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Current NIU Safety Bulletins

NIU Police and Public Safety provides information on crimes that have recently occurred in the campus area so that you may take the appropriate precautions. An NIU Safety Bulletin is issued in accordance with a federal law requiring colleges and universities to disclose information about crime in the vicinity of campus to both aid in the prevention of similar crimes and to assist in the identification of offenders.

NIU Safety Bulletins are based on information that has been reported to Northern Illinois University Police and Public Safety. The reported information may not have been investigated or confirmed at the time the Safety Bulletin was issued. Safety Bulletins will be issued via e-mail and posted to our website when an incident occurs that should be brought to the immediate attention of the University community. Physical descriptions of a suspect, including race, are included in NIU Safety Bulletins only when they provide several details that might help distinguish the suspect's appearance from the general population.


Summer 2016

Incident: Severe Weather Advisory
Date Occurred: June 22, 2016
Location: NIU DeKalb campus and all satellite campuses
Details:

Please be aware that, according to the National Weather Service, NIU’s main campus in DeKalb and all of our satellite campuses fall within an area that is at risk of severe weather late this afternoon until midnight. Potential risks include heavy rains (up to 2 inches an hour), winds that may exceed 50 mph for a brief period of time, large hail and tornadoes. Forecasters estimate that the greatest potential for severe weather in and around DeKalb falls between 5 and 8 p.m.

Those worried about encountering a storm while traveling home are encouraged to leave early.

Whether on campus or off, please keep an eye on the weather for your own safety.  If you have access to a weather radio please make sure the volume is turned up so that you can hear the latest bulletins. The storms causing these conditions are moving at 45 mph, meaning that should very severe weather erupt there will not be a lot of time to react.  If severe weather hits while you are on campus, know in advance the safest place to go in your building – typically basements and windowless interior rooms offer the greatest protection.

For a comprehensive list of storm safety reminders consult the NIU Weather web site.

About Safety Bulletins: NIU Safety Bulletins are based on information that has been reported to Northern Illinois University Police and Public Safety. The reported information may not have been investigated or confirmed at the time the Safety Bulletin was issued. Safety Bulletins will be issued via e-mail and posted to our website when an incident occurs that should be brought to the immediate attention of the University community.


Incident: Verizon phone service issues
Date Occurred: June 13, 2016
Location: NIU Campus
Details:

UPDATE

June 14, 1:20 PM

NIU Police Department phone system has been restored to full functionality.

ORIGINAL BULLETIN

June 13, 8:35 PM

NIU Police have been made aware that individuals with Verizon phone service are experiencing difficulty completing calls to the NIU Police Department, for both emergency (911) and non-emergency (815-753-1212) calls. Technicians are aware of the problem and are working to resolve the issue. If you require police assistance, use a non-Verizon cell phone or a landline to contact the NIU police. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

Safety Tips and Resources:

Our campus, our community. 

The Northern Illinois University campus is a safe one, but a large university campus and its surrounding community will not be crime free. NIU and DeKalb Police and other partner law enforcement agencies work together to prevent crime and to quickly identify and arrest offenders when crime occurs. You, too, play a very important role in keeping our campus and community safe. 

  • Be alert, and trust your instincts. Be aware of your surroundings.  If a situation doesn't feel right, it probably isn't.  Contact police if something looks suspicious or out of place. Any information, no matter how small, can contribute to preventing a crime.
  • Watch out for each other. Be an active bystander. Call 911 immediately if you or someone else is in danger.
  • If you hear or see a fire alarm, leave the building immediately. Just because you cannot see flames or smoke does not mean you are safe – a fire or other hazard could be in another part of the building and rapidly spread to where you are.

Please take a moment to review the Campus Safety resources below to stay informed and keep yourself and others safe on and off campus.

Stay Safe
Learn how to protect yourself from crime on and off campus.

Use Our Safety Services
From transportation to safety classes, take advantage of the programs we have to protect your safety.

Read Our FAQs
Get your questions answered about how NIU manages campus safety.

Report Your Concerns
Report areas on campus that need attentions.

Meet Our Police Officers
Get to know a few members of our highly trained campus police force.

Emergency Information
Subscribe to campus safety bulletins and find emergency information.

About Safety Bulletins: NIU Safety Bulletins are based on information that has been reported to Northern Illinois University Police and Public Safety. The reported information may not have been investigated or confirmed at the time the Safety Bulletin was issued. Safety Bulletins will be issued via e-mail and posted to our website when an incident occurs that should be brought to the immediate attention of the University community. Physical descriptions of a suspect, including race, are included in NIU Safety Bulletins only when they provide several details that might help distinguish the suspect's appearance from the general population.



Archived Safety Bulletins