Title IX Rights and Options
The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex or gender in any phase of its educational or employment programs; the University is required by Title IX and other laws to not discriminate. If the university knows or reasonably should know of possible sexual misconduct, a thorough, impartial, and confidential investigation will be conducted as promptly as possible to determine if there has been a violation of NIU’s Title IX Policy. Sexual misconduct includes sexual harassment, sexual violence (includes rape, sexual assault, or sexual abuse), dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.
Victims are not required to file a complaint but are encouraged to do so. Regardless if a victim chooses to report sexual misconduct, reasonable available accommodations or protective measures will be provided to the victim upon request.
Filing a Complaint
If you wish, a NIU Confidential Advisor can provide assistance with accessing and navigating campus and local health and mental health services, counseling and advocacy services. NIU can also assist with speaking to/notifying law enforcement and filing a Title IX complaint.
Title IX Complaint
Individuals who feel they have been a victim of sexual misconduct have the right to file a complaint with the university at any time, even if the police conclude there is not sufficient evidence for a criminal charge.
To file a Title IX complaint against a student, employee, or other person connected to NIU, submit the online complaint form or contact the Title IX Coordinator.
Victims/Survivors of sexual assault may also file a criminal complaint by contacting NIU Police and Public Safety at 815-753-1212 or in person at 395 Wirtz Drive. Victims/Survivors may also call the DeKalb Police Department at 815-748-8400.
A witness or victim/survivor may also file an anonymous/confidential complaint where disclosure of the sexual misconduct does not start an official investigation and allows the victim to receive assistance. Conversations with a Confidential Advisor are private communications and are not disclosed to others, including police or university officials. To speak with a Confidential Advisor, contact NIU Counseling and Consultation Services, at 815-753-1206.
Title IX/Sexual Misconduct Policy Overview
Questions regarding the Title IX Policy, process, and/or complaint procedures may be referred to Karen L. Baker, Title IX Coordinator. Questions may also be referred to the U.S. Dept. of Education, Office for Civil Rights, by contacting OCR.Chicago@ed.gov.
View or download the complete Title IX/Sexual Misconduct Policy.
Title IX Investigation
Once a Title IX complaint has been filed, a preliminary investigation will be conducted to determine if an investigation is warranted. All investigations shall be conducted in a prompt, fair and impartial manner. Both the victim and the alleged offender will be given a copy of the procedures and will have the opportunity to respond to allegations.
The investigation and hearing (if any) will be completed within 45 to 60 calendar days unless circumstances require a longer time period, determined by the Title IX Coordinator. Any investigation by the university will be undertaken independent of any criminal or other legal proceedings; the university also reserves the right to forward any complaint to the appropriate law enforcement agency for criminal investigation and/or charges.
If it is determined a violation of the policy has occurred, appropriate sanctions and/or discipline will be imposed.
Interim Protective Measures
NIU can provide interim protective measures such as:
- Changing class schedules
- Providing an escort between classes/work
- Modifying living, dining, or work environment
- Transportation accommodations
- Obtaining or enforcing campus/state orders of protection/no-contact orders
The victim and alleged offender may each have another person present at any meeting to provide support. Support persons may act in an advisory capacity only, and may not speak on behalf of the party in any proceeding.
NIU will not disclose the identity of the victim or alleged offender, except as necessary, to resolve the complaint or to implement interim protective measures or when provided by state or federal law.
Title IX Coordinator
Karen L. Baker
Swen Parson Hall 110
Police and Public Safety
395 Wirtz Drive
Campus Life Building 280
Employee Assistance Program
Holmes Student Center, 7th Floor
375 Wirtz Drive
Safe Passage (confidential)
DeKalb County 24-hour Rape Crisis Center
KishHealth Behavior Health Services (confidential)
12 Health Services Drive
1 Kish Hospital Drive
DeKalb Police Department
700 West Lincoln Highway
IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY: CALL 911
NIU Title IX Coordinator
Karen L. Baker
Swen Parson Hall 110
DeKalb, IL 60115