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Online Educational Course

Preventing Sexual Misconduct & Sex Discrimination

Northwestern is committed to providing a campus environment that is free from sexual misconduct and discrimination and where people understand their responsibilities to help prevent sexual misconduct, including sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, stalking, and dating and domestic violence. Because we are all responsible for the safety of our community, the university provides faculty, staff, graduate students, and professional students with valuable education and resources through an online course, Preventing Sexual Misconduct & Sex Discrimination. Undergraduate students receive in-person training and complete a student-focused online training module when they enter the University.

The interactive web-based course for faculty, staff, graduate students, and professional students educates participants about sexual misconduct, the associated laws and University policies, and available resources at Northwestern. Topics such as sex discrimination, sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating and domestic violence, and stalking are covered. Over 20,000 staff, faculty, graduate students, and professional students completed the course when it was first launched in December 2015-January 2016.  

New faculty, staff, graduate students, and professional students will receive an email sent to their Northwestern email address with a link to access the course using their Northwestern NetID and password, and are expected to complete the course within 30 days of starting at the University. The course takes about 45 minutes to complete and can be accessed from any computer or tablet connected to the internet. The course will save your progress if you leave and need to come back to it.

For any issues accessing or completing the course, please contact the IT Support Center at (847) 491-4357 (1-HELP) or For questions about the content of the course, please contact the Sexual Harassment Prevention Office at

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