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Discrimination, Harassment & Title IX

Policy on Discrimination and Harassment

Northwestern University does not discriminate or permit discrimination by any member of its community against any individual 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 or any other classification protected by law in matters of admissions, employment, housing, or services or in the educational programs or activities it operates.  Further prohibited by law is discrimination against any employee and/or job applicant who chooses to inquire about, discuss or disclose their own compensation or the compensation of another employee or applicant.

Harassment, whether verbal, physical or visual, that is based on any of these characteristics is a form of discrimination. This includes harassing conduct affecting tangible job benefits, interfering unreasonably with an individual’s academic or work performance or creating what a reasonable person would perceive is an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment. Prohibited sex discrimination includes sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Title IX Statement

It is the policy of Northwestern University to comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination (including sexual harassment and sexual violence) based on sex in the University’s educational programs and activities. Title IX also prohibits retaliation for asserting or otherwise participating in claims of sex discrimination. The Title IX coordinator and the deputy coordinators (listed under Get Advice and Help) have been designated to oversee Northwestern’s compliance with Title IX and to respond to reports of violations.  For more information about Title IX, go to Northwestern's Title IX website. A person may also file a complaint with the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights regarding an alleged violation of Title IX by visiting the U.S. Department of Education's website or calling 800-421-3481.