Regulatory Compliance

Regulatory compliance online learning modules explore Northwestern’s adherence related to the following campus safety and security laws, regulations and guidelines.

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Clery Act Training for Campus Security Authorities (Online)

NOTE: This workshop is currently unavailable. Details about course availability will be posted as they become available.

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Campus Security Authorities (CSAs) have an important role in complying with the Clery Act, which was enacted to help create a safer University community. Completing the online training module will help CSAs better understand their federally mandated crime reporting responsibilities, how timely reporting of crimes allows the University the opportunity to review whether or not a community Crime Alert should be issued and assists in maintaining accurate crime data. 

The following CSA training administrators are responsible for providing CSA training login credentials for the designated areas. If you have questions or think you are a CSA and need to be provided access to the CSA online training program, contact the appropriate CSA training administrator.

More information about Campus Security Authorities is available on the University Police web site.

DCFS Training for Mandated Reporters (Online)

In compliance with the Illinois Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act, all University personnel are required to report suspected cases of child abuse and neglect to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).

All employees who have regular contact with children through their affiliation with Northwestern are strongly encouraged to take the DCFS Online Training for Mandated Reporters, which is available anytime and takes 60-90 minutes to complete. Employees will need to register for an account on the DCFS training page upon their first visit to the training module.

HRD780 - FERPA Training (Online)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”) defines student educational records, outlines students’ rights to access the records and review their contents, and governs who, in addition to students, may access the information and under what circumstances. FERPA also governs how Northwestern University must maintain student records.

Visit FERPA Online Training to get started. Please note that you'll need to enter your NetID and NetID password for added security.

PCI DSS - Security Awareness Education (Online)

Northwestern schools and departments (NU Merchants) that accept credit card payments must process those payments in a manner compliant with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) – an enforceable set of standards for protecting Cardholder Data (CHD). Participation in the PCI DSS compliance program run by e-Commerce Operations is mandatory for all NU Merchants. Failure to fully participate in the program may result in your Merchant account being revoked.

Key to compliance with the PCI DSS is annual Payment Card Processing Security training and attestation by all personnel who interact with, support or provide third party services which may impact the security of the Cardholder Data Environment (CDE). This requirement includes full time, part time, temporary and student employees, as well as employees of contractor/vendor firms.

Online Module

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This Payment Card Processing Security training is divided into 3 sections:

  • MAIN MODULE – for all applicable staff and contractors
  • MODULE FOR MANAGERS – for managers or supervisors of staff who handle payment card transactions, reporting and reconciliation, and related activities
  • MODULE FOR IT STAFF AND THIRD PARTY SERVICE PROVIDERS (TPSPs) – for any person involved in the design, development, implementation, maintenance or administration of any system that involves payment card transactions or data.
At the end of the Main Module, you’ll be asked about your role – and can then proceed via link to the online attestation form if not required to complete the Manager or IT Staff/TPSP Modules.  After each of those additional modules, the link to the attestation form is also provided.