Residential Communities & Employment

Frequently Asked Questions


What Are the Benefits and Salaries of Residential Life Employees?

Professional staff member salaries are contingent on education and experience. Graduate staff members receive stipends of $1,000/month. State benefits, including Domestic Partner Benefits, can be viewed at under the State Employee link. An enrollment and information packet for Domestic Partner Benefits is available here. Some graduate staff members and full-time staff receive a furnished one- or two-bedroom apartment.

What Types of Diversity and Equity Resources Are There at NIU?

Asian American Center - The Asian American Resource Center actively assists in the recruitment and retention of Asian-American students at NIU. The center focuses on providing student support services, leadership development, student organizational outreach, and diverse programming including educational, cultural, and social events.

Disability Resource Center - NIU has established the Center for Access-Ability Resources to ensure that its academic and campus facilities are available to all students, faculty, and staff.

Latino Resource Center - The Latino Resource Center focuses on student-centered service by developing partnerships focused on student learning while establishing an inclusive community that builds collaborative relationships across campus.

LGBT Resource Center - A resource for the entire university community, serving students, faculty, and staff, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and individuals questioning themselves as well as their family members, friends, and allies. NIU is being recognized as one of the 100 best campuses for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) students in the nation by the new The Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students, the first comprehensive LGBT campus guide. Northern Pride is a campus organization serving the needs of LGBT faculty and staff.

Women's Resource Center - The Women's Resource Center serves as a central resource for women of the campus and community to gain support for their advancement and success in school, on the job, and in their relationships. 

Center for Black Studies - The Center for Black Studies is an interdisciplinary academic program that offers undergraduate courses relating to African and African-American life and history.

What Are the Policies on Pets for Live-In Staff Members?

NIU full-time live-in staff members are allowed to have fish and any caged animals. Dogs and cats are not currently allowed under the pet policy.

Am I Eligible for a Tuition Waiver?

Tuition waivers are available for graduate assistants and full-time employees of the University.

How do I find information about the Clery Act?

Northern Illinois University, Housing & Dining, and the local DeKalb community provide many services to create and maintain a safe environment. Our goal is to educate staff and residents by providing training that promotes prevention of crimes and policy violations. With the training and services provided, we also encourage our staff and student population to act responsibly. To learn more about our safety reports and statistics, please visit the Clery Act - Safety and Security Report page for more information on the Clery Act.