Friday, October 7, 2016

Happy Homecoming!

Leaves are turning, there’s a chill in the air, and Huskies from all across the world are preparing to return to their alma mater in celebration of homecoming. This year’s homecoming will take place from October 16 to October 22, and there are plenty of activities for students and alumni to enjoy. Student Conduct would like to remind students and alumni of the following:
  • The Student Code of Conduct still applies to all students during homecoming week.
  • It is illegal for individuals under the age of 21 to possess or consume alcohol. Underage possession and/or consumption is also a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.
  • It is illegal for individuals to provide alcohol to an individual under the age of 21. Providing to a minor is also a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.
  • Though possession of less than 10 grams of cannabis is decriminalized in Illinois, possession and consumption of cannabis is still illegal. Furthermore, possession and/or consumption of cannabis and other drugs is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.
You may find more information about homecoming and homecoming week activities here.

Be safe, enjoy homecoming, and Go Huskies!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Welcome Back

Welcome back, Huskies! We hope you all had an enjoyable summer, and are ready to engage in another exciting semester at Northern Illinois University.

The office of Student Conduct is pleased to welcome three new staff members to their team. Joy Mitchell has accepted the role of Assistant Director, while Suzie Geisler and Kelsey Nell are serving as Graduate Assistants during the 2016-2017 school year. All three individuals began their respective duties in August.

Joy Mitchell obtained both her Bachelor of Science degree in sociology and her Master of Science in Education degree with an emphasis in community mental health counseling from Northern Illinois University. Joy previously spent time working as an NIU police officer and as an Academic Counselor at Kishwaukee College. Joy's background in higher education and policing has brought her home to Northern Illinois University. Joy enjoys partaking in creative endeavors, including singing, painting, and listening to music.

Suzie Geisler graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Augustana College with degrees in psychology and Spanish. Currently, she is pursuing a Master of Science in Education degree with an emphasis in clinical mental health counseling. She is a third-generation Huskie on both sides of her family. In her free time, she enjoys baking, cooking, singing, and spending time with her family and friends.

Kelsey Nell graduated from Western Illinois University with a degree in social work. While attending WIU, Kelsey enjoyed serving as a Resident Assistant—in particular, supporting students with their first-year transition into college. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Education degree with an emphasis in school counseling. Kelsey is passionate about traveling, running, and all things Disney!

The Student Conduct office encourages you to stop by and meet their new staff!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Helpful hints from Housing and Dining

Remember some of these helpful things as we begin to close the building for the end of the year:

  •  There are no open flames in the residence halls. This includes any open heating source such as hot plates.
  •  Remember to remove all of your belongings from the room!
  •  Remember that weapons are prohibited in the residence halls!
  • Keep in mind that any conduct issues that arise during final’s week will carry over to the next semester!
  •   Alcohol is prohibited to minors in the residence halls. If you are 21 years of age, you may drink alcohol behind closed doors with no more than 2 guests who also need to be of 21 years of age. When bringing alcohol into the building, please make sure it is concealed.
  • Remember the campus smoking ban also applies to e-cigarettes and vaporizers within the residence halls!
  •  Keep your smoke detector uncovered and do not hang anything from your ceilings as these are fire safety violations.
  • Guests are required to be signed in. Every resident is allowed 2 registered guests per night and they may only stay for a period of 72 hours of less within a one week period. Consult your roommate or suitemate before housing a guest!
  • Please keep in mind that residence hall billing is left up to the discretion of the Residence Hall Director. If you have any questions, please contact hall staff.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Ways to Positively Cope with Stress

Frequently, students have sought out unhealthy ways to deal with stress. Some negative ways to deal with stress include:

  • drinking too much caffeine
  • smoking 
  • drinking alcohol 
  • compulsive spending
  • over-eating

A couple of the items listed above may cause students to end up in our office. Drinking underage, binge drinking, and illegal substances can have undesirable effects on your conduct record. Let's explore some ways to deal with stress and anxiety positively around campus.
  • Hit the gym
    • NIU recreation center has ample ways to get involved in sports and get your workout in
    • Anderson Hall has a pool if you enjoy swimming
  • Eat healthier
    • Changing your diet can improve your energy level
  • Sleep more
    • Getting enough sleep at night can help concentration and energy levels 
  • Talk to someone
    • NIU offers counseling free of charge to student at Counseling and Consultation Services, Community Counseling Training Center, Marriage and Family Services, and Psych Services.
  • Get involved
    • Talk with Student Involvement and Leadership to find ways to connect with groups in the NIU campus community
  • Do you live in the halls?
    • Talk to your community advisor or hall director. They may have some "Stress Less" activities coming up!
For more information about these services please visit

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Happy New Year!

Welcome back students and staff!

Spring semester has just begun. We hope everyone enjoyed break and is rejuvenated to excel in their responsibilities this semester.

Just as a reminder, visit our website at to find information about Student Conduct or to submit an incident report.

Stay warm!
Student Conduct Office