Campus Police Authority and Jurisdiction
Pursuant to the authority of the Illinois Private College Campus Police Act, contained in Chapter 110, Section 1020 of the Illinois Complied Statutes, amended January, 1 2010, members of the campus police department shall have the powers of municipal peace officers and county sheriffs, including the power to make arrests under the circumstances prescribed in Section 107/2 of the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963, as amended, for violations of state statutes, municipal or county ordinances,officers have county-wide jurisdiction and the authority to regulate and control traffic on the public way adjacent to all University owned or controlled property.
Any police officer employed by a law enforcement agency of this State may conduct temporary questioning and may make arrests in any jurisdiction within Illinois if:
- The officer is engaged in the investigation of an offense that has occurred in the jurisdiction in which the officer is employed and the temporary questioning is conducted or the arrest is made pursuant to that investigation.
- The officer, while on duty as a police officer, becomes personally aware of the immediate commission of a felony or misdemeanor violation of the laws of this state.
In cases of minor violations of state statute, city and county ordinances, or University rules, regulations or policies, campus police or security officers may, in addition to, or in lieu of criminal charges, refer violators to the Dean of Students Office for disciplinary action under the Code of Student Conduct.
Any failure to appear as requested for a student conduct proceeding or failure to comply with any imposed sanctions or restrictions, may result in the direct filing of criminal charges with the Circuit Court of Cook County.
Through coordination with local law enforcement agencies, any criminal activity engaged in by students at off-campus locations is monitored and recorded. This information is provided to the Dean of Students Office for any action or follow-up that may be required.
Criminal charges filed by Saint Xavier University police officers are heard in the First Municipal District (City of Chicago) or the Fifth Municipal District of the Circuit Court of Cook County. Failure to appear in court could result in the judge issuing a bond forfeiture arrest warrant.
Officers are responsible for observing, reporting and taking appropriate actions in all instances of criminal and suspicious activities. They are also responsible for detecting and reporting fire and safety hazards as well as implementing evacuation procedures.
The office is responsible for maintaining the University's emergency operation center as well as the facilities for radio communications and implementation of contingency alert plans when conditions warrant. In the event of an injury or illness, officers will coordinate emergency medical/first-aid treatment and transportation with the fire department responders.