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Illinois Campus Safety and Security Project

Pursuant to the Campus Security Enhancement Act of 2008, each higher education institution is required to develop a National Incident Management System – compliant all hazards emergency response plan and inter-disciplinary and multi-jurisdictional campus violence prevention plan. In an effort to enhance campus security in the State of Illinois the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and Center for Public Safety and Justice (CPSJ) have partnered together to provide technical assistance in emergency planning to all colleges and universities in Illinois. If you have questions or would like assistance with the planning process please contact: Joan Carnduff – Campus Security Coordinator, University of Illinois Center for Public Safety and Justice. Joan Carnduff


Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Higher Education

FREE emergency planning and preparedness training for higher education institutions, see link below. Please check for periodic updates.


The Campus Security Enhancement Act of 2008 and JCAR Administrative Rules

On June 5, 2009, the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) finalized the campus security-related rules package proposed by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) entitled “All Hazards Campus Emergency Plan and Violence Prevention Plan.”  IEMA developed the rules pursuant to The Campus Security Enhancement Act of 2008 (P.A. 95-881).  According to JCAR, a number of provisions that were mandatory in the proposed version of the rules, but were not required by statute, have been made advisory in the final version.  In a number of instances throughout the rules the word “shall,” which signifies a mandatory action, has been changed to “should,” which indicates a recommended or advisory action.  For details regarding requirements and recommendations of the Campus Security Enhancement Act of 2008 and the Administrative Rules see the links below.

The Campus Security Enhancement Act of 2008 [110 ILCS 12].

JCAR Administrative Rules: Final Version


SOURCE: Adopted at 33 Ill. Reg. 8175, effective June 5, 2009.

As recommended by rule, institutions’ emergency plans should be reviewed by the institution’s local Emergency Services Disaster Agency (ESDA) and upon completion should be submitted to the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) at: Illinois Board of Higher Education, Campus Emergency Plans, 431 East Adams, 2nd Floor, Springfield, IL 62701-1404. Community Colleges should submit a copy of their completed plans to the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) at: Illinois Community College Board, Campus Emergency Plans, 401 E. Capitol Ave., Springfield, IL 62701-1711. 


Reports and Presentations


Campus Security Enhancement Act of 2008: Public Act 95-0881

Press Release 8/22/08: Governor Blagojevich Signs Campus Security Enhancement Act

Governor Releases Final Report of Campus Security Task Force pdf (4/2008)

Campus Security Task Force Panel Presentation:powerpoint (4/2008)

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