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Crime Advisories are issued in compliance with the Timely Notice provisions of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, a federal statue governing the reporting and disclosure of crimes on college campuses.

Campus Crime Advisories are issued to aid in the prevention of crimes and/or to warn of possible dangerous conditions on or near the Illinois State University campus. 


November 14, 2013


On Wednesday, November 13, 2013, at approximately 8:24 PM ISU Police received a report of a student robbed at gunpoint by two males while inside a parked vehicle at Cardinal Court.  The student called the police approximately 1 hour after the incident occurred and reported his cellphone was taken during the course of a failed drug transaction. 

The suspect vehicle was described as a white Ford.  This isolated incident is currently under investigation by the Illinois State University Police Department and limited information will be released. 

Anyone with additional information should contact the Illinois State University Police at (309) 438-8631.  Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1000 for tips that lead to the arrest of these offenders.  Please contact McLean County Crime Stoppers at (309) 828-1111. 

Students and others are strongly encouraged to immediately report ANY suspicious activity to the police. 

Crime Prevention Tips:

-Use Redbird Safe Walk for walking escorts 24 hours a day, 365 days a year; Dial 309-438-WALK

-Stay alert to your surroundings and the people around you.  Avoid wearing headphones, talking or texting on your cell phone, or anything which can distract you, including the excessive consumption of alcohol.

-Travel in groups and avoid going out alone at night.

-Plan the safest route to your destination; choose well lighted, busy pathways and streets.

-If someone is bothering or harassing you, tell the person in a loud voice to STAY AWAY.

-If a person with a weapon confronts you and wants your property give it up.  It is not worth being injured or losing your life over. 

-Carry your cell phone with you and be prepared to call 911 with a suspect description.

-If you are a victim or witness, call the police immediately and try to remember as many details as possible.

Past Crime Advisories

If you see something, say something!

Rest assured the University and ISU Police are taking extra precautions to ensure everyone’s safety. However, in light of the recent bomb threat we are advising the campus community to always remain aware and vigilant. If you see something, say something!

Link here to VIDEO


Options for Consideration Active Shooter Training Video

In light of the concerns raised during the recent ISU Emergency Alert, we are providing a link to the following information in the event of a true active shooter situation. However, remember there is a difference between a report of an armed subject and an active shooter.

Options for Consideration demonstrates possible actions to take if confronted with a active shooter scenario. The instructive video reviews the choices of evacuating, hiding, or, as an option of last resort, challenging the shooter. The video also shows how to assist authorities once law enforcement enters the scene.

Link here to video.

Redbird Safe Walk

(309) 438-WALK

pictureThis is a service open to students, faculty, and staff who would like an escort when walking to and from on-campus locations, bus stops, and apartments within close proximity to campus.

Learn more about Redbird Safe Walk 




Due to scheduling conlficts, the Fall 2013 RAD Class will not be held. As soon as the next class is scheduled, it will be posted on the RAD site.

Continue to check here for more information.

*Participants must attend all sessions.


Reminder this is a FREE service to all adult females attending ISU as well as those who live in the surrounding community. You must be a female of at least 16 years of age (with parental consent).

Students - please make sure your schedule will allow you to attend every day. If you are unable to commit to this attendance requirement, please wait for future sessions.

Register online or visit the ISU RAD site for more information.

Download the FREE Bird Watch Mobile App today!

The ISU Bird Watch Mobile App provides students, faculty, staff and others with important safety and security information about Illinois State University. The app includes our campus crime statistics, safety resources, and important information.

Users can access a number of important campus resources on topics that include emergency management, Title IX, travel abroad safety; mental health needs; off-campus housing; gender and sexual violence; crime prevention; protecting your online reputation, and more.

Visit the Bird Watch site or use the QR code to direct your mobile device to the download page.


Concealed Carry Update

The Illinois State University Academic Senate approved a new University Policy (5.1.1 Concealed Carry and Prohibited Weapons Policy) to clarify the University’s expectations under the 2013 Illinois Firearm Concealed Carry Act (430 ILCS 66 et seq.) and its enabling regulations.  A task force spent most of the fall semester studying the legislation and considering how to best implement regulations under the Act while maintaining the University’s commitment to a safe and secure environment for the University community and its guests.  The task force’s recommendations were considered by the Academic Senate at is last meeting.

The new policy applies to all University employees (faculty and staff), students, and visitors.   Under the new policy, the University maintains a Weapons and Firearms-Free policy for all University Property with some exceptions that are detailed in the policy.  These exceptions include:

  • Instruction and curriculum of officially recognized programs, including but not limited to military science; or
  • The firearm is carried by an on duty law enforcement officer required to carry a weapon or firearm as a condition of his or her employment; the firearm is carried by an enforcement officer from an external agency conducting official business on University property; or any other exception is deemed necessary as determined by the ISU Chief of Police; or
  • A concealed firearm may be stored within a personally owned vehicle only in certain unrestricted parking areas on campus, if the individual who is driving the vehicle has a concealed carry permit, and if all of conditions identified in the policy are met.

Parking areas at University High School and Metcalf Lab School and those used for parking by University High school students and certain employee spots within adjacent proximity of the lab schools are restricted from concealed carry.  In addition, concealed carry weapons are prohibited in parking areas identified as tailgating lots on home football game weekends and game days.  A list of parking areas where concealed carry is prohibited can be found in the University 5.1.1 Concealed Carry and Prohibited Weapons Policy.

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Phone: (309) 438-8631

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