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Responsible Employee

NIU employees are Responsible Employees. The university will not tolerate sex discrimination in the form of sexual misconduct. Under Title IX, a Responsible Employee must report incidents of sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator. 

Responsible Employee Checklist

You are a responsible employee if:

  • You have the authority to take action to redress sexual misconduct.
  • You have been given the duty of reporting sexual violence or any other misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator.
  • You represent an employee a student or co-worker would reasonably believe has this authority or duty.


As a Responsible Employee you are required to advise a student and/or employee of your obligation to:

  1. Report the incident of sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator.
  2. Advise the student/employee of their right to request confidentiality and/or to speak directly to available confidential resources.
  3. Inform the student/employee of their right to file a Title IX complaint and/or police report.

What to report

When reporting an incident to the Title IX Coordinator, you should be prepared to discuss:

  • Relevant details of the incident
  • Name of the alleged offender
  • Name of the victim/survivor
  • Names of witnesses
  • Date, time and location of incident

How to Help

Here are important tips on how to help a student or employee discuss a report of sexual misconduct.

Support them by actively listening.

Inform the victim/survivor of your reporting obligations as a responsible employee.

Refer the victim/survivor to confidential resources that are available.

Report the incident to the Title IX Coordinator.

Obtain support for yourself.