“Illinois Tech continuously strives to provide services designed to keep our campus safe.”, this is the first line on the public safety’s website. Yes, the department of public safety has its website. Well, how many of us are aware of this? Almost, the same number of people are aware of its policy change, route map, and pickup policy.
The other day, I had the opportunity to raise some concerns that I and my peers had regarding the off-campus escort services with Mr Andrew Yocum, director of public safety. To mention a few, I was curious about their policy change on having a specific drop-off point rather than dropping us close to where we live (within their existing route), one of my peers also raised a question regarding the unavailability of escort vehicles during the “shift-change” period (which happens sometime between 11:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m.) and having to wait in the cold for the next vehicle to arrive. A few other concerns were raised during this session. Though Mr Yocum was kind enough to look into these matters, his answers mainly were, please look into public safety’s website, he mentioned that they post everything from policy changes to route maps to pick-up points on this website.
For all those who will find this information helpful:
Hours of operation: The escort vehicle operates between 7 p.m.–3 a.m. from
Galvin Library: Sunday–Thursday
The southwest entrance of Hermann Hall: Friday–Saturday
Please find the route map below, according to the website. This is the standard route and the policy mentioned on the website are as listed below,
Passengers can request to be dropped off at any point on the route.
The escort driver is also allowed to deviate up to one block from the route to accommodate passengers but must inform the public safety watch commander before doing so.
If no passengers are travelling to the westernmost or easternmost point of the route, the escort driver is authorized to take a shorter route back to campus to save time before the next pick-up, again with a notification to the watch commander.
During peak times, an additional vehicle may be assigned to the escort route, with one escort vehicle covering the western half of the route and the other vehicle covering the eastern half of the route.
Having been at Illinois Tech for over a year and a half, I was unaware of this website. I can only imagine the difficulty faced by newcomers. I request the management to be more empathetic towards students and make a policy decision that will align with students' interests. As Aidan O’Shannessy said, “If you don’t know, ask. Working with people is far better than working against them — always bring together all the people and information available to you!”, please be aware of all the resources that are available to you and make use of them when needed.