Public Safety Escorts

Illinois Tech Public Safety Escort Services

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

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a reduced population on campus, escort services had been limited to non-vehicle on-campus escorts. With the progress seen in combating the virus through mitigation and vaccination, Public Safety is now in a position to restore the escort program to full service. This resumption of services will be effective beginning Monday, August 16, 2021. It is also important to note that security escorts are not a convenience in lieu of other transportation options, such as taxi/ridesharing services and/or CTA trains/buses. Requests that are not safety related will not be accepted.

Mies Campus Public Safety Escort Procedure
A Public Safety officer will escort members of the Illinois Tech community to any facility on Mies 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 specified number of destinations. As previously noted, such security escorts are not in lieu of taking public transportation or using a taxi/ridesharing service.

Masking Requirements
Upon resumption of the escort service, and until further notice, all community members using the escort service will be required to wear an appropriate mask or facial covering while inside any escort vehicle.

Escort Request Telephone Number
To request an escort, please call the Public Safety Escort Line at 312.808.6310.

Priority
Security escorts are provided when an officer becomes available and will be priority-based.  

Hours of Service
On-campus security escorts may be requested at any time, 24/7, if a student, faculty, or staff member expresses a significant concern about their personal safety.

Off-­campus security escorts are available between the hours of 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. for students, faculty, and staff.

On-­Campus Escorts
On-­campus security escorts may be completed in different ways, based on officer availability and the escort destination. Public Safety officers provide:

  • Walking escorts
  • Bike escorts, riding alongside
  • Vehicle escorts, in vehicle or riding alongside

Off-­Campus Escorts
Off-­campus security escorts begin from a central pick­up point on campus and are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. From August 16, 2021 until September 6, 2021, the Public Safety escort van (or another designated Public Safety vehicle) will leave IIT Tower Lobby (on Sunday through Thursday nights) and Hermann Hall’s southwest entrance (on Friday and Saturday nights) at regular intervals from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.  Beginning September 7, 2021, the escort service will pick up at Galvin Library instead of the IIT Tower and resume the normal Sunday-Thursday night route. Passengers will be dropped off at designated off-campus locations only. There are no exceptions. The current designated escort stops include:

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

At the IIT Tower, please wait in line at the south end of the lobby, by the check-in desk, on Sunday through Thursday nights. At Hermann Hall, please wait at the southwest entrance on Friday and Saturday nights. The number of people waiting for an escort may exceed the vehicle capacity and can result in longer waits, especially during peak periods. Department management may add an additional escort vehicle to the service during these peak times, based on availability.

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.

ID Requirement
Illinois Tech identification must be shown in order to receive security escorts.  

Prohibited Items
No alcoholic beverages, illicit drugs, or weapons are permitted in the vehicles.
If you have questions, please call the Public Safety Escort Line at 312.808.6310 or email Public Safety at publicsafety@iit.edu.