Emergency Information

NIU Safety Bulletins

There are three categories of NIU Safety Bulletins to notify you of important information and enhance personal safety:

  1. Emergency Alerts
  2. Timely Warnings
  3. Community Awareness Bulletins

Emergency Alerts

An NIU Emergency Alert is a mass notification broadcast that is initiated upon confirmation that an emergency is currently occurring on or imminently threatening the health or safety of people on campus. The intent of an NIU Emergency Alert is to notify as many people as possible, as rapidly as possible, of a dangerous situation with instructions and follow-up information as needed. Depending on the emergency, an NIU Emergency Alert may be limited to the location of the emergency on campus, such as a hazardous material spill or a small fire. NIU publishes an Emergency Response Guide for a quick reference guide in emergency situations.

NIU Emergency Alert Example: Police Emergency at (on campus location). Remain indoors, seek immediate indoor shelter and deny entry (lockdown) now!

An NIU Emergency Alert may be delivered by all or a combination of the following methods of distribution:


 Timely Warnings

An NIU Timely Warning is a mass notification broadcast that is initiated when a crime has occurred on or near campus and is considered by NIU Police to represent a continuing but not an immediate threat to the campus community. NIU Timely Warnings will be updated with additional information as it becomes available.

The intent of an NIU Timely Warning is to provide the timely information necessary to allow people to protect themselves and aid in the prevention of similar crimes.

The following crimes are considered for an NIU Timely Warning in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act: Homicide, manslaughter, forcible and non-forcible sex offences, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson, liquor law violations, drug violation, illegal weapon possession, hate crimes, larceny-theft, simple assault, intimidation, destruction/vandalism of property and any other crime involving bodily injury.

NIU Timely Warning Example:Armed Robbery 7PM (off campus location). Male suspect last seen running west. Stay aware & avoid area if possible.”

** This example text message of a Timely Warning can be supplemented with an email and a post on the NIU Safety Bulletin webpage, providing updates or additional information, i.e. physical descriptions, reporting instructions, and safety tips.

An NIU Timely Warning may be delivered by all or a combination of the following methods of distribution:


NIU Community Awareness Bulletins

An NIU Community Awareness Bulletin is a mass notification broadcast that is initiated to disseminate information about important topics that are in the interest of the well-being of the community. The intent of an NIU Community Awareness Bulletin is to advise the campus community about health and safety issues (crime prevention, traffic and weather info) so people can make informed decisions.

NIU Community Awareness Bulletin Example: Traffic Detour at (location). Police Investigating Traffic Accident.

An NIU Community Awareness Bulletin may be delivered by all or a combination of the following methods of distribution: