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Safe and sound. Charleston, IL was rated the second safest college town in the U.S. in 2017. The University Police Department is committed to thorough patrol and enforcement to provide a safe and comfortable campus climate where education can be of top priority. The following proactive measures can be taken to increase preparedness and ensure student safety.


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Stay SecureOn campus residents are encouraged to lock their doors when leaving, napping, and going to bed for the night; and avoid lending friends/acquaintances keys to access residence halls, floors, and elevators. Students living off campus should always lock their doors at night and when leaving the house/apartment. Avoid traveling alone at night and walk on well-lit and regularly traveled paths.



Be aware. Remain aware of your surroundings at all times and recognize any potential vulnerability. Keep in mind the blue emergency phones located throughout campus to aid you in the case of perceived threat/emergency. Sign up for EIU Alert text messages and emails - a system that notifies the subscriber (student, parent, guardian, faculty/staff) of any possible or active threats on campus or the surrounding area and advises any action that should be taken to ensure safety.



Report Incidents. All emergencies can be reported to the University Police Department by dialing 911 or by using any campus emergency phone. All suspicious persons, vehicles, activities, and any accidents or hazardous conditions should also be reported to UPD as quickly as possible.


Additional Information & Resources

Sexual/Violent Misconduct

Sexual assault, harassment, dating and domestic violence, and stalking information and protocol can be found in the Annual Security Report. These acts are prohibited and will not be tolerated. We are committed to ongoing awareness and prevention of sexual assault and misconduct on EIU's campus. All new students and new employees are required to complete prevention programs and training. The University also maintains other sexual assault awareness, prevention, and bystander intervention programs available to students and faculty/staff.


Spring Break Safety

At EIU we care for and promote students' safety and well-being on and off campus. Whether you are planning a beach getaway or heading home, these tips can ensure optimal health and safety this spring break. 


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Contact Information

Eastern Illinois University Police Department

7th & Grant
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
For emergencies call 911
Non-Emergency Dispatch – 217-581-3212
Police Records & Administration – 217-581-3213

Eastern Illinois University Police Parking

Parking Services – 217-581-5416

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