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Board of Trustees votes to approve $1 million settlement in Grady lawsuit

Board of Trustees votes to approve $1 million settlement in Grady lawsuit

December 15, 2016

The Board of Trustees voted to end litigation in the lawsuit brought before NIU by Don Grady, former NIU police chief, at a Thursday Board of Trustees meeting.In 2013, Grady was fired because of the NIU Police Department’s alleged mishandling of a criminal...

U.S. District judge dismisses Rifkin lawsuit

U.S. District judge dismisses Rifkin lawsuit

By Keith Hernandez | July 22, 2015

An Illinois district judge has dismissed a civil lawsuit by Andrew Rifkin, former NIU police officer, for alleged constitutional due process violations in a Dec. 23, 2011, indictment — one that never went to trial.Rifkin filed civil lawsuit claims against...

Rifkin lawyer to subpoena two NIU police officers due to missing evidence

By Northern Star staff | April 22, 2015

Andrew Rifkin’s lawyer said he will subpoena two NIU police officers to find out who is responsible for the disappearance of two hours of recorded statements made by Rifkin.Rifkin, a former NIU police officer, is accused of sexually assaulting a female...

Alleged victim may testify at Rifkin’s hearing

By Northern Star Staff | October 15, 2014

A 1:30 p.m. Nov. 7 court date is set for a judge to determine if a woman can testify in the sexual assault case against Andrew Rifkin, a former NIU police officer.Rifkin is accused of sexually assaulting a female student he had a relationship with in...

Donald Grady

Grady sues for job, citing discrimination

By Kelly Bauer | February 20, 2014

Don Grady, the NIU Police Department’s former chief, wants his job back with a public apology from the university, back pay and damages.Grady has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the Board of Trustees and former NIU President John Peters, among...

Deputy police chief placed on paid leave as state police investigate

Deputy police chief placed on paid leave as state police investigate

By Kelly Bauer | February 18, 2014

Darren Mitchell, NIU’s deputy police chief, has been placed on paid administrative leave as the Illinois state police investigate a potential “discrepancy” in his work.NIU Police Chief Tom Phillips said he “came across some discrepancies” late...

Rifkin pleads not guilty

By Northern Star Staff | March 18, 2013

Former NIU police officer Andrew Rifkin pleaded not guilty on March 13 to charges of sexual assault. “At this point we will defend Mr. Rifkin and continue with the not guilty plead,” said Rifkin attorney Bruce Brandwein. An identical charge was dropped...

Williams placed on paid leave following FBIs search

Williams placed on paid leave following FBI’s search

By Kelly Bauer | March 8, 2013

Eddie Williams, chief of operations and executive vice president of Finance and Facilities, has been placed on paid leave following Wednesday's FBI probe. According to a news release from the university, the choice was made "in light of recent events."...

Andrew Rifkin

Rifkin re-indicted on sexual assault charges

By Northern Star Staff | February 22, 2013

Andrew Rifkin, a former NIU police officer, has been re-indicted on criminal sexual assault charges. Rifkin was originally charged in October 2011. He was accused of sexually assaulting a female student with whom he had a relationship. The charges were...

Grady, former NIU police chief, will fight termination

Grady, former NIU police chief, will fight termination

By Kelly Bauer | February 20, 2013

NIU Police Chief Donald Grady will fight his termination through “every avenue of due process available,” according to his attorney, Michael Fox. News that Grady had been terminated was released Tuesday evening. According to Grady’s notice of termination,...

Rifkin files suit against NIU

By Northern Star Staff | January 22, 2013

Andrew Rifkin, a former NIU police officer, has filed a lawsuit against NIU. Paul Palian, NIU director of media and public relations, said it is not appropriate to comment on pending litigation. In 2011, Rifkin was accused of sexually assaulting a student...

Former NIU police officer Rifkin’s case dismissed

By Felix Sarver | November 27, 2012

The case against Andrew Rifkin, a former NIU police officer who was accused of sexual assault, was dismissed during a hearing on Tuesday. In recent weeks, Rifkin’s attorney, Bruce Brandwein, argued the NIU police failed to provide the DeKalb County...