Current NIU Safety Notifications

NIU Police and Public Safety provides information on crimes that have recently occurred in the campus area so that you may take the appropriate precautions. An NIU Safety Notification is issued in accordance with a federal law requiring colleges and universities to disclose information about crime in the vicinity of campus to both aid in the prevention of similar crimes and to assist in the identification of offenders.

NIU Safety Notifications are based on information that has been reported to Northern Illinois University Police and Public Safety. The reported information may not have been investigated or confirmed at the time the Safety Notification was issued. Safety Notifications may be delivered by NIU e-mail, NIU Safe app, social media, text and web when an incident occurs that should be brought to the immediate attention of the University community. Physical descriptions of a suspect, including race, are included in NIU Safety Notifications only when they provide several details that might help distinguish the suspect's appearance from the general population.

Notices will be published to this webpage the next business day. Please see the NIU PD Facebook page for the latest notifications.

Incident: SAFETY WARNING - Unverified Threat - Barsema Hall
Date Occurred: February 26, 2024
Location: Barsema Hall
Details:

Update as of 11:25 a.m. on Feb. 26, 2024

Northern Illinois University Police and Public Safety, with support from state and federal authorities, has determined that the threat received this morning is not credible. Additional colleges and universities have reported receiving similar messages today and within the past week. All classes and campus activities can proceed as scheduled. No further updates will be provided.

As always, if you see something or have a safety concern, please contact the NIU Police at 815-753-1212.
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Update as of 9:10 a.m. on Feb. 26, 2024

Faculty and staff of NIU’s College of Business received an anonymous email this morning indicating there would be an act of violence committed today, where the emailer requested a large police response in hopes of gaining international news. We are also aware that another university outside of Illinois received the exact same message today.

NIU takes any form of threat seriously and is currently investigating. Within the past year, multiple other universities across the nation have received similar emails from anonymous sources hoping to draw a SWAT team response, cause disruption and strike fear.

Classes remain as scheduled today unless otherwise indicated by faculty. The university encourages all students and employees to take care during this stressful situation and utilize resources such as the Center for Student Assistance, Counseling and Consultation Services or the Employee Well-being program.

The university will provide an update to the campus later today.
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NIU Police are investigating an unverified bomb threat and active shooter threat at Barsema Hall. You will see a heavy police presence in the area as we investigate. Be prepared to take additional safety precautions and report any suspicious devices or persons you see by calling 911. Do not touch any suspicious backpacks, boxes, etc. The NIU Police is not mandating an evacuation at this time. Please don't call 911 or 815-753-1212 for information as the NIU Police will provide updates via NIU SOCIAL or your NIU email account.

Safety Tips and Resources:

Our campus, our community. 

The Northern Illinois University campus is a safe one, but a large university campus and its surrounding community will not be crime free.  NIU and DeKalb Police and other partner law enforcement agencies work together to prevent crime and to quickly identify and arrest offenders when crime occurs.  You, too, play a very important role in keeping our campus and community safe. 

  • Be alert, and trust your instincts. Be aware of your surroundings.  If a situation doesn’t feel right, it probably isn't.  Contact police if something looks suspicious or out of place. Any information, no matter how small, can contribute to preventing a crime.
  • Watch out for each other. Don’t be a bystander. Call 911 immediately if you or someone else is in danger.
  • If you hear or see a fire alarm, leave the building immediately. Just because you cannot see flames or smoke does not mean you are safe – a fire or other hazard could be in another part of the building and rapidly spread to where you are.

Please take a moment to review the Campus Safety resources below to stay informed and keep yourself and others safe on and off campus.

Stay Safe
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Use Our Safety Services
From transportation to safety classes, take advantage of the programs we have to protect your safety.

Read Our FAQs
Get your questions answered about how NIU manages campus safety.

Report Your Concerns
Report areas on campus that need attentions.

Emergency Information
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About Safety Bulletins: The Northern Illinois University campus is a safe one, but a large university campus and its surrounding community will not be crime free. NIU and DeKalb Police and other partner law enforcement agencies work together to prevent crime and to quickly identify and arrest offenders when crime occurs. You, too, play a very important role in keeping our campus and community safe.

NIU Safety Notifications are based on information that has been reported to Northern Illinois University Police and Public Safety. The reported information may not have been investigated or confirmed at the time the Safety Notification was issued. Safety Notifications will be issued via e-mail and posted to our website when an incident occurs that should be brought to the immediate attention of the university community. Physical descriptions of a suspect, including race, are included in NIU Safety Notifications only when they provide several details that might help distinguish the suspect's appearance from the general population. See more information on the types of notifications.


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