Campus Safety
4:48 am
Wed October 3, 2012

NIU Burglaries, Drug Referrals Rise in 2011

Burglaries on the Northern Illinois University campus doubled from 2010-2011 and drug referrals rose nearly 90% from the same period according to a campus security report issued this week.  The number of instances of aggravated assaults has fallen since 2009, but remain flat from 2010. This report includes statistics for the most recent three years containing reported crimes that occurred on campus and in property owned by NIU.  It also includes public property accessible from university property. 

Read the 2012 security report here

Read the 2012 fire safety report here

Snapshot Statistics* (includes campus and near campus properties and residence halls)

Drug violation judicial referrals

2009 - 110     2010 - 103     2011- 203

Burglaries

2009 - 10        2010 - 12      2011 - 26

Aggravated Assault

2009 - 20        2010 - 2          2011 - 2

WNIJ reached out the NIU Police Chief Don Grady to explain the recent data.  He was not immediately available for comment. NIU Spokesman Paul Palian said it should be noted that a greater emphasis was placed on student code enforcement last year. The stepped-up effort resulted in a greater number of violations resulting in judicial referrals. 

Read the NIU Today article on the release of the 2012 statistics. The Northern Illinois University 2012 Annual Safety and Security Report is published in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (“Clery Act”) and the State of Illinois Campus Security Enhancement Act.

About the Clery Act

From The U.S. Department of Education's Higher Education Center: The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) is a federal mandate requiring all institutions of higher education (IHEs) that participate in the federal student financial aid program to disclose information about crime on their campuses and in the surrounding communities. The Clery Act affects virtually all public and private IHEs and is enforced by the U.S. Department of Education (ED). Campuses that fail to comply with the act can be penalized with large fines and may be suspended from participating in the federal financial aid program.

The Clery Act, formerly known as the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act, was signed in 1990 and is named after 19-year-old Jeanne Clery who was raped and murdered in her Lehigh University residence hall in 1986. The Clery Act was amended in 2008, and the Security On Campus Web site includes a summary of those amendments.

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*Previous numbers reported by WNIJ online were incorrect and have been corrected.  WNIJ apologizes for the error.