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“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

- 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 program 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 Title IX, Northeastern complies with all related federal laws addressing sexual violence. The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (Campus SaVE Act) was passed in March 2013 as part of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA). The Campus SaVE Act amends the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), which requires higher education institutions to report crime statistics and disclose security-related information. Please see Northeastern’s Annual Security Report required by the Clery Act.

Title IX Coordinator

Northeastern’s Title IX Coordinator is responsible for managing the University’s compliance with Title IX. If you have a complaint involving sex discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual assault, or if you have questions about Northeastern’s policies, please contact:

Leah Heinecke-Krumhus
Title IX Coordinator and
Director of Equal Opportunity and Ethics Compliance
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 N. St. Louis Avenue │ C-220
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 442-5412
Email: titleix@neiu.edu

Confidential Advisor

Rae Joyce Baguilat, Assistant Director
Student Leadership Development
Pedroso Center - B 159
(773) 442-4686
Email: r-baguilat@neiu.edu

How to File a Title IX Complaint

Northeastern takes immediate and appropriate steps to investigate and resolve complaints alleging sex discrimination, sexual harassment and/or sexual assault.

File a Title IX Complaint Online

Please see the University’s policies:

Sexual Misconduct and Sexual Misconduct Complaint and Grievance Procedure

Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination and Discrimination and/or Harassment Complaint and Grievance Procedure

These policies provide a comprehensive overview of the complaint process and options for resolution. An individual may pursue a criminal complaint simultaneously with a University complaint for sexual assault cases.

Reporting a Title IX Matter

Every employee at Northeastern, including all faculty and staff, has a duty to report sexual harassment or sexual assault involving members of the Northeastern community to the Title IX Coordinator. This reporting requirement applies to temporary, part-time or full-time employees, as well as student workers and graduate assistants.

It should be communicated to the person reporting a Title IX matter that the only confidential counselors on campus are the counselors in Northeastern’s Office of Student Health and Counseling Services and that a Title IX complaint may be filed with the Title IX Coordinator. The employee reporting the matter should let the Title IX Coordinator know all of the relevant facts including date, time, and location of the incident. For further guidance, please contact the Title IX Coordinator. In addition, see these resources:

For reporting guidance: Title IX Response Chart
For where to report: Title IX Reporting Chart 

Confidentiality

Northeastern shall make every reasonable effort to preserve an individual’s privacy and protect the confidentiality of information related to sex discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual assault as allowed under the law. The University may issue an N-Alert, an alert through the official emergency notification and warning system, to notify the community about the occurrence of a serious crime or pattern of crimes that might put the public at risk. For more information on N-Alert procedures, see the University's Emergency Notification policy.

The University is required by law to annually report sexual assault and other campus crime statistics to the public. These statistics and the list of entities to which a crime may be reported are listed here. Campus crime statistics do not contain specific victim-identifying information.

Support Service and Resources for Sexual Assault Survivors

The needs of an individual who has been sexually assaulted vary from person to person. Northeastern offers a diverse array of services and external resources, many of which may be accessible 24 hours a day, so that a person may choose what it most helpful. The University urges anyone who has been sexually assaulted to seek support as soon as possible to minimize and treat physical harm, assist with processing the unique and complex emotional aftermath, and help preserve and understand options for pressing charges. Even for someone who does not wish to report the event to law enforcement, or pursue disciplinary action, seeking medical attention as soon as possible is important.

The University also urges survivors of sexual violence to understand that the University’s primary concern is everyone’s safety, and that use of alcohol or drugs never makes the survivor at fault for sexual assault.

Following are on campus and off campus services and resources:

University Resources

* A student or employee may choose to contact Northeastern’s Offices of Student Counseling or Student Health Services. The counselors in these offices are legally privileged to keep communications confidential. Because these communications are confidential, reporting an incident to a counselor in Northeastern’s Student Counseling or Student Health Services does not constitute the reporting of a sexual assault to the University. After discussing any concerns with a confidential counselor, the student or employee may choose to file a complaint of sexual assault with the Title IX Coordinator.

Off Campus Resources

University Leadership

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