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Homecoming safety a priority for NIU, DeKalb

October 8, 2013

Homecoming 2013As NIU celebrates Homecoming week, student safety is a top priority for the campus and DeKalb communities.

One of the ways the Division of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management promotes student safety is by recruiting volunteers to patrol areas of Greek Row, various areas on campus (including residence halls and Lincoln Highway) and Rec parties to ensure student safety.

Volunteers will patrol these areas Friday, Oct. 11, and Saturday, Oct. 12.

“The volunteers are crucial to the success of our Homecoming events and to the safety of our students,” said Jill Zambito, director of Student Involvement & Leadership Development. “The presence of these volunteers helps students feel a sense of safety and security as they participate in Homecoming activities.”

Leaders of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management also hope that Homecoming week provides the opportunity for students to exhibit effective bystander behavior.

The division’s Bystander Education initiative promotes the idea of speaking up, getting help and just acting when witnessing problematic situations. Eric A. Weldy, vice president for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management, stressed the importance of students doing just that during Homecoming week.

Homecoming 2013“Homecoming is a time when we need our students to be mindful and responsible bystanders. I would encourage all students to speak up, get help and just act should they see something out of the ordinary, and remember to be mindful of our Student Code of Conduct,” Weldy said. “It is important for all of us to work together to create a safe, fun environment for our students.”

NIU students have already been active in spreading the word about effective bystander behavior by participating in “I Will” videos, which present examples of what it means to be an effective bystander.

During Homecoming, NIU’s Late Night Ride Service will have altered routes available for students in order to minimize wait time and maximize service.

From Thursday, Oct. 10, through Saturday, Oct. 12, the Late Night Ride Services will operate from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. within the following boundaries only: Dresser Road (north), Taylor Street (south), Fourth Street (east) and President’s Boulevard (west).

The DeKalb Police Department also encourages students to use its iWatch program, which allows people to send anonymous tips to the department at any time online or through their phones.

More information on campus safety, safety services and staying safe at NIU is available online.