Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination Policy

Northeastern supports the principles of equal opportunity in employment and education. Discrimination and harassment are not tolerated on all of our campuses. Northeastern does not discriminate in employment or education on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, disability, national origin, citizenship status, work authorization status, ancestry, age, order of protection status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, arrest record status, political affiliation, military status, veteran’s status, or unfavorable discharge from military service. Northeastern accepts complaints of discrimination and harassment from students, employees, applicants for admission or employment, and University visitors. The University does not tolerate retaliation against any person for coming forward with a complaint or concern, or for otherwise participating in the process of addressing discrimination or harassment. The University will comply with all federal, state, and applicable local nondiscrimination and equal opportunity laws, orders, and regulations.

Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination in Hiring

The University is committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce to serve our critical educational mission. Northeastern has a fair and rigorous hiring process for all hires, including tenure-track faculty. Based on the University’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, the following resources are provided in connection with the hiring process to the search committees that conduct the hiring process. The Equal Opportunity Office encourages members of our campus community, including faculty, staff and students, to read these materials and engage in robust discussions regarding their contents.

Office of Equal Opportunity and Ethics Compliance

Northeastern’s Director of Equal Opportunity and Ethics Compliance is responsible for managing the University’s equal opportunity and nondiscrimination compliance. If you have a complaint involving discrimination and/or harassment, or if you have questions about Northeastern’s policies, please contact:

Aaron J. McLeod, J.D., D.Min.
Equal Employment Opportunity Officer
American With Disabilities Act Officer
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
email: A-Mcleod@neiu.edu
phone: (773) 442-5303

How to File a Discrimination and/or Harassment Complaint

Northeastern takes immediate and appropriate steps to investigate and resolve complaints alleging discrimination and/or harassment.

Please see the University’s policies:

Resolution Outside Northeastern 

A student has the right to contact the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights about filing a formal complaint. Please watch How to File a Complaint with the Office for Civil Rights for further information.

An employee has the right to contact the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) about filing a formal complaint. Please follow the links above for further information.