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Northwestern University
Academic Dishonesty or Misconduct Any violation or behavior not in keeping with Northwestern's principles and policies related to academic integrity, including:
  • Academic misconduct, cheating, unethical behavior
  • Misrepresentation of credentials / degrees
  • Improper use of financial aid or scholarship funds
Accounting, Fraud, Improper Business Conduct Any purposeful mismanagement of university funds or financial records including:
  • Financial fraud, theft, and embezzlement
  • Improper giving, receiving, or soliciting gifts or entertainment
  • Improper supplier or contractor selection or activity
  • Matters related to financial recordkeeping, accounting practices, and internal controls
  • Stewardship of donor funds / gifts to the institution
  • Waste, abuse, or misuse of resources
Athletics, NCAA Compliance Any concerns or violations related to Athletics programs and compliance with requirements of student athletes including:
  • Concerning conduct by coaches or Athletics department staff members
  • Violations of Big Ten Conference or NCAA rules and regulations
  • Violations of "Name, Image, Likeness" policies and procedures
Equity, Discrimination, Sexual Misconduct, Harassment Any violation or behavior involving discrimination, harassment, or sexual misconduct including:
  • Abuse or molestation of children under the age of 18
  • Discrimination or harassment
  • Failure to provide an accommodation to an individual with a disability
  • Sexual misconduct, including dating or domestic violence
  • Title IX complaints
Human Resources, Employee Relations Any policy violation or inappropriate conduct not in keeping with Northwestern handbooks, policies and requirements of employee conduct including:
  • Abuse of employee benefits
  • Conflicts of interest or commitment
  • Employee misconduct / inappropriate actions
  • Management / supervisory issues or conflicts
  • Nepotism
  • Time sheet abuse
Information Technology, Privacy, Data Security Concerns, violations, or inappropriate use or access of university systems, data or information including:
  • Inappropriate disclosure of confidential information or personal data
  • HIPAA concerns
  • Malicious or inappropriate use of technology
  • Misuse of institutional data resources
  • Software piracy / misuse of licenses
Police Misconduct Concerns related to the conduct of University Police.
Research Concerns Any concerns, violations, or inappropriate conduct in conducting or managing research projects or programs including:
  • Human or animal research concerns
  • Effort reporting concerns
  • Laboratory safety or other research safety matters
  • Misappropriation of grant funds
  • Research misconduct or integrity
Retaliation Violations of Northwestern's Policy on Non-Retaliation. Any adverse action taken against an individual for reporting or inquiring in good faith about a perceived wrongful or unlawful activity, or for participating in an investigation or proceeding related to such activity.
Safety Matters Concerns about workplace safety or threats to the safety and wellbeing of the community, including:
  • Alcohol / Drug abuse
  • Hazing
  • Human trafficking
  • Public safety concerns
  • Theft, vandalism, or property damage
  • Unsafe working conditions; environmental and safety matters
  • Workplace threat or violence
Other Legal or Compliance Issues Any concerns or conduct related to other laws or policies, including:
  • Bribery or kickbacks
  • False Claims Act violations
  • Improper use of intellectual property; copyright or trademark violations