Operation of the Urbana-Champaign Campus Under Emergency Conditions


The purpose of this policy is to state the campus’ commitment to safety when conditions arise that constitutes an emergency and/or disaster.


This policy applies to all members of the campus community.


The campus Executive Director of Public Safety or designee is assigned responsibility for implementing and maintaining this policy.


The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is committed to a safe and nonviolent environment for all students, faculty, staff and visitors. If a condition arises that constitutes an emergency and/or disaster, the campus will utilize any/all resources available to mitigate the situation as efficiently and safely as possible.


  • Campus Emergency Operations Plan (CEOP)The written plan of a higher education institution describing the organization, mission and functions of the higher education institution and supporting services for responding to and recovering from disasters/emergencies and for violence prevention.
  • DisasterAn occurrence or threat of widespread or severe damage, injury or loss of life or property resulting from any natural or technological cause, including but not limited to fire, flood, earthquake, wind, storm, hazardous materials spill or other water contamination requiring emergency action to avert danger or damage, epidemic, air contamination, blight, extended periods of severe and inclement weather, drought, infestation, critical shortages of essential fuels and energy, explosion, riot, hostile military or paramilitary action, or acts of domestic terrorism [20 ILCS 3305/4].
  • EmergencyA sudden unforeseen crisis (usually involving danger) that requires immediate action.


Suspicious behaviors and/or actions, violent acts and threat of violence should be reported to the campus police immediately by calling 9-1-1 (See Prevention and Response Planning).

In service of its commitment to the welfare, health and safety of all those in its campus community, the campus has developed and maintains a comprehensive Campus Emergency Operations Plan (CEOP) (PDF). The CEOP “Basic Plan” can be found on the Division of Public Safety’s Website at police.illinois.edu. Additional functional annexes to the CEOP “Basic Plan” are maintained within the Division of Public Safety. Both the CEOP “Basic Plan” and the functional annexes are distributed annually to the Illinois Board of Higher Education, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, and the Champaign County Emergency Management Agency.


Executive Director of Public Safety (police@illinois.edu)