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Campus Safety Resources

Active Violence

An active violence incident involves an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area. The individual may be armed with a firearm or bladed weapon or may in engage in other violent acts such as driving a vehicle into a crowd. There may or may not be a pattern or method to their selection of victims.

Active violence situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. For more information, watch this video from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on how to respond to an Active Shooter situation.

For additional information about active violence and procedures, please visit the University Police website.

Clery Act

As provided by the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990, now known as the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, you are entitled to request and receive a copy of Northwestern University's Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. This Report includes statistics for the previous 3 years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Northwestern University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from campus. The Report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies on drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this Report by contacting the Northwestern University Police Department Deputy Chief at (847) 491-3256. The Report can also be accessed and printed from the University Police website.

Crime Prevention

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to stay informed about safety and crime on campus. Crime prevention is a community responsibility. The “Shots Fired on Campus” video is a part of our overall prevention, preparedness, and response plan for incidents of extreme violence. Other components include the Campus Violence Prevention Plan, Campus Violence Prevention Committee, Emergency Response Framework and the Behavioral Consultation Team (threat assessment).

The "Shots Fired on Campus" video provides the individual community member with critical guidance on how to recognize and survive an active shooter situation. The video does not provide specific instructions on what to do in every situation; instead it provides the viewer with options and encourages the viewer to develop a “survival mindset.” The Center for Personal Protection and Safety is responsible for this instructional DVD and training program designed to empower students with knowledge and strategies for preventing and surviving an active shooter situation.

For a more in-depth presentation on the “Shots Fired on Campus” video and Active Shooter and Extreme Violence Awareness, please contact Lieutenant Ron Godby at rg@northwestern.edu or 847-467-0654.

Daily Crime Blotters

A daily crime log (Blotter) is available for review 24 hours a day on the Northwestern University Police (UP) website and via a lobby kiosk at the UP stations in Chicago (211 E. Superior Street) and Evanston (1819 Hinman Avenue). The Blotter is updated and published Monday - Friday and contains reported criminal and non-criminal incidents. Information in the Blotter typically includes the case number, incident classification, date reported, date occurred, time occurred, general location, and disposition of each incident.

The Chicago campus Blotter includes a web link to crime data available on the Chicago Police Department website. The Evanston campus Blotter includes the Daily Crime Bulletin which highlights selected criminal incidents reported to the Evanston Police Department.