Policies & Procedures
Human Resources policies
Review the Staff Handbook
for complete staff employment policies and procedures.
Related University policies
The following HR-related policies are hosted outside of the Office of Human Resources.
Conflict of Interest Policy
Northwestern University is dedicated to integrity in its academic, research and business activities. For information regarding Northwestern University's Conflict of Interest policy for research, faculty and staff, please visit the NUCOI website.
As a recipient of significant external funding, the University must assure Federal and other sponsors that the assignment of time and associated salary and fringe benefit costs to the projects they sponsor is fair, consistent and timely. The University fulfills this responsibility through Effort Reporting. For more information, visit the Effort Reporting website.
Drug and Alcohol Policy
The Northwestern community shares responsibility for promoting healthy behavior. For information regarding Northwestern University’s Drug and Alcohol policy, please view the complete Policy on Drugs and Alcohol. For additional information regarding the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, click here.
University policy prohibits the taking of any retaliatory action for reporting or inquiring about alleged improper or wrongful activity. For complete policy information, please visit the Office of the Provost's Policy on Non-Retaliation.
Reporting Workplace Concerns
Northwestern is committed to the highest standards of professional and ethical conduct and provides several channels for staff and faculty to ask questions and to communicate issues and concerns.
Reporting Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect
Northwestern University places the highest emphasis on the safety and well-being of its visitors and particularly those visitors who are minors. For information regarding how to report suspected child abuse and neglect, please view the complete Policy on Reporting Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect.
Employment or Evaluation of Relatives Policy
In order to protect the integrity of the university academic and work environment, Northwestern University has limitations on supervisory or evaluative relationships between relatives. For more information, refer to the full Employment or Evaluation of Relatives Policy.
Signature PolicyThe Office of Human Resources manages large exchanges of data, including hire forms, taxes, and benefit information. For improved efficiency and convenience, an electronic signature can replace a handwritten (wet) signature and only be used on approved documents. For detailed information on approved documents visit the Northwestern Signature Policy Page.
The Policy on Workplace Strategies establishes a common, ongoing framework and definitions, with which school and unit leadership can implement various flexible work arrangements—including but not limited to remote work—in accordance with their operational needs.
More University policies
A comprehensive list of most University policies can be found on the University Policies website.