Sexual Misconduct: Harassment, Violence, and Discrimination


Title IX Policies, Reporting and Resources

University of Northwestern cares about each member of this community and believes it is important for members to know their rights and responsibilities. We are also committed to full accountability under the law and to everyone’s right to a safe learning and working environment. Please visit for more information, or contact the Title IX Coordinator, Kelly Franck.


What is Title IX?

Title IX is a component of the Education Amendments of 1972 to the Civil Rights Act and states:
“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance….” (20. U.S.C. § 1681)


Title IX in the context of a Christian community

In addition to abiding by state and federal laws, at Northwestern we honor the holy sexual union within the context of the covenant of marriage, a covenant between one man and one woman (See the Declaration of Christian Community at While some portions of Title IX policy may address intimate or sexual activities outside of marriage or use of drugs or alcohol, such discussions should not be seen as condoning these actions. At the same time, an individual’s engagement in intimate or sexual activities outside of marriage does not excuse sexual misconduct carried out against that individual. Northwestern is committed to protecting the members of its community against sexual misconduct—regardless of the context in which it arises.


What does it mean?

Northwestern students and employees have a right to an environment free from all forms of sexual misconduct, including:

  • Sex discrimination
  • Sexual harassment
  • Sexual assault
  • Sexual violence
  • Domestic violence
  • Dating violence
  • Stalking

Northwestern will not tolerate any of these things in any form, including, but not limited to:

  • Inequity or a hostile environment on the basis of sex
  • Unwelcome physical conduct or assault
  • Verbal or written threats
  • Derogatory comments
  • Threatening actions or gestures


What is consent?

Consent is defined as words or overt actions indicating a freely given present agreement to perform a particular sexual act with someone. Consent can only be given freely and voluntarily and can be withdrawn at any time. Silence or absence of resistance does not imply consent. Consent cannot be given by someone who is incapacitated by drug or alcohol use, is asleep or unconscious, or who is coerced or threatened into submission.

Any form of non-consensual sexual contact is considered sexual harassment or may be considered sexual violence. If you have experienced or witnessed sexual harassment in any form, we encourage you to tell someone who can help.


Who can I report sexual misconduct to?

If you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual misconduct, you need to know there are people on campus who are here to help. Students and employees may report incidents to any trusted faculty or staff member, but it’s important to know that laws dictate what people do with the information you share. 

If you are unsure of someone’s duties and ability to maintain your privacy, ask them before you provide details of your situation. Individuals listed in this guide are fully trained and can assist you if you have been the victim of or have witnessed sexual misconduct of any kind.


Complete Confidentiality

Counseling Services and Health Services staff can offer complete confidentiality, providing options and advice without obligation to tell anyone, unless you request they do.


Incident Reporting Form

Confidential and anonymous form for reporting incidents.


On-campus resources:

Danette Wilfahrt
Director of Counseling Services
651-631-5190 | N3086
Mon–Fri: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (Academic year)

Cynthia Reedstrom
Director of Health Services
651-628-3250 | N1111
Mon–Fri: 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. (Academic year)


Off-campus resources:

Sexual Offense Services (St. Paul)

RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network)
800-656-HOPE (4673) (24-hour hotline)

Sexual Violence Center Minneapolis
612-871-5111 (24-hour hotline)

Privacy/Discretion Assured

Faculty or staff members are required by law to report incidents of sexual misconduct to the Title IX coordinator, but they will always provide discretion in your situation.


Title IX Coordinator
Kelly Franck
HR Generalist/Title IX Coordinator
651-631-5480 | R1605

Beth Wilmeth
Senior Women’s Administrator
651-286-7486 | E2031

Public Safety
Peter Sola
651-631-5349 | B011

Officer on Duty
651-631-5310 (Available 24/7)

Student Employment
Karen Grover
Human Resources Generalist
651-631-5327 | R1704




Student Life
Amy Carroll
Dean of Student Engagement
651-628-3359 | G112

Jerod Cornelius
Dean of Community Life
651-631-5320 | G217

Resident Director on Duty
651-631-5307 (Available 24/7)

Undergraduate Pathways
Kristin Anenson
Student Academic Advisor
651-286-7621 | N4118

College of Adult & Graduate Studies
Sarah Butler
Director of Student Academic Services
651-286-7450 | N1132

For a more detailed list of off-campus resources, see Northwestern’s Sexual Misconduct Policy located in the handbook section on