How Do I Report Discrimination, Harassment or a Disability?

If you are experiencing discrimination, harassment or a disability grievance, your first step should be to attempt to resolve the complaint within your department or school. Speak to your supervisor about the event or events that took place. Many times, situations that occur arise from misunderstandings or miscommunication. Keep a log, detailing the date, time and nature of any occurrence that you feel represents discrimination or harassment.

If resolving the complaint within your department or school does not work, file a formal grievance in writing and direct your complaint to one of the following officials.

Applicant and (non-union) employee complaints should be filed with:

Director of Equal Opportunity and Access
720 University Place
Evanston, IL
Phone: 847-491-7458 or Fax: 847-467-1356

Faculty and academic exempt employee complaints should be filed with:

Provost
2-221 Rebecca Crown Center

633 Clark Street
Evanston, IL
Phone: 847-491-5117 or Fax: 847-491-1630

Student complaints should be filed with either of the following:

  • Director of Equal Opportunity and Access
    720 University Place
    Evanston, IL
    Phone: 847-491-7458 or Fax: 847-467-1356
  • Vice President for Student Affairs
    2-221 Rebecca Crown Center
    633 Clark Street
    Evanston, IL
    Phone: 847-491-5360 or Fax: 847-491-8406

Union employee complaints should be filed with:

  • Manager of Human Resources Facilities Management
    2020 Ridge Avenue, 2nd fl, #200
    Evanston, IL
    Phone: 847-491-5308

It is important that the Northwestern University community read and understand Northwestern University’s Nondiscrimination Policy and Disability Policy.

Nondiscrimination Policy

Northwestern University does not discriminate or permit discrimination by any member of its community against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, parental status, marital status, age (40 or older), disability, citizenship or veteran status in matters of admissions, employment, housing or services or in the educational programs or activities it operates.

Harassment, whether verbal, physical or visual, that is based on any of these characteristics, is a form of discrimination. This includes harassing conduct affecting tangible job benefits, interfering unreasonably with an individual's academic or work performance, or creating what a reasonable person would perceive is an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.

While Northwestern University is committed to the principles of free inquiry and free expression, discrimination and harassment identified in this policy are neither legally protected expression nor the proper exercise of academic freedom.

Disability Policy

Northwestern University ensures that no qualified employee or applicant for employment is denied the benefits of employment on account of disability if the individual can perform the essential functions of the position with reasonable accommodation.  Individuals covered by this policy: Employees and applicants for employment.

Learn more about discrimination or harassment and review examples of them.

Learn more about disability accommodations and accessibilities.

Questions?

Contact our office at eeo@northwestern.edu or (847) 491-7458.