Resources and Reporting Options
A student may choose to disclose sexual misconduct to a variety of individuals in the U.S or abroad in order to receive supportive services. Some individuals are able to offer legally protected confidentiality and others can offer privacy and discretion. Northwestern employees receive training on how to respond to a disclosure of sexual misconduct by providing support and discussing options. Below is information about confidential resources and additional resources available through Northwestern, reporting sexual misconduct and the role of emergency contacts.
Confidential resources will not disclose information about incidents of sexual misconduct to anyone, including law enforcement or the University. Telephone or Skype conversations provided by Northwestern employees can be arranged to occur outside of regular business hours and in a time zone that is convenient for the survivor.
- Phone: (847) 491-7256 or (847) 864-7865 (24/7).
- Email: email@example.com
Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline (Not affiliated with Northwestern)
- Phone: (888) 293-2080
CAPS: Counseling and Psychological Services, is not able to provide counseling to students over the phone, but can work with students once they have returned to campus.
Under the Policy on Sexual Misconduct, all other Northwestern employees (such as advisers and faculty) or their agents (such as resident directors abroad), are obligated to report sexual misconduct abroad that they observe or are told about to the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Coordinator.
Additional resources include the Office of Global Safety and Security (OGSS) and on-site contacts. These contacts can provide support and connections with resources as needed. The mission of the OGSS is to support Northwestern travelers in need abroad. They can be reached on campus during regular business hours or through the Northwestern University Police after hours and on weekends. View contact information.
Study abroad students have designated on-site staff or faculty, who receive training on responding to a report of sexual misconduct. Students traveling abroad for other purposes may not have a pre-determined on-site contact. Either group of students may also contact CARE, OGSS or the Title IX Coordinator.
Either CARE or one of the individuals listed above can also help you seek academic, housing or other interim measures or accommodations.
Reporting sexual misconduct
Northwestern handles sexual misconduct reports discreetly, with information shared only with those who need to know in order to investigate or resolve the matter. In cases where a person who may have experienced sexual misconduct does not wish to process with an investigation, Northwestern will try to honor that request. In some cases, the Title IX Coordinator may determine that the University needs to process with an investigation based on concern for the safety and well-being of the community. Northwestern faculty and staff accompanying students abroad are trained to make such disclosures to the Director of the Office of Global Safety and Security, who is also a Deputy Title IX Coordinator. Or, they may contact Northwestern Title IX Coordinator directly:
- Phone: (847) 491-3745
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Another option is to contact the Northwestern University Police 24/7 at (847) 491-3456.
Northwestern will not contact a student’s listed emergency contact (obtained in the study abroad application phase or the non-credit travel registry phase) without the student’s express permission unless the circumstances fall under one of these exceptions. The student:
- is unable to speak for him/herself (and medical decisions need to be made on his or her behalf);
- has been missing for more than 24 hours (and there is some indication of nefarious activity);
- is perceived to be a danger to him/herself or others; or
- when a significant health, safety, or security incident affecting the entire program has occurred abroad. This is normally following an incident such as natural disaster or a terrorist attack in the vicinity of the program, and no personally indefinable information is reported.
Such circumstances rarely apply to a report of sexual misconduct.