Resources available in wake of NIU shooting

February 15, 2008

UW-Madison officials are offering condolences and resources in response to the Feb. 14 tragedy at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill.

Image of black ribbon in support of Northern Illinois University


“I know many of our students, faculty and staff have personal ties to Northern Illinois,” says Dean of Students Lori Berquam. “Our sympathy and thoughts go out everyone affected and the entire Northern Illinois University community.

“We support our colleagues at NIU as they go through this most difficult time,” she adds.

For more information on how UW–Madison prepares to protect against and respond to incidents involving student health and safety, visit the University Police Department Web site. Or visit a resources page devoted to safety issues in the wake of the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings.

If you are a student interested in crisis support as a result of this, or any other situation, call University Health Services Counseling and Consultation Services‘ 24-hour crisis line, (608) 265-5600, or the Offices of the Dean of Students, (608) 263-5700.

If you are a faculty or staff member in need of counseling or crisis support, the Employee Assistance Office can be reached at (608) 263-2987.

Should a student, faculty or staff member exhibit troubling or disruptive behavior, please call the University Police Department. The 911 emergency number on campus connects directly to campus police. A non-emergency line also is available at (608) 264-COPS.

“We need everyone’s help to keep our campus safe and secure,” Berquam says.