Your Options and Rights

Northwestern University is concerned about the safety and well-being of its students and about incidents of sexual misconduct, harassment, or violence (including sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking), whether on- or off-campus. If you experience any type of sexual violation, please know that you have options, you have rights, and support is available for you.

For a printable one-page PDF containing the information on this page, please click here.

You have options.

CARE exists to help you explore your options in a safe, non-judgmental and confidential environment. CARE advocates can connect you with services including:

  • Academic accommodations
  • Counseling
  • Emergency housing
  • Legal/law enforcement options
  • Medial assistance
  • University complaint processes
CARE staff will:
  • believe you.
  • know that what happened was not your fault.
  • provide you with options.
  • help you take control of your own healing.
Advocates are available Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm. Walk-ins are welcome, but staff availability cannot be guaranteed without an appointment. Please call or email to schedule a meeting.

If you prefer not to seek support from CARE, there are other options available to you. You can learn about other services, including 24-hour resources, by clicking the links at left. For a printable PDF document listing all on- and off-campus resources, please click here.

You have rights.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 ("Title IX"), 20 U.S.C. Sex. 1681, et seq., prohibits discrimination based on sex (including sexual harassment and sexual violence) at any federally funded education program or activity. The university must respond to complaints concerning TItle IX. Because of this, please note that your confidentiality cannot be guaranteed when reporting to a Title IX Coordinator. University processes may include internal investigations and/or hearings and may result in discipline of an offender and remedial action. Northwestern prohitibts retaliation against anyone for raising complaints under Title IX.

For more information about Title IX investigation, contact one of our Title IX Coordinators:
Tara Sullivan, Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Assistant Dean of Students
Scott Hall, Lower Lever, Suite 3
601 University Place, Evanston, IL 60208
(847) 491-4582

Joan Slavin, Interim University Title IX Coordinator
Sexual Harrassment Prevention Office
Rebecca Crown Center, Room 2-636 (East Tower)
633 Clark Street, Evanston, Illinois 60208
(847) 491-3745