Northeastern’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Ethics Compliance is the University’s compliance office.


Northeastern’s Ethics Office makes every effort to foster an ethical environment for the University community. We hold all members of the University to the highest ethical standards and expect all employees to strictly comply with the state ethics laws. The Ethics Office is responsible for receiving and, as necessary, coordinating and/or referring the investigation of allegations of fraud, waste, abuse, mismanagement, misconduct, or other violations of the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act. Every year, Northeastern employees receive ethics training covering such topics as accepting gifts and bribes, conflict of interest, inappropriate use of University resources for personal matters, whistleblower protection, and avoidance of political activities during the work day. More information about various ethics matters and resources, as well as the recently updated Gift Ban restrictions on food and drink ($75) and gifts ($100), changed per the Governor’s Executive Order 15-09, may be found on the Ethics webpage.      


Northeastern subscribes to the principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, disability, national origin, citizenship status, ancestry, age, order of protection status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, arrest record status, military status, or unfavorable discharge from military service.  Northeastern accepts and will investigate, as necessary, complaints of discrimination and/or harassment from students, employees, and applicants for admission or employment, and University visitors. For more information, you may access a pdf version of the University’s Affirmative Action Plan. More information about Equal Opportunity and Non-discrimination, the University's Equal Opportunity and Non-discrimination policies and how to file a complaint may be found on the Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination webpage. 

Northeastern extends its commitment to equal opportunity through the consistent adherence to its Hiring Manual and the University's Affirmative Action Plan. Additional guidance on the principles for internal searches for Administrative and Professional positions.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. In compliance with Title IX, Northeastern does not discriminate on the basis of sex in any of its education programs and/or activities, including but not limited to admission to or employment in its educational programs or activities. Sex discrimination under Title IX includes sexual harassment and sexual assault. Northeastern has policies strictly prohibiting such conduct and provides a range of sanctions for violations. Additional information about Title IX, including internal and external resources may be found on the Title IX webpage.


In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Northeastern does not discriminate against persons on the basis of disability. In addition, Northeastern offers reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities. Northeastern employees who wish to request a reasonable accommodation or who have concerns about discrimination on the basis of disability should contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Ethics Compliance. Additional information about Disability may be found on the Disability webpage. 


Northeastern retains and disposes of University records in compliance with the State Records Act and state retention policies. The University is currently amending its Records Retention Schedules, working in cooperation with the Illinois Office of Secretary of State, Division of Archives and Records, Records Management Section. PDF version of the current and active retention schedules.  PDF version of a fillable Records Disposal Certificate Form. Additional information about Records may be found on the Records webpage. 

For student disability concerns and accommodations, see the Student Disability Services webpage. More information about faculty and staff workplace resources may be found here.

Contact Info

Natalie Brouwer Potts
Director of Equal Opportunity, Title IX, and Ethics
5500 North St. Louis Avenue, C 216
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 442-5412