Campus safety and security

In a recent national safety analysis of college communities, Orange City was ranked in the top 3% for lowest risk of crime. In addition, another ranking listed Northwestern as the second safest four-year college in Iowa based on crime statistics. To keep Northwestern students as safe as possible, the college employs a campus safety and security director, along with a competent, caring residence life staff and operations and facilities personnel. Northwestern also has a close working relationship with both the Orange City Police Department and the Sioux County Sheriff’s Department, which is based in our community.

In an emergency

Call 911 (8-911 from campus phones) for emergency medical, fire or law enforcement services. For non-emergencies, call:

Campus Safety and Security Office 712-707-7475
Orange City Police Department 712-707-4251
Sioux County Sheriff’s Department 712-737-2280

Northwestern has an Emergency Response Team in place, with policies and procedures to follow in the event of natural or manmade disasters—including health risks such as the H1N1 flu outbreak.

The NWC Alert Notification System allows college officials to send emergency messages via text, phone calls, email, Facebook, Twitter and the college's website. All campus email addresses and office phones are automatically sent emergency notifications. Individuals who have registered their cell phone numbers with Northwestern—and have not opted out of emergency notification—will also receive text and phone messages on their cell phone. The alert will provide notification and instructions. The system is also tied into the National Weather Service so tornado warnings are automatically sent out by the NWS. Northwestern's computing services staff uploads the current campus community's contact information into the alert system each semester.

Annual Security Report

Northwestern publishes an annual Security Report in accordance with federal and state law. All students, prospective students, parents, faculty and staff are encouraged to read the report, which contains information important for personal safety and security, including:

  • A description of Northwestern’s safety and security policies
  • A three-year history of all crimes reported to campus or law enforcement officials, per the federal government’s Clery Act
  • Information about sexual assault, including what to do if you are sexually assaulted, how to report a sexual assault, and how Northwestern will respond to a report of a sexual assault
  • Directions for where to find information about sex offenders in Sioux County and the state of Iowa
  • Information on our missing persons policy
  • Recommendations for personal safety and protecting your personal property

Download the annual Security Report

Annual Fire Safety Report

Northwestern publishes an annual Fire Safety Report in accordance with federal law. All students, prospective students, parents, faculty and staff are encouraged to read the report, which contains campus fire safety practices and standards, including:

  • Statistics for each on-campus housing facility during the most recent calendar years for which data is available that include: the number of fires and the cause of each fire, the number of injuries related to each fire that result in treatment at a medical facility, the number of deaths related to each fire, and the value of property damage caused by each fire
  • A description of each on-campus student housing facility's fire safety and sprinkler system
  • The number of regular mandatory supervised fire drills
  • The policies or rules on portable electrical appliances, smoking and open flames, such as candles
  • The procedures for evacuation
  • The policies regarding fire safety education and training programs provided to students, faculty and staff
  • Plans for future improvements in fire safety, if determined necessary by the institution

Download the annual Fire Safety Report