Safety is our top priority.

Students and parents should know that Northern is one of the safest campuses in the Midwest. Location has a lot to do with it. The city of Aberdeen is a friendly midwestern town with a low crime rate. But that doesn’t mean we take safety for granted. Over the years, we’ve developed systems and procedures to ensure that our campus remains a safe and secure place with a high quality of life for our university community.

Help keep campus safe

Help keep Northern a safe campus by reporting suspicious activity:

  • Submit the Incident Reporting Form, an anonymous online report
  • Call or visit the Office of Student Affairs: 605-626-3007, Student Center 222
  • Call or visit our Campus Safety Officer: 605-380-8925, Student Center 222 or 167 Great Plains East (evenings)
  • In an emergency or crisis, call 911


Campus Alert - Everbridge

Northern uses the Campus Alert system, Everbridge, to inform the campus community during an emergency. Stay informed by registering your personal phone at Campus Alert.


Helpline Center (available 24/7)

If you need support services or want to talk with someone:

2-1-1 is a free service to Northern students and South Dakota residents.


Annual Security Report

2022 Annual Security Report

This report complies with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security and Policy and Crime Statistics Act.


ARC3 Campus Climate Survey

The Administrator-Researcher Campus Climate Collaborative (ARC3) survey was designed to measure campus climate and safety surrounding sexual misconduct and to inform efforts to stop, prevent, and remedy sexual harassment.


ARC3 Survey Findings

An Officer on Campus

Officer Paul stands next to a patrol car

In small towns, you get to know the police by name.  Same at Northern.  Campus security is provided by a member of the Aberdeen Police Department. The officer's role is to:

  • Help make the campus a safe and welcoming environment
  • Offer education on topics such as: steps to reduce crime, theft prevention, drug and alcohol issues, sexual assault prevention and awareness, and appropriate use of social media
  • Help students keep a list of personal property on file in the campus security office in the event of loss or theft
  • File police reports as needed and answer law enforcement and campus or community resource questions

Contact the Officer

Student Center 222, noon-5 p.m. and Great Plains East lobby, 5-11 p.m. Tuesday-Friday

Phone: 605-380-8925 (call or text)