[URGENT] Public Safety Advisory

On Friday, Aug. 3, at approximately 5:30 p.m. UIC and Chicago police responded to a report of a person being groped at Taylor and Paulina Streets. When police arrived, they located the victim at 1750 West Taylor St. The victim relayed that she was walking west bound through the hospital construction zone underpass when she passed a male subject who was walking east bound.  As he passed the victim, he grabbed her groin over her pants.  She verbally confronted the subject who then fled east on Taylor Street then north on Paulina Street.  The victim was not injured and declined medical assistance. The offender is described as 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall with a slim build and wearing a black shirt, gray pants and a black skull cap.  The Chicago Police Department will lead the investigation. Anyone with information should call 311.

Approximate crime location mapped:
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UIC Police offer the following security tips:

  • Report crime promptly to police at call 312-355-5555 for emergencies or 312-996-2830 for non-emergencies.
  • For confidential counseling, contact Counseling Services at 312-996-3490 for students; and Employee Assistance Service at 312-996-3588 for faculty and staff.
  • Any student, staff or faculty member at UIC who experiences sexual assault, domestic/dating violence or stalking can access free, anonymous and confidential services by calling the Campus Advocacy Network (CAN) at 312-413-8206.
  • For additional information on reporting an incident of sexual misconduct, visit sexualmisconduct.uic.edu/reportincident.
  • The key to keeping your friends safe from sexual predators is learning how to intervene in a way that fits the situation and your comfort level. For more information on bystander intervention, visit https://www.rainn.org/articles/your-role-preventing-sexual-assault.
  • Plan your route ahead of time. Never walk alone at night. If on-campus, utilize the UIC Safe App (Virtual Walk).
  • Use well-lit streets, not dark alleys or bushy areas.

Public safety advisories are distributed to the university community in compliance with the federal Clery Act. UIC Police may also issue notifications for off-campus crimes in the interest of public-safety awareness. Security tips are standard precautions, not special or incident-specific measures. Effective January 2021, the university will no longer routinely use race, ethnicity or national origin as a descriptor in public safety advisories. Updates to investigations are not sent by email but will be posted online at http://emergency.uic.edu/public-safety-advisory/

UIC Annual Security Report
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Chicago Police Department Statistics and Data
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