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Unacceptable Behaviors

Demeaning, intimidating, threatening, bullying, or violent behaviors that affect the ability to learn, work, or live in the University environment depart from the standard for civility and respect. These behaviors have no place in the academic community. Additional information about how unacceptable behaviors are addressed may be found in the Staff Handbook.


Violence is behavior that causes harm to a person or damage to property, or causes fear for one’s safety or the safety of others. Examples of violent behavior include physical contact that is harmful and expression of intent to cause physical harm. Such behavior is unacceptable in the Northwestern community. 

Preventing Violence


Where it relates to existing employees, the following situations are subject to corrective action, up to and including termination of employment:

Employees have an ongoing obligation to inform their supervisors if they are convicted of a crime, added to any sexual offender registry, if their license or certification to practice expires, is suspended or revoked, or they are excluded, suspended, debarred, or otherwise ineligible to participate in federal programs. Supervisors, in turn, should notify Human Resources in such instances.

Registered sex offenders who are employed by the University are required by law to also register with the Northwestern University Police Department.