The residence hall and Northern View apartments community is home to thousands of students. It is important for you and other residents to be safe and secure in your communities, all community members must be actively involved in creating a safe and secure environment, to ensure all students can focus on academic success and building lasting friendships.
Federal, state and local guidance may require adaptations to university policies, procedures and schedules as the pandemic shifts. Housing and Residential Services will also adapt to guidance and will communicate to students if/when changes to our policies, procedures and operations are necessary to ensure that we can provide for the safest community living situations for our students.
The main entrance and all outside doors to each building are secured. Proper identification of all residents will be required to gain entry to the building. In addition to main desk staff, Access Control attendants help monitor resident and guest entries into the residence halls during the evening hours. Residents who do not have proper identification may be documented and this information could be used through the student conduct process. It is each resident's responsibility to help maintain a safe and secure environment.
If a resident is locked out of their room or cluster:
Residents have seven days from the date and time of temporary key or card checkout to return the temporary key or door access card back to their residence hall/apartment complex front desk
If a resident does not return the temporary key within the allotted seven days, they will be charged for a key core change to their room door. Any lockout charge associated with the current temporary key will be waived if a recore (lock change) is initiated.
If a resident does not return the temporary door access card within the seven days, they will be charged $10 for the replacement temporary card. These charges are in addition to any charges assessed by the OneCard office related to replacement of a student's OneCard.
There is no charge for bent or broken keys, but residents must return all parts of the key to their front desk or charges will be accrued. Learn about replacement charges for a damaged NIU OneCard.
When a student requests a loaner key/card due to the item falling down an elevator shaft there is a process to try and recover the item. However, the student will incur a fee for the search. There is no guarantee that elevator personnel will find a resident's keys or OneCard during a search; however, charges for looking in the elevator shaft still apply.
If an NIU OneCard is permanently lost or stolen, a OneCard may be requested from the NIU OneCard Office during regular business hours. If the OneCard is lost or stolen during non-business hours, it should be suspended immediately to prevent any possible misuse. Residents are responsible for reporting the lost or stolen card immediately.
Temporary door access cards are issued free of charge up to four times a semester. There is a $5 charge for each additional card. Temporary door access cards are issued for a maximum of seven days. There is a $10 charge for any misplaced or unreturned temporary door access card. When a temporary door access card is issued, it suspends the use of the student's lost OneCard.
Suspending a OneCard:
Residence halls and Northern View apartments are the property of the State of Illinois under the control of the NIU Board of Trustees. It is the policy of the university to ensure students' privacy in their residence hall rooms and university-operated apartments consistent with its basic responsibilities to fulfill its educational functions and to conduct its day-to-day operations. The responsibilities of the university require the reservation of a reasonable right of entry into student residence to assure proper upkeep, paint and repair to provide for the health and safety of residents; and/or to investigate when a reasonable cause exists to believe that a violation of Housing Handbook or other University regulations is occurring in student residence.
Residence hall staff will enter student rooms for room inspection under the following circumstances:
Residents are not authorized to refuse repairs or core changes. Physical Plant workers and technicians from the Division of Information Technology do not need permission to enter rooms; however, efforts will be made to notify a resident before and/or after entry.
NIU contracts out for certain services such as pest control, appliance repair, etc. and permits contracted personnel to enter student rooms for contracted services when services are needed. Every effort is made to restrict the beginning of routine repair work to 9:00 a.m.
Students, including student employees, may enter the rooms of other residents only at the invitation of, or with written permission of, a resident of that room.
Students are not authorized to be in residence during times not covered by their residence hall contract (e.g., university-designated closure periods).
Entry and search of residence hall student rooms by university police officers shall be conducted within the boundaries of law. It is the policy of the university that university police officers will neither enter nor search residence hall student rooms under university management except as follows:
Due to the current residential room electrical configuration, a maximum of 8 amps should be used per electrical outlet in a room.
Items that create danger to persons, damage to university property, a fire/safety hazard and/or a public nuisance must not be used, possessed or stored in residence halls and university apartments (including student rooms). These include:
All residents are expected to evacuate the buildings any time the fire alarm sounds, including during drills. Failure to evacuate the building during a fire alarm will result in disciplinary action. Planned fire drills are conducted in each residence hall once per semester. Participation in fire drills is mandatory.
Cooking safety comes with great responsibility in general but especially when living in Northern View Community. If cooking is a new experience for you, or you need to brush up on your safety knowledge please reach out to the Housing and Residential Services Work Request Office (WRO) for training tips and opportunities at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NIU works with local and institutional emergency responders to operate the Premise Alert Program. As part of this program, these groups maintain a list of individuals who may need assistance during an emergency evacuation situation. In order to be added to this list, residents must complete and submit the Premise Alert Program Form. Please direct any questions about this program to the hall director, area coordinator or the assistant director of Hand Residential Services Facilities. Those students who need assistance are shown the appropriate areas of refugee in their residence and staff work with emergency responders to safely evacuate those students when necessary.
In a tornado or other severe weather emergency, residents may only have minutes (or fewer) to get to safety. Residents should become familiar with the different types of watches and warnings and be prepared to seek shelter when necessary.
|Gilbert Hall||The second-floor interior hallways away from glass and the bathrooms and shower areas away from windows|
|Grant Towers||The basement hallways and under the stairs. If these areas are full, begin filling up the North lower lounge|
|Neptune Central||The laundry rooms, bathrooms and Trident area for shelter|
|Neptune East and Neptune West||Take shelter on the first floor in the hallways (away from windows) and bathrooms.|
|Neptune North||The basement hallway outside the RHA offices and the other basement hallways away from windows.|
|New Residence Hall (Patterson Complex)||Bathrooms of Community Center and basement of New Hall (Patterson) West and East.|
|Stevenson Towers||The basement hallways and under the stairs. If these areas are full, begin filling up the North lower lounge.|
|Northern View Community||First floor residents: go to the restroom, jump in the bathtub and put a mattress over your head. Second and third floor residents: Go under the stairwell on the first floor; if possible, if you know someone on the first floor, knock on the door and ask to use their bathtub/mattress for shelter.|
Last updated Aug. 2, 2022