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‘If you see something, say something’

March 30, 2012

An NIU police officer speaks with students next to an emergency call box.NIU staff and faculty are committed to ensuring a safe and healthy campus and learning environment that challenges and inspires students to be academically and personally successful.

The cooperation and involvement of students, faculty and staff in maintaining a safe and secure teaching and learning environment is absolutely necessary, and all members of the NIU community must assume responsibility for their own safety and security.

The university recognizes this need and is providing students, faculty and staff the opportunity to submit safety concerns and other suggestions to enhance campus safety at its website,

Submissions also can be made at the initiative’s [email protected] email address.

“NIU remains focused on providing a safe and secure learning environment for our students,” said Eddie R. Williams, NIU executive vice president and chief of operations. “While we have a highly qualified and engaged campus police presence, we recognize that the safety and security of our NIU community is everyone’s responsibility, and we ask for your help.”

Photo of an NIU campus streetlightNIU’s Stay Safe initiative provides a mechanism for suggesting safety enhancements or reporting campus safety concerns, such as lights that are not working, bushes that are overgrown and blocking sight lines and walking paths or darkened areas of the campus that need additional lighting.

Initially launched during the fall 2010 semester, Stay Safe allows NIU security, building services and facilities staff to respond to concerns in a prioritized manner. The program already has resulted in brush clearing near Lot 14, the Pottenger House, Gilbert Hall and Adams Hall; parking lighting and security enhancements near Graham and Gabel halls; as well as lighting improvements across campus.

Any concerns regarding the personal safety of any student or employee should be reported to NIU Police immediately by dialing 911.

Additional campus safety tools include NIU Text Alerts and email safety advisories, which are available without charge to those who subscribe for the services.