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Responsible Employee

NIU employees are Responsible Employees. The university will not tolerate sex discrimination in the form of sexual misconduct. Under Title IX, a Responsible Employee must report incidents of sexual violence and/or sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator. 


  • You have the authority to take action to resolve issues of sexual misconduct.
  • You have been given the duty of reporting sexual violence or any other misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator.
  • You represent an employee a student or co-worker would reasonably believe has this authority or duty.


As a Responsible Employee you are required to advise a student and/or employee of your obligation to:

  1. Report the incident of sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator.
  2. Advise the student/employee of their right to request confidentiality and/or to speak directly to available confidential resources.
  3. Inform the student/employee of their right to file a Title IX complaint and/or police report.

What to report

When reporting an incident to the Title IX Coordinator, you should be prepared to discuss:

  1. Relevant details of the incident
  2. Name of the alleged offender
  3. Name of the victim/survivor
  4. Names of witnesses
  5. Date, time and location of incident

How to help

Here are important tips on how to help a student or employee discuss a report of sexual misconduct.

SUPPORT them by actively listening.

INFORM the victim/survivor of your reporting obligations as a responsible employee.

REFER the victim/survivor to confidential resources that are available.

REPORT the incident to the Title IX Coordinator.

OBTAIN support for yourself.

NIU Title IX Coordinator

Karen L. Baker
Title IX Office
Swen Parson Hall 110
DeKalb, IL 60115