Establishing a Safe Campus
Elgin Community College is committed to student success and keeping everyone safe. Our mission continues even during this extraordinary time. As we strive to improve people’s lives through learning, your health and safety remain our top priority. As our knowledge and understanding of COVID-19 evolve, our policies and ECC will update plans appropriately and comply with state and local guidelines.
Campus Emergency Operations Plan
The Campus Emergency Operations Plan (CEOP) describes the system that will be used by Elgin Community College (ECC) to prepare for, protect from, mitigate against, respond to, and recover from significant incidents on campus. The CEOP is adopted by the ECC Board every three years and is a board-level policy. The CEOP is maintained and updated by ECC’s Emergency Management to maintain best practices based on a continuous improvement program.
The CEOP is supplemented with the Campus Violence Prevention Plan, hazard-specific annexes, and function-specific annexes. The plan and its support documents are submitted to the local municipal and county emergency management officials for coordination. It is reviewed annually and consistently tested through training and exercises.
Planning for emergencies and disasters is not only the responsibility of the ECC Emergency Management but of all the departments and individuals of the college. The CEOP provides a framework for all ECC plans in response to all hazards and threats to the ECC community.
Download the Campus Emergency Operations Plan - PDF
ECC Police Department
Trained and experienced experts at preventing crime and enforcing the law on campus to ensure the safety of the ECC community. Learn more about the ECC Police Department.
Firearms/Weapons Free Campus
All persons are prohibited from possessing firearms and/or weapons on property owned, leased, or controlled by ECC, including those persons with a valid federal or state license to possess firearms or weapons unless authorized by law or expressly exempted by federal or state law or ECC regulation. View firearms/weapons policy.
Campus Safety Tips
Tips to ensure your safety on campus or seek emergency assistance.
- Never leave personal property unattended, even for a few seconds. That includes books, jackets, handbags, book bags, wallets, keys, etc.
- Lock your desk, locker, or office door when unattended.
- Store any valuables in your vehicle in the glove compartment or locked in your trunk. Do not leave valuables in plain view.
- Mark personal property with an engraving pencil when practical, and write your name in all books.
- Maintain a record of your valuables, including serial and model numbers, identifying characteristics, and value.
- Keep handbags/purses closed to prevent onlookers from seeing the contents, and never set them on the floor in a restroom.
- Do not carry large sums of money or other valuables unless necessary.
- Be mindful of your personal belongings when you engage in sporting or athletic events and other student life activities.
- Ask for help or scream for help if you ever feel threatened or sense a problem.
- Use the college's officer escort service or the buddy system when going to and from parking lots, especially at night.
- Keep your doors and windows locked while driving and after exiting your vehicle.
- Park and stay in well-lit areas, especially at night. Once you arrive at your vehicle, do not linger.
- Always be aware of your surroundings, look around frequently, and do not use cell phones or other auditory devices which can distract you and dull your responses when walking to and from classes.
- Walk directly, confidently, and at a steady pace.
- Palm your car keys before you exit buildings to ensure no wasted time unlocking your vehicle. Before getting into your car, check the back seat to ensure no one is inside.
- Leave enough space to maneuver around vehicles stopped in front of you at intersections whenever possible so that you can get away should anyone approach your vehicle.
- If you feel threatened, an option is to hit your vehicle alarm button on your key fob and/or yell, "Fire!" Studies show that bystanders respond quickly to calls of "Fire."
- If there are threats of violence, call 911 and/or 847-214-7777.
- If you request an escort to your vehicle, please call 847-214-7778 (ECC police department non-emergencies).
Elgin Community College partners with Rave Mobile Safety to offer an emergency alert notification system called 'Rave Alert' to deliver reliable emergency text and email messages to employees and students any time there is an emergency or safety issue for the campus community.
No registration is required. You are automatically signed up if you are an Elgin Community College faculty, administrator, staff, current student, or prospective student. Log in to your account at emergency.elgin.edu | Get instructions for Rave Alert.