Safety Information for Families
The University takes seriously its commitment to promoting a safe and welcoming environment for minors participating in Northwestern-sponsored programs and activities as well as non-University programs that occur on campus.
Northwestern is taking a number of important steps to establish safeguards for your child:
- We are educating members of the University community and those who run programs on campus about the warning signs of abuse and neglect.
- Our Minors at Northwestern Policy establishes a clear set of requirements for reporting known or suspected minor abuse or neglect.
- We require training on the protection of minors for those who will regularly supervise minors on campus.
- We require certain categories of adults who participate in programs and activities to clear criminal background checks.
Tips for parents
- Always call 9-1-1 if you suspect that there is immediate danger to your child.
- Let the University know promptly by contacting Northwestern University Police Department (847) 491-3456 or your local police department.
- Talk to your child using age-appropriate language about the following:
- The difference between appropriate and inappropriate touching
- The fact that children can say NO to any unwanted touch
- The fact that children can and should speak up if they ever feel unsafe