Equal Opportunity

NIU uses fair and unbiased employee recruitment and hiring processes. We're required by state and federal law to make sure that job candidates have equal opportunities for employment. NIU policy also bans employment decisions unrelated to performance, qualifications, academic achievement and/or conduct. Read more about prohibited employment policies and practices, as defined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Applicants for jobs at NIU may not be evaluated on the basis of the following protected categories:

  • Age
  • Ancestry
  • Arrest record
  • Citizenship status
  • Color
  • Disability
  • Gender expression
  • Gender identity
  • Genetic information
  • Marital status
  • National origin
  • Order of protection status
  • Political affiliation
  • Pregnancy
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation
  • Unfavorable military discharge
  • Veteran/military status
  • Victim of domestic violence

Read more about the types of discrimination prohibited by the laws enforced by the EEOC.

Inclusive Hiring

Our office provides oversight of the hiring process. Our duties include analyzing data and helping develop recruitment plans that attract applicants from underrepresented groups, such as veterans and people with disabilities. Our Affirmative Action Plan is available for review upon request. The plan addresses equal opportunity and how we can promote the employment and advancement of qualified protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Policy Statement

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Laws and Regulations

NIU is subject to the following federal laws and regulations regarding equal opportunity:

Refer to the following external organizations for more information: