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Newly Added Policies

Non-Retaliation

Added September 5, 2017

The University recently amended its Policy on Non-Retaliation. Among other things, the purpose of the revisions is to provide a strong statement emphasizing the University’s commitment to promoting an ethical institutional culture and encouraging the reporting of misconduct; to adopt a uniform and consistent definition of retaliation across policies and handbooks; and to clarify that the policy also covers students. References to retaliation in other policies and handbooks will be revised to conform to this policy.

Pursuant to the University Policy Development Guidelines, the policy is currently posted to a password-protected page on this website for 45 days of review and comment from the University community (through Friday, October 20). Any questions or comments regarding the policy should be directed to the following individuals:

 Sarah Brown, Director, Office of Equity ((847) 491-7458 or eeo@northwestern.edu)

 Karen Halverson Cross, Associate Director of Policy Management, Compliance, Audit & Advisory Services ((847) 467-6172 or karen.cross@northwestern.edu)

All feedback on the policy will be considered, and any necessary changes to the policy will be implemented based on the comments received.

Sexual Misconduct

Added September 5, 2017

The University recently amended its Sexual Misconduct Policy. Many of the revisions are formatting, organizational, or drafting changes that do not alter the policy’s substance (for example, consolidating all references to potential sanctions to a section near the end of the document). Others reflect an alignment necessitated by changes or updates in various state and federal laws. Key substantive revisions to the policy include:

In fall 2017, the Office of Equity, in collaboration with the Policy Review Committee, will initiate the process of gathering input from stakeholders on the revisions to the policy to be implemented in 2018.

Any questions regarding the policy may be directed to Dwight Hamilton, Title IX Coordinator ((847) 467-6871, or TitleIXCoordinator@northwestern.edu).

Patent and Invention

Added September 1, 2017

Effective today, the University amended its Patent and Invention Policy (please note the URL for the policy has changed). Although the policy has been reformatted and edited, the only substantive change made to the policy is to reduce the percentage of royalty proceeds paid to the Innovation and New Ventures Office (INVO) from 20% to 15%. (Royalty proceeds refers to the revenue the University receives from inventions and discoveries. INVO traditionally has received 20% of the proceeds to help cover its operating expenses, but from now on will receive only 15%.)

Any questions regarding the policy may be directed to Danny Fisher, Senior Director of Finance and Administration, INVO, at (847) 467-2097, or invo@northwestern.edu.

Research Visitors

 Added August 15, 2017

The University recently amended the Research Visitors Policy to exclude from its scope appointments made through Argonne National Laboratory Institute of Science and Engineering (NAISE). NAISE, a University Research Institute, handles visitor appointments through an independent process.

 Any questions regarding the policy may be directed to Claire Landis, Associate Director of Administrative Services in the Office for Research, at (847) 491-2101, or researchvisitors@northwestern.edu.

Gifts to Northwestern University from Faculty and Staff

Added May 23, 2017

The University recently revised its policy on Gifts to Northwestern University from Faculty and Staff. The principal policy change is to raise from $500 to $2,500 the threshold triggering a requirement to submit a statement to the effect that the gift will not be used for personal benefit.

Any questions regarding the policy may be directed to Catherine Eliasik, Director of Operations, Alumni Relations and Development at 847-491-8324 or c-eliasik@northwestern.edu.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Added April 14, 2017

The University has adopted a new interim policy on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS, commonly known as drones). In order to promote safe, responsible, and respectful UAS operations and provide guidance to the Northwestern community on UAS operations, the interim policy establishes procedures and other conditions for the operation of UAS at Northwestern.

Any questions regarding the interim policy may be directed to Dave Perkins in the Office of Risk Management, at (847) 467-6342, or risk@northwestern.edu.

University Policy Development Guidelines

Added February 2, 2017

The University has adopted new guidelines for developing, approving, publishing, and managing University Policies. The guidelines outline a new process for the development of University Policies and provide guidance on the elements of an effective policy. Templates for the development of new policy proposals and draft policies are also available to support the policy development process. A flow chart outlining the new process is also available.

The new policy development process includes posting approved draft policies to a password-protected page on this site for a 45-day period of review and comment from the University community. This part of the policy development process will not take effect until June 2017, when the new University Policy website becomes active.  The new website will include the password-protected page for approved draft policies as well as a set of FAQs on the policy development process. 

In the meantime, any questions regarding the new guidelines may be directed to Compliance, Audit & Advisory Services at (847) 467-6170 (phone) or prc@northwestern.edu.

Service, Assistance, and Other Animals at Northwestern

Added January 27, 2017

The University has adopted a new policy on Service, Assistance, and Other Animals at Northwestern. The policy provides guidance concerning the appropriate use of and protocols associated with service, assistance, and other animals on campus.
 
Any questions regarding this policy may be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (847) 491-7458, or eeo@northwestern.edu.

University Disruption and Demonstration Policy

Added January 27, 2017

The University has updated its Disruption and Demonstration Policy , which addresses the parameters that members of the University community must adhere to when engaging in free expression and peaceful demonstration on or near the University campus.

Any questions regarding this policy may be directed to the following individuals:

  1. For faculty issues, Associate Provost for Faculty Lindsay Chase-Lansdale, at (847) 491-7040 or assoc-prov-faculty@northwestern.edu.
  2. For student issues, Dean of Students at (847) 491-8430 or dos@northwestern.edu.
  3. For staff issues, Associate Vice President, Human Resources, Dana Bradley, at (847) 467-5629 or dana.bradley@northwestern.edu.

Use of University Facilities for Political Activities

Added January 27, 2017

The University has updated its policy on Use of University Facilities for Political Activities. As a tax-exempt organization, the University may not participate or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office. In recognition of the fact that students, faculty, and staff may wish to participate in the political process and that such participation may have an educational component, the policy provides guidance on the permissible use of University facilities and property for political activities.
Any questions regarding this policy may be directed to the following individuals:

  1. For faculty issues, Associate Provost for Faculty Lindsay Chase-Lansdale, at (847) 491-7040 or assoc-prov-faculty@northwestern.edu.
  2. For student issues, Dean of Students at (847) 491-8430 or dos@northwestern.edu.
  3. For staff issues, Associate Vice President, Human Resources, Dana Bradley, at (847) 467-5629 or dana.bradley@northwestern.edu.

Research Visitors Policy

Added December 12, 2016

The Office for Research has adopted a new Research Visitors Policy. The policy defines the types of Research Visitor appointments for which the Office for Research is responsible and outlines the requirements for such appointments.

Any questions regarding this policy may be directed to the Office for Research at (847) 491-2101, or send an email to researchvisitors@northwestern.edu.

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