Ethics and Compliance Office
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
Now that classes and other academic programs are being provided online by the university, the Ethics and Compliance Office wants to take this opportunity to remind members of our campus community that maintaining an academic and workplace environment free from discrimination and harassment, to include sexual misconduct, remains a high priority for the university.
Members of the community should be aware of the following important points:
- The Ethics and Compliance Office remains open and functioning remotely at this time. Anyone impacted by discrimination or harassment is encouraged to contact the office at ECO@niu.edu. Individuals are also encouraged to continue filing reports and complaints electronically using the “Complaint Resolution” tab. Investigations will be conducted remotely and interim protective measures may be issued to assure that any discriminatory or harassing behaviors are addressed promptly.
- University policies on discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct apply to behaviors that occur in-person between members of the university community, but also apply to online and virtual misconduct. Any in-person behavior that is prohibited by policy is also likely prohibited in cyber-forms, including cyber-harassment and cyber-stalking. Additionally, conduct that is prohibited on-campus is also prohibited off-campus.
- Faculty and staff who are “responsible employees” are reminded that reports of sexual misconduct are expected when they become aware of incidents involving members of the campus community, regardless of how they learn of the potential misconduct - in person, in writing, or online.
The Ethics and Compliance Office supports university units in achieving their commitment to the highest standards of ethics, honesty and respect by promoting a culture that encourages ethical and nondiscriminatory conduct. Our office supports this commitment by:
- Creating and maintaining an ethically inspired environment
- Investigating complaints involving allegations of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, Title IX and unethical conduct
- Developing and maintaining policies and procedures in an efficient manner and system
- Ensuring compliance with laws and policies, including oversight of Title IX compliance
- Working in conjunction with other university offices to assist with compliance efforts and identify compliance mandates
- Collaborating with departments and divisions on accessibility of information technology.