Nov 28, 2021  
2021 - 2022 Adler Catalog 
2021 - 2022 Adler Catalog

Section IV: Campus Security Information

Campus Safety

Adler University’s annual crime statistics are traditionally low. Students are encouraged to report any and all crime or suspicious persons immediately to Adler personnel. Students who violate local, state, provincial, and/or federal laws will be subject to criminal prosecution and will face disciplinary action at Adler University which may result in their dismissal.

Adler University complies with its reporting obligations pursuant to the Clery Act. Information regarding Clery Act reports and reporting can be obtained from the Registrar’s Office. Anyone seeking information about registered sex offenders enrolled or employed at Adler University contact the Office of People & Culture.

Adler University complies with the requirements of the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act. The University shall review this policy on a biennial basis to determine its effectiveness and to ensure that the standards of conduct and judicial sanctions have been consistently enforced.

The unlawful possession, use, distribution, sale or manufacture of controlled substances is prohibited on any premises owned or controlled by Adler University. Under no circumstance will the University tolerate unlawful possession, use, distribution, sale or manufacture of controlled substances or the unlawful use of alcohol on campus or at University-sponsored activities.

The use of drugs and alcohol can have a substantial and detrimental effect on health. These effects can be permanent and can lead to severe physical and psychological impairment, disability and premature death. Any student who has a drug or alcohol related problem may call upon the University for assistance. The Associate Vice President of Student Affairs can provide a confidential referral to a drug or alcohol treatment program.

Use of illicit drugs by any person is illegal and under both the state and federal statutes. Use of alcohol by persons under 21 years of age is illegal under state law. Penalties of conviction under state and federal law include incarceration and fines. Property used in connection with illegal drugs may be confiscated. Federal student loans and grants may be denied to those convicted for a violation of a criminal drug statute.

Emergency Procedures and Notification

While the University strives to provide a safe and secure environment, safety is enhanced when students and employees take precautions such as:

  • Never leaving valuables (wallets, purses, books, computers, etc.) unattended
  • Traveling with a friend or companion rather than walking alone, especially at night
  • Avoiding parking or walking in secluded or dimly lit areas

Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to report all crimes or suspicious persons immediately. Please report all non-emergency incidents to the Facilities Director at x4411 or the Adler Security Guard at x4455. In case of an emergency, the Chicago Police Department and Chicago Fire Department can be reached by dialing 911 from any phone.

Police 911
Fire Department 911
Paramedics 911
Bomb and Arson Hotline 773/533-FIRE
Office of the Building 312/781-2410
Security - 1 N. Dearborn 312/781-2557
Facilities Director 312/662-4411
Adler Security, 15th floor 312/662-4455
Adler Security, 1st floor entrance x4643
Building Address 17 N. Dearborn, Chicago IL 60602

Active Shooter Response

Response to an active shooter or violent person is one of the most dynamic situations that anyone will ever face. Prior to the arrival of police personnel, best responses to an active shooter will be dictated by the specific circumstances of the encounter, keeping in mind there could be more than one active shooter involved in the same situation. Anyone who is in an active shooter situation should try to remain as calm as possible and use these suggested actions to help plan a strategy for survival. The entire area is still a crime scene and should be left undisturbed if possible.

If active shooter person comes into classroom or office:

  • Flee or Shelter in Place - the decision to flee or seek shelter inside the room can only be made by you and is dependent upon the circumstances.
  • Try to remain calm; it will aid you in decision making.
  • Call 911 if possible, and alert police to the active shooter’s location.
  • If you can’t speak, leave the line open so the dispatcher can hear what is taking place. Usually the location of a caller can be determined without speaking.
  • After all options have been exhausted, you may be faced with the decision to overpower the active shooter with force by whatever means necessary.
  • If sheltered, always wait for “All Clear” signal from recognized authority and follow directions of uniformed police.

If active shooter is inside the building:

  • Shelter in Place - secure the room you are in by locking or barricading the door using available material.
  • If you cannot secure the room, determine if there is a nearby location that you are able to reach safely and then secure; if you can, safely exit the building.
  • Call 911 if possible, and alert police to the active shooter’s location.
  • If sheltered, always wait for “All Clear” signal from recognized authority and follow directions of uniformed police.

If caught outside in the open:

  • Hide behind something and wait for emergency personnel.
  • If not in immediate danger, flee the area but do not run in a straight line.
  • Call 911 when safely away.
  • If you cannot hide or flee, lie on the floor; be still, be quiet, and wait for help.
  • After all other options have been exhausted, you may be faced with the decision to overpower the active shooter with force by whatever means necessary.
  • If sheltered or lying still, always wait for “All Clear” signal from recognized authority and follow directions of uniformed police.

When Police Arrive:

  • Wait for “All Clear” signal from recognized authority and follow directions of uniformed police.
  • Put your hands in the air to show you are not a threat.
  • If you know where the active shooter is located, tell the officers.
  • Do not try to move any injured people; leave them where they are and notify authorities of their location.
  • Do as the officers tell you.

Building Evacuation Information

If an emergency occurs that threatens the safety of the building occupants and an evacuation is ordered, the primary goal is to help the individuals in danger evacuate safely and quickly. The following evacuation procedures will be followed.

  • Building Management will sound the alarm on university floors
  • Occupants will be instructed via the building emergency speaker system to proceed to an exit
  • Adler’s Life Safety Team will help coordinate the evacuation
  • All occupants should walk down the right side of the stairwell in a single file line
  • The Life Safety Team will check all offices/areas and place a Post-it note on the door once a room is confirmed to be empty
  • Those exiting the building must listen to and follow all directions from Fire Department personnel
  • Depending on the situation, Adler University’s Mass Notification System may also be used to notify of an emergency and/or evacuation

General Evacuation Guidelines and Best Practices

  • DO NOT GO TO THE ROOF. Never go to the roof of any building during an emergency. The door will most likely be locked and emergency personnel cannot quickly get to the roof to rescue individuals.
  • STAY TO THE RIGHT WIHTIN STAIRWELLS to allow emergency personnel to pass.
  • GO DOWN within the stairwell, not up to higher floor (unless directed).


Security matters such as burglary, vandalism, graffiti, unwanted solicitors, suspicious or intoxicated persons and suspicious activities should be reported to the Security Desk at 312/781-2557, the Adler Security Guard at x4455 and the Facilities Director at x4411. If the situation is an emergency, immediately call 911.

Crime Prevention Tips:

  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • If you see a suspicious person on your floor, immediately contact security at x4455.
  • Lock up all personal valuables, even if you’ll “be right back.”
  • Lock your desk drawers, file cabinets and other storage spaces at the end of the day and take your keys with you.
  • After hours and on weekends, be sure to check in and out at the Security Desk.

Fire Safety

If you smell smoke or see fire:

  • Call 911. Calmly relate the nature of the emergency as you observe it. Answer all questions. Do not hang up until instructed to do so by 911 Operator.
  • If time permits, call One North Dearborn Security Desk at 312-781-2557. Inform the security officer of the situation and that you have called 911.
  • Notify Adler Security Guard at Extension 4455 who will then alert the Life Safety Team
  • Close all doors leading to the fire as quickly as possible. This will help confine the fire until the fire department arrives.
  • Life Safety Team will begin to lead everyone on your floor to the stairwells - DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS. Members of the Life Safety Team might utilize whistles or other mobile communication devices to assist in alerting others of danger. However, if you do not have a whistle, do not be shy - shout as loudly as you can to alert others.
  • Be familiar with the location of ALL stairwells so that if one is blocked, you know where the nearest alternative is located. There are four stairwells in this building.
  • You will be instructed, via the building emergency speaker system, to proceed to a specific floor and to exit the stairwell onto that floor. The Chicago Fire Department recommends evacuating 2 floors above and 5 floors below the fire/emergency floor in all high rise office buildings. Exiting the stairwells is done to allow emergency personnel to use the stairs without interference.
  • Remain in the designated area until further instructions are issued

If your clothes are on fire, immediately:

  • STOP wherever you are
  • DROP to the floor that is unobstructed
  • ROLL repeatedly to extinguish the flames

If you are in a smoke filled area:

  • Kneel on the floor
  • Take short breaths through the nose
  • Stay low (air is clearer near the floor)
  • Crawl to the nearest exit
  • Feel all doors before opening
  • If the doors are hot DO NOT OPEN
  • If doors are cool, open door slowly and stay behind the door.
  • If heat or pressure comes through the door, close the door immediately and tightly.

Medical Emergencies

In the event of an injury or accident in the building:

  • Evaluate the situation as quickly as possible using all available information. Ask yourself:
    • Is the situation serious?
    • What kind of accident/illness is it?
    • Is the person coherent?
    • Is the person intoxicated?
    • Is the person complaining of chest pains?
    • How many people are injured?
  • If the patient is seriously hurt or too sick to assume responsibility for him- or herself:
    • Call 911 for assistance.
  • Try to ensure that someone stays with the patient while you telephone for help.
  • Do not hang up until the dispatcher has all the information he or she needs.
  • Arrange to have someone meet the paramedics at the assigned entrance and direct them to the patient.
  • Calmly reassure the ill or injured person that help is on the way.
  • Notify Security immediately at x4455.
  • Do not attempt to move the ill or injured person or assist them without proper training.
  • If the patient is coherent, let him or her decide what to do:
    • Rest for a short period
    • Call a taxi cab and go home

Reporting Concerning Behavior

On college campuses, behaviors of concern sometimes have gone unreported until a tragedy occurs, and then people come forward with bits of information that in retrospect may have signaled a larger issue. This information when viewed collectively may be helpful in preventing tragic events and initiating assistance to an individual. Adler University is committed to a proactive approach and relies on all community members for help. Anyone observing concerning behavior in another should report it as follows:

  • Students should report information to the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs.
  • Employees should report information to the Office of People & Culture.

Severe Weather

When a severe weather watch is issued by the weather service, the Office of the Building will monitor storm conditions in preparation for a potential emergency. If conditions escalate to a warning, the building staff will initiate emergency procedures.

Preparation for severe weather:

  • Close all windows, blinds and curtains.
  • Move loose items away from the windows to reduce flying debris if the window should break.

Severe Weather Evacuation

  • Security or the Office of the Building will contact the suite leader to give instructions for evacuation.
  • The suite leader will then mobilize the searchers and stairwell monitors and evacuate all employees into the corridors and stairwells. Evacuation into these areas will help prevent injuries from flying glass and debris.
  • Doors between outer offices and inner spaces should be closed.
  • Turn off and unplug all computers, telecommunications equipment, office equipment and appliances to protect them from power surges.
  • Never use the elevators during a weather emergency. If the power goes out, you will be trapped.
  • During the evacuation, building security will tour each floor to help supervise and check on tenant needs.
  • Stay in your place of shelter until notified it is safe to leave.

University Closing Notifications

In the event of an unexpected university closing, students will receive a text and email through the University’s emergency mass notification system. Adler University is also registered with the WGN Emergency Closing Center, a service provided by Tribune Industries. Through this service, Adler University campus closings or late starts will be broadcasted on the WGN television and radio listings of school closings within the Chicagoland area. This service is available 24/7 and accessible online.