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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requests

The Northern Illinois Department of Police and Public Safety (NIU PD) understands the importance of providing accurate information to the public so they can be well informed regarding police operations. The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was enacted to allow the public to have access to full and complete information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts and policies of those who represent them as public officials and employees. The law provides that a person can ask a public body for a copy of its records, and the public body must provide those records, unless there is an exemption in the statute that protects those records from disclosure. 

The Division of Marketing and Communications processes all university FOIA requests. As permitted by law, for administrative and environmental purposes, the Division of Marketing and Communications prefer but do not require FOIA requests to be submitted using this online submission form. You may submit your request using this FOIA form (pdf) or other clear form of communication should you prefer to print your request and submit it manually.

If you have any additional questions regarding FOIA, please contact the NIU PD Records Unit at 815-753-9628.