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Office of Equity

Fostering a culture of access, belonging and accountability.

Office of Equity Issues Statement in Support of Transgender Rights

"Northwestern prohibits harassment on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. That will not change, nor will the University's commitment to creating a welcoming environment for all of our students, faculty, and staff."

-Sarah Wake, Associate Vice President for Equity

About the Office of Equity

All members of the Northwestern University community should be free from discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct.

The Office of Equity upholds Northwestern's commitment to fostering such an environment.

How We Help

We support students, faculty, staff and applicants impacted by discrimination or harassment. This includes implementing policies, providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities, and responding to reports of discrimination and harassment, including sexual misconduct.

Evanston campus

Sexual Misconduct Response and Prevention

Sexual harassment and sexual violence are forms of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX also prohibits retaliation against people for making or participating in complaints of sex discrimination. If you have experienced or witnessed sexual harassment, violence or discrimination, we can help. 

Sexual Misconduct Response & Prevention Website
students on campus

Equal Opportunity

Northwestern does not discriminate or permit discrimination by any member of its community. The Office of Equity advises faculty, staff and students who believe they have been subjected to harassment or discrimination and investigates complaints of unlawful discrimination. We also help employees and applicants with disabilities request accommodations.

Equal Opportunity & Access Website