Police Department

Annual Campus and Fire Safety Reports

Safety on Campus

The Lewis University community offers a safe and secure learning environment. As a microcosm of society, it is not immune to the problems that occur in most communities. The potential for criminal activity to occur at Lewis University or any regional campus is a reality that must be taken seriously.

The University strives to provide a safe and secure environment for students, staff and visitors. However, it is only possible to maintain safety and security when every student, faculty and staff member takes an active part in the effort.

The purpose of this publication is to:
  • Provide the Lewis University Community with an overview of the University Police Department’s services.
  • Share crime statistics as required by the Jeanne Cleary Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.
  • Share information with prospective and current community members.

No matter how effective the University’s programs may be, the community must work together, collaboratively, to promote safety on campus. No police department or set of procedures can be effective unless individuals exercise reasonable care and prudence. Safety and security are everyone’s responsibility.

University Police

The Lewis University Police Department has the authority to enforce state statutes and local ordinances in addition to University policies as outlined in the Student Handbook. Campus police may ask persons for identification to determine whether individuals have lawful business at Lewis University which is private property. Campus police also have the authority to issue both state and University traffic and parking citations, which are either processed through the Will County court system or billed to financial accounts of students, faculty, and staff respectively.

The Lewis University Police Department is comprised of both sworn Police Officers (peace officers) as defined in the Private College Campus Police Act (110 ILCS 1020) and civilian Campus Safety Officers. Lewis University Police Officers are armed and possess law enforcement authority including powers of arrest. Generally, at least one sworn Police Officer is on duty at all times. Police Officers are supported by civilian Campus Safety Officers. These officers provide a 24-hour presence on campus.

Criminal incidents may be handled internally or in collaboration with local law enforcement. The Lewis University Police Department, located on the main campus, maintains a collaborative relationship with the Romeoville Police Department. All crime victims and witnesses are strongly encouraged to immediately report crime to the Police Department. If a crime occurs at a regional campus, the local police department where the campus is located should be notified. Prompt reporting will assure timely warning notices on-campus and timely disclosure of crime statistics.

Security and Access

During business hours, the University (excluding certain housing facilities) will be open to students, parents, employees, contractors, guests, and invitees. During non-business hours, access to all University facilities is by key, electronic access control or by via the Lewis University Police Department or Residence Life staff. In the case of periods of extended closing, the University will admit only those with prior written approval. After midnight, all persons seeking access to campus must display student, faculty or staff identification or be registered guests.

Residence halls are secured 24 hours a day. During extended breaks, such as Winter Break and Summer Break, all residence hall keys and electronic access cards are collected from those students who are not remaining on campus over the break. Some facilities may have individual hours, which may vary at different times of the year. Examples are the Library, the Student Recreation and Fitness Center, and the Philip Lynch Theatre. In these cases, the facilities will be secured according to schedules developed by the department responsible for the facility.

Security Awareness Programs

During orientation and at various times throughout the year, students and parents are informed of services offered by the Lewis University Police Department. Presentations outline ways to maintain personal safety and residence hall security. Students are advised about crime on-campus. Similar information is presented to new employees. Crime prevention, campus violence prevention, alcohol and other drug awareness and sexual assault prevention programs are offered on a continual basis.

A common theme of all awareness and crime prevention programs is to encourage students and employees to be aware of their responsibility for their own security and the security of others. In addition to programs, information is disseminated to students and employees through security alert posters, displays, videos, newspaper articles and social media. In emergency situations, information is released to the university community through security alerts, emails, text messages, and a voice mail. Audible emergency messages can also be sent through a public address system located in buildings throughout the campus.

Crime Reporting Procedures

The University Police Department is the central reporting agency for all crimes occurring on campus. Investigations will be conducted by University Police in cooperation with University officials and, as necessary, other local authorities.

For emergency situations contact can be made through the University phone system at extension 5911 or (815) 836-5911 or 911 (for local police and fire). For non-emergency assistance, contact can be made through the University phone system at extension 5222 or (815) 836-5222. The dispatcher can immediately contact police personnel, Residence Life staff and /or local police and fire departments if necessary.

The Vice President for Student Services and Dean of Student Services or his/her designee will provide timely notification to the Lewis community (students, faculty and staff) regarding possibly dangerous conditions or crimes that are reported to University Police. Possible methods of notification include the student newspaper, community mailboxes, bulletin boards, University radio and television stations, text messaging, voice or email, and/or memo delivery to campus buildings.

When violent crimes are reported to the University Police Department, the following victim support services may be involved:
  • Vice President for Student Services - ext. 5275
  • Dean of Student Services - ext. 5275
  • Director of Residence Life - ext 5275
  • Director of Health and Counseling Services - ext 5455
  • University Ministry personnel - ext. 5840
  • Local outside agencies may be involved depending on the nature of the crime, including:
    • Romeoville Police Department - (815) 886-7219
    • Romeoville Fire Department - (815) 886-7227
    • Lockport Fire Protection District - (815) 838-3287
    • Will County Sheriff’s Department - (815) 727-8570
    • Illinois State Police (District 5) - (815) 726-6291
    • Will County States Attorney’s Office (815) 727-8453
    • Guardian Angel Community Services (domestic violence) (815) 729-0930
    • Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (800) 252-2873

The Campus Security Act of 1990, Section 203 (and as amended in 1998) amends Section 438 (b) of the General Education Provisions Act (commonly referred to as the “Buckley Amendment”). The Campus Security Act of 1990, Section 203 (and as amended in 1998) permits disclosure to the alleged victim(s) of violent crimes* the results of the University’s disciplinary proceedings. The Vice President for Student Services or his designee will disclose the results of the University’s disciplinary proceedings to the victim(s) only. This disclosure may take place only after a written request to the Vice President for Student Services is completed by the victim.

*Violent crimes as stated above are defined as those crimes that are reported according to the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 and as amended in 1998, namely:

  • Murder
  • Manslaughter
  • Rape
  • Sex Offenses (forcible or non-forcible)
  • Robbery
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Burglary
  • Arson
  • Hate Crimes (see below for explanation)

Hate Crimes are defined by federal law to include:

Any crime of murder, sex offense (forcible or non-forcible), robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, manslaughter, arson, and any other crimes involving bodily injury to any person in which the victim is intentionally selected because of the actual or perceived race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or disability of the victim which is reported to campus police authorities or local police agencies. Data shall be collected and reported according to category of prejudice.

Main Campus

RH= Residence Halls, OC = Total On campus, PP = Public Property

CRIMINAL OFFENSES

Offenses

2010

2011

2012

RH

OC

PP

RH

OC

PP

RH

OC

PP

Murder

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Sex offense Forcible

1

2

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

Sex Offense non-Force

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Robbery

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Aggravated Assault

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Burglary

2

6

0

1

2

0

6

6

0

Motor Vehicle Theft

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Arson

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Theft Under 300.00

3

13

0

7

20

0

9

21

0

Theft Over 300.00

4

11

0

10

15

0

6

11

0

Total Theft

7

23

0

17

35

0

15

33

0

Domestic Violence

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

1

1

0



HATE CRIMES

Offenses

2010

2011

2012

RH

OC

PP

RH

OC

PP

RH

OC

PP

Murder

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Sex offense Forcible

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Sex Offense non Force

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Robbery

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Aggravated Assault

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Burglary

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Motor Vehicle Theft

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Arson

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0



ARRESTS

Offenses

2010

2011

2012

RH

OC

PP

RH

OC

PP

RH

OC

PP

Liquor Law Violations

3

14

0

2

2

0

1

3

1

Drug Law Violations

2

9

0

7

7

0

3

6

0

Illegal weapons

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0



DISCIPLINARY ACTION

Offenses

2010

2011

2012

RH

OC

PP

RH

OC

PP

RH

OC

PP

Liquor Law Violations

93

93

0

100

100

0

109

115

0

Drug Law Violations

3

9

0

10

12

0

9

20

0

Illegal weapons

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0



HICKORY HILLS CAMPUS

OC = Total On campus, PP = Public Property

CRIMINAL OFFENSES

Offenses

2010

2011

2012

OC

PP

OC

PP

OC

PP

Murder

0

0

0

0

0

0

Sex offense  Forcible

0

0

0

0

0

0

Sex Offense  non Force

0

0

0

0

0

0

Robbery

0

0

0

0

0

0

Aggravated Assault

0

0

0

0

0

0

Burglary

0

0

0

0

0

0

Motor Vehicle Theft

0

0

0

0

0

0

Arson

0

0

0

0

0

0

Theft Under 300.00

0

0

0

6

0

3

Theft Over 300.00

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total Theft

0

0

0

6

0

3

Domestic Violence

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

0

0


ARRESTS

Offenses

2010

2011

2012

OC

PP

OC

PP

OC

PP

Liquor Law Violations

0

0

0

0

0

0

Drug Law Violations

0

0

0

1

0

0

Illegal weapons

0

0

0

0

0

0



TINLEY PARK CAMPUS

OC = Total On campus, PP = Public Property

CRIMINAL OFFENSES

Offenses

2010

2011

2012

OC

PP

OC

PP

OC

PP

Murder

0

0

0

0

0

0

Sex offense  Forcible

0

0

0

0

0

0

Sex Offense Non Force

0

0

0

0

0

0

Robbery

0

0

0

0

0

0

Aggravated Assault

0

0

0

0

0

0

Burglary

0

0

0

0

0

0

Motor Vehicle Theft

0

0

0

0

0

0

Arson

0

0

0

0

0

0

Theft Under 300.00

0

0

0

0

0

0

Theft Over 300.00

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total Theft

0

0

0

0

0

0

Domestic Violence

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

0

0



ARRESTS

Offenses

2010

2011

2012

OC

PP

OC

PP

OC

PP

Liquor Law Violations

0

0

0

0

0

0

Drug Law Violations

0

0

0

0

0

0

Illegal weapons

0

0

0

0

0

0



SHOREWOOD CAMPUS

OC = Total On campus, PP = Public Property

CRIMINAL OFFENSES

Offenses

2010

2011

2012

OC

PP

OC

PP

OC

PP

Murder

0

0

0

0

0

0

Sex offense Forcible

0

0

0

0

0

0

Sex Offense Non Force

0

0

0

0

0

0

Robbery

0

0

0

0

0

0

Aggravated Assault

0

0

0

0

0

0

Burglary

0

0

0

0

0

0

Motor Vehicle Theft

0

0

0

0

0

0

Arson

0

0

0

0

0

0

Theft Under 300.00

0

0

0

0

0

0

Theft Over 300.00

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total Theft

0

0

0

0

0

0

Domestic Violence

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

0

0



ARRESTS

Offenses

2010

2011

2012

OC

PP

OC

PP

OC

PP

Liquor Law Violations

0

0

0

0

0

0

Drug Law Violations

0

0

0

0

0

0

Illegal weapons

0

0

0

0

0

0



OAKBROOK CAMPUS

CRIMINAL OFFENSES

Offenses

2010

2011

2012

OC

PP

OC

PP

OC

PP

Murder

0

0

0

0

0

0

Sex offense Forcible

0

0

0

0

0

0

Sex Offense non Force

0

0

0

0

0

0

Robbery

0

0

0

0

0

0

Aggravated Assault

0

0

0

0

0

0

Burglary

0

0

0

0

0

0

Motor Vehicle Theft

0

0

0

0

0

0

Arson

0

0

0

0

0

0

Theft Under 300.00

0

0

0

0

0

0

Theft Over 300.00

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total Theft

0

0

0

0

0

0

Domestic Violence

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

0

0



OC=Total On campus, PP=Public Property

ARRESTS

Offenses

2010

2011

2012

OC

PP

OC

PP

OC

PP

Liquor Law Violations

0

0

0

0

0

0

Drug Law Violations

0

0

0

0

0

0

Illegal weapons

0

0

0

0

0

0



CHICAGO CAMPUS

OC = Total On campus, PP = Public Property

CRIMINAL OFFENSES

Offenses

2010

2011

2012

OC

PP

OC

PP

OC

PP

Murder

0

0

0

0

0

0

Sex offense-  Forcible

0

0

0

0

0

0

Sex Offense-  non Force

0

0

0

0

0

0

Robbery

0

2

0

1

0

0

Aggravated Assault

0

1

0

0

0

0

Burglary

0

2

0

0

0

0

Motor Vehicle Theft

0

2

0

0

0

0

Arson

0

0

0

0

0

0

Theft Under 300.00

0

6

0

0

0

0

Theft Over 300.00

0

5

0

0

0

0

Total Theft

0

11

0

0

0

0

Domestic Violence

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

0

0



ARRESTS

Offenses

2010

2011

2012

OC

PP

OC

PP

OC

PP

Liquor Law Violations

0

0

0

0

0

0

Drug Law Violations

0

1

0

5

0

2

Illegal weapons

0

0

2

0

0

0



Albuquerque, New Mexico Campus

OC = Total On campus, PP = Public Property

CRIMINAL OFFENSES

Offenses

2012

OC

PP

Murder

0

0

Sex offense-  Forcible

0

0

Sex Offense-  non Force

0

0

Robbery

0

0

Aggravated Assault

0

0

Burglary

0

0

Motor Vehicle Theft

0

0

Arson

0

0

Theft Under 300.00

0

0

Theft Over 300.00

0

1

Total Theft

0

1

Domestic Violence

0

0



ARRESTS

Offenses

2012

OC

PP

Liquor Law Violations

0

0

Drug Law Violations

0

2

Illegal weapons

0

0



Crime statistics may also be viewed on the U.S. Department of Education website at: http://www.ope.ed.gov/security/search.asp

Drug and Alcohol Policy

State of Illinois and the Village of Romeoville prohibit the possession, use or purchase of liquor, beer, or wine by persons under 21 years of age. Lewis University complies with Federal, State and Local laws including those which regulate the possession, use and sale of alcohol, cannabis and controlled substances. The following represents a general summary of the alcohol and drug policies of Lewis University. On University property or at University sponsored activities, the following are prohibited:

  1. Providing alcoholic beverages to individuals under 21 years of age, or possession of alcoholic beverages by individuals under 21 years of age.
  2. Possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage, public intoxication, driving while intoxicated and drinking alcoholic beverages in an unauthorized public place.
  3. Distribution, possession or use of any illegal drug(s) or controlled substance. (Explained more specifically in the Student Handbook)

The Student Handbook outlines more policies and procedures and disciplinary actions. Possible sanctions for violations range from fines to dismissal from the University.

Alcohol may be consumed in moderation by students who are at least 21 years of age in their own room with the door closed. Guests of students must also be at least 21 years of age.

Further, at sanctioned student organization event(s), where alcohol is present, a State of Illinois Driver’s License or other identification with the individual’s date of birth must be produced upon request of a Lewis University official or local law enforcement officer(s).


The Center for Health and Counseling Services will provide student counseling and refer students to related campus and off-campus alcohol and drug education.

Educational programs addressing alcohol and other drugs are co-sponsored by the Office of Student Services, the Office of Residence Life, Student Development & Leadership, University Ministry, the Student Recreation and Fitness Center, Health and Counseling Services, and the Lewis University Police Department.

Procedures Regarding Sex Offenses

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT POLICY


Lewis University does not tolerate sexual misconduct of any type. Our Catholic, Lasallian tradition sees each and every human as created in the image of God, full of dignity and worth. Sexual misconduct is a serious affront to one’s dignity as a person. Sexual misconduct includes but is not limited to sexual harassment, non-consensual sexual intercourse, non-consensual sexual contact and sexual exploitation, as defined below.

A. SEXUAL HARASSMENT

Gender-based verbal or physical conduct that is sufficiently severe, pervasive and objectively offensive that it deprives someone of educational or employment access, benefits and/or opportunities.

B. NON-CONSENSUAL SEXUAL INTERCOURSE:

  • any sexual intercourse (anal, oral, or vaginal),
  • however slight,
  • with any object,
  • by a man or woman upon a man or a woman,
  • without effective consent.

C. NON-CONSENSUAL SEXUAL CONTACT:

  • any intentional sexual touching,
  • however slight,
  • with any object,
  • by a man or a woman upon a man or a woman,
  • without effective consent.

Effective consent is active, not passive. Silence, in and of itself, cannot be interpreted as consent. Effective consent can be given by words or actions, as long as those words or actions create mutually understandable permission regarding the conditions of sexual activity - who, what, when, where, why and how sexual activity will take place. In order to be effective, consent cannot be procured by use of physical force, compelling threats, intimidating behavior, or coercion. Coercive behavior differs from seductive behavior based on the type of pressure someone uses to get consent from another. When someone makes clear to you that they do not want sex, that they want to stop, or that they do not want to go past a certain point of sexual interaction, continued pressure beyond that point can be coercive. In order to give effective consent, one must be of legal age. If you have sexual activity with someone you know to be-or should know to be-mentally or physically incapacitated (alcohol or other drug use, unconsciousness or blackout), you are in violation of this policy.

  • Any time sexual activity takes place between individuals, those individuals must be capable of controlling their physical actions and be capable of making rational, reasonable decisions about their sexual behavior.
  • This policy also covers someone whose incapacity results from mental disability, sleep, involuntary physical restraint, or from the taking of a so-called “date-rape” drug. Possession, use and/or distribution of any of these substances, including Rohypnol, Ketomine, GHB, Burundanga, etc. is prohibited, and administering one of these drugs to another student for the purpose of inducing incapacity is a violation of this policy. More information on these drugs can be found at http://www.911rape.org/
  • Use of alcohol or other drugs will never function to excuse behavior that violates this policy.

Sexual activity includes:

  • Intentional contact with the breasts, buttock, groin, or genitals, or touching another with any of these body parts, or making another touch you or themselves with or on any of these body parts; any intentional bodily contact in a sexual manner, though not involving contact with/of/by breasts, buttocks, groin, genitals, mouth or other orifice.
  • Intercourse however slight, meaning vaginal penetration by a penis, object, tongue or finger, anal penetration by a penis, object, tongue, or finger, and oral copulation (mouth to genital contact or genital to mouth contact).

D. SEXUAL EXPLOITATION


Occurs when a student takes non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for his/her own advantage or benefit, or to benefit or advantage anyone other than the one being exploited, and that behavior does not otherwise constitute one of other sexual misconduct offenses. Examples of sexual exploitation include, but are not limited to:

  • prostituting another student;
  • non-consensual video or audio-taping of sexual activity;
  • going beyond the boundaries of consent (such as letting your friends hide in the closet to watch you having consensual sex);
  • going beyond the boundaries of consent (such as voyeurism or secretly watching other) ;
  • knowingly transmitting an STI or HIV to another student.

When the University has reason to believe that a violation of the sexual misconduct policy has occurred, the University will take immediate and appropriate action through the Judicial Process. The University’s Judicial Process is not dependent upon the outcome of external criminal or civil procedures, and usually is not stayed by them. The University will take action over offenses by students that occur on University property or at University-sponsored events. The University will also take action over alleged violations between students that occur off campus when that off-campus conduct detrimentally affects the university community.

What to do if you are assaulted


Get to a safe place. Any student who believes sexual misconduct may have occurred is encouraged to report the matter promptly to Campus Police. Reporting any sexual misconduct will help Campus Police to conduct an immediate and complete investigation in a timely manner. It is important that evidence be preserved at the scene of the alleged offense, for the integrity of the investigation. Any pieces of clothing, beverages, weapons, etc. should not be touched until the Police officials are on scene. Immediately after an assault, the victim should avoid bathing, washing, or going to the bathroom, if possible. It will be the responsibility of Campus Police personnel to place a guard at the scene of the alleged offense to ensure that no one disturbs the scene prior to the arrival of investigators.

While prompt reporting is helpful, delays in reporting are common, and Lewis University has no explicit time limit on reporting, as long as the accused student is still enrolled. If an assault is committed on campus by a nonstudent, local police and the Dean of Student Services should be notified. If an assault occurs off-campus, the local police in that jurisdiction should be notified. An on-campus complaint may also be filed for off campus conduct between students.

Campus Police will make the Dean of Student Services or the Dean’s designee aware of any reported sexual misconduct. Resident students should report any violation of this sexual misconduct policy to a member of the Residence Life staff, to Campus Police, or to the Dean of Student Services.

Should a sexual offense occur on campus, the victim will need to decide whether or not to pursue the matter with law enforcement officials. If the student was assaulted by another Lewis University student, disciplinary action may follow should the victim file a University complaint. The University may also decide to take action even if the victim does not press criminal charges or file a complaint with the university.

Lewis University takes immediate steps to investigate all reported allegations of sexual misconduct and ensure the safety of victims. The University may change academic and living arrangements after an alleged sex offense, upon request. Victims have the option to changes in academic and living arrangements by contacting the Director of Residence Life or Dean of Student Services, who will also inform victims of their right to contact the police and pursue criminal charges. Victims have the right of access to campus counseling resources as well.

In a sexual misconduct case, it is the University’s duty to balance privacy for the victim and the “public’s right to know.” In this balance, maintaining the victim’s privacy is paramount. Any release of information about an alleged violation of the sexual misconduct policy will not include personally identifying information about the victim without permission.

Immunity for Victims

Although the University does not condone violations of university policies, it considers reporting assaults to be of paramount importance, and will therefore extend limited immunity to victims in order to foster reporting and adjudication of sexual misconduct. Additionally, the University will extend limited immunity to others who report violations of sexual misconduct or assist victims of sexual misconduct.

Support Services


The following Campus Victim Support Services will be notified so that they can be available to assist the victim:
  1. Chief of Police
  2. Director of Residence Life
  3. Dean of Student Services
  4. Director of Counseling Services
  5. Director of Health Services
  6. Director of University Ministry
  7. Vice President for Student Services
The following off-campus victim support services are available to assist the victim:

1. Provena St. Joseph Medical Center
Emergency Room Sexual Assault Team
333 N. Madison St.
Joliet, IL
(815) 725-7133

2. Silver Cross Hospital
1900 Silver Cross Blvd
New Lenox, IL 60451
(815) 300-1100 (Emergency Room)

3. Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital
500 Remington Boulevard
Bolingbrook, IL
(630) 312-5000

4. Crisis Line of Will County
(815) 722-3344


5. Groundwork
(815) 729-1228

6. Sexual Assault Services Center
(815)730-8984

7. Linden Oaks Hospital
852 West Street
Naperville, IL
(800) 955-OAKS (6257)

The Judicial Process

Once the documentation phase of the investigation is complete, at the request of the victim, the alleged offender will be referred to the judicial process. Alleged violations of the sexual misconduct policy will result in a Judicial Board Hearing. These board hearings are arranged promptly with the purpose of providing resolution of the case in a timely manner. Judicial Board hearings are conducted by a lead hearing officer, presenting officer(s), and a minimum of two hearing officers.  The Board receives training in conducting hearings specifically related to sexual misconduct violations. Prior to the hearing, all parties will be advised of their rights.

Rights of the Alleged Victim

  • Right to an investigation and appropriate resolution of all credible complaints of sexual misconduct made in good faith to the university
  • Right to be treated with respect by university officials
  • Right of both accuser and accused to have the same opportunity to have other present (in support or advisory roles) during a campus hearing
  • Right not be discouraged by the University from reporting an assault to both on campus and off-campus authorities
  • Right to be informed of the outcome and sanction of any disciplinary hearing involving sexual misconduct
  • Right to be informed by the University of options to notify proper law enforcement, including on-campus and local police. Additionally, if the victim chooses to notify such authorities, the University will assist the victim in making contacts
  • Right to available counseling, mental health or student services for victims of sexual assault, both on campus and in the community
  • Right to changing academic and living situations after an alleged sexual assault incident
  • Right not to have any irrelevant prior sexual admitted into a judicial hearing
  • Right not to have any complaint of sexual assault mediated
  • Right to make a victim-impact statement at the judicial hearing and to have the statement considered by the board in determining the sanction
  • Right to a campus no-contact against another student who has engaged in any improper behavior that presents a danger to the welfare of the complaining student
  • The right to appeal the findings of the judicial board
  • Right to review all documents regarding the complaint 48 hours prior to the hearing
  • Right to be informed of the names of all witness who will be called to the hearing, within 48 hours of the hearing
  • Right to petition that any member of the board be removed on the basis of demonstrated bias
  • Right to a hearing by means other than having to face the accused student
  • Right to be informed of the judicial board procedures as well as the extent and nature of the alleged violation
  • Right to the complaint heard by the board members that are representative of both genders and have received sexual misconduct adjudication training
  • Right to be informed in advance of any public releases of information regarding the complaint

The Office of Student Services conducts Judicial Board Hearings with the purpose of examining relevant information in order to determine whether the accused student is in violation or not in violation. The hearing is conducted fairly and objectively.  Judicial Board makes decisions based on preponderance of evidence.  Only persons directly involved with the case and their advisors are permitted to attend the hearing.

The sexual history and character of the complainant will not be discussed in the hearing. Both the alleged victim and the alleged offender are entitled to have an advisor present during a hearing. Both the victim and the alleged offender will be informed of the outcome of the hearing and any appeals, in writing, within 48 hours of the conclusion of the hearing. If the Judicial Board determines the alleged offender to be in violation of this sexual misconduct policy, sanctions will be imposed.

Sanctions:

Lewis University will act to promptly and equitably remedy sexual misconduct.  While sanctions range from warning to expulsion, suspension and expulsion must be considered for those found in violation of the non-consensual sexual intercourse policy.  In acting to sanction and remedy misconduct, Lewis is guided by the need to bring an end to discriminatory conduct, act to reasonably prevent its future reoccurrence, and to remedy the effects of the discrimination upon the victim.

This policy has been revised by the National Center for Higher Education Risk Management (www.ncherm.org).  Some language used here may be from proprietary NCHERM model policies, and is used with permission. Please seek permission from NCHERM to use or adapt its materials.

Registered Sex Offenders


In compliance with both federal and state law, Lewis University is required to issue a statement advising the campus community where information concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained and provide the name, address, birth date, place of employment, school attended, and offense to any individual on campus requesting information concerning sex offenders attending or employed by the university. Any employee, student, prospective employee, prospective student or interested college community member may request to see a specific file upon request. One must make an appointment with the Chief of Police or his designee, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p. m.

Additionally, the Illinois State Police maintains a list of all sex offenders required to register in the State of Illinois. This database is updated daily and can be found at: www.isp.state.il.us/sor.

In order to comply with federal and state registration requirements related to college enrollment, a sex offender must register within three days of attendance or employment at a college by reporting in person to the University Police Department. Students or employees who fail to register their status as sex offenders are in violation of the registration act and face arrest and expulsion from the University.

Weapons Possessions

The possession, use or sale of firearms, ammunition, fireworks, major or minor explosives, or any lethal weapon (including paint ball guns, pellet or B.B. guns, hunting bows, and arrows) is forbidden on campus. Violators are subject to University disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from the University; as well as to Federal, State of Illinois, and local criminal actions.

Only the Vice President for Student Services can approve the use of firearms on the Lewis University campus. The Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program has been granted permission by the Office of Student Services to carry firearms on campus for training purposes only.

This policy shall not restrict authorized law enforcement personnel from carrying firearms on campus in compliance with state and federal statutes and Police Department policy.

Residence Life Policies and Procedures

The Residence Life staff maintains a strong commitment to campus safety and security. The Residence Life department monitors safety and security in the residence halls. On call duty responsibilities play a major role in this commitment. Residence Life staff members are on duty in the residence halls whenever the Office of Student Services is closed. The duty staff is available by telephone or radio contact. They are responsible for completing rounds regularly throughout all of the residence halls.

Residents may call ext. 3889 (D-U-T-Y) in order to access duty staff. This is the D-U-T-Y hotline. Should residents be unable to reach a staff member by phone, they may contact campus police so that the duty staff member can be contacted by radio.

All residence hall exterior doors other than designated entrance/exit doors are alarmed and secured at all times. These doors are to be used to exit the building only in an emergency situation. Any tampering with these doors will result in up to a $1,000 fine to the responsible parties or to the entire building when the violators are unknown. Residents must use their room key to gain entry into the building.

The Office of Residence Life, located in the Office of Student Services, hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. each weekday. Students are encouraged to call the office at ext. 5275 during the day should they need to contact a staff member in an emergency. The hall staff contacts campus police for emergency support on a 24-hour basis.

The Dean of Student Services and the Director of Residence Life reside on campus and are available to staff for referral and emergency response purposes. Residence Life staff report any damages/hazards in the residence halls. Violations of University policy are documented by the Residence Life staff and referred to a Director of Residence Life for appropriate judicial action.

Missing Student Notification Policy and Procedures 20 USC 1092 (j) (Section 488 of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008)

All resident students will be required to have a Missing Person Notification Form on file in the Office of Residence Life. This form provides a contact person in the event there is a reason to suspect a student is missing for 24 hours or more or is in threat of imminent harm and the resident cannot be immediately reached. In such cases, the Lewis University Police Department will be notified. Campus police will work with the Office of Residence Life to conduct an investigation. University officials may notify other law enforcement agencies if it is determined the student is unreachable.

Fire Safety Report (34 CFR 668.49)

Definitions that apply to this section:

  • Cause of fire: The factor or factors that give rise to a fire. The causal factor may be, but is not limited to, the result of an intentional or unintentional action, mechanical failure, or act of nature.
  • Fire: Any instance of open flame or other burning in a place not intended to contain the burning or in an uncontrolled manner.
  • Fire drill: A supervised practice of a mandatory evacuation of a building for a fire.
  • Fire-related injury: Any instance in which a person is injured as a result of a fire, including an injury sustained from a natural or accidental cause, while involved in fire control, attempting rescue, or escaping from the dangers of the fire. The term “person” may include students, employees, visitors, firefighters, or any other individuals.
  • Fire-related death: Any instance in which a person
    • (1) Is killed as a result of a fire, including death resulting from a natural or accidental cause while involved in fire control, attempting rescue, or escaping from the dangers of a fire; or
    • (2) Dies within one year of injuries sustained as a result of the fire.
  • Fire safety system: Any mechanism or system related to the detection of a fire, the warning resulting from a fire, or the control of a fire. This may include sprinkler systems or other fire extinguishing systems, fire detection devices, stand-alone smoke alarms, devices that alert one to the presence of a fire, such as horns, bells, or strobe lights; smoke-control and reduction mechanisms; and fire doors and walls that reduce the spread of a fire.
  • Value of property damage: The estimated value of the loss of the structure and contents, in terms of the cost of replacement in like kind and quantity. This estimate should include contents damaged by fire, and related damages caused by smoke, water, and overhaul; however, it does not include indirect loss, such as business interruption.

In Case of a Fire on Campus

  • Upon discovering fire, smoke or an explosion in the building, stay calm and activate the nearest fire alarm pull station.
  • Call campus police at extension 5911 and be prepared to give information on location, size and cause of the fire, as well as any injuries.
  • Follow posted room/building evacuation routes and account for all occupants of the room. Do not use elevators, as electrical power may be cut off.
  • If trapped in a room retreat and close as many doors as possible between you and the fire. Place cloth material around and under the door to stop smoke from coming in. Signal from windows and use phones/cell phones to advise campus police of your location.
  • Provide assistance to individuals with disabilities in relocating to specified refuge areas and notify campus police at extension 5911 of these individuals and their location.
  • If forced to travel through the smoke, stay low and breathe shallowly using fabric as a filter.
  • Before opening any door, check first to see if it is hot to the touch. If the door feels hot - do not open it!
  • Never re-enter the building once you have evacuated it unless instructed to do so by the fire department or police personnel.

Whenever a fire alarm is sounded, all persons must evacuate the building in a safe and orderly manner through the nearest fire exit to an open area away from the building. The Residence Life staff in conjunction with campus police will oversee the evacuation of the residence hall areas. Please do not panic. Never disregard a fire alarm. Obstruction and/or disregarding the instructions of firefighting personnel, police or Residence Life staff will result in disciplinary action and possibly arrest.

Lewis University Police Department personnel, along with the Fire Department, will determine when it is safe to re-enter the building. If a false alarm is witnessed, this violation should be reported to campus police.

Residence Hall Policy

Candles and Incense

The possession or burning of incense or candles is not permitted in the residence halls. Any candles or incense located in student rooms will be confiscated and disposed of.

Electrical Appliances/Cooking

Due to the dangers associated with overloading the electrical circuits and cooking in the residence halls, only the following U/L listed electrical appliances are allowed in the rooms: clocks, radios, stereo equipment, televisions, VCRs, DVD players, personal computers, heating pads, razors, hair dryers, irons, study lamps, coffee pots, small hot pots, and popcorn makers. Ceiling fans and air conditioners are prohibited.

Care should be exercised by residents not to overload outlets; multi-socket outlets should not be used at any time. U/L listed surge protectors or power strips are recommended. Extension cords are prohibited. The cooking of meals in residence halls is expressly prohibited except in the common residence hall kitchens. Barbecuing is allowed outside of the residence hall provided the rights of other residents are not violated (i.e.,noise, litter). Barbecuing near the windows of the residence halls is prohibited. Combustible materials and liquids such as lighter fluid are not permitted in residence halls.

Microfridges are provided in each residence hall room with the exception of North Hall, in which suitemates share a full-size microwave and refrigerator. No other refrigerators/microwaves are permitted. Food may be kept in the rooms provided that such food is not left open and perishable food is properly refrigerated. No torchere halogen lamps are permitted as they present a fire hazard. Additionally, no space heaters are permitted unless it is issued to students by the Residence Life or Physical Plant staff.

In Case of a Fire Inside of Your Room

  • If you cannot easily extinguish the fire, GET OUT, take your room key, close the door and safely evacuate the area.
  • Activate fire alarms and alert others.
  • Walk - do not run to the nearest stairwell exit.
  • If the room or hallway is smoky, get on your hands and knees (or stomach) and crawl to the nearest exit.
  • GO TO A SAFE LOCATION AND CALL CAMPUS POLICE AT EXTENSION 5911. Be prepared to tell the dispatcher your exact location, and what is on fire.

In Case of a Fire Outside of Your Room

  • Feel the door and doorknob. If it is hot, DO NOT open the door.
  • CALL CAMPUS POLICE AT EXTENSION 5911 OR CALL THE ROMEOVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT BY DIALING 9 THEN 9-1-1. Be prepared to tell the dispatcher your exact location, and what is on fire.
  • If possible, wedge WET cloth materials along the bottom of the door to help keep out smoke.
  • Check to see if there is smoke outside the window. If there is no smoke, open the window and hang light colored material outside and SCREAM, FIRE!
  • If the room becomes smoky, tie a folded cloth (wet if possible) over your nose and mouth and stay low.
  • Try to make yourself visible to rescue personnel through the window or balcony.
  • Do not jump from upper story windows.
  • If the door is not hot, stay behind the door and open it cautiously. Be ready to close the door quickly if fire is close by.
  • If it is safe to proceed into the hallway, walk; do not run, to the nearest stairwell. Take your room key with you. Activate the fire alarms and alert others.
  • If smoke is present in the hallway, keep low.
  • If you are below ground, walk up the stairs only if downward movement is not safe.

Fire drills will be conducted regularly during the academic year. Persons who tamper with firefighting
equipment (including signs), sound false alarms, fail to evacuate during a fire alarm, remove batteries from smoke detectors and/or inhibit the work of firefighters in any way are subject to disciplinary action.

Residence Halls Fire Alarm Activations for 2011

Report#

Location

Date / Time

Synopsis

Cost

Death / Injuries

CR12-000230

LEWIS MAIN CAMPUS : CAMPUS BUILDINGS : ATHLETICS : STUDENT RECREATION AND FITNESS CENTER

2/26/2012 0943

False fire alarm in JFK Sports Center - system malfucntion

$ -

0

CR12-000018

LEWIS MAIN CAMPUS : CAMPUS BUILDINGS : RESIDENCES : CODY HALL : CD-124

3/13/2012 0146

Burnt pop tart resulted in smoke detector activation.

$ -

0

CR12-000104

LEWIS MAIN CAMPUS : CAMPUS BUILDINGS : RESIDENCES : FITZPATRICK HALL : FZ-114 COMMON GROUNDS

4/13/2012 0009

Smoke alarm at Common Grounds resulting from burned pizza in microwave.

$ -

0

CR12-000123

LEWIS MAIN CAMPUS : CAMPUS BUILDINGS : ACADEMIC BUILDINGS AND OFFICES : FINE ARTS AND THEATER : FA-104 CLASSROOM

4/21/2012 1634

Fire alarm activation in the Fine Arts Center caused by smoke from pottery kiln.

$ -

0

CR12-000234

LEWIS MAIN CAMPUS : CAMPUS BUILDINGS : RESIDENCES : SOUTH HALL : SH-423 KITCHEN

6/3/2012 1125

Fire alarm South Hall cuased by burnt food.

$ -

0

CR12-000256

LEWIS MAIN CAMPUS : CAMPUS BUILDINGS : ACADEMIC BUILDINGS AND OFFICES : SCIENCE BUILDING ADDITION : AS-204-L BIOLOGY LAB

6/22/2012 1905

Fire alarm caused by steam from the autoclave.

$ -

0

CR12-000257

LEWIS MAIN CAMPUS : OUTDOOR AREAS

6/23/2012 0216

Smoke alarm caused by vandals discharging a fire extinguisher.

$ -

0

CR12-000259

LEWIS MAIN CAMPUS : CAMPUS BUILDINGS : ACADEMIC BUILDINGS AND OFFICES : STUDENT UNION : SU-019 KITCHEN

6/26/2012 1025

Dust from construction work triggered smoke detectors in Student Union.

$ -

0

CR12-000260

LEWIS MAIN CAMPUS : CAMPUS BUILDINGS : RESIDENCES : NORTH HALL : NO-016 STORAGE

6/26/2012 1601

Fire Alarm in North Hall caused by dust from cutting ceramic tile.

$ -

0

CR12-000264

LEWIS MAIN CAMPUS : CAMPUS BUILDINGS : ACADEMIC BUILDINGS AND OFFICES : SCIENCE BUILDING ADDITION : AS-216-L PREP

7/5/2012 1755

Responded to a fire alarm in the new Academic Science addition caused by steam from an autoclave.

$ -

0

CR12-000268

LEWIS MAIN CAMPUS : CAMPUS BUILDINGS : ACADEMIC BUILDINGS AND OFFICES : STUDENT UNION : SU-114 PANTRY

7/11/2012 1115

Fire alarm in Student Union caused by burned food.

$ -

0

CR12-000274

LEWIS MAIN CAMPUS : CAMPUS BUILDINGS : RESIDENCES : SOUTH HALL : SH-303 LOUNGE

7/16/2012 1745

FIRE ALARM IN SOUTH HALL THIRD FLOOR LOUNGE triggered by burned food.

$ -

0

CR12-000275

LEWIS MAIN CAMPUS : CAMPUS BUILDINGS : ACADEMIC BUILDINGS AND OFFICES : SCIENCE BUILDING ADDITION : AS-216-L PREP

7/18/2012 1300

Fire Alarm activated in AS 216L by steam from autoclave.

$ -

0

CR12-000287

LEWIS MAIN CAMPUS : CAMPUS BUILDINGS : RESIDENCES : SOUTH HALL : SH-403 LOUNGE

8/5/2012 1845

Fire alarm in South Hall caused by burnt rice in a microwave.

$ -

0

CR12-000291

LEWIS MAIN CAMPUS : CAMPUS BUILDINGS : ACADEMIC BUILDINGS AND OFFICES : SCIENCE BUILDING ADDITION

8/13/2012 2330

Fire alarm malfunction in new science building.

$ -

0

CR12-000303

LEWIS MAIN CAMPUS : CAMPUS BUILDINGS : ATHLETICS : STUDENT RECREATION AND FITNESS CENTER

8/27/2012 0040

Fire Alarm activation caused by faulty detector.

$ -

0

CR12-000307

LEWIS MAIN CAMPUS : CAMPUS BUILDINGS : RESIDENCES : DE LA SALLE NORTH HALL : DL-216N

8/27/2012 2251

Student tampered with smoke detector, casued fire alarm to activate in hall.

$ -

0

CR12-000326

LEWIS MAIN CAMPUS : CAMPUS BUILDINGS : RESIDENCES : DE LA SALLE NORTH HALL

9/2/2012 1315

Fire Alarm in DeLaSalle North caused by burnt food.

$ -

0

CR12-000364

LEWIS MAIN CAMPUS : CAMPUS BUILDINGS : RESIDENCES : DE LA SALLE NORTH HALL : DL-305N

9/24/2012 0824

Fire alarm in DeLaSalle North caused by steam from coffee maker.

$ -

0

CR12-000417

LEWIS MAIN CAMPUS : CAMPUS BUILDINGS : ACADEMIC BUILDINGS AND OFFICES : SANCTA ALBERTA CHAPEL : SA-107 KITCHEN

10/26/2012 1520

Fire alarm activation from the Chapel's kitchen. Smoke came from burnt food in the oven.

$ -

0

CR12-000423

LEWIS MAIN CAMPUS : CAMPUS BUILDINGS : ACADEMIC BUILDINGS AND OFFICES : FINE ARTS AND THEATER : FA-130 THEATER SEATING

10/29/2012 0906

Fire alarm triggered by construction work.

$ -

0

CR12-000452

LEWIS MAIN CAMPUS : CAMPUS BUILDINGS : RESIDENCES : SHEIL HALL : SL-100 LOBBY

11/7/2012 2100

Fire alarm in Sheil Hall caused by students smoking.

$ -

0

CR12-000504

LEWIS MAIN CAMPUS : CAMPUS BUILDINGS : RESIDENCES : SHEIL HALL : SL-100 LOBBY

12/10/2012 2307

A student accidentally knocked the plastic coverer off a fire alarm pull station causing the alarm to go off.

$ -

0


FIRE ALARM AND SYSTEM DESCRIPTION

General Description: Fire alarm systems consist of manual and programmable pull stations, visual/audible alarm devices, addressable smoke detector/sound bases and smoke/heat detectors in individual sleeping rooms, corridors, common area and mechanical spaces

Fire Alarm Testing and Inspection: Pull station, horns, strobes, bells, smoke/heat detectors, batteries and fire alarm panels are inspected semiannually and annually. Smoke detectors are cleaned, inspected and tested annually. All inspections and testing are performed by a certified fire alarm company in accordance with National Fire Alarm Code NFPA 72.

Automatic Sprinkler System and Fire pump: Automatic sprinklers are tied into the fire alarm system. The sprinkler systems and fire pumps are inspected and tested semiannually by a certified inspection company in accordance with NFPA 13A

Building

Fire Alarm Panel

Sprinkler System

Building Smore/Heat Detectors

Room Smoke/Heat Detectors

Fire Ext.

Fire Doors

Founders Hall

MS-905OUD

Fully

Monitor

Monitor/Local

Yes

Yes

North Hall

Firelite MS-9200

Fully

Monitor

Local-B

Yes

Yes

Fitzpatrick Hall

Firelite MS-9200

Fully

Monitor

Monitor/Local

Yes

Yes

Sheil Hall

Silent Knight 5207

Fully

Monitor

Monitor/Local

Yes

Yes

South Hall

Firelite MS-9200

Fully

Monitor

Monitor/Local

Yes

Yes

De La Salle Hall North

Firelite MS-9600

Fully

Monitor

Monitor/Local

Yes

Yes

De La Salle Hall South

Firelite MS-9600

Fully

Monitor

Monitor/Local

Yes

Yes

Ryan Hall

Silent Knight 5207

Fully

Monitor

Monitor/Local

Yes

Yes

Cody Hall

Silent Knight 5207

Fully

Monitor

Monitor/Local

Yes

Yes

Pope John Paul Hall II

Firelite MS-9200

Fully

Monitor

Local-B

Yes

Yes

Mother Teresa Hall

Firelite MS-9200

Fully

Monitor

Local-B

Yes

Yes

Dorothy Day Hall

Firelite MS-9600

Fully

Monitor

Local-B

Yes

Yes

 

Notes: B=(hardwired w/battery backup)