Guidelines & Procedures

Building Security and Access: 


The University is committed to providing an environment which provides personal safety for all university members and visitors.  University security services provide for card access entry; issuing keys to only authorized individuals, effective lighting, security patrols, safety information, and intercoms on the hallway walls in the main campus and at the entry doors to the main campus, as well as monitoring emergency call stations in the parking lots and 911 calls placed from our campus.  The effectiveness of all security also depends on all university members cooperation, to include: 1) office doors and other secured doors are not propped open; 2) keys and access cards not to be given to others; 3) all doors be locked at all times when not occupied, and; 4) suspicious persons observed in or around buildings should be reported to Campus Security immediately.  

Access and Visitors 

Access to all buildings is gained using your ID card.  DO NOT use any of the doors marked "Emergency Exit Only".  These doors will send an alarm to the Security Station.  All visitors are required to check in with Campus Security.  Campus Security staff are stationed in the Main Lobby (8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) and the North Auditorium Entrance (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).  Visitors can also make contact with Security by using the intercoms located at other entrance doors. Visitors will need to present some form of identification and will be issued a visitor pass. Visitors who will be at the campus less than two hours may utilize the visitor parking spaces in front of the building.  All visitors who will be at the University longer than two hours should park in either the North or South parking lots. 

Security Cameras

Surveillance cameras are in use at RFUMS.  These cameras allow Security to view and record critical areas inside and outside the building.  


RFUMS is equipped with an intercom system, located on the walls of the hallways.  There are 52 intercoms inside the building.  The system is always active and can be used to connect with Security.  There are also three emergency call boxes located outside (one each in the North and South lots and one by Student Housing).  In addition, most entry doors have intercoms to connect with Security if your ID is not working.

Theft Prevention

RFUMS is not liable for loss of personal items on school grounds.  Keep all valuables locked away.  Security is everyone's responsibility; report any suspicious activities to Campus Security immediately.  

Escort Service

Escort services to your vehicle or Student Housing for safety purposes is available by contacting Campus Security.  

Lost and Found

Campus Security serves as the center for lost and found items.  Items will be kept for a period of 30 days.  

Report Procedures:

To help provide a safe and secure environment, all members of RFUMS are encouraged and expected to report any criminal activity or emergency they observe as promptly as possible to the Department of Campus Security.  RFUMS Security is staffed 24 hours a day.  All reports made will be used to create the annual report of crimes on campus to the Department of Education and to provide timely warnings to the University community of crimes committed.  Campus Security can be reached by dialing x3288 or "0" from any campus phone (off campus dial 847-578-3288).  Any officer will respond as quickly as possible, assess the situation, and take the appropriate action, including contacting local authorities when necessary.

 In emergency situations you should dial 911 first and speak with North Chicago Police and Fire dispatchers.  

Campus Security is automatically alerted anytime a 911 call is made and we will respond to the area and/or call the phone number making the call to confirm that an emergency exists.  Additionally, to contact Security there are three emergency call poles located outside - in the North Lot (on the drive), in the South Lot (by the basketball court), and behind Student Housing Building 201 (next to the Pavilion).  There are also emergency call boxes located throughout the main campus on the hallway walls.  

To report crimes anonymously: Call extension 3232 or, 948-578-3232 after 6:00 p.m. or anytime on the weekends and leave a message. You do not need to leave your name.  You may also call the Compliance Line: 800-254-0460, and remain anonymous. 

Daily Open/Crime Log

Campus Security maintains a daily log, which notes all crimes reported to the department, except when disclosure of such information is prohibited by law or when it would jeopardize the confidentiality of the victim. Information may be temporarily withheld if it would; a) jeopardize an ongoing criminal investigation or the safety of an individual; b) cause a suspect to flee or evade detection; or c) result in the destruction of evidence. The open log will reflect the date and time, the general location, the nature of the crime, and the disposition of the incident, if known. The Daily Open/Crime Log is available for review during normal business hours, excluding university recognized holidays, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday in the Campus Security office. Or click here to view it online.

Off-Campus Contacts:

Emergency: Police, Fire and Medical (monitored by Campus Security)


Scholl Foot and Ankle Center

(847) 473-4357

North Chicago Police Department (Non-Emergency)

(847) 596-8774

Gurnee Police Department (Non-Emergency)

(847) 599-7000

Waukegan Police Department (Non-Emergency)

(847) 360-9000

Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center (24 Hour Hotline)

(847) 872-7799

Student Counseling Services

(847) 578-8723

Student Health Services

(847) 473-4357

Student Housing

(847) 578-8350

Division of Student Housing

(847) 578-8354

Campus Security Authority

RFUMS Campus Security has the authority to enforce all University policies as well as all local, state, and federal laws. Campus Security does not have arrest authority. However, we may detain individuals when reasonable evidence relating to a crime being committee is apparent or when necessary to protect life or personal safety.

Local Police Support

RFUMS receives law enforcement support and services from the North Chicago Police and the North Chicago Veterans Administration Police. The University maintains a cooperative relationship with these agencies as well as any other local, state, or federal agencies.

Alcoholic Beverages

The possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages is restricted on campus. All alcohol brought on campus or used for special events must be cleared through the Office of the President (with the exception of Student Housing; inside individual apartments only). Rosalind Franklin University does enforce all laws regarding the possession, consumption of, or serving to underage individuals.


Illegal Drugs

All federal, state, and local laws regulating the possession, use, and sale of controlled substances are in force on the RFUMS Campus.

Personal Safety Tips:

  • Vehicle – Keep doors locked and windows rolled up in traffic, especially at stoplights. Always lock your vehicle.
  • Valuables – Keep them out of sight in the trunk, never on the seat. Mount cellular phones, etc., out of sight, if possible.
  • Parking – Park in areas that will be well lit when you return. Make a mental note of where you park, so you can find your vehicle quickly. Be especially alert in parking garages, regardless of the time of day. Have your keys out as you approach your vehicle. Check the back seat and around the vehicle to see if anyone is hiding.
  • Vehicle Trouble – Put on emergency flashers, raise the hood and tie a white cloth to your outside mirror. Stay inside the vehicle with windows up. If someone stops, crack the window and ask him or her to call the policy and a nearby garage. Carr a “Send Help” or “Call Police” banner in your vehicle.
On Public Transportation:
  • Subways and trains – Wait in well lit areas, near other people. Stay alert. If someone bothers you, make noise so other passengers know.
  • Buses – Wait near others. Sit in an aisle seat near the driver, if possible.
  • Taxis – Have the driver wait until you’re safely inside the building.
In Hotels and Motels:
  • Leave valuables in a safe at the front desk, not in your room or luggage. Always keep your room key with you. Double-lock the door when you’re inside. Tell the clerk not to give out your room number.
  • Get on with a group if possible. Stand away from the door while waiting alone. Don’t ride an elevator alone with a stranger. If you’re uncomfortable with a stranger, get off immediately. Stand near the control panel, and hit the alarm button if necessary.

Protect Yourself at Home:

  • Lights – Leave at least one on inside and outside when you’re away. If you are away use a timer to turn lights on and off.
  • Locks – Be sure any door and window locks can be opened quickly in an emergency.
  • Strangers – Install a peephole if possible. Don’t open your door for strangers, unexpected repair people, deliveries, etc. Always ask for a company ID and call to verify if you are suspicious.
Protect Yourself on the Street:
  • Walk with someone.
  • Stay alert to those around you. If you must walk alone, walk confidently. Go into a public place if you need to ask directions. Avoid isolated areas, parks, and parking lots. Know where you are going and the safest way to get there. Tell a friend when you’re leaving and when you expect to arrive. Avoid carrying lots of packages; it can make you look defenseless. Don’t wear headphones; they make you less aware of what’s going on around you.