NIU releases annual security report

Report includes updated statistics

report-coverNorthern Illinois University released its 2013 Annual Campus Safety and Security Report Friday, Sept. 27, in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, which requires that each post-secondary institution file a report annually by October 1.

NIU provides information regarding campus security, personal and fire safety, including topics such as crime prevention, emergency response procedures and crime reporting policies, in addition to crime and fire statistics for the most recent three calendar years.

The Annual Security Report containing security and safety information is available at clery.niu.edu, or by contacting the University Police Department and Public Safety Department at 815-753-9628 to receive a hard copy. The Annual Fire Safety Report is available at firesafety.niu.edu, or by contacting the Environmental Health & Safety Department at 815-753-0404 to receive a hard copy.

As part of a routine internal review, NIU’s Office of Police and Public Safety conducted an internal audit of 2011 records and corrected statistical information in several categories per the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) definition.

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.

Northern Illinois University plans to recognize Crime Prevention MonthDomestic 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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