Consensual Relations and Sexual Misconduct
Northwestern community members are expected to treat each other with respect and consideration. In order to protect all of our community members from conflicts arising from unequal power relationships and from all forms of sexual misconduct, the following two Policies have been developed.
- Employment or Evaluation of Relatives: This policy is intended to protect the integrity of Northwestern University’s academic and work environment and ensure that it remains free from real or apparent conflicts of interest when individuals in positions of unequal power at the university are family members. The policy may be viewed on the University Policies website here.
- Consensual Romantic or Sexual Relationships Between Faculty, Staff and Students: This policy helps ensure that Northwestern’s academic, research and all other University environments remain free from real or apparent conflicts when individuals in positions of unequal power at the University are involved in consensual romantic or sexual relationships. With this policy, Northwestern joins a growing number of peer institutions in prohibiting faculty and coaches from engaging in romantic, dating, or sexual relationships with Northwestern undergraduate students, regardless of whether there is a supervisory or evaluative relationship between them. Other types of relationships are also addressed in this policy, which can be viewed on the University Policies website here.
- Sexual Misconduct, Stalking, and Dating and Domestic Violence: Northwestern is committed to fostering an environment in which all members of our community are safe, secure, and free from sexual misconduct of any form, including, but not limited to, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, stalking, and dating and domestic violence. This policy, which incorporates Northwestern's Policy on Sexual Harassment, exemplifies best practices under Title IX and the new Violence Against Women Act Amendments and is applicable to students, faculty, staff, and others in the Northwestern community. Information on available counseling, medical, and advocacy services for all Northwestern community members is also contained in this policy, which can be viewed on the University Title IX website here.