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 e-mail and notification on the University homepage and the University Police web site.

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
04-01-2015EvanstonBattery / Attempted Robbery
03-30-2015EvanstonSexual Assault
08-25-2014ChicagoAggravated Battery / Robbery
07-04-2014ChicagoAggravated Assault

Battery / Attempted Robbery

Evanston, 04-01-2015

On Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at approximately 11:55 p.m., a female Northwestern student was the victim of a battery and attempted robbery in the 2000 block of Pratt Court in Evanston. The student was walking north on the east sidewalk when she was approached from behind and punched in the face. The offender then attempted to take her cell phone but was unsuccessful and ran from the area in an unknown direction. No weapon was displayed and the victim received minor injuries. Both Evanston Police and University Police arrived on the scene. A search for the offender was conducted by both departments but was unsuccessful. 

The offender was described as a younger male white, 5 feet 7 inches to 6 feet in height, wearing dark pants and a grey hooded sweatshirt.

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 Evanston Police by dialing 911 or by using a Blue Light emergency telephone. 

Contact the Northwestern University Police Department at 847-491-3456 if you have any information that may assist in this investigation.

Sexual Assault

Evanston, 03-30-2015

A Northwestern student reported a sexual assault that occurred between 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 30 in a University residence hall on the Evanston campus. The student previously had communications with the offender and then met him at a CTA el station in Evanston. They went to her residence hall room where the assault occurred. No weapon was displayed in the incident. The offender is not believed to be affiliated with Northwestern University. A detailed description of him was not available.

The only people responsible for sexual misconduct are the perpetrators. It is a violation of University policy and the law to engage in sexual contact without consent.

Anyone who observes a situation in which a member of the University community may be at risk should interrupt the chain of events. 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.

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

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.

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, relationship violence and stalking). Members of the Northwestern community who experience sexual violence have options, rights, 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/

Women's Center (for faculty, students and staff members)
847-491-7360 or 312-503-3400
www.northwestern.edu/womenscenter/

Northwestern University Police Department
847-491-3456 or 312-503-3456 (24 hours)
http://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)
LGBT Anti-Violence Project (Center on Halsted): 773-871-2273 (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
Northwestern Title IX Coordinators
Title IX Coordinator
847-491-3745; TitleIXCoordinator@northwestern.edu
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for sexual misconduct complaints against students
847-491-4582; student-conduct@northwestern.edu
http://www.northwestern.edu/provost/policies/title-ix/coordinators.html

Aggravated Battery / Robbery

Chicago, 08-25-2014

On Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 at approximately 7:16 p.m., a man not affiliated with the University was the victim of an aggravated battery with a vehicle and a robbery in the 300 block of East Superior Street in Chicago.

The man was walking east on the south side of Superior Street when a car going northbound on Inner Lake Shore Drive suddenly turned westbound on the sidewalk. He ran into the street and the vehicle struck him, knocking him to the ground in front of Abbott Hall. Three men in the car got out of the car, pursued the victim and forcibly took a backpack from him.

No weapon was displayed and the victim was later taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries. Both Chicago Police and University Police arrived on the scene. A search for the offenders was conducted by both departments but was unsuccessful.

The offenders were described as follows:
Offender #1: Male African American 24 years of age, 5-10 tall, 140 lbs., medium complexion wearing a black sweat jacket, black pants and black and white shoes.
Offender #2: Male African American 40 years of age, 5-10 tall, 160 lbs., wearing glasses, a khaki t-shirt, blue Levis jeans and black shoes.
Offender 3: Male African American 40 years of age, 5-11 with stocky build. The victim could not provide further details.

The vehicle was described as a grey or silver Nissan small SUV with unknown license plates.

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 Northwestern University Police Department at 312-503-3456 if you have any information that may assist in this investigation.

Aggravated Assault

Chicago, 07-04-2014

On Friday, July 4, 2014 at approximately 11:30 p.m., four non-university pedestrians were victims of an aggravated assault in the 300 block of East Ontario Street in Chicago. The pedestrians were entering their parked vehicle at that location when a man exited a vehicle, approached them and displayed an object believed to be a knife. An argument ensued and then the man got back in his vehicle and left the area.

The four people were not injured and no property was demanded or taken by the offender.

Chicago Police and University Police were notified. Both departments searched the area for the offender but were not successful.

The man was described as white, appearing to be in his 20s, 6 feet 2 inches tall, heavy build and driving a white Acura sedan with Illinois plates.

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 Northwestern University Police Department at 312-503-3456 if you have any information that may assist in this investigation.