Equal Opportunity, Ethics, and Title IX
Natalie Brouwer Potts, Director
Equal Opportunity and Ethics Compliance
Title IX Coordinator
The Office of Equal Opportunity and Ethics monitors compliance with policies and laws that ensure equal opportunity for students, employees, and applicants for admission and employment. It is responsible for addressing and investigating, if necessary, student and employee concerns regarding harassment or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, disability, national origin, citizenship status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, arrest record status, military status, or unfavorable discharge from military service.
The Director of this office serves as the Title IX Coordinator (addressing and making every effort to remedy sex discrimination), and is responsible for managing the University’s compliance with Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 to the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
What is Title IX?
Title IX prohibits sex discrimination in all University programs and activities including, but not limited to admissions, recruiting, financial aid, academic programs, student services, counseling and guidance, discipline, class assignment, grading, recreation, and employment. Sexual harassment and sexual assault are forms of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX. Title IX also prohibits retaliation against individuals for making or participating in complaints of sex discrimination.
In addition to Equal Opportunity and Title IX matters, the Director of this office is the University’s Ethics Officer, promoting an ethical environment for the University community and ensuring compliance with state ethics laws.
Office of Equal Opportunity and Ethics Compliance
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 N. St. Louis Avenue │ C-220
Chicago, IL 60625