Report an Incident

Victim/Survivors are not required to file a complaint, but are encouraged to do so. Regardless, if a victim/survivor chooses to report sexual misconduct, reasonable available interim protective measures will be provided upon request.

Individuals who feel they have been a victim/survivor of sexual misconduct have the right to file a complaint with the university at any time, even if the police conclude there is not sufficient evidence for a criminal charge. For additional assistance with filing a Title IX complaint you may contact:

Sarah Garner, Title IX Coordinator
Ethics and Compliance Office
Altgeld Hall 237A
815-753-5560
titleixcoordinator@niu.edu

Questions may also be referred to the Office of Civil Rights by contacting OCR.Chicago@ed.gov.

What to Expect - Filing a Title IX Complaint

Once a Title IX complaint has been filed, a preliminary investigation will be conducted by the Title IX coordinator or a designee to determine if an investigation is warranted. All investigations shall be conducted in a prompt, fair and impartial manner. Both the claimant (victim) and the respondent (offender) will be given a copy of the procedures and will have the opportunity to respond to allegations.

Interim Protective Measures

The university reserves the right to take any interim protective measures is deems necessary to protect the rights and personal safety of the alleged victim, offender and its community members. Such measures may include but are not limited to:

  • Changing class schedules
  • Providing an escort between classes/work
  • Modifying living, dining or work environment
  • transportation accommodations
  • Obtaining or enforcing campus/State order of protections/no-contact orders.

Investigation Process

The investigation and hearing (if any) will be completed within 45 to 60 calendar days unless circumstances require a longer time period and that will be determined by the Title IX Coordinator.

Any investigation by the university will be undertaken independent of any criminal or other legal proceedings; the university also reserves the right to forward any complaint to the appropriate law enforcement agency for criminal investigation and/or charges.

If it is determined a violation of the policy has occurred, appropriate sanctions and/or discipline will be imposed by Student Conduct or Human Resource Services.

Title IX Complaint Form

Victims/survivors of sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking may file a criminal complaint by contacting:

NIU Police and Public Safety (for on-campus incidents)
395 Wirtz Drive
DeKalb, IL 60115
815-753-1212

DeKalb Police Department (for off-campus incidents)
700 West Lincoln Highway
DeKalb, IL 60115
815-748-8400

What to Expect

When a Criminal complaint is filed with the NIU Police they will give you information about services available on campus and assist with contacting the Advocacy Coordinator. The police officer will also accompany the victim to the hospital for evidence gathering if the victim wishes and will refer the complaint to the Title IX Coordinator for review.

The police will conduct an initial inquiry into the incident to determine if there is enough to proceed with a criminal complaint. Victims are not required to sign a criminal complaint or to file charges. However, if charges are filed and if the complaint is signed, it will be filed with the circuit clerk and the DeKalb County State's Attorney will become involved. There will be a warrant for arrest issued for the alleged offender and the victim will have the right to continue cooperating with the State's Attorney Office.

A victim or reporter can choose to seek confidential resources to cope with the effects of sexual misconduct. This does not constitute filing a complaint and does not necessarily put the university on notice. Assistance for students and employees is provided by:

NIU Confidential Advisor (for students)
Counseling and Consultation Services
Campus Life Building 200
815-753-1206

NIU Employee Assistance Program (for employees)
Holmes Student Center, 7th floor
815-753-9191

What to Expect

When a claimant (victim) requests to remain confidential or when the claimant's identity is unknown, the Title IX coordinator is responsible for review of the request and the facts of the case to determine if confidentility can be maintained.

If there is a likelihood of further harm to the claimant and/or the campus community, confidentility may not be able to be maintained. When confidentially is maintained or the claimant's identity is unknown the university's ability to take appropriate disciplinary action may be impeded. However, the university will attempt to take steps to address and remedy the effects of the sexual misconduct to prevent recurrence.

If a claimiant requests to withdraw a formal complaint the Title IX Coordinator or designee will make every effort to determine the reason for the reconsideration. We want to make sure the claimaint isn't being harassed or retaliated against.