Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Howard University Statement

Washington, D.C., (March 22, 2016)- There has been an allegation of sexual assault committed by a Howard University student against another Howard student.   The University administration is aware of the allegation and took immediate action as soon as we learned of this matter.  Several tweets were posted today about the incident.  While we are not able to discuss the specifics of any ongoing investigation, we are and have been actively investigating all reports that have been made to us.  These cases cannot be adjudicated through social media without compromising the integrity of the investigation.

Howard University takes matters of sexual assault very seriously.  As part of our commitment to a safe campus environment, we continue to refine and enhance our Title IX protocols and procedures consistent with best practices and federal regulations. This is further supported with ongoing prevention education, collaboration, training and campus engagement.

Students in need of confidential university resources or support are encouraged to contact: Howard University Interpersonal Violence Prevention Program at tbent-goodley@howard.edu or (202) 238-2382 or Howard University Counseling Services at (202) 806-6870.  To file a complaint, students can contact Ms. Candi Smiley, Deputy Title IX Coordinator at candi.smiley@howard.edu or (202) 806-2550 campussafetyfirst.howard.edu.


Media Contact: Anthony D. Owens Assistant Director of Media Relations 202-870-9208 anthony.owens@howard.edu