NIU

Jessie Schlacks

The University of Chicago received national attention last month after an administrator issued a letter to freshmen telling them that the university will not condone the creation of so-called “safe spaces” where students can retreat from ideas and perspectives “at odds with their own.”

It's a hot-button issue for schools across the nation. 

For their part, Northern Illinois University leaders are looking beyond the confines of the campus to create an environment for people of all backgrounds, beliefs and experiences.

It's a mixed bag of news about enrollment from state schools in Illinois this week.

Northern Illinois University President Doug Baker says enrollment is down 5.5%, putting the school at 19,015 students university-wide. Baker tells the campus community that the largest decline is in the freshman class. Numbers from NIU show there are 457 fewer freshman compared to last year; that's a drop of 20.2%. Smaller declines took place among transfer and graduate students. 

  Northern Illinois  University campus parking officials say enforcement hours for marked lots now run from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.

However, those hours do not apply to restricted parking areas like no-parking zones, handicapped spaces, and  reserved spaces. Campus lots will require permits at all times.

Enforcement hours for reserved parking spaces still run from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. or at all times as posted.

High Traffic Expected As NIU Students Move In

Aug 19, 2016
Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Around 3,000 students will move into Northern Illinois University today. 

NIU officials say this will result in nearly 5,000 vehicles on local roads. 

Traffic from I-88’s Annie Glidden Road exit will be routed down Fairview Drive and Nelson Road before going down Lincoln Highway. 

Routes on West Campus will be one-way, and increased traffic is expected along Sycamore’s retail corridor, especially around Target and Wal-Mart.  

Katie Finlon / WNIJ

Former Northern Illinois University police officer Andrew Rifkin was charged with sexually assaulting a female freshman student at NIU in 2011.

Following his arrest, Rifkin was interviewed by two university police officers for about two and a half hours. That interview was recorded.

Rifkin's attorney, Bruce Brandwein, says a large portion of the recorded interview was not recovered. He also says there are missing text messages between Rifkin and the victim from days following the incident.

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