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Public Safety Escorts

Effective as of August, 2018

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Illinois Institute of Technology continuously strives to provide services designed to keep our campus safe. In support of this effort, the Illinois Tech Department of Public Safety (IIT DPS) offers security escorts to Illinois Tech faculty, staff, and students in situations where individuals have a significant concern about their personal safety.

The following updated policy for the Illinois Tech Mies (Main) Campus Public Safety Escort Service will be effective beginning August 2018. Please note that:

  1. Security escorts are not a convenience in lieu of other transportation options such as taxi/car services and the CTA;
  2. Requests that are not safety related will not be accepted.

Illinois Tech Main Campus Public Safety Escort Policy

A Public Safety officer will escort members of the Illinois Tech community to any Illinois Tech facility on Main Campus if individuals express a significant concern about their personal safety. Security escorts to off-­campus locations from Mies Campus will also be available, during specific hours, to a limited number of destinations. As previously noted, such security escorts are not in lieu of taking public transportation or using a taxi/car service.

Escort Request Telephone Number

To keep emergency phone lines open, Illinois Tech department of Public Safety (IIT DPS) has activated a security escort request number, 312.808.6310.


Security escorts are provided on an as-­available basis and are based on priority. Requests for security escorts to on-­campus locations will be given first priority, particularly security escorts between university facilities and residence halls, on campus parking lots, and public transportation sites. Escorts to off-campus locations will be given using a specific Public Safety vehicle, and such escorts will be only to specific sites in the local area.

Hours of Service

On-campus security escorts may be requested at any time if students, faculty, or staff express a significant concern about their personal safety.

Off-­campus security escorts are available between the hours of 7 p.m.–3 a.m. for students, faculty, and staff. If an off-­campus security escort is requested outside of these hours, it must be for a specific safety concern and will be considered on a case-­by-­case basis.

On-Campus Escorts

On-­campus security escorts may take several forms. A Public Safety officer on bike patrol may ride next to you. An officer on foot may walk with you to your destination on campus, or an officer may follow you or drive you to your destination in a marked patrol car.

Off-Campus Escorts

Off-­campus security van escorts begin from a central pick-­up point and are offered on a first-­come, first-­served basis. The van will leave Galvin Library (Sunday through Thursday nights) and Hermann Hall’s southwest entrance (Friday and Saturday nights) at regular intervals from 7 p.m.–3 a.m. Passengers will be dropped off at the following off-­campus locations.  Students who reside at Prairie Shores, Lake Meadows and South Common will be taken to their perspective doors of their building. Added to our rotation is a stop at 36th & Dearborn for Students who live south of Mies Campus.

  • 32nd and Rhodes (Lake Meadows)
  • 29th and Vernon (Prairie Shores)
  • 2941 S. Indiana (South Commons)
  • 31st and Normal (Bridgeport)
  • 35th and Halsted (Bridgeport)
  • 36th and Dearborn(South)

At Galvin Library, please wait in line at the south end of the lobby, opposite the circulation desk, Sunday through Thursday nights. At Hermann Hall, please wait at the southwest entrance, Friday and Saturday nights. The van will pick up passengers on a first-­come, first-­served basis. The number of people waiting for the escort van may exceed its capacity, and this will result in longer waits, especially during peak periods.

The van is expected to make approximately two or more round trips per hour, depending upon how many passenger destinations are requested and traffic conditions. The exact time of arrival and departure, however, cannot be guaranteed.


Illinois Tech identification must be shown in order to receive security escorts. No alcoholic beverages or controlled substances are permitted in the vehicles.

If you have questions, please call the Public Safety security escort number at 312.808.6310.