Civility, Mutual Respect and Unacceptability of Violence

Individuals covered by these policies include faculty, staff, and students, including postdoctoral fellows and research and academic staff.

  1. Policy. As members of the Northwestern community, its faculty, staff, and students are expected to deal with each other with respect and consideration.
  2. Expected behavior. Each community member is expected to treat other community members with civility and respect, recognizing that disagreement and informed debate are valued in an academic community.
  3. Unacceptable behavior. Demeaning, intimidating, threatening, or violent behaviors that affect the ability to learn, work, or live in the University environment depart from the standard for civility and respect. These behaviors have no place in the academic community.
  4. Violence. Violence is behavior that causes harm to a person or damage to property or causes fear for one’s safety or the safety of others. Examples of violent behavior include physical contact that is harmful and expression of intent to cause physical harm. Such behavior is unacceptable in the Northwestern community.
  5. Weapons. Weapons of any kind are prohibited on campus except for those carried by sworn police officers.
  6. Responsibility to act. A member of the community who is involved in or witnesses behavior on campus that poses imminent danger should immediately contact the University Police. In situations that do not involve imminent danger or for advice on the appropriate course of action, a member of the community is to notify a supervisor, department head, or student affairs staff member. Alternatively, the observer may report the incident to the Office of the Provost, the Department of Human Resources, or the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.
  7. Orders of protection. Community members who have obtained restraining or personal protection orders are encouraged to provide a copy of the order to University Police for enforcement on campus.
  8. Visitors. Visitors, vendors, and the families of members of the community are expected to comply with the provisions of this policy. Noncompliant behavior leads to removal from the campus.
  9. Resources. Guidance for identifying potential threatening or violent behavior and for the best ways to deal with incidents is at HR's Guidance on Civility and Violence webpage.
  10. Violation. A community member who has violated this policy is subject to disciplinary action, which may include separation of the offending party from the University, consistent with established disciplinary procedures.

Additional Resources regarding Civility & Violence