III.8. Compliance Issues

NIU is committed not to engage in any employment, academic, or institutional decisions on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications. It is also the position of the university not to tolerate harassment or discrimination in any form. The chair is responsible for the oversight of the department’s compliance with university policy. Any violations should be reported to the Office of Affirmative Action and Equity Compliance. See also Section IV Personnel and Section VII Tenure-Track Faculty.

NIU also participates in a program of ethics training. All full-time, part-time, regular and temporary faculty members, staff, graduate assistants, extra help and student employees (i.e., anyone who receives a paycheck from the University) must complete also annual ethics training. The training covers such topics as accepting gifts, conflict of interest, inappropriate use of university resources for personal matters, whistleblower protection and avoidance of political activities during the work day. Employees are notified of the timetable for completion of the training by e-mail and through campus mail. It is the department’s obligation to insure that all employees are in compliance. For further information, check the HRS Ethics Compliance website. Or contact the Ethics Training Administrator at (815) 753-6039 or Human Resource Services at (815) 753-6000 for information or assistance.