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John Ithal joins NIU as director of Clery Compliance

March 2, 2016
John Ithal

John Ithal

John Ithal, who brings more than two decades of experience in law enforcement with the North Aurora Police Department, has been named NIU’s director of Clery Compliance.

Ithal, who holds a bachelor’s degree from Aurora University and a master’s degree from Lewis University, is the first to hold the newly created position. He reports to NIU Police Chief Tom Phillips.

“I look forward to the continuation of helping others and serving the community,” Ithal said. “This position allows me to support – and commit to – the mission of the Clery Act so that students and parents can make informed decisions.”

The Clery Act is a federal statute that requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses.

Compliance with the Clery Act is often assumed as a campus police department responsibility, Phillips said, but that is not the case.

“Institutional compliance with the Clery Act is more than simply counting crimes,” Phillips said. “There are many working pieces that are multifaceted and require collaboration across the campus community.”

Activities include publishing an annual security report, maintaining a public log of crimes and crime statistics and providing a timely warning of crimes that might threaten campus safety.

“Hiring John to manage these complex processes and foster collaboration is affirmation of President Baker’s commitment to shared governance and campus safety,” Phillips said.

by Jane Donahue