How to Report Discrimination or Harassment
The Office of Equity promptly and thoroughly investigates complaints in which a complainant (the person submitting the complaint) alleges that a staff or faculty member, or third party, violated the University’s Policy on Discrimination and Harassment.
Complaints against students should be directed to the Office of Student Conduct.
Report discrimination or harassment
Office of Equity
Karen Tamburro, Director, Equal Opportunity and Access and Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Sex Discrimination
1800 Sherman Ave., Suite 4500, Evanston, IL 60208
You may also report online using our Discrimination and Harassment Report Form.
Report sexual misconduct
Title IX Coordinator
1800 Sherman Ave., Suite 4500, Evanston, IL
You may also report online using our Sexual Misconduct Report Form.
What to expect when filing a sexual misconduct report
- When reporting to the University
Northwestern has designated the Title IX Coordinator to oversee complaints of sexual misconduct at the University. An individual who has experienced sexual misconduct has the right to choose whether to report the incident to Northwestern’s Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinators for investigation. The Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Title IX Coordinators are specially trained to work with individuals who report sexual misconduct and have knowledge about on- and off-campus resources, services, and options – including the availability of interim protective measures and accommodations. Read more on reporting to the University.
- When reporting to police
Northwestern University encourages individuals to report incidents of sexual misconduct to University Police or local police. Timely reporting to the police is an important factor in successful investigation and prosecution of crimes, including sexual violence crimes, and may lead to the arrest of an offender or aid in the investigation of other incidents. Read more on filing a police report.
- Preserving evidence
Regardless of whether an incident of sexual misconduct is reported to the police or the University, Northwestern strongly encourages individuals who have experienced sexual misconduct to preserve evidence to the greatest extent possible, as this will best maintain all legal options for them in the future. Read more on preserving evidence.