Police Department

Residence Hall Safety

Your Room

  • Always lock your door, especially when you’re inside sleeping or when you go out.

  • Don’t let strangers into your room. Look through the peephole in your door to see who they are, meet them in the hallway or ask for an id if necessary.

  • Don’t keep valuables in plain sight and don’t have too many valuables there with you in the first place.

  • Don’t post notes on your memo board or voicemail, saying where you are or providing personal information.

  • Don’t give out your room key or card to anyone.

  • Report lost or stolen keys or cards to Campus Police (5222) or Residence Life (5275) as soon as possible.

  • Keep your blinds closed at night so potential thieves can’t see what’s “available” to them.

  • Try to avoid leaving any large amounts of cash in you room at any given time, even if it’s out of “plain sight”.

Propped Doors

Tragedies covering the full spectrum of crime have occurred when the wrong person slipped through a propped door. So, close propped doors right away and report repeat problems to Campus Police (5222) or Residence Life (5275).


Report the presence of strangers whether or not they’ve gained access, are hanging around or are exhibiting questionable behavior – to Residence Hall Staff or Campus Police. Don’t let strangers into your building, even if they tell you that they are visiting a friend. Each Hall has a call box at the entrance which they can call their friend to come and let them in. Here at Lewis University students who host a guest are required to remain in the presence of their guest at all times.

Little Things

Report community problems like:

  • Slippery floors
  • Broken doors or furniture
  • Missing window screens
  • Burned out lights
  • Compromised emergency equipment
  • Water leaks
  • Broken glass