The BACCHUS Network™ is a university and community based network focusing on comprehensive health and safety initiatives. It is the mission of this non-profit organization to actively promote student and young adult based, campus and community-wide leadership on healthy and safe lifestyle decisions concerning alcohol abuse, tobacco use, illegal drug use, unhealthy sexual practices and other high-risk behaviors.

The BACCHUS philosophy is that students can play a uniquely effective role - unmatched by professional educators - in encouraging their peers to consider, talk honestly about and develop responsible habits and attitudes toward high-risk health and safety issues.


In May 2010, Northwestern University convened a new Campus Coalition on Sexual Violence.  Sexual violence - including sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking - is widely recognized as a problem on U.S. college campuses.

The broad goal of the Coalition is to bring together  students, faculty, staff, and community agencies to continually assess and improve campus sexual violence policies, prevention programs and response services.  Currently, Coalition members are reviewing current campus programs and policies using assessment tools developed by two national organizations, the American College Health Association and SAFER (Students Active for Ending Rape), with the objective of producing a set of recommendations for improvement by late fall 2010.

The Coalition has more than 50 members from diverse student groups, campus departments and community agencies. The Coalition steering committee is comprised of staff from several Northwestern departments, including the Office of Health Promotion and Wellness at NU Health Service, the Women's Center, the Office of Judicial Affairs, and the University Police.


The Center for Awareness, Response and Education (CARE) serves students who have experienced sexual violence by providing information about resources and options, including counseling, health care, changing class schedules, changing housing arrangements, reporting to police and/or filing criminal charges, and filing a complaint through the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution.

Our staff can help students navigate these avenues and serves as the liaison between students and service providers. See their Get Help section for more information on the options available. CARE also provides training on preventing and responding to sexual violence and educational workshops about sexuality and healthy relationships.

Health Promotion and Wellness
633 Emerson Street


College Feminists meets Tuesdays at 8pm at the Women's Center, discussing issues ranging from domestic violence to the college hook-up scene. They believe that every woman should be able to make her own decisions regarding abortion and birth control and we seek to educate students and the community at large about their rights to such decisions. They also work to counteract negative images of women and work aginst gender stereotyping. They believe in a progressive, informed, and open-minded community. They hope to accomplish these goals by rallying, supporting and educating one another in the Northwestern Community and also by creating a network with other college campuses nationwide.

Rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse and domestic violence are often labeled “crimes of silence” because of low reporting rates and social discomfort with their public discussion. TBTN organizes an annual rally, march, and survivor speak-out on the Northwestern University campus to protest and raise awareness about sexual violence. "Northwestern unite! Take back the night!"


MARS, founded in 2009, is an all-male peer education group affiliated with NU Health Service and the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life. MARS' purpose is to engage and educate men about the issues of rape and sexual assault. Members receive training from current MARS educators, counselors, and other experts in the field of sexual assault prevention and response



Every spring at Northwestern, the birds will be singing and the bees will be buzzing because Sex Week is taking sex out of the closet. Too often, issues regarding sexuality are swept under the rug or ignored, leaving people with little information regarding one of the most intimate and important aspects of their lives. Sex Week aims to eliminate the sexual ignorance that plagues us, and provide students with the resources needed to become fully aware and prepared to make informed decisions.

Our mission is simple: we want people to start talking. When it comes to sex, ignorance is far from bliss. Sex Week is meant to provide students with fun, provocative, and informative opportunities to explore the role of sex and sexuality in their lives. There is no religious or ideological affiliation: just an open forum to learn and discuss. Conclusion: Sex is everywhere, Sex Week is coming, let's get it on.