Office of Institutional Equity

The Office of Institutional Equity is responsible for enforcing the policies regarding equal access and equal employment and educational opportunity for all members of the university community. These policies promote the university’s commitment to compliance with state and federal laws and regulations.

Ultimately, the office provides services that support the university’s commitment to an environment free from all forms of harassment and discrimination.



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A Landmark Celebration

June 23, 2022 marked the 50th Anniversary of Title IX.  The University is committed to complying with Title IX and is dedicated to commemorating this landmark U.S. law. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) is a federal law that ensures, No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

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Title IX Service Award Recipients

Four individuals affiliated with Purdue University Northwest are winners of the 2022 Title IX Distinguished Service Award from Purdue University. As reported in Purdue Today, our colleagues and alumna are among 15 recipients of this prestigious award.

Meet the Honorees

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Ensuring Accessibility

PNW is committed to providing equal access to employment opportunities, educational programs, services, activities and events.

See Accessibility Guidelines

Contact Us
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Office of Institutional Equity

(219) 989-2337 (Hammond) | (219) 785-5545 (Westville)

A Community of Pride

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Kennedy Jackson, ’23

College of Business

“Knowledge is the highlight of Black History Month and I feel like hearing people’s story and their knowledge will just be so enlightening.”

Daniel Gyekye

Daniel Appiah Gyekye, ’23


“When I came to Purdue Northwest, I was able to interact with people from different cultures and backgrounds. I learned a lot about leadership and the procedures of administration.”

Tavinder Bains

Tavinder Bains, ’24

Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling

“I feel like [women’s history month is] a way of recognizing women but also a way of setting the stage for the next generation of women.”

Additional Resources

File a Complaint

See the steps you need to follow if you have been subjected to discrimination or harassment.

Know Title IX

Discover where to go and what to do for incidents of sex-based discrimination and sexual harassment.

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ADA Requests

See the process to request accommodations and  report accessibility concerns.

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PNW en Español

Obtenga información importante sobre Purdue University Northwest, incluyendo los programas académicos y la vida estudiantil.

News and Announcements

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PNW to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with series of events

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a variety of cultural and academic events that honor the rich history, diversity and culture of the Latino communities. The events will run Sept. 14 through Oct. 13.

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Visiting international medical students and physicians grow skills at PNW summer seminar

A cohort of visiting international medical students and physicians enhanced their academic knowledge, interpersonal investigation skills and critical thinking concerning complex health care issues through a month-long problem-based learning seminar with Dr. Ernest Talarico, visiting lecturer of Biological Sciences, at PNW.

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Purdue Northwest announces 2023 Northwest Indiana Women’s Leadership and Innovation Summit

The Leadership Institute and Society of Innovators at Purdue University Northwest (PNW) have announced the 2023 Northwest Indiana Women’s Leadership and Innovation Summit.

Sep 26

Dance Night

Join Honors College for Dance Lessons three times during Hispanic Heritage Month! Each class will have a featured dance style: Cumbia, Bachata, and Salsa.

Sep 27

Poet/Speaker: Yosimar Reyes

Through poetry, storytelling and humor, Yosimar Reyes brings us a fresh perspective on the lives of undocumented immigrants.

Sep 28

Immigration: Conflict, Climate and Consequences

Join the Center for Global Studies for a day-long conference on immigration on PNW’s main Hammond campus.

Oct 04

Latino Excellence Luncheon

Latino Excellence Luncheon will be a time to recognize outstanding Latino student leaders, faculty and staff. We will be presenting our Somos Scholarship winner and a guest performance.