AIC has a Dry Campus policy, meaning, the possession and usage of alcohol and drugs is strictly prohibited on campus. Additionally, in accordance with Illinois State Law and the Drug Free Schools and Campus Act of 1989, illegal possession or usage of alcohol, abuse of legal substances, or usage of illegal drugs may result in suspension or expulsion from the College in addition to legal proceedings. If a student is suspected to have violated this policy, then the student is subject to investigation and if prosecuted, appropriate disciplinary action will follow.
AIC is a Weapons-free campus and strongly prohibits the carrying or using of weapons on campus.
The definition of weapons is as follows: any tool, instrument, or material that can be used to cause injury or harm to another individual or object on campus. This includes, but is not limited to,
- any loaded or unloaded device, which is designed to shoot a bullet, pellet, flare, or any projectile,
- any type of explosive device or explosive material,
- any type of cutting instrument, such as a knife, blade, saw, razor, etc.
- any object that can be used for destruction or physical harm, like clubs, blocks, metal knuckles, etc.
- any toy that can be mistaken for a weapon.
The campus is defined as that which comprises the main building, parking lots, playgrounds and recreational spaces, entryways to the buildings and lots and the perimeter of the grounds enclosed by fencing.
Thus, all who are on campus must abide by this policy, even if the person has a license to carry a weapon. Only law enforcement is exempted from this policy.
There are security cameras overseeing the main campus which includes the parking lot. A closed circuit television is closely monitored.
Students must keep their Student Identification cards with them when entering the main building, and they must show the cards when asked by AIC security personnel or members of the AIC administration. The main office issues student IDs in the students’ first year. If the ID is lost during the student’s academic program, there is a replacement fee of $25.
If a student is reported to be missing for more than 24 hours, proper campus measures will be taken to locate the student to determine their well-being. If the student lives off-campus, the administration will initiate a search, contacting the student’s family first. If needed, the administration will file a missing person’s report with the Chicago police.
The College does not assume responsibility for stolen or damaged personal items on campus. There is no secure storage space on campus. Students are respon sible for keeping their room/car doors locked. The College does not tolerate the theft or damage of personal or campus property. Students, guilty of stealing or willfully dam aging the property of others, will be disciplined and possibly prosecuted.
There will be an evacuation practice drill each semester. Students are prohibited from smoking or tampering with fire alarms. Violations will incur a $250 fine per instance. Fire hazards, such as open flames (candles, incense) are strictly prohibited. Entryways and fire exits must remain unobstructed.
Any student who violates these rules or fails to evacuate the building during fire alarms will be subject to disciplinary action.
Each floor is equipped with fire extinguishers. Students should be familiar with exit stairwells on their floor and all exit stairwells in their building. Keep stairwell doors closed so as to prevent the spread of fire from one floor to the other. If a student smells smoke, they must immediately contact the Main office. If a student sees/smells intense and dense smoke that is harmful, the student should pull the fire alarm and immediately notify the Main office. If a fire is visible, close all doors leading to the fire, but make sure they are unlocked. Reach the nearest phone and dial 911. Make sure the fire alarm has been pulled to alert all other occupants. Evacuate the building. Evacuation diagrams can be found on every floor. Please take note of the lighted exit signs near the entryways.
For small, manageable fires (approx. 4 sq. ft.), immediately take the fire extinguisher and put out the fire, so long as it does not put you in danger. For larger and less easily controlled fires, trip the nearest fire alarm and get out of the building. If the fire alarm is activated, please evacuate the building immediately. If you are trapped inside, remain calm, find a working phone, and call 911. Give your exact location. Stay low to the ground to avoid smoke inhalation. If you catch fire, stop, drop and roll until the fire is extinguished.
In the event of power failure, please remain calm Exit signs and emergency lights are independently generated, so they will remain on during a power outage. Maintenance personnel will advise as to the length of the power outage, or if an evacuation is needed.
During a tornado warning or severe thunderstorms and lightning, please refrain from using any electrical devices, including phones and computers. If there is time, unplug electrical devices. Proceed to the basement of the building and remain in a safe space, away from windows. Wait for further instructions from AIC personnel.
In the case of an emergency “lockdown” announced by the College administration or police, students are advised to stay where they are and lock the doors. Classrooms should be locked. Windows and blinds should be closed. Turn the lights off and stay low to the ground. Remain along the wall and in a cornered section of the classroom that is farthest from any window into the room, so as to keep out of sight. Remain there until directed by law enforcement officers or an administrator to move or evacuate.
In the case of an emergency that requires full building evacuation, students must follow the safety procedures outlined in the Student Handbook and the evacuation plan located in each classroom. If a faculty member is present, the students should follow the faculty’s lead in exiting the building by using the nearest exit.