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Our Mission

Northwestern University is committed to fostering an environment in which all members of our community are free from discrimination and harassment—including sexual misconduct. Such conduct violates the values of our institution and disrupts the living, learning, and working environment for students, faculty, staff, and other community members. 

The University prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, parental status, marital status, age, disability, citizenship status, veteran status, genetic information, reproductive health decision making or any other classification protected by law in matters of admissions, employment, housing, or in the educational programs or activities it operates.

The Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance works to uphold the University’s commitment by:

  • Responding to reports of discrimination and harassment, including by helping students, faculty, and staff understand the University’s processes for making such reports;
  • Providing support and resources to those impacted by discrimination and harassment;
  • Providing training, consultation, and resources to the University community regarding accommodating individuals with disabilities, the University’s affirmative action programs for faculty and staff, and responding to reports of discrimination and harassment; and
  • Working with students, faculty, and staff to revise and implement policies related to discrimination, harassment, and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities.