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 annual Ethics Training Is two Parts: Ethics and Sexual Harassment Prevention 

The Ethics Training Part I will cover such topics as:

  • accepting gifts and bribes
  • conflict of interest
  • inappropriate use of University resources
  • whistleblower protection 

The Ethics Training Part II will cover topics involving:

  • sexual harassment prevention through real life scenarios
  • how to intervene safely as a bystander
  • how to report sexual harassment to the Title IX Office
  • NEIU policies

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 Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, to Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. You will be emailed the 2019 Annual Ethics Training Notice on Oct. 22, 2019, with an explanation of the process. You will then be emailed the Ethics Training instructions on Oct. 23, 2019, the first day of the Ethics Training period. Both Parts I and II must be completed during the four-week 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

How do i access Training?

Part I (Ethics) is accessible to Northeastern’s employees through the Desire2Learn (D2L) learning management system. Follow the instructions on this worksheet to access D2L and the Part I (Ethics) training.  

Part II (Sexual Harassment Prevention) is accessible to Northeastern’s employees through an outside learning management system, Traliant.  

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


For Part I (Ethics), please call the NEIU UTS Help Desk:
  • Telephone support: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.  Please use (773) 442-4357.
  • Email support: Monitored from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Please use
For Part II (Sexual Harassment Prevention), please contact Traliant directly:
  • Telephone support: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday (CT). Calls received out of office hours will be forwarded to a voicemail system (best efforts will be made to answer/action the call for high priority issues). Otherwise calls will be addressed the next business day. Please use (929) 205-4498.
  • Email support: Monitored 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday. Emails received outside of office hours will be collected, however no action can be guaranteed until the next working day. Please contact

Expected Length of Time to Complete the Ethics Training

Part I (Ethics) generally takes 60 minutes. Part II (Sexual Harassment Prevention) generally takes 45 minutes. Remember that you have four weeks to complete both Ethics Training programs, and you may start and stop them as needed. The training programs are designed so they can be completed in segments. Part II (Sexual Harassment Prevention) requires speakers; we suggest you bring in headphones or earbuds to be able to complete the program.

computers on campus for completing Ethics Training

We understand that not all employees have access to seated computers on the job. Please contact the NEIU Ethics Officer for information on computer labs or other options for your training.


Regular email reminders will be sent to employees to complete the trainings.  

Confirmation of Ethics Training Completion

After you have completed Part I (Ethics), 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 (Sexual Harassment Prevention), you will receive an email from Traliant with a Certificate of Compliance. You should print out and/or electronically save your two Certificates, but you do not need to submit them to the Ethics Office.  


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 (Sexual Harassment Prevention) on the EEC’s website. See 5 ILCS 430/5-10.5(b).  

For more information, please see the Ethics FAQ.

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