Loyola’s private police force, Campus Safety, hasn’t sent out a crime alert this semester despite a string of recent violent crimes near campus and in the neighboring Rogers Park community, reports show.
Campus Safety’s crime alerts — emails sent to students when a crime occurs near campus — are supposed to be sent if there’s an imminent threat to Loyola community members, The Phoenix reported.
Because Loyola receives federal funding, it’s required to comply with the Clery Act, which mandates campus police be transparent about crime happening on or around college campuses.
When there’s a crime on or around a campus covered by the Clery Act, officials are required to decide if there’s a “serious or ongoing threat to the campus community to determine if a timely warning needs to be issued to all staff and students,” according to the law.
The last crime alert emailed to the Loyola community was April 15, records show. The last notification of violence from Campus Safety was a community alert posted July 10 on the police force’s website, instead of being emailed to the Loyola community, after a sexual assault in the neighborhood.
Rogers Park experienced a violent summer with multiple shootings, several instances of violence near CTA stations and a series of robberies, The Phoenix reported.
A man was stabbed and a police officer was injured Sept. 9 on the 6500 block of North Ashland Avenue near Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus (LSC). Despite the incident’s close proximity to campus, Campus Safety didn’t send a crime alert because the offender was arrested quickly and no longer posed a threat, university officials told The Phoenix at the time.
Campus Safety’s Police Chief Tom Murray didn’t respond to requests to comment from The Phoenix. Sarah Howell, a Loyola spokesperson, didn’t respond to questions from The Phoenix.
Campus Safety’s lack of crime alerts has caused students such as Allison Shoy, a sophomore neuroscience major, to stop relying on crime alerts.
“I don’t feel like we get that many crime updates,” Shoy said. “I definitely hear a lot more from The Phoenix and my friends. I’m signed up for the [Campus Safety] crime updates, but I don’t get them.”
Austin Runde, a junior molecular biology major, said he thinks students need to be notified more often of crimes happening in the area.
“I think it would be nice if we got notifications for any kind of crime or events that happen all around even if it doesn’t seem like a big deal,” Runde said. “It would be nice to know what’s going on around us.”
Elise Heinze, a sophomore advertising and public relations major, said she thinks other sources including Roam RoPo, a Facebook page not affiliated with Loyola where students can alert others of crime and other situations, help students stay informed.
“I think [Campus Safety needs] to be held accountable,” Heinze said.