Howard University has a rich history that includes civil rights leadership and a commitment to excellence and equity. With this strong foundation, Howard University is determined to ensure that the educational and employment opportunities of its community are not hampered by any form of sex discrimination – be that sexual harassment, domestic violence or sexual assault.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) prohibits sex discrimination in any federally-funded education program or activity. The law states:

"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance...." 20 U.S.C. § 1681.

As the University’s Title IX Director, I am responsible for overseeing the University’s Title IX Office. An essential component of the Title IX Office is to ensure that we have an effective complaint process in place for responding to and remedying complaints of sex discrimination, including sexual violence. Additionally, our office must work proactively to develop training programs that will educate the entire community about our Title IX Policy and help move us towards the ideal goal of a campus culture that is free from all forms of sexual misconduct.

To accomplish our work, the Title IX Office must work collaboratively with many partners across the campus. We invite everyone to join us in creating and maintaining a healthy campus culture and climate that fosters a safe, nurturing learning and working environment.


Excellence in Truth and Service,

Leslie T. Annexstein, Esq.

Title IX Director