Northern Illinois University will celebrate safety during the month of October in recognition of the Crime Prevention Month, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Fire Prevention Week. During this month, the university will promote awareness of the safety programs it has in place as well as offer safety tips for the university community.
At 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. Awareness is a key component of this safe and secure environment.
NIU will release its annual security report on Monday, Oct. 1, 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 report annually; additionally NIU makes crime statistics and related information available online.
The university provides timely notification to the NIU community of potential and actual emergency situations and criminal activity to subscribers registered to receive its safety bulletins on the NIU Emergency Information website. These safety bulletins are also posted to NIU’s website at http://www.niu.edu/emergencyinfo/bulletins/index.shtml.
Depending on the level or nature of the threat, safety bulletins are distributed either by using text alerts or email advisories. The campus community may also receive safety bulletins through social media by following the newly-launched NIU Safety Bulletin Twitter feed or by liking the new NIU Safety Bulletins Facebook page.
NIU encourages students to explore all of the safety resources available on its campus safety page. The page includes campus safety tips, frequently asked questions about how NIU provides a safe learning environment, a safety services listing that includes a phone directory, and NIU’s StaySafe service which allows the university community to submit safety concerns and suggestions to university officials in order to further enhance safety.