Crime Alerts

Crime alerts are issued in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) by Northwestern University Police. A Campus Crime Alert is posted when a Clery Act crime is reported to the University Police and the crime is considered to be a serious or continuing threat to the campus community. These crimes must have occurred within those areas of the campus that are specifically defined in the Clery Act (on campus property, non-campus property owned or controlled by the University or public property bordering campus). This information is typically disseminated to campus community members via email and notification on the University homepage and the University Police website.

Below is an archive of crime alerts from the past year. Select a Crime Alert to review related incident information. Visit the Safety Tips web page for information on a variety of crime prevention topics.

DateCampusIncident
06-11-2017ChicagoRobbery
05-16-2017EvanstonRobbery and Attempted Sexual Assault
01-21-2017EvanstonSexual Assault
12-11-2016EvanstonRobbery
10-07-2016EvanstonRobbery and Harassment/Intimidation

Robbery

Chicago, 06-11-2017

At approximately 9:30 p.m. Sunday, June 11, 2017, a Northwestern Medicine physician was approached by five individuals on the third floor of the Erie Ontario parking garage, 321 E. Erie Street, Chicago. They demanded property and the victim gave the subjects $120. The suspects ran away from the area on foot. No weapons were displayed and there were no physical injuries reported. 

According to the reporting party, the offenders were described as black males. No additional identifying information is currently available. 

The Northwestern University Police Department advises all community members to be alert when traveling on or off campus, especially at night. 

Report suspicious activity immediately to University Police or Chicago Police by dialing 911 or by using a Blue Light emergency telephone. Contact the University Police Department at 847-491-3456 if you have any information that may assist in this investigation.

Robbery and Attempted Sexual Assault

Evanston, 05-16-2017

At approximately 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, 2017 a Northwestern graduate student was the victim of a robbery and attempted sexual assault at 1930 Ridge Avenue in Evanston. The student reported that when she entered the elevator in the building, a man entered with her and while in transit, he attempted to reach under her clothing. He then pushed her to the floor and took her wallet and cellphone. The student exited the elevator on her floor and the offender did not follow her.

According to the reporting party, the offender was described as a 25-30 year-old male black, approximately 6 feet 2 inches tall, wearing a long-sleeved black shirt and black backpack. No additional identifying information is currently available.

The incident is being investigated by the Evanston Police Department and Northwestern University Police Department.

The Northwestern University Police Department advises all community members to be alert when traveling on or off campus, especially at night. The Northwestern shuttle bus service provides transportation to areas both on and off campus every night until 3 a.m. In addition, SafeRide provides free rides at night.

Report suspicious activity immediately to University Police by calling 847-491-3456 or Evanston Police by dialing 911 or by using a Blue Light emergency telephone. Contact the Evanston Police Department at 847-866-5000 if you have any information that may assist in this investigation.

Sexual Assault

Evanston, 01-21-2017

On February 2, 2017, the Sexual Harassment Prevention Office received a report that on January 21, 2017, four female students attending an event at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house in Evanston were possibly given a date-rape drug. The report alleges that two of the students believe they were also sexually assaulted. In addition, on February 3, 2017, the University received an anonymous report alleging that on February 2, 2017, a female student was sexually assaulted, possibly involving use of a date-rape drug, after attending an event at another fraternity house. The report is unclear as to where the assault may have occurred.

The University's Sexual Harassment Prevention Office is conducting an inquiry into these reports, and anyone with knowledge of these alleged incidents is urged to contact the Title IX Coordinator at TitleIXCoordinator@northwestern.edu or University Police, see http://www.northwestern.edu/up/about/contact/report-a-crime.html.

Anyone who observes a situation in which a member of the University community may be at risk should interrupt the chain of events or seek help. All Northwestern community members should look out for one another and ensure that everyone is safe. Any member of the Northwestern community who believes they or someone else is at risk should immediately call Northwestern University Police at 847-491-3456 or Evanston Police by dialing 9-1-1, or by using a Blue Light emergency telephone.

The Northwestern University Policy on Sexual Misconduct requires all employees, including student employees, as well as non-employees with teaching or supervisory authority, to report sexual misconduct of which they become aware in the scope of their work for the University to the Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator, unless they are a resource listed in Appendix D of the Policy on Sexual Misconduct, found at http://www.northwestern.edu/sexual-misconduct/university-policy/sexual-misconduct-policy.html.

The only people responsible for sexual misconduct or any other crime are the perpetrators. It is a violation of University policy and the law to engage in sexual contact without consent, as is the use of illegal drugs. The University Policy on Sexual Misconduct, including the definition of consent, can be found at www.northwestern.edu/sexual-misconduct/docs/sexual_misconduct_policy.pdf.

Northwestern University is concerned about the safety and well-being of its students, faculty and staff and about incidents of sexual misconduct, harassment or violence (including sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking). Members of the Northwestern community who experience sexual violence have options and support available, including:

CARE: Center for Awareness, Response, and Education (for students) 847-491-2054
care@northwestern.edu
www.northwestern.edu/care

CAPS: Counseling and Psychological Services (for students) 847-491-2151 (24-hours)
www.northwestern.edu/counseling/

Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (for employees and their household family members)
855-547-1851
www.northwestern.edu/hr/work-life/faculty-staff-assistance-program.html

Northwestern University Police Department 847-491-3456 or 312-503-3456 (24 hours)
www.northwestern.edu/up/crime/awareness/sexual-violence.html

Emergency Hotlines (not staffed by or affiliated with Northwestern)
Chicago Metro Rape Crisis Hotline (YWCA): 888-293-2080 (24 hours)
Chicago Domestic Violence Line: 877-863-6339 (24 hours)
Evanston Domestic Violence Line (YWCA): 877-718-1868 (24 hours)

Medical Care
Northwestern University Health Services (doctor on call 24 hours) 847-491-8100
Evanston Hospital - Emergency Department (24 hours) 847-570-2111
Northwestern Memorial Hospital - Emergency Department (24 hours) 312-926-5188
Presence St. Francis Hospital, Emergency Services (24 hours) 847-316-4000

Northwestern Title IX Coordinator
Title IX Coordinator 847-491-3745; TitleIXCoordinator@northwestern.edu

For more information and resources regarding sexual misconduct response and prevention at Northwestern, go to www.northwestern.edu/sexual-misconduct.

Robbery

Evanston, 12-11-2016

At approximately 7:00 p.m. Sunday, December 11, 2016 a Northwestern student was the victim of a robbery at the intersection of Foster Street and Maple Avenue in Evanston.

The student reported that a group of teen-aged males approached the student. One of them displayed a gun. They took the student's wallet and cellphone and then fled west on Foster. The student did not require medical attention.

The four offenders were described as males in their teens. One was wearing a blue coat and one was wearing a black coat. A more complete description of the offenders could not be obtained.

Report suspicious activity immediately to University Police by calling 847-491-3456 or Evanston Police by dialing 911 or by using a Blue Light emergency telephone. Contact the Evanston Police Department at 847-866-5000 if you have any information that may assist in this investigation.

Robbery and Harassment/Intimidation

Evanston, 10-07-2016

10/27/2016 Update - A suspect in the Robbery incident was arrested. Police are continuing efforts to identify the other two suspects.

Photos of the suspects who early in the morning of Friday, Oct. 7 allegedly robbed a Northwestern University student after confronting him at Sheridan Road and Noyes Street are posted below. Please contact the Evanston Police Department at 847-866-5000 if you have any information that may assist in this investigation.

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At 1:47 a.m. Friday, October 7, 2016 the Evanston Police Department notified Northwestern Police that a Northwestern student was the victim of a robbery and another student was the victim of harassment and intimidation on the CTA Purple Line in the early morning hours of Friday, Oct. 7.

In the first incident a male student reported that two men approached him at the Noyes Street CTA station sometime between midnight and 1:00 a.m. The suspects demanded he walk with them to an ATM on campus where he was unable to withdraw money and then back to the Noyes Street CTA station, where he withdrew money from an ATM and gave it to them. The suspects fled on foot up to the CTA platform.

In the second incident, two males in their teens approached a Northwestern student while he was riding on the CTA Purple Line near the Main Street station and intimidated him in an effort to get money. No weapon was displayed in either incident. Neither of the students required medical attention.

In both incidents offenders were described as two males in their teens wearing hooded sweatshirts. One had a faint moustache and wore a dark blue hoodie and gray headphones. The other was described as having a dark complexion, wearing a white hoodie and ripped jeans. A more complete description of the offenders could not be obtained.

The Northwestern University Police Department advises all community members to be alert when traveling on or off campus and on the CTA, especially at night. The Northwestern shuttle bus service provides transportation to areas both on and off campus every night until 3 a.m. In addition, SafeRide provides free rides at night.

Report suspicious activity immediately to University Police by calling 847-491-3456 or Evanston Police by dialing 911 or by using a Blue Light emergency telephone. Contact the Evanston Police Department at 847-866-5000 if you have any information that may assist in this investigation.