Illinois State Statutes

Because Aurora University is considered a "school" under various provision of the Illinois Criminal Code and given the presence of the Partnership School on the Aurora campus, Aurora University property is considered school property under Illinois law. For the purpose of these statutes, "school" is defined as any public or private elementary or secondary school, community college, college, or university. As a result, the following Illinois laws may apply to conduct on Aurora University property; all applicable University policies may also apply. This is not an inclusive list - for more information, please contact the Director of Campus Safety.

Weapons: It is illegal to possess, store, or deliver any firearms and look-alike weapons, including soft air and paintball guns within 1000 feet of school property.

Illegal Controlled Substances: It is illegal to possess, store, or deliver any illegal controlled substance, cannabis, look-alikes, or drug paraphernalia within 1000 of school property.

Alcohol: Under 235 Illinois Compiled Statutes 5/6-21:

a.  It is a Class B Misdemeanor to possessor sell alcohol if you are under 21.

b.  It is a Class A Misdemeanor to sell, give, or furnish false ID to an individual 21 years old or under (minimum $500 fine).

c.  It is a Class B Misdemeanor to use or possess a false ID if you are under 21.

d.  It is a Class A Misdemeanor to sell, give, or deliver alcohol to individuals under 21 years of age. Local ordinances may also be enforced.

e.  Class A Misdemeanors are punishable with a fine of $1 to $1000 and up to one year in the county jail.

f.   Class B Misdemeanors are punishable with a fine of $1 to $500 and up to six months in the county jail.

g.  These violations may also result in one's driver's license being administratively revoked or suspended by the Illinois Secretary of State's office.

Sex Offenders: A sex offender, sexual predator, sexually dangerous person, or sexually violent person attending, employed, or carrying on a vocation at an institution for higher education (full-time or part-time basis) is required to do the following:

a.  register as a sex offender, in person in the jurisdiction of residence, their employment and institution of higher education information on the Sex Offender Registration Form within five days of residency, attendance, and/or employment;

b.  the registering agency enters the employment and/or institution of higher education attendance information and any and all changes into the LEADS Caution File within three days;

c.  if attending, employed, or carrying on a vocation at an institution of higher education located in a jurisdiction other than their residence, they are also required to register in person with the jurisdiction where the institution is located; Note: registration shall be completed by reporting to the city police department or county sheriff's office where the institution of higher education is located. Registration of offenders shall not be done by the institution of higher education police department or security force.

d.  registration of employment and institution of higher education information is required at the jurisdiction where the institution of higher education is located within five days of beginning instruction or employment;

e.  this information is to be collected on a form provided by ISP and should only be used for those sex offenders attending or employed at an institution of higher education and is to be forwarded to ISP within three days;

f.   the agency of jurisdiction where the institution of higher education is located shall provide the board of higher education or other appropriate administrative office of each non-public institution of higher education a list of those sex offenders employed or attending the institution of higher education in a prompt manner;

g.  if the institution of higher education has a campus police department with a LEADS terminal, the campus police will be responsible for running lists to acquire those sex offenders attending and employed at their institution of higher education;

h.  if the institution of higher education where a sex offender is attending does not have a campus police department with a LEADS terminal, the agency of jurisdiction where the institution of higher education is located shall provide the board of higher education or other appropriate administrative office of each non-public institution of higher education a list of those sex offenders employed or attending the institution of higher education in a prompt manner;

i.   if the campus police, board of higher education, or other appropriate administrative office needs immediate information, they should call the local agency of jurisdiction for information regarding sex offenders who are attending, employed, or carrying on a vocation at the institution of higher education;

j.   an employment/institution of higher education form will be provided to the agency of jurisdiction where the institution of higher education is located by ISP and the agency of jurisdiction must complete this form and forward it to ISP within three days; and

k.  adjudicated juvenile delinquent sex offender information is to be provided to licensed day cares, schools, and institutions of higher education. Adjudicated juvenile delinquent sex offender information is not open to general public inspection, unless at the discretion of ISP or other law enforcement agency, it is determined a person's safety may be compromised.

Security, Fire, and Life Safety Systems: Under 720 Illinois Compiled Statutes 5/16-22, a person commits the offense of tampering with a security, fire, or life safety system when he or she knowingly damages, sabotages, destroys, or causes a permanent or temporary malfunction in any physical or electronic security, fire, or life safety system or any component part of any of those systems, including, but not limited to:

a.  fire bells, alarms, extinguishers, hoses, exit signs, sprinkler systems, card readers and any other life safety system equipment, as described by law.

b.  Violation of this section is considered a Class 4 felony.