Standards of Accountability

Responsible Technology Use

The university provides internet and network access, printing services and public computing locations for student success and enjoyment. Failure to abide by NIU technology policies, state/ federal laws or regulations regarding the fair uses of technology may result in legal action or official campus disciplinary procedures. Refer to the Division of Information Technology and ResTech for additional information about the acceptable uses of technology in academic and residential environments.

Removing from its university-assigned location, tampering with, altering or damaging any component of a residence hall telephone or public address system is prohibited.

Compliance with the Requests of University Officials

  • As stated in the Code of Student Conduct, residents must follow oral or written instructions regarding university regulations, policies, procedures or state law as outlined by authorized representatives of the university. This includes all Housing and Residential Services and Campus Dining staff members.
  • Residents must present their NIU OneCard to university officials upon request. University officials include, but are not limited to, Housing and Residential Services staff, Campus Dining staff, contracted security guards and NIU Police.
  • Guests who do not show identification upon request can be instructed to leave the premises immediately and arrested for trespass for non-compliance.

University Regulations and Government Statutes

Failure to observe university regulations and federal, state or local laws subjects the violator to university disciplinary action and/or prosecution in civil courts and/or remedial action under the terms of the housing contract.

Laws and regulations relate to:

  • Acts of violence and disruption.
  • Possession or use of firearms, clubs, air guns, any type of ammunition, explosives (including fireworks), knives or other weapons. Possession and/or use weapons can lead to immediate removal from the university housing.
  • Misuse of telecommunication resources and copyright infringement.
  • Gambling activities.
  • Possession, use or sale of illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia, narcotics or controlled substances.
  • Possession, distribution and use of alcohol by those who are under-age.

Disciplinary Policies and Procedures

Administrative Suspension and Review

Northern Illinois University has a responsibility to assure that students attending the university have a safe, non-disruptive environment. Every effort is made to assure that students receive assistance if they are experiencing difficulty at the institution. However, when such an effort has been made and the student is still not able to function in a non-disruptive manner at the university, the institution has a responsibility to act to make sure disruption in the community does not negatively impact other students.

Under these rare circumstances, the vice president of Student Affairs or their designee may impose immediate administrative suspension without prejudice from residence halls, university apartments or the university. The suspended student shall be given an opportunity to be heard through and administrative hearing or provide a written statement and may be accompanied to their administrative hearing by an observer or advisor.

The proceeding is an administrative process and shall not be governed by strict rules of evidence. Such action may be taken only when the following conditions exist:

  • The student displays evidence of behavior that is disruptive to the normal conduct of university business or
  • The student displays evidence of behavior that indicates that they may pose a hazard to themself or others and
  • The behavior described in conditions 1 and 2 above cannot be effectively dealt with through the University Student Conduct system or the voluntary medical withdrawal procedure and
  • Efforts on the part of university officials to assist the student in meeting reasonable behavioral expectations have proven unsuccessful.

Discrimination and Harassment

  • Harassment of individuals, especially based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability will not be tolerated in university residence halls or by the university in general.
  • Such harassment is defined as acting or communicating in a manner that intentionally harasses, coerces, intimidates, threatens or seriously embarrasses any persons, especially on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability.
  • Behavior reflecting discrimination or harassment subjects the offender to serious university disciplinary sanctions, including, but not limited to, suspension or dismissal from both residence halls and the university.

Individual Hall Policies and Sanctions

Individual halls and/or Housing and Residential Services may set reasonable policies and levy disciplinary sanctions, including administrative fines that are binding on residents (subject to appeal) through the Assistant Director, Area Coordinator, the Hall Director and/or Community Standards. The following violations of the residence hall agreement may result in specified fines being applied administratively by Housing and Residential Services.

Violation Fine
Violation of residence hall grounds and public area protocol policy $50
Violation of the room change policy prohibiting unauthorized residence hall resident room changes $50. In addition to fines, residents may be required to move back to their university-assigned rooms.
Unauthorized occupancy during a time period not covered by that individual's residence hall contract (e.g., university-designated closing periods) $50, plus the cost of the daily room rate
Improperly checking out of one's room $50
Failure to remove personal belongings from the residence halls when moving out of one's room $500 minimum

Restricted Access to Student Records: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

WhileFERPA protects student privacy, it also restricts information that can be shared with parents/guardians when they are attempting to assist a student in problem-solving. Our staff can share general information about policies and procedures with anyone, but if you want your parent or guardian to be involved in a situation you encounter, be prepared to have Housing and Residential Services staff request your written permission before they will discuss the specifics of your personal situation with your parent or guardian.

Last updated Aug. 2, 2022

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