Responsible Employee

NIU employees are Responsible Employees. The university will not tolerate sex discrimination or any 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 Are a Responsible Employee If

  • 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:

What to Report

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

  • Relevant details of the incident
  • Name of the alleged offender
  • Name of the victim/survivor
  • Names of witnesses
  • 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