Frequently Asked Questions
NIU Police and Public Safety
We are located in the 395 Wirtz Drive, DeKalb, IL 60115.
Police services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. The administrative services are open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Yes, NIU police have full arrest powers in Illinois.
Yes, the NIU Department of Police and Public Safety is a full-service police department in the State of Illinois.
Yes, the NIU Department of Police and Public Safety's Telecommunications Center is equipped to receive 911 emergency calls. If you need non-emergency assistance on campus, please call 815-753-1212.
The NIU Department of Police and Public Safety provides information about crimes that have recently occurred in the community and notify you about emergencies on the campus so that you may take the appropriate precautions. We issue Safety Bulletins using a variety of delivery methods which may include the NIU website, email, social media, and text messaging.
When you provide your mobile phone number in MyNIU, you're automatically registered with our emergency notification system to receive text messages about emergency situations and criminal activity on or near campus. All students and employees also receive emergency information at their niu.edu email address.
We also notify the community of emergency situations using sirens and weather radios, broadcast voicemail messages, in-building public address announcements, campus networked computer alerts and internet protocol television (IPTV).
Crime statistics—which we track and publish in our Annual Safety and Security Report—show that crime at NIU is comparable to other campuses across Illinois and among four-year public institutions of a similar size. NIU is a safe campus, but no community or college is completely free of crime.
The best defense to crime is to stay aware of your surroundings and make safe decisions. Most importantly, if you see something suspicious, say something by calling us at 815-753-1212 or 911 in an emergency. Safety in our community is every citizen’s responsibility, and we rely on our community to help us make NIU and DeKalb a safer place.
Located in the cornfields of rural DeKalb County, the city of DeKalb balances the friendly feel of a small town with the conveniences of city and suburban life. It's home to many families, several thousand NIU employees and many students who rent apartments. Like other communities that border a college campus, DeKalb is not immune to crime, but it is a safe community. Plus, statistics show that crime is declining.
Your safety and the safety of your fellow students is vitally important to us. We also value your independence and have worked to build an environment that supports you with many safety measures, including the following:
- We teach you how to improve your safety during your orientation visit. You also receive safety information when you move in to your residence hall. In addition, you receive safety briefings throughout the year and have access to safety tips online.
- We have a highly trained police force of over 50 sworn officers.
- Each NIU residence hall has a 24-hour community safety center with a dedicated campus police officer.
- Residence halls have security personnel, designated entrance areas, night check-in procedures and (for high-rises) 24-hour key access to floors and elevators.
- We use dozens of cameras to monitor key areas and entry points to residence halls.
- The campus is well-lit, including sidewalks, roads and parking lots.
- The Huskie Patrol, a group of student employees, patrols campus on weeknights from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. They will also walk with you if you don't want to walk alone.
- You can provide your mobile phone number through MyNIU in order to receive emergency alerts via text message.
These procedures and resources help us build and maintain a safe campus community.
The NIU Department of Police and Public Safety uses community policing to prevent crime. NIU officers interact with the NIU and DeKalb communities through educational programs, foot patrols, vehicle patrols and bicycle patrols.
The NIU Department of Police and Public Safety and the DeKalb Police Department assist one another with cases on and off campus by sharing information, manpower and resources. For example, both departments actively patrol the Greek Row areas where many students live. By working together, they are able to reduce response times to calls, provide more resources, have more positive interactions with community members and provide better services to the NIU and DeKalb communities.
The NIU Department of Police and Public Safety also works cooperatively with the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department and the Illinois State Police.
No. Illinois' concealed carry legislation allows NIU to continue its practice of prohibiting guns on campus. The possession and carrying of weapons on NIU property remains illegal and prohibited. This extends to all property owned or controlled by the university, including, but not limited to, locations outside of the DeKalb campus where university classes, programs and activities are held.
Uniformed NIU police officers patrol campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week on foot, on bicycle and in patrol vehicles. Plainclothes officers are often present throughout campus and at special events.
However, we believe that campus safety is not just the responsibility of police officers. Every day, over 4,500 faculty and staff members teach, assist and interact with students in classrooms and other facilities across our 800-acre campus. We believe that student welfare is the responsibility of every employee.
We have established comprehensive personal safety precautions. The NIU Department of Police and Public Safety presents many courses about crime prevention and safety to groups in the university and community.
Safety tips are posted online, and safety messages are sent to the university community at the start of every school year, as well as during routine tests. In the event of an actual emergency, communications are emailed and/or texted to students and faculty/staff members.
Most importantly, you can take responsibility for your security and personal property. You can help prevent the loss of property by carrying only small amounts of cash, never leaving your valuables unattended, not lending your keys to anyone, locking the doors and windows to your home and car and reporting any suspicious activity to the NIU police immediately.
While there is a low incidence of crime at NIU, you can help prevent crime by reducing opportunities to become a victim. Use good judgment and be responsible for your and others’ security. Be aware of your surroundings and leave a social function if it gets too loud or crowded, or if many people are drinking excessively.
In case of emergency: Call 911
Non-Emergency Phone Number: 815-753-1212