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Homeless man arrested on campus

June 14, 2016

A hand-written note with hateful language and biblical citations was found over the weekend by a member of the Building Services staff in the Holmes Student Center.

NIU police assessed that the campus was not in imminent danger, but out of an abundance of caution, increased security patrols on campus.NIU Police badge

Police investigated this matter fully and have arrested Thomas Gurskis, 59, – a homeless man with a last-known address in Chicago Heights, Ill.  Gurskis will appear in court Wednesday, June 15.

NIU takes these matters very seriously and will not tolerate any words or actions that could compromise the safety of our community.

Sadly, these types of occurrences on school campuses throughout our nation are increasing in frequency. As a university family, we are all responsible for alerting authorities if we see or hear something concerning.  Now more than ever in our country, we must demonstrate daily with our words and actions the importance and benefits of respect, diversity and inclusion.


**Due to the offensive nature of the note, the exact language of the quote is not being provided.