Sexual Misconduct

Sexual Misconduct Policy

University Policy Statement
Northeastern Illinois University (Northeastern or the University) supports the principles of equal opportunity and non-discrimination and does not tolerate sexual harassment. Northeastern does not discriminate or permit discrimination by any member of its campus community against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, disability, national origin, citizenship status, ancestry, age, order of protection status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, arrest record status, military status or unfavorable discharge from military service, or any other classification protected by law in matters of admissions, employment, housing, or in the educational programs or activities it operates. Harassment that is based on any of these protected categories is a form of discrimination and is not tolerated.

Northeastern complies with federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination based on the protected categories listed above, and complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination based on sex in the University’s educational programs and activities. Northeastern accepts complaints of discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment from students, employees, applicants for admission or employment, and University visitors. The University does not tolerate retaliation against any person for coming forward with a complaint or concern, or for otherwise participating in the process of addressing discrimination or harassment. In addition, Northeastern provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants, students and employees with disabilities and to individuals who are pregnant. The University's Sexual Harassment policy.

Purpose of the Policy
The purpose of this policy is to advance Northeastern’s long-held position that sexual harassment violates the standards of our community and is unacceptable, and to provide sexual harassment proceedings which will include a prompt, fair, and impartial process from the initial investigation to the final result. This policy furthers Northeastern’s commitment to providing locations that are safe and secure from sexual harassment.

Support and Resources
Students who have experienced sexual harassment may contact the Title IX Office to learn about their rights and options, including how to file a complaint (Title IX web page).  Anonymous complaints are accepted via online submission here.  Please see the University’s Notice of Rights and Options document for comprehensive information regarding sexual harassment incidents.  Students may directly contact the Title IX Coordinator at Main Campus Room C-216, or (773) 442-5412.  

Students in need of support should visit the University’s K(NO)W More web page for resources and guidance. Students may seek support from the following confidential resources at Northeastern (offices exempt from mandatory reporting of sexual harassment matters):  Confidential Advisor: (773) 442-4686, University Ombuds: (773) 442-4527, Office of Student Counseling Services: (773) 442-4650, and the Office of Student Health Services: (773) 442-5800.