Community Standard

Northeastern Illinois University is committed to a set of shared values that, taken collectively, guides our actions and interactions as we work together as a community dedicated to fostering the responsible exercise of citizenship.

In establishing this community, it is necessary to communicate explicit behavioral expectations to members of the University and ensure these standards are consistently embraced and enforced.

The University expects all members to recognize the strength of personal differences, while respecting institutional values. University community members are encouraged to think and act for themselves, as that is the purpose of an institution of higher education. However, the University expects all members to understand that the University has steadfast values in which it embraces with great enthusiasm.

Each community member has the right and obligation to make decisions about his or her own conduct. Just as importantly, each member has the responsibility to accept the consequences of those decisions. When an individual's behavior conflicts with the values of the University, the individual must choose whether to adapt his or her behavior to coincide with University values or discontinue their relationship with the University.

Student Rights and Responsibilities facilitates the balance of interests for individual student and the community at-large, as well as preserves the integrity of the institution and its values.

The University Values


NEIU is accountable to those we serve and to those from whom we receive support. We are committed to honesty, respect, and transparency in our words and our actions. In that regard, we work to be good stewards of the resources we are entrusted to use. This includes human, physical, fiscal, and environmental resources.


In our pursuit of and commitment to excellence, we value the highest quality of learning and teaching, scholarship, and service. We value opportunities and experiences that support personal and professional development for all members of our community. In all that we say and do, we are committed to the process and products of excellence.

ACCESS TO OPPORTUNITY NEIU values access to opportunity; we value a welcoming environment which provides appropriate support as well as encourages mutual responsibility for and commitment to learning.


NEIU values the inclusion of a broad spectrum of students, staff, and faculty in the life of the University. We celebrate and foster global perspectives. We encourage the open and respectful expression of ideas and differences in thoughts, experiences, and opinions


As a commuter institution, NEIU has a special obligation to provide an environment that is supportive, nurturing, and participatory. Such an environment is characterized by civility, fostering humanity and engagement, and creates a sense of community through inclusion, mutual respect, and empowerment. NEIU values our metropolitan setting as a laboratory for learning, and we foster partnerships for learning, research, and service throughout this dynamic region to promote the public good.


NEIU is dedicated to creating a culture that provides life-long learning opportunities for all members of the University community. We are especially committed to transforming students' lives by engaging them in an educational experience that empowers them to graduate with the skills and knowledge to become effective leaders and citizens in their personal and professional lives.