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Students should support Violence Against Women Act reauthorization

By Northern Star Editorial Board | September 26, 2018

The Northern Star Editorial Board urges students to contact their legislators immediately to ensure the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act, which will expire Sept. 30 without action.VAWA, passed in 1994 by Bill Clinton, aims to support abused women...

Presidential Commission on the Status of Women to hold training conference

By Northern Star staff | February 15, 2016

NIU’s Presidential Commission on the Status of Women will hold a conference called “Creating a Safer Campus - Policies, Training and Standards” on March 4, according to an NIU news release.The conference will focus on NIU’s response to the Violence...

Safe Passage to move sexual assault response team forward

By Alexander Chettiath | October 22, 2015

Safe Passage will follow through with the creation of a sexual assault response team despite being denied a $103,000 grant from the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority.The purpose of the grant was to help communities form multidisciplinary...

NIU Police Chief Thomas Phillips speaks about issues facing veterans Nov. 11 during a Veterans’ Day ceremony at the flagpole southeast of Altgeld Hall. “Whether it’s donation or volunteerism, we can all make a difference,” Phillips said. “Regardless of how you choose to help, the important message is try to give back something to the men and women who have given so much to defend our way of life.”

NIU Safety, Security Report released, arrests for drug violations increase

By Northern Star staff | October 2, 2015

The number of arrests for drug law violations at NIU in 2014 is more than twice the number of arrests in 2013, according to the 2015-2016 Clery Annual Security Report, which was released Thursday.The Annual Safety and Security Report is published in compliance...

Consent redefined by NIU

Consent redefined by NIU

By Alexander Chettiath | October 1, 2015

The phrase “no means no” will no longer be needed as the Violence Against Women Act implementation committee has redefined consent.“Consent: a clear, unambiguous, informed and voluntary agreement between all participants to knowingly engage in sexual...

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Act to standardize handling of sexual assault

By Alexander Chettiath | September 3, 2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law the Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act, which creates a set protocol on how public colleges across the state handle sexual assault.The act, signed Aug. 21, creates stricter requirements on how public universities,...

Then-senior psychology major Brooke Harris defends herself from her opponent, an NIU campus police officer in full protective gear, in April 2014 during the Rape Aggression Defense program. The goal of the class is to educate women in case of an attack, said Lesley Rigg, interim vice president for Research and Graduate Studies.

NIU seeks reform, training to prevent sexual assault

By Kelly Bauer | April 16, 2015

NIU is changing its training and policies in an effort to improve how it prevents sexual assault and to better support survivors.NIU has already mandated online training for sexual assault awareness for incoming freshmen and transfer students. By May,...

Sexaul assault prevention task force to prevent, handle violence against women on campus

By Kelly Bauer | July 9, 2014

The university's newly launched sexual assault prevention task force will put NIU on the "leading edge" of preventing and handling violence against women and will change the way police disclose offenses to the public, NIU President Doug Baker said.Calling...

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