Various colorful prints, leaves and lights hanging from the ceiling of a gallery space.

Aimée Beaubien, Twist Affix, 2017, cut-up inkjet prints, vintage c-prints, paracord, carabiners, miniature clothespins, oscillating fan, grow lights on fabric cord with dried gomphrena, eucalyptus, lemons, limes, and fallen acorns

Stay Safe

Safe Ride and Campus Escort Program

As an alternative to walking alone, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago provides escorts between campus buildings and nearby bus and train stops. This service is available 24-hours per day, 7-days per week.

Students and employees may request an escort at any SAIC security desk. A security officer will be dispatched to your location on campus to walk with you between campus buildings. Escorts should be requested at the Security Desk approximately 10 to 15 minutes before you would like to leave.

SafeRide is an on-demand, ride-sharing service provided by SAIC in partnership with TransLōc.  SafeRide is available from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. during the fall and spring semesters. 
Riders can watch their vehicle live, receive notifications as it approaches, and change or cancel their request. Use the TransLōc app to request a ride. Visit the SafeRide site for complete details.

Safety Tips

SAIC is committed to providing a safe and secure learning, working, and living environment. Because SAIC is an urban campus, it is important for students, faculty, and staff to keep the following safety tips in mind.

  • When you are alone, avoid wearing headphones, try not to be engrossed in reading, and avoid talking on your cellular telephone for long periods of time.
  • Carry wallets in a coat or front pants pocket.
  • If someone tries to rob you, give up your property—don't give up yourself. Don't struggle with an offender unless it's absolutely necessary.
  • Report crime immediately. If a crime goes unreported: The assailant cannot be caught. Criminals are allowed to operate without interference.

Not reporting a crime allows the criminals to commit more crimes against other people. Whether you are a victim or a witness, call the police at 911. Give as complete a description as possible, as soon as possible. Write it down! You may not remember it when you need it. Make notes about the offender's height, weight, sex, age, race, distinguishing marks and clothing. Get witnesses if you can.

  • To keep your personal belongings safe inside of your locker at all times, we would like to suggest some options when choosing a lock for your locker.

    • Locks should be metal and strong, with at least a 6mm (millimeter) shackle. Please DO NOT choose a lock with a small shackle, or a small lock that can easily be broken (i.e. TSA travel locks or small locks that fit on a suitcase).
    • A combination lock or a key lock is fine. 

    If you ever find that your locker has been broken into, or you notice that your lock/locker has been tampered with, please visit the nearest security desk and inform Campus Security immediately.

  • We urge all members of our community to be vigilant against scams and fraud. Please know that police will never ask for payment to resolve a criminal matter, and most schemes are designed to capitalize on a fear of not cooperating with government authorities. The following tips can help protect you:

    • Safety First. If you are concerned for your safety, contact Campus Security by going to the security desk in any building lobby, pressing the red button on any campus phone, or calling 312.899.1230. Off-campus, contact the Chicago Police Department by calling 911.
    • Don’t Answer and/or Just Hang Up. If you answer the phone and hear a recorded sales pitch, hang up and report it to the FTC. These calls are illegal, and often the products are fake. Do not press one to speak to a person or to be taken off the list as that could lead to more calls. It's often safest to not answer telephone calls from people you don’t know and let them go to voicemail.
    • Don’t Be Pressured. Scammers often threaten you and pressure you to prove your innocence. Hang up and don’t respond.
    • Talk to Someone. Before you give money or personal information, talk to someone you trust. Con artists want you to make decisions in a hurry and might even threaten you. Slow down, check out the story, do an online search, consult an expert—or just tell a friend.
    • Get Others Involved. If someone tells you that you are being investigated, speak to Campus Security, law enforcement, a parent, or a trusted friend.
    • Spot Imposters. Scammers often pretend to be someone you trust, like a government official, a family member, a charity, or a company with whom you do business. Do not send money or give out personal information in response to an unexpected request—whether it comes as a text, a phone call, or an email.
    • Google It. Type a company or product name into your favorite search engine with words like “review,” “complaint,” or “scam.” Search for a phrase that describes your situation, like “IRS call.” You can even search for phone numbers to see if other people have reported them as scams.
    • Do Not Believe Your Caller ID. Technology makes it easy for scammers to fake caller ID information, so the name and number you see are not always real. If someone calls asking for money or personal information, hang up. If you think the caller might be telling the truth, call back to a number you know is genuine.
    • Do Not Pay Upfront for a Promise. Someone might ask you to pay in advance for things like debt relief, credit, and loan offers, mortgage assistance, or a job. They might even say you have won a prize, but first, you have to pay taxes or fees. If you do, they will probably take the money and disappear.
    • Consider How You Pay. Credit cards have significant fraud protection built in, but some payment methods do not. Wiring money through services like Western Union or MoneyGram is risky because it is nearly impossible to get your money back. That’s also true of bank transfers, prepaid debit cards, and gift cards (like iTunes or Google Play). Government offices and honest companies won’t require you to use these payment methods.
    • Don’t Hand Your Phone to a Stranger. Don’t hand your phone to someone you don’t know, especially if you are logged into a banking, credit card, or other payment app. The other person can easily change the payment amount while entering their phone number or other information. It is often impossible to get bank and peer-to-peer money transfers (such as Zelle) reversed.

Reporting a Crime or Emergency

  • Press the emergency button on those phones in SAIC buildings that have an orange sticker with the word "EMERGENCY" on it next to the button; 
  • Call Campus Security at extension 9-1230 from an SAIC phone; or, 
  • Call Campus Security at 312.899.1230 from a non-SAIC phone.

Emergency Communication

SAIC will provide immediate updates via cell phone text messages, voice messages, and/or email. In the event of an emergency, check these messaging systems for specific instructions on evacuation or sheltering-in-place.

Students, please make sure your contact information is up to date so you can receive these important messages. Go to Self-Service > Personal Details > Contact Details to update your information or add your parent so they receive alerts.

Contact Us

Campus Security Main Office

Sharp Building

37 S. Wabash Ave., suite 704 

Phone: 312.629.9180

280 Building

280 S. Columbus Dr., 312.443.3760

Sullivan Center

36 S. Wabash Ave., 312.629.6199

Sharp Building

37 S. Wabash Ave., 312.899.1210

MacLean Center

112 S. Michigan Ave., 312.345.3528

Jones Hall

7 W. Madison St., 312.516.5300

162 North State Street Residences

162 N. State St., 312.846.2100

Lakeview Building

116 S. Michigan Ave., 312.629.9422