The Campus Safety Department seeks to provide the best possible level of service for Knox community members and visitors to the campus. In addition to providing the services listed below, the "official" services provided by members of the department have been outlined as follows:
- Daily security patrols
- Room reservation coordination
- Classroom and laboratory access
- Medical and special needs assistance
- Increased safety presence at all special and sporting events
- Assisting students with everything from an unscheduled rocket launch (to remain compliant with local fire department regulations) to insight into the operation of local government
- Suggestions regarding the best locations to take friends and relatives for the best in local foods and places to visit
Students are encouraged to share any insight regarding the manner and type of current departmental services, the manner in which they may be delivered, as well as the need for additional service opportunities.
Campus safety officers are available 24 hours a day to provide escorts to and from any location on the Knox campus by calling 309-341-7979. Please be patient after making the escort call request, as officers may have been assigned to other calls which may be of a higher priority (such as fire alarms and requests for medical assistance). Additionally, campus safety officers are assisted during the term with student "Safeguard" escorts. All escorts provided will be a "walking" escort; transportation in a campus safety vehicle cannot be routinely provided.
Students are issued a Knox College identification card. In the event that an identification card has been lost or stolen, the loss should be reported to Campus Safety in a timely manner. Officers will assist with the return of lost cards whenever possible. Note: As outlined within the Student Handbook, students are expected to carry their student identification cards at all times and present the card when asked for identification by a college official.
Officers will assist stranded motorists on the Knox campus. Generally, officers can provide a jump start for vehicles that do not start. It should be noted, however, that the sensitive electronic/computer in newer vehicles may discourage the use of the service. In the event that the officers cannot provide the service, every effort will be made to assist the motorist to locate a local service provider that may safely provide the service.
Keys Locked in Vehicles
If keys have been inadvertently locked in a vehicle, a campus safety officer will assist in locating a local service provider that will remove keys from a locked vehicle.
Locked Out - Residences
If keys have been inadvertently locked in a dorm room or residence, a campus public safety officer will respond to a call (309-341-7979) for lock-out assistance. Every effort should be made to avoid lock-out requests, but in the event that they are required, each student has been granted two unlock assists without charge per academic year. A $10 fee has been established by the Business Office for the third and fourth lock-outs. For a fifth (and each subsequent lock-out), a $50 fee has been established and will be direct billed to student accounts by the Business Office.