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Online Educational Courses

For Faculty and Staff: 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 and staff with valuable education and resources through an online course, Preventing Sexual Misconduct & Sex Discrimination

The interactive web-based course for faculty and staff 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 members of the Northwestern community completed the course when it was first launched in December 2015-January 2016.  

New faculty and staff 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 Office of Equity at

For First-Year Undergraduates: Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates

Undergraduate students receive in-person training and complete a student-focused online training module, Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates, when they enter the University. The online training is designed to introduce all incoming first-year and transfer students to the concepts listed below, as well as to information about where to report sexual misconduct and/or access confidential resources at Northwestern:

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