorcycles and motor driven scooters, must be registered with the Department of Public Safety, whether a parking permit is purchased or not. All motor vehicles including motorcycles and motor driven scooters must be parked in marked parking spaces in the appropriate parking lot based on the color of the properly displayed permit. Instructions on how to register your vehicle can be found on the Public Safety page on Connect2.