Title IX Overview

The Law

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq. states in part that "no person in the United States shall on the basis of sex be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance."

Sex discrimination includes sexual misconduct in the form of sexual harassment, sexual abuse, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking and gender/sex-based harassment or discrimination; all of which represent conduct/behavior that is prohibited by NIU’s in accordance with Title IX. Sex discrimination also includes discrimination on the basis of pregnancy or related medical conditions.

Questions or concerns regarding Title IX or the Title IX policy may be directed to Sarah Garner, ethics and compliance officer and Title IX coordinator at titleixcoordinator@niu.edu.

Inquiries and/or questions regarding Title IX may also be referred to:

Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
John C. Kluczynski Federal Building
230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor
Chicago, IL 60604

Types of Sexual Misconduct

Sexual misconduct is one or more acts of intimate partner violence, gender discrimination, gender harassment, sex discrimination, sexual abuse, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, or stalking. View the definitions of each of these types of sexual misconduct

Sexual misconduct can occur among, between or to heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

Nondiscrimination Statement

Academic and employment decisions based upon sex or gender and/or acts of sexual misconduct are forms of unlawful sex discrimination under Title IX and additional federal and state laws. Such decisions are prohibited under this and other policies of NIU. The university does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender or gender identity in any phase of its educational or employment programs; the university is required by Title IX and other applicable laws not so to discriminate.