Safety & Security

Bernessa Tate

Director of Safety and Security

Safety & SecurityHarold Washington College's Department of Safety and Security works to ensure a safe and secure environment for all students, staff members, faculty, and visitors.

In Case of Emergency

Call 911 from any CCC telephone or from any cell phone. Then notify Security at (312) 553-5643, 5644 or 5646 to mobilize local emergency resources.


Safety Resources

All Hazards Campus Emergency Plan and Violence Prevention Plan
Assesses the current state of preparedness at a college, proposes measures to improve preparedness, and describes the coordinated response and recovery to a range of natural and man-made occurrences. The Addendum details the emergency and evacuation responsibilities and procedures for all CCC personnel.

CCCAlert Emergency Notification System

Notifies you quickly in the event of an emergency via email, text message, and/or voice messages.

Active Shooter Preparedness

Homeland Security Website’s resource to prepare you for an active shooter situation.

Supportive Intervention Team
Evaluates concerns about students or employees who may be distressed, disturbed, destructive, or dangerous. Find out more or submit a Person of Concern form.

Security Drills:
Regular security procedure drills are held at each location to familiarize faculty, staff and students with emergency procedures.

Wellness Centers
Provide mental health and other social services to support personal well-being and academic success.



Harold Washington (312) 553-5643 Room 206
Harry S Truman (773) 907-4800 Room 1112
Kennedy-King (773) 602-5148 Room V-132
Malcolm-X (312) 850-7168 Room 1208
Olive-Harvey (773) 291-6348 Room 1109
Richard J. Daley (773) 838-7608 Room 1114
Wilbur Wright (773) 481-8970 Campus Center
District Office (312) 553-2575 Room 100


ID Card Policy
All personnel who enter the building must display an official CCC ID card at all times while in the building. Photo identification cards can be obtained at the District Office Security Desk on the first floor. Lost or stolen cards must be reported immediately. The CCC ID card is the property of the City Colleges of Chicago. You may be charged for a replacement ID card.

Sex Offender Registry Policy
Under the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, convicted sex offenders enrolled or employed at institutions of higher education, whether on a full- or part-time basis, must register with their employer or college.

Evacuation Plan

In the event of a fire emergency, an alarm will sound and strobe lights will activate. All building occupants must immediately evacuate the building using the stairwells. To ensure an orderly evacuation, all classrooms and stairwells are labeled with corresponding A, B, C, D, signage. For building occupants needing assistance to the 1st floor, security will operate the freight elevator. Please use the emergency blue light button to alert security of your location. During the emergency, follow the instruction of Floor leaders, Safety and Security and /or the Chicago Fire Department and remember to move a safe distance away the building.

How to Respond to an Active Shooter Situation

An active shooter is an individual engaged in randomly killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area, typically through the use of firearms.


  • Have an escape route and plan in mind
  • Leave your belongings behind
  • Keep your hands visible


  • Hide in an area out of the shooter’s view
  • Block entry to your hiding place and lock the doors
  • Silence your cell phone


  • As a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger, attempt to incapacitate the shooter
  • Act with physical aggression

For more information, visit the or more information, visit the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s website.