Emergency Information


An emergency is a serious, unexpected, and often dangerous situation requiring immediate action. The NIU Department of Police and Public Safety wants you to know that if you need to report an emergency, call 911 immediately.

Here are some important things to know in case of a 911 emergency:

  • If you see a crime is in progress, call 911 immediately.
  • If you are the victim of the crime, call 911 as soon as it is safe to do so.
  • If you are on campus, there are several emergency call boxes that will immediately connect you with police telecommunicators who dispatch police and first responders.
  • If you see a police officer and need help, feel free to approach the officer to request assistance. In the event of an on-going incident, the police must stop the threat; so they might only speak with you very briefly before moving to address the threat.
  • During an emergency that affects an entire area, it is important that you do not overload the 911 system with non-emergency calls.

When you call 911:

  • Please note: Cellular 911 calls may not always be routed to the NIU Police due to cellular tower 911 configurations.
  • Stay on the line with the dispatcher.
  • Provide the address of the building involved and your exact location. This is especially critical if you are calling from a cell phone.
  • Provide a thorough description of the incident and individuals involved such as clothing, height, weight and direction of travel to ensure proper resources are dispatched.
  • Do not hang up until the dispatcher tells you to do so.

Important Phone Numbers

Emergencies 911
University Police Non-Emergency Number 815-753-1212
Health Services 815-306-2777
Counseling and Student Development 815-753-1206
Employee Assistance Program 815-753-9191
Human Resource Services 815-753-6000
Huskie Student Patrol 815-753-1212
Work Request Desk for utility outages 815-753-1741

Current Safety Notifications

September 15, 2021

SAFETY WARNING - Shots Fired - Moraine Terrace and Russell Road - Off Campus

September 01, 2021

COMMUNITY AWARENESS MESSAGE - Theft of catalytic converters

August 30, 2021

UPDATED - SAFETY WARNING - Shooting - 800 Block of Ridge Drive - Off-Campus

August 29, 2021

SAFETY WARNING - Shooting - 1000 Block of W. Hillcrest - Off Campus