Ethics and Cybersecurity Awareness Training

In partnership with the Division of Information Technology, Ethics and Compliance provides NIU employees with Ethics Training and Cybersecurity Awareness Training. Your employment category determines if you're required to complete one or both trainings. You'll be notified by email if you need to take the training(s). Each session is approximately one hour in length.

New Hire Ethics Training

If you are a newly hired employee, ethics training must be completed within 30 days after you start employment with the university. If you did not complete ethics training as part of onboarding, please review this training and complete the verification form. The verification form is sent to the Ethics Officer upon completion.

Access Training Verification Form

If you have questions or need accommodations, contact Karen Smith at EthicsTraining@niu.edu.

Annual Ethics Training

The state of Illinois requires NIU employees to complete online ethics training every year. The Office of Executive Inspector General oversees compliance with this requirement. If you don't comply, you'll be reported to the state and receive a notification from the university. You may be subject to fines and disciplinary action.

Unless you're on FMLA or disability during the training period, you must complete the training. This includes:

  • Civil service.
  • Supportive professional staff.
  • Faculty and instructors.
  • Student employees, graduate assistants and teaching assistants.
  • Adjunct faculty and instructors.
  • Employees on leave, including sabbaticals, educational and unpaid.
  • Extra help and temporary employees.

You'll receive an email in your NIU email account when the training period opens. You'll complete the training in Blackboard.

Annual Cybersecurity Awareness Training

This annual training meets the requirements of several regulatory agencies, as well as state and federal laws. Delivered through the KnowBe4 training platform, the session consists of less than an hour of on-demand modules with knowledge checks and assessments.

The following are required to complete the training:

  • Civil service.
  • Supportive professional staff.
  • Full-time faculty, including full-time instructors.

The following are not required to complete the training:

  • Student employees, graduate assistants and teaching assistants.
  • Part-time faculty, including part-time instructors.
  • Employees on leave, including sabbaticals, educational and unpaid.
  • Extra help and temporary employees.
  • Employees on FMLA and disability during the training period.

If you're required to take the training, you'll receive instructions in your NIU email account from SecurityAwareness@niu.edu.

If you have questions or need accommodations, use the self-service portal.