Reporting to the College

If you have experienced or witnessed what you believe to be discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or a bias-related incident, there are several ways to report it. 


Use the College’s Bias Incident Reporting Form. The form can be found on the Reporting Tools page of the North Central College website, or you can access the link directly.

The Bias Incident report can be submitted by the person who experienced the behavior or a third-party. Bias incident reports can be submitted anonymously, however, anonymous reports may limit the College’s ability to respond. 

The report will be reviewed by North Central College’s Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT) and the Assistant Vice President for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion


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Offices that will Provide Assistance Reporting and Support 

  • Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion 
    • Dr. Rebecca Gordon
    • Assistant Vice President for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
    • 5th Floor, Old Main
    • 630-637-5340
    • (Available during normal business hours)
  • Office of Multicultural Affairs 
    • Dorothy Pleas
    • 5th Floor, Old Main
    • 630-637-5156
    • Stephania Rodriquez
    • 2nd Floor, White Activity Center
    • (Available during normal business hours)
  • Office of Residence Life
    • Area Hall Director*
    • New Hall, Lower Level
    • 630-637-5858
    • *(If after hours, contact Campus Safety for the Area Hall Director on Duty)
  • Human Resources
    • 5th Floor Old Main
  • Campus Safety
    • New Hall, Lower Level
    • (630) 637-5911
    • (Available 24/7)


Confidential Offices

Dyson Wellness Center

The Dyson Wellness Center (DWC) offers confidential medical care for faculty, staff, and students. DWC provides short-term counseling and referrals for students. DWC staff will not report any information to others without a release of information, with the exception of reports of harm to self or others or sexual abuse of minors. For more information, visit Dyson Wellness Center’s web page

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(Available during normal business hours)


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Perspectives Employee Assistance Program

Perspectives is a confidential service that provides free support, short-term counseling services, and referrals for faculty and staff. Find out more about Perspectives and use their service on their website.

You can find out more information, including how to log in to the site, from our web page on The Hub or by contacting Human Resources.

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Response Options

Informal Options

Informal options can be an effective avenue to stop the behavior and resolve issues before concerning or bias-related actions escalate. Staff from the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Multicultural Affairs, and/or Student Affairs, can meet directly with students who reportedly engaged in the behavior and provide feedback and discuss College values. For staff and faculty, the above offices and Human Resources are also able to meet with the individual’s supervisor, department chair, or dean to provide feedback about the impact of the statement or behavior. 

Other informal options can include: 

  • Establish behavioral expectations 
  • Facilitate a conversation or apology 
  • Provide prevention training and education 
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Formal Complaint

The reporting party can file a complaint with the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. If upon initial review of the matter (preliminary inquiry) there is reasonable cause to believe that a policy was violated, an investigation team is assembled. The investigative team is comprised of trained faculty and staff members. The investigative team determines policy violations and recommended sanctions.

The investigation process is fair, neutral, transparent, and allows the parties to: 

  • Provide information/evidence 
  • Identify witnesses 
  • Suggest questions for the other party or witnesses 
  • Review all the information and evidence that will be used to make a decision before a determination is made 
  • Appeal as necessary and appropriate 


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Facilitated Resolution Options

Facilitated resolutions are voluntary processes. The Assistant Vice President for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion determines whether facilitated resolutions options are appropriate based on the willingness of the parties to participate and nature of the conduct at issue. Certain facilitated resolution options such as mediation would not be appropriate to use in situations where there is a past abuse of power and authority, past history of intimate partner violence, chronic stalking, or sexual assault. Trained faculty and staff structure dialogue between the parties to resolve issues before they escalate in severity or scope. These processes do not determine policy violations or sanctions. They are:

  • Restorative Resolution Processes include Restorative Resolution Conferences and Restorative Circles. Restorative Resolution Processes are used when the party admits to causing harm. Through the process, both parties identify ways that the party who caused harm can repair the harm and rebuild trust. Agreements or Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) are typically created at the end of a restorative resolution conference and include mutually determined expectations around such things as reconciliation, apologies, remedial education as well as future communication, interactions, restitution, or other appropriate remedies. 
  • Mediation is a dispute resolution process that consists of a facilitated conversation in which the parties identify key issues and generate solutions. This process is confidential and can be appropriate to address situations in which there will be continued interactions between the parties. 


Bias Incident Reporting

North Central College is committed to thrive as a diverse, inclusive and globally engaged community, preparing students for action and leadership in a complex world. In pursuit of these goals, the College will not tolerate acts of bias, hate, discrimination, harassment and/or retaliation against anyone in its community. 

For individuals who have experienced or witnessed a bias-related incident, discrimination, or hate crime, there are ways to report. Any act of intolerance, regardless of severity, can be reported and will be reviewed by the North Central College Bias Incident Response Team. 

The Bias Incident Report is an online form that anyone can fill out in as much detail as possible and submit to report an bias-related incident that was experienced or witnessed. The form can be found on the Reporting Tools page of the North Central College website, or you can access the link directly.

While anyone can report an incident anonymously, it is important to understand that the Bias Incident Response Team may not be able to thoroughly investigate and address the report with incomplete report information. 

If it is an emergency situation or an event that presents an immediate threat to health or safety, please call 911 or contact Campus Safety at 630-637-5911. 

You can also report any bias-related incident to the following offices and staff members:

  • Office of Multicultural Affairs: | Harold & Eva White Activities Center (WAC), 2nd Floor 
  • Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: | 630-637-5340 | Old Main, 5th Floor 
  • Student Affairs: 630-637-5151 | Old Main, 5th Floor 
  • Campus Safety: 630-637-5911 | New Hall, Lower Level (Available 24/7)
  • Office of Residence Life: | 630-637-5858 | New Hall, Lower Level 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at North Central

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