NIU releases annual security report

University report examines campus safety in accordance with Clery Act

Northern Illinois University released its annual security report in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. The Clery Act requires that each post-secondary institution file a report annually by October 1.

The security report includes statistics on reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by NIU; and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.  The report also includes institutional policy statements concerning campus security, such as polices concerning sexual assault, substance abuse, and other matters.

Printed copies of the 2012 Annual Safety and Security Report are available upon request at the Department of Police and Public Safety, 375 Wirtz Ave, DeKalb.

The Clery Act requires each and every college and university that participates in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near campus. Compliance is monitored by the United States Department of Education.

The law is named for Jeanne Clery, a 19-year-old Lehigh University freshman who was raped and murdered in her campus residence hall in 1986. The Clery Act, signed in 1990, was originally known as the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act.

The Act contains several requirements for colleges and universities.  In addition to the publication and distribution of the annual campus security report—which is required to provide crime statistics for the previous three years, policy statements regarding various safety and security measures, campus crime prevention program descriptions, and procedures to be followed in the investigation and prosecution of alleged sex offenses—the act requires maintenance of a public crime log of all reported crimes within the past 60 days, it requires institutions to provide timely warnings of crimes representing a threat to the safety of members of the university community, and it must keep the most recent three years of statistics for crimes that occur on campus, in residence halls, in non-campus buildings or on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

The 2012 Annual Fire Safety Report is also available. The Fire Safety Report includes statistics on reported fires in on-campus student housing facilities, institutional polices concerning fire prevention, fire safety education and training, and procedures to follow in case of a fire and other matters.

The Fire Safety Report is available at Environmental Health & Safety Department, located in room 200 in the Dorland Building, 180 Stadium Drive West, DeKalb.

Northern Illinois University is recognizing Crime Prevention Month, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Fire Prevention Week during October. All month long, the university plans to promote awareness of the safety programs it has in place as well as offer safety tips for the university community.

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