General Information

 

The PSC Police and Campus Safety Department is responsible for providing protective services and emergency response for the College campus. The department encourages the prompt reporting of all crimes or suspicious activities by the college community.

Complainants (victims) will be assisted by PSC Police to report a crime. Additional agencies that may be utilized are: the Chicago Heights Police Department, FBI, Illinois State Police, and Cook County Sheriff's Police.

Reporting an incident is a separate step from choosing to prosecute. When a report is filed there is no obligation to continue with legal proceedings or college disciplinary action. The victim/ complainant can choose whether or not to participate in proceedings at any point.

Prairie State College community members wishing to remain anonymous, may report information about criminal acts or suspicious activities on campus, by being a silent witness and sending an e-mail message to the PSC Police and Campus Safety Department. The anonymity of the sender and the information provided will be held in the strictest confidence. The PSC Police and Campus and Safety Department then will initiate the appropriate investigation or action.

To Report an On-Campus Crime or Emergency:

The Main Campus:

During regular operating hours:

Switchboard Operator 0
Police and Campus Safety 7777
Chicago Heights Police 911 (using an on-campus phone)

After hours (9 p.m. - 7 a.m.)
Police and Campus Safety (708) 709-7777
Chicago Heights Police 911

Campus courtesy telephones are located near the main elevator on each floor of the main building and strategic locations throughout the building. Courtesy telephones are also located at the northwest entrance in the Technical Center and the Conference Center Rotunda.

Download Call Box locations map.

Matteson Area Center:

Matteson Area Center (708) 709-3750
Police and Campus Safety (708) 709-7777
Matteson Police 911

Access to Campus Facilities

Students, faculty and employees are allowed access in College buildings and facilities during the hours of 6 a.m. until 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday and Fridays 6 a.m. until 5 p.m. only when classes are in session and only during posted or designated hours on weekend days. Access to classes and programs is restricted to enrolled participants.

During the period of official college closure, campus buildings are secured and accessible only by authorized personnel. Access by students is not permitted when the College is officially closed.

Some College-sponsored programs are open to the general public while others are restricted to the college community with valid College Identification. Additional police personnel are hired for major events as deemed necessary.

During summer hours, the Office of Police and Campus Safety will be open Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Hours of Operation:

Main Building: Monday-Friday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., closed and locked secure by 10 p.m.

K Building: Monday-Friday, open and closed as requested for functions; closed and locked secure by 10 p.m.

Child Care Center: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., closed and locked secure at 10 p.m.

ATOC Building: Monday-Friday, opened 7 a.m. and locked at the conclusion of classes on scheduled days.

Health/Tech Building: Monday-Friday, opened 7 a.m. and locked at the conclusion of classes on scheduled days.

All Buildings: Sundays, Holidays, and break periods, closed and locked secure with no access for students.

Exceptions to the above may be authorized in advance of the scheduled function and with proper approval.

Alcohol, Drugs, Weapons

The College has the obligation to uphold federal, state, and local laws regarding the possession, use and sale of alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs. The College will cooperate with legal authorities in the investigation of the illegal use, sale or distribution of alcohol and /or drugs.

Alcohol: The state of Illinois requires that persons be 21 years of age or older to purchase, possess, or consume alcoholic beverages, including wine and beer. Violators are subject to arrest. In addition, the College prohibits the possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages by any student, regardless of age, in any area of the College. Violators are subject to official College disciplinary regulations.

Drugs: The College prohibits the possession, use or distribution of any controlled substance by anyone, in any area of the Campus. Any individual possessing, using or distributing such drugs is subject to arrest, imprisonment or fine according to the applicable laws, as well as official College disciplinary regulations.

Weapons: The illegal possession, use or sale of firearms, ammunition, fireworks, major or minor explosives, or any lethal weapon is forbidden and subject to criminal sanctions as well as official disciplinary regulations.

Conduct

The PSC Police and Campus Safety Department aims to create a positive atmosphere focused on learning and free of as many distractions as possible. We ask the the community to help by adhering to the College board policies and respecting the rights of each person visiting or working at Prairie State College.

Services

Emergency Call Boxes: Seven emergency call boxes are located in the parking lots of the main campus and in the north campus complex. The Emergency Call Boxes are activated by pushing the button. Each call box is individually identified to its location when activated and will put you in immediate contact with a campus safety officer to assist you.

Mobility Impaired Persons: The PSC Police and Campus Safety Department has enhanced it's emergency evacuation capability for Mobility Impaired Persons by installing the Garaventa Evacu-Trac CD7 evacuation device. These devices are encased in metal cabinets and marked "Emergency Evacuation Device". They are located on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors at the southeast and northeast tower stairwell entrances. An additional device is located on the 2nd floor in the northwest stairwell entrance.

Escort Program: The PSC Police and Campus Safety Department offers a free escort service providing assistance to students, faculty, and staff, as well as visitors to the campus.

Vehicle Assistance: Vehicle assistance - including jump starts, lockouts and motorist emergency notifications, is available to persons that are properly registered and display the required PSC parking permit/sticker.