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Sunday Night’s Emergency Alerts

Dear members of the Northwestern community,

Last night, beginning just before 11 p.m., the University issued a series of alerts following a report of shots fired near 70 Arts Circle Drive on Northwestern’s Evanston campus.

The report came into Evanston Police Department’s (EPD) 911 dispatch center shortly before 11 p.m. The University alerted the community via email, text, voice call and social media at 10:53 p.m., with updates continuing until an all-clear was issued at 11:42 p.m.

Northwestern University Police Department (NPD) and EPD officers who responded to the scene discovered bullet casings in the area but did not locate any injured persons. No suspects are currently in custody. NPD and EPD continue to investigate.

We recognize that situations like this cause concern and fear within our community. Please know that your safety is our top priority.

We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the following safety resources:

  • Safe Ride: a safe and free alternative to walking alone after dark on or near the Evanston campus. Download the Safe Ride app here.
  • Safety Escorts: a free service to provide a walking escort or to monitor travel on the Evanston or Chicago campuses. Request an escort at (847) 491-3456 in Evanston or (312) 503-3456 in Chicago.
  • Campus Shuttles: free shuttles between the Evanston and Chicago campuses and across the Evanston campus that run late into the night.
  • NUGuardian: a free peer-to-peer mobile app for students to turn their phone into a personal safety device. The app allows students to designate smartphone contacts to act as “guardians” and virtually walk with them on or off campus in Evanston.
  • Consider adding the Northwestern Police telephone number, (847) 491-3456 or (312) 503-3456, to your cell phone’s favorite contacts list to reach University Police quickly to report suspicious activity.
  • Get text/phone emergency alerts on Rave: your university email address is automatically enrolled in alerts, but you need to sign up to receive text/phone alerts.