Campus Safety Update

Dear campus community member:

We want to provide you with an update about a crime incident we detailed in a Campus Safety Notice on Oct. 8.

As we detailed in that notice, a U. of I. student reported that he was walking near Fifth and Green streets, Champaign, where he was confronted by a person who pushed him and demanded money. The student followed the offender to an ATM, withdrew cash and gave it to the offender.

University Police used security camera images to identify the offender as a 16-year-old person. He was arrested Sunday for robbery. Because of the alleged offender’s age, we are unable to offer additional information.

The incidents detailed in Campus Safety Notices you received on Friday and Sunday remain under investigation. University Police take reports of sexual assault seriously, and we work with survivors to proceed in a way that is understanding of their experience and supportive of their needs.

As always, thank you for continuing to take proactive steps like the ones listed below to look out for yourselves and others. University Police are taking steps to maintain safety in the Campustown area.

Our community. Our safety.

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus is a safe one, but a community of our size will never be crime-free. University Police and its partner law enforcement agencies work hard to prevent crime and to quickly identify and arrest offenders when crime occurs, but you play the most important role in keeping our campus community safe. 

  • Stay together. Do not walk alone at night. Travel in groups and in well-lit areas. Call 217-333-1216 for a SafeWalks escort if you need one.
  • Be alert. Maintaining awareness of your surroundings is critical, especially when traveling at night. Wearing headphones or looking at your phone diminishes your ability to respond to your surroundings. Walk with purpose, and stay attentive.
  • Trust your instincts. If it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. Call police if something looks odd — we’re happy to assist, and even the smallest bit of information could prevent another crime.
  • Watch out for each other. Call 911 immediately if you or someone else is in danger. The University encourages students to take appropriate action to protect others’ safety by reducing students’ fear of legal or disciplinary consequences to the victim or themselves. For more information, please review the Medical Amnesty and Survivor Protections.
  • If you choose to consume alcohol, please be responsible. Remember your ability to respond is diminished by overconsumption of alcohol.

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