Emergency Planning & Violence Prevention

Campus Violence

Campus or workplace violence may include the use of deadly weapons. Advance warning is unlikely. Contact police at extension 5911 or (815) 836-5911 or 911 in the event of any incident of violence and try to remain calm for your safety and the safety of others.

Weapon Observed

  1. Call police at extension 5911 or (815) 836-5911, if it is safe to do so and advise exactly where you are located.
  2. Stay on the line with the dispatcher if it is safe to do so.
  3. Take no action to intervene.

Violent Crime in Progress (Such as an Active Shooter Situation)

If exiting the building is possible
  1. Exit the building immediately.
  2. Tell others who may be approaching to stay out of the building.
  3. Try to be aware of your surroundings.
  4. Notify police at extension 5911 or (815) 836-5911 or 911 immediately upon reaching a safe location.

If exiting the building is not possible

  1. Go to the nearest room or office.
  2. Close and lock the door.
  3. Choose a room without windows if possible, if not stay away from windows.
  4. Turn off the lights and remain quiet.
  5. DO NOT answer the door.
  6. Call police at extension 5911 or (815) 836-5911 or 911
  7. Remain in place until help arrives or you receive further direction from University communication systems (Send Word Now, Federal Informer system, the University PA system)

If the incident is occurring in the immediate area where you are located

  1. Try to exit if safe to do so.
  2. Take cover if threatened and you cannot exit.
  3. If possible, call police at extension 5911 or (815) 836-5911 or 911.


  1. Do not disturb, move, or touch any suspicious packages.
  2. Immediately evacuate the building using established evacuation routes.
  3. Call police at extension 5911 or (815) 836-5911 or 911. Provide as much information as possible and stay on the line with the dispatcher, if it is safe to do so.

Helpful Resources

Emergency Phones

For all campus emergencies, call Campus Police at extension 5911.

Cell phone users or outside lines call: (815) 836-5911

Emergency Phone Map

Learn about the Assessment and Care Team (ACT)

Counseling Services

Campus Police

Human Resources

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Emergency Planning Pocket Card

ACT Brochure

Student Handbook

Stressed Students

Stressed Students: How You Can Help

Our college community is becoming increasingly aware of the amount of stress students are experiencing and its negative impact on their health and academic performance.

To address this concern, we have adopted an online training simulation that will assist you to better identify and refer these students to support services on campus. Lewis University highly recommends that you take this 45 minute course, which is already in use at hundreds of colleges and universities.

To take the course, follow the instructions below:

If you experience any technical difficulties, please email support@kognito.com


Caring for Our Community ACT 2014.

Video Presentation on Campus Violence.