Understanding Sexual Misconduct

  • Learn important terms and definitions related to sexual misconduct.
  • Sexual misconduct can occur in many forms. Read definitions of prohibited conduct.
  • Some NIU employees must report sexual misconduct to the Title IX coordinator, who then contacts the survivor. It's important to understand if someone is a responsible employee before you speak to them.

Related Offices

NIU takes a comprehensive approach to addressing sexual misconduct. In addition to providing information and support to survivors of sexual misconduct, our approach includes:

  • Ethics and Compliance Office: ensures that NIU follows Title IX guidelines and investigates alleged misconduct. Title IX is the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance.
  • Prevention, Education and Outreach: provides education and training in recognizing and preventing sexual misconduct.
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