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The Law

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq. states in part that "no person in the United States shall on the basis of sex be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance."

Sex discrimination also includes sexual misconduct in the form of sexual harassment, hostile environment, sexual violence (i.e., rape, sexual assault, and sexual abuse), domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and gender/sex-based harassment or discrimination, all of which represent conduct/behavior that is prohibited by NIU in accordance with Title IX.  

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the U.S. Department of Education is responsible for enforcing Title IX. Questions or concerns regarding Title IX or the Title IX Policy may be directed to Karen L. Baker, J.D., Associate Vice President and Title IX Coordinator at

Inquiries and/or questions regarding Title IX may also be referred to:

Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
Citigroup Center
500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1475
Chicago, IL  60661-4544

NIU Title IX Coordinator

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