Report an Incident
File a report with the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance
EthicsPoint provides an additional, anonymous means of reporting discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct. You may file a report online, using the link in the next sentence, or by phone at 866-294-3545. Any complaints reported via EthicsPoint will be reviewed in accordance with current University procedures.
What to expect when filing a report
- What to expect when: Reporting to the University
Northwestern has designated the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance to oversee complaints of discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct at the University. An individual who has experienced misconduct has the right to choose whether to report the incident to Northwestern and request an investigation. Civil Rights members are specially trained to work with individuals who report misconduct and have knowledge about on- and off-campus resources, services, and options – including the availability of supportive measures.
File a Title IX Sexual Harassment Formal Complaint with the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance
What to expect when filing a Title IX Sexual Harassment Formal Complaint
Upon receipt of a Formal complaint, the Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator will contact the Complainant with information on available resources. The Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance will conduct an initial inquiry into the Formal Complaint to determine whether the allegations, if substantiated, would rise to the level of a violation of University Policy. If the conduct alleged in the Formal Complaint would not constitute a violation of the Interim Policy on Title IX Sexual Harassment even if proved, if it did not occur in Northwestern’s Education Program or Activities, did not occur against a person in the United States, or occurred prior to August 14, 2020, the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance will dismiss the Formal Complaint with regard to that conduct under the Interim Policy on Title IX Sexual Harassment. In the event of a dismissal, the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance will provide written notice of the dismissal to both parties, advising them of their right to appeal. If the conduct alleged in the Formal Complaint passes initial inquiry, the office will proceed with a formal investigation and hearing pursuant to the Interim Policy on Title IX Sexual Harassment.