Monday, September 11, 2017

Dear Howard University Community,
 
During a speech given last week, the U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos signaled changes will be forthcoming regarding how the Department of Education implements and enforces protections against sexual assault and gender-based misconduct under Title IX law. 
 
While it is unknown what those changes will be, Howard remains steadfast in its commitment to eliminate all forms of sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, and gender-based discrimination from the University’s campus and community. These issues will remain at the forefront of the University’s effort to provide an enriching and supportive academic environment for our students to learn, work, and live. 
 
I write to assure all members of the University community that Howard will continue to uphold and enforce the University’s Title IX Policy.  We will continue to take swift and strong action in response to reports of conduct that is contrary to the policy and which does not meet the acceptable standards of conduct to which Howard holds its students, faculty, and staff. 
 
The University will continue to provide a variety of resources and services to those who are the victims of such misconduct.  These resources include support and counseling through University Counseling Services, the Student Health Center, Howard University Hospital, and advocacy support through the Interpersonal Violence Prevention Program, as well as protection through the Department of Public Safety. 
 
Putting an end to sexual assault is a University-wide commitment that we must all take seriously. The time is now to take action to ensure that no member of our community ever has to withstand such anguish. In the weeks and months to follow, the University will closely monitor any changes in policy from the Department of Education and update our community accordingly.
 
Excellence in Truth and Service,
 
Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., MBA
President