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  • Members of the Blackburn College community are encouraged to report all crimes and emergencies in a timely manner. If there is a crime in progress or an emergency, you are strongly encouraged to call 911 immediately.

    Blackburn Campus Safety patrols the campus beginning at 5:30 a.m. on weekdays and cover until 12:30 a.m. On weekends, Campus Safety patrols from 5:30 p.m. until 2:30 a.m. Campus Safety also works special events to include athletics. As noted above, Campus Safety may be contacted 24 hours per day to assist with all calls for assistance.

    If you observe a crime or a suspicious incident, call IMMEDIATELY. Don’t assume someone else has made the call. DO NOT report any situation or emergency by sending an email or text to a member of the Campus Safety staff; this may not be received for hours or days. Follow the below guidelines to file a report.

    To report a crime or an emergency situation on campus:

    Call the Department of Safety: 217-825-3042 (24 hour contact number) Please add this number to your phone address book.
    Ext. 5550 or 854-5550 (non-emergency)
    Ext. 5502 or 854-5502 (non-emergency)

    If you contact 911:

    Try to provide the dispatcher with accurate, detailed information about the problem in a calm manner.

    • Provide all details of the incident/situation
    • Give the location of the incident
    • Describe the type of incident and what the emergency is
    • Describe the suspect, suspect’s vehicle, license plate number and/or direction of travel if available

    STAY ON THE LINE until the dispatcher says it is OK to hang up.