Campus Safety

Emergency Notification System

UIC has implemented a text-messaging system, called the SMS Emergency Notification System, to enhance the university’s ability to alert the campus to emergencies such as serious crimes, weather emergencies, and similar incidents. Subscribers to this free service automatically receive brief bulletins to their cell phones or other text message capable devices in the event of an emergency. You can sign up for the SMS Emergency Notification System online. To sign up for this service, you will first need to activate your netid.

The SMS Emergency Notification System augments other forms of communication in the event of an emergency, including urgent massmails sent to UIC e-mail addresses, postings to the Emergency Information Web page, and recorded announcements left on the emergency information line at (312) 413-9696.

Emergency Contact Information 

We encourage you to update the emergency contact information in your student record so campus officials can get in touch with the appropriate people quickly and easily in the case of an emergency situation.

To update your emergency contact information online:

  • Go to
  • Log in with your netID and password.
  • Select the “Academics” tab, then select “Records.”
  • Select “Change your Emergency Contact Information including Mental Health Contact and Primary Contact if Missing.”
  • Select the “Emergency Contacts” and then “New Contact” to add your emergency contact information for each person.

Startel Emergency Phones on Campus

There are over 1,000 Startel emergency phones on campus; they are easily identified as 8-foot blue light poles. The red call button activates an alarm and flashing light and immediately connects you to UIC Police.

Police/Student Patrol Escort

Students can call (312) 996-2830 to request an escort to walk them to their campus destination.

Red Car Service

UIC offers students a nighttime transportation service between university facilities within the following boundaries: Halsted Street on the east, Western Avenue on the west, Eisenhower Expressway on the north, and Roosevelt Road on the south. Red car service is only available to those with a valid UIC i-card; riders will be asked to present their i-cards. The service operates daily between 11 p.m. – 7 a.m. To arrange for transportation, call (312) 996-6800. The average wait time is 15 minutes during the week and 30 minutes during the weekend.

UIC Police Phone Numbers

UIC Policy Emergency: (312) 355-5555
UIC Police Non-emergency: (312) 996-2830