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Welcome letter from Todd Adams, Assistant Vice President & Dean of Students

Modified: September 22, 2016

Happy New (Academic) Year, Wildcats!

I have enjoyed meeting and seeing so many of you around campus over the last several days. As your Dean of Students, I am fortunate to work directly with students to enhance the Northwestern community. My colleagues and I, as well as the faculty of your schools, are here to assist and support you in the days and weeks ahead.

With the arrival of the new year, please take a moment to review these items of note and let me know should you have any questions.

  • Download the NUhelp App and get information readily at the NUhelp website (northwestern.edu/nuhelp) for quick and easy access to University resources and services. At NUhelp you may share a concern for a student, discover health and wellness programs, identify safety and security resources, and find academic assistance specific to your college/school.
  • All students are responsible for the expectations and policies outlined in the Code of Conduct, including those pertaining to alcohol/other drugs, guests/visitors, disruption/demonstration, sexual misconduct, and others. You should familiarize yourself with the Code of Conduct and bookmark it on your computer/tablet. The University Hearing and Appeals System (UHAS), which outlines the process for hearing cases of alleged behavioral misconduct, is an important resource, too.
  • Be aware of “Amnesty through Responsible Action”, which prioritizes health and wellbeing should medical assistance be needed when alcohol or other drug use is involved. To encourage students/groups to take responsible action when necessary, the University will not hold students/groups who take such action (for themselves or for others), or for whom such action is taken, accountable for violations of the University’s alcohol or other drug policies (with the exception of driving under the influence).

Importantly, to be eligible for Amnesty through Responsible Action, you must: CALL for help; STAY with the person until help arrives and you have been told your assistance is no longer needed; and, COOPERATE with responding staff or emergency personnel, including all requests for information and assistance. 

Northwestern strongly encourages its community members to communicate – openly, honestly and clearly – about their actions, wishes, and intentions when it comes to sexual behavior, and to do so before engaging in intimate conduct. It is always the requirement of the individual initiating sexual contact (or undertaking a new type of sexual activity) to ensure that consent is present before acting and is present during sexual activity.At Northwestern, for consent to be present, it must be: knowing, active, voluntary, and present and ongoing. Consent is not present when an individual does not have the capacity to give consent, voluntarily or involuntarily, due to age (generally 17 in Illinois), physical condition, or disability that impairs the individual’s ability to give consent.

  • Meet the nearly 170 employers coming to Northwestern next week for the two-day Northwestern Career Advancement (NCA) Fall Internship & Job Fair that occurs on Tuesday, September 27 and Wednesday, September 28 from 12-4pm in Norris University Center, 2nd Floor.  Employers from major companies and organizations in various fields and industries will be on campus to meet Northwestern undergraduate and graduate students. Bring your Wildcard, plenty of resumes and dress in business professional attire.

And, from now through Monday, September 26th (except on the weekend), students can meet on the spot with a career counselor or advisor (no appointment required) during all-day express advising Monday through Friday from 10am to 4pm at 620 Lincoln Street.

  • With so much attention on this election season, Northwestern and the Center for Civic Engagement have developed NUVotes - a non-partisan, student-driven initiative to provide the our community with easy, accessible voter registration information for all 50 states. Visit nuvotes.org for more information about voter registration, voter education, and resources for getting to the polls to vote. To get to know the Chicago communities, sign up for NU in Chicago for the neighborhood exploration day. Choose from various topics and interact with faculty, alumni, and community leaders.

I look forward to meeting many of you throughout the year. Please let me know if I can be of any help to you as you explore opportunities, navigate campus, and consider academic and co-curricular offerings. Best wishes for a successful year and Go ‘Cats! 

Todd Adams
Assistant Vice President & Dean of Students

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