Mandatory Ethics Training: Important Updates

All Illinois public university employees are required to complete two annual online Ethics Training programs. The University’s Ethics Training is mandatory for all Northeastern Illinois University employees under Illinois law, as defined in the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act (5 ILCS 430) and the Illinois Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act (110 ILCS 155). Please see the detailed information below about the Ethics Training and the Ethics FAQ for technical guidance. The State of Illinois has expanded the sexual harassment prevention training to include a general harassment and discrimination prevention training.

The annual Ethics Training Is two Parts: Ethics and Harassment and discrimination Prevention 

The Ethics Training Part I will cover such topics as:

  • accepting gifts
  • conflict of interest
  • inappropriate use of University resources
  • whistleblower protection
  • secondary employment

The Ethics Training Part II will cover topics involving:

  • identifying and preventing discrimination, harassment, and sexual harassment
  • real life workplace examples
  • how to report sexual harassment to the Title IX Office
  • NEIU policies – Sexual Harassment policy and Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination policy

Part II may include content that is triggering to some individuals. Please immediately contact the NEIU Ethics Officer if you do not believe you can safely complete Part II.

Ethics Training period

The Ethics Training period for Northeastern employees this year is from Nov. 1, 2021, to Nov. 30, 2021. Both Parts I and II must be completed during the training period.

All Employees Must Take Ethics Training

The following categories of individuals at Northeastern are required to complete Part I and Part II of the Ethics Training:

  • Staff
  • Faculty
  • Graduate Assistants
  • Work-Study Students
  • Student Aides 
  • Extra Help

Noncompliance

Failure to complete the Ethics Training will result in the statutorily required reporting of your name to the Office of Executive Inspector General for the Agencies of the Illinois Governor. The penalties for noncompliance will be determined by the Illinois Executive Ethics Commission (EEC), in addition to any internal disciplinary action imposed by Northeastern. The EEC has the authority to hold administrative hearings related to employee noncompliance and assess individual fines up to $5,000 for violations of the Ethics Act. In addition, EEC will post the names of employees who fail to complete Part II (Harassment and Discrimination Prevention) on the EEC’s website. See 5 ILCS 430/5-10.5(b).

How do i access Training?

Part I is accessible to Northeastern’s employees through the Desire2Learn (D2L) learning management system found in NEIUport.

Part II (Sexual Harassment and Discrimination and Harassment Prevention) is accessible through Northeastern’s educational partner, Foundry/EverFi. Foundry/EverFi will send each employee an email with the completion instructions.

If you have a vision impairment, please contact Ethics Officer Natalie Brouwer Potts at n-potts@neiu.edu or (773) 442-5412 for assistance completing the Ethics Training.

WHERE DO I GET HELP?

For any questions involving Part I, please contact the NEIU UTS Help Desk:

  • Telephone support: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please use (773) 442-4357.
  • Email support: Monitored from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please use helpdesk@neiu.edu.

For any questions involving Part II, you may contact Foundry/EverFi. You may call this number for assistance: (866) 384-9062 

  • Representatives are available 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
  • For any messages submitted outside those hours, Foundry/EverFi will get back to you the next business day.

Expected Length of Time to Complete the Ethics Training

Part I (Ethics) generally takes 45-60 minutes. Part II (Harassment and Discrimination Prevention) generally takes 45-60 minutes. Remember that you have four weeks to complete both Ethics Training programs, and you may start and stop them as needed.

computers on campus for completing Ethics Training

We understand that not all employees have access to computers while working remotely. Please contact Ethics Officer Natalie Brouwer Potts at n-potts@neiu.edu or (773) 442-5412 for information on computer labs or other options for your training.

Reminders

Unlike past years, individual email reminders will not be sent. We strongly recommend you complete both trainings at your earliest convenience.

Confirmation of Ethics Training Completion

After you have completed Part I, you will be able to print out and/or electronically save a Certificate of Compliance at the end of the program. To access your Certificate, please click on the graduation cap icon, then click "generate certificate" and it will automatically download.

After you have completed Part II, you will be able to print out and/or electronically save a Certificate of Compliance at the end of the program. To access your Certificate, please go to Completed Course and then click on “Download Certificates” and it will automatically download.

For more information, please see the Ethics FAQ.

On behalf of Northeastern, thank you for your compliance with the State of Illinois’ Annual Ethics Training requirements.