Dear campus community member:
We would like to inform you of a crime that has recently occurred off campus so you have the information you need to take the appropriate precautions. This Community Safety Notice is not part of our reporting obligations under the federal Clery Act, but we nonetheless felt that you should be made aware.
This message alone is not necessarily an indication that crime rates on campus have increased or that a pattern of crime has emerged. For a more comprehensive look at crime in your area, you can view the daily crime log.
At 12:08 a.m. Sunday, officers were alerted to an incident with multiple shots fired in the area of Second and Green streets, Champaign. Fortunately, police officers from multiple local agencies, including the Champaign Police Department and University of Illinois Police Department, were nearby and responded very quickly. Within four minutes, officers had the area under control, and two people were arrested. No one was injured, and no one involved is affiliated with the university.
You did not receive an Illini-Alert about this incident because it was resolved so quickly. We use Illini-Alert emergency notifications only for incidents which present an immediate risk to campus, and that immediate risk ended when the incident was resolved. We reserve other means of communication, like this message, for incidents where follow-up information is warranted but no immediate action is necessary on your part.
There are some precautions that we would like you to always keep in mind to protect yourself and others. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus is a very safe one, but a community of our size will never be crime-free, so it is important to observe these measures:
- Stay together.Do not walk alone at night. Travel in groups and in well-lit areas. Call 217-333-1216 for a SafeWalks escort if you need one.
- Be alert. Maintaining awareness of your surroundings is critical, especially when traveling at night. Wearing headphones or looking at your phone diminishes your ability to respond to your surroundings. Walk with purpose, and stay attentive.
- Trust your instincts. If it doesn't feel right, it probably isn't. Call police if something looks odd — we're happy to assist, and even the smallest bit of information could prevent another crime.
- Watch out for each other. Call 911 immediately if you or someone else is in danger. The University encourages students to take appropriate action to protect others’ safety by reducing students’ fear of legal or disciplinary consequences to the victim or themselves. For more information, please review the Medical Amnesty and Good Samaritan procedures.
- If you choose to consume alcohol, please be responsible. Remember your ability to respond is diminished by overconsumption of alcohol.
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