Responsible Employee

All employees of the university, unless deemed confidential, are considered responsible employees and are required to report actual or suspected sexual misconduct to the Title IX coordinator.

At NIU, "responsible employees" include, but are not limited to:

  • Faculty members
  • Administrators (deans, department chairs, directors, vice presidents, etc.)
  • Community advisors (CA's)
  • Housing staff
  • Faculty advisors
  • Police officers
  • Building service workers
  • Dining hall employees
  • Administrative professionals

If an employee is unsure whether they are a responsible employee, they are required to contact the Title IX coordinator.

A report to the Title IX coordinator may not automatically initiate a formal investigation. Rather, the purpose of this reporting obligation is to ensure that students and employees are aware of their rights and options to address what they may have experienced, including the ability to obtain advocacy and support services and file a formal complaint.

Before a person reveals information that they may wish to keep confidential, a responsible employee should make every effort to ensure that the person understands:

  • The employee's obligation to report to the Title IX coordinator the information that the person shares regarding the incident, including the name of the individual(s) subjected to and those accused of engaging in sexual misconduct.
  • The person's ability to obtain confidential resources, including an advocate.
  • The person's rights and options to formally report what they experienced, including a complaint to the Title IX coordinator or law enforcement.

What to Report

When reporting an incident to the Title IX coordinator, a responsible employee must report the following information, if known:

  • Name of the alleged offender(s).
  • Name of the alleged victim/survivor.
  • Name(s) of others involved (i.e. potential witnesses).
  • Relevant facts related to the incident, including date, time and location.

File a Sexual Misconduct Report/Complaint

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