Message from the Dean of Students to Parents and Families
I know you're concerned about your student while he or she is away from home. As the Dean of Students, it is my primary job to support and care for your students, particularly in the midst of challenges. As you might have heard from your student or through text alerts, our community has recently experienced criminal activity near our campus. I recognize the important role you play in your student's life, and I'm reaching out to families so we can partner in your student's success and safety.
First, I want to provide an update about the additional initiatives that NIU has put in place to support your student as we work with the City of DeKalb to address the recent criminal activity near our campus.
Acting President Freeman sent a safety message to our campus community to share the actions that NIU has taken including: securing access to the residence halls 24 hours a day, requiring guests to present identification upon entry; increasing police presence on and off campus; positioning a mobile police unit to enhance our ability to respond to on- and off-campus incidents; extending hours for Huskie Bus Line travel, and providing new accommodations for off-campus students who want to move into our residence halls (for immediate assistance, call 815-753-0371).
- We held a number of student forums to hear students' concerns and feedback about safety. Additionally, I shared a number of messages with our students about their safety, which can be reviewed on the Dean of Students website.
Second, I encourage you to engage your student in conversations about how they can stay safe, including:
Reviewing the Campus Safety website which hosts numerous resources related to campus safety, including Safety Tips.
Using the Huskie Safe Line and Safe Walk Service for their travels on and around campus.
- When walking, stay in groups, walk in well-lit areas, remove ear buds/headphones and keep the focus on the surroundings, not the cell phone.
- If feeling unsafe, or if observing something they believe is dangerous or suspicious, contacting police at once - either 911 or, for non-emergency, 815-753-1212. Police will assist your student quickly.
- Subscribe to NIU Safety Bulletins and DeKalb alerts.
Lastly, if your student is feeling unsettled, the Resource Centers are available for gathering as a community to talk or to feel a sense of belonging. Additional support is also available through Counseling and Consultation Services (815-753-1206). You can also reach out to staff in Student Affairs (815-753-0371).
If you or your student have concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Dean of Students Office. I can say with confidence that we are doing all we can, with the City of DeKalb, to keep our community and your student safe. Thank you for your partnership with us as we face this challenge.
Kelly Wesener Michael, Ed.D.
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
Chief Student Affairs Officer & Dean of Students