Safety & Security

Campus Safety Resources

  • The Department of Police and Public Safety is charged with protecting and serving the campus. The department handles traditional law enforcement duties such as patrolling campus, investigating crimes, and arresting lawbreakers.
  • All NIU police officers are trained as emergency medical technicians and provide a range of services to residents including jump-starting cars and opening vehicles with locked-in keys. Any person may request assistance from the University Police by dialing 911 for an emergency, or 815-753-1212 for non-emergency matters.
  • NIU Safe Walk is a service provided by the Huskie Patrol so you can get to your destination safely. The Huskie Patrol is made up of trusted NIU students who accompany you while you walk on campus.
  • The Huskie Safe Line provides safe, no questions asked transportation around campus and surrounding areas during late night hours after the Huskie Bus Line stops working.

Building Security

Building security is the responsibility of all residents. Avoid actions that jeopardize residence hall security. Report security concerns to the hall staff or University police immediately.

Lobby Security

The main entrance and all outside doors to each building are secured from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. each day. During this time, exterior doors will be locked, building access will be restricted, and proper identification of all residents’ guests will be required. Supervisory support staff, professional residence hall staff, Community Advisors, and public safety personnel will be available to respond to requests for assistance or information from residents, to enforce university policies, and to respond to emergency situations.

  • Generally, residents and registered guests may remain in the lobby or common areas as long as their behavior is not disruptive to administrative operations or detrimental to the maintenance of an orderly and/or civil environment.
  • Disruptive residents will be asked to leave the public area. Disruptive guests may be required to leave the building and/or campus.
  • Loitering by nonresidents in residence hall public areas is prohibited. Violators are subject to arrest for trespassing.
  • Whenever necessary, the staff reserves the right to secure or clear any and all hall public areas including the main lobby.

Personal Security

Residence hall security enhancements:

  • Solid core room doors with deadlocking latch hardware.
  • Mandatory room door lock core changes when a key is reported missing.
  • Corridor entrance doors locked at all times.
  • Key operation of elevators at all times.
  • Identification checks of residents and guests after 11 p.m.
  • Requirement to escort guests at all times.
  • Fines and disciplinary actions for violations of security regulations.
  • Professional staff on call 24 hours a day.
  • Community Safety Centers in residential areas.

Things Residents Can Do To Enhance Safety

  1. Keep your room door locked at all times (do not allow entrance into your room by someone you do not know and trust). 
  2. Do not give your room key to anyone else. 
  3. Never prop open or alter the locking mechanism on any door (if you see this, un-prop it and/or report it immediately to the hall staff).
  4.  Personally observe all building security regulations including using appropriate entrances and carrying identification for building entrance at night.
  5. Don’t let people you don’t know on to your floor.
  6. Use appropriate caution, especially at night or at times of low traffic, when going to remote or dimly lit areas in or around the residence halls (basements, laundry rooms, parking lots, loading dock areas, etc.)
  7. Immediately report any security system violation or hazard, such as a person on your floor who is not a floor resident or escorted guest, suspicious looking individuals in or around the residence halls, solicitors, propped doors, etc.
  8. Record the serial numbers of all your valuables and use “Operation Identification” procedures to engrave expensive items (Contact NIU police for further details).
  9.  Monitor your own behavior. Use of alcohol and other drugs can impair your ability to make good decisions. Think ahead and party safely. Acquaintance rape, assault, and other crimes occur more frequently when one or both parties have consumed alcohol or taken drugs.

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