What conduct is prohibited by Title IX?

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended, prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex (and gender) in any federally funded education program or activity.
This includes:

  • Sexual Assault
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Dating and Domestic Violence
  • Gender-Based Discrimination
  • Stalking

What are Howard University’s obligations when notified of Title IX-related incidents?

Howard University is obligated to take immediate action to eliminate the harassment, discrimination, or misconduct, prevent its recurrence and address its effects.

What are the Confidential Resources on campus?

Any employee who is a licensed medical, clinical, or mental health professional, when acting in their role of providing services to a patient; any clergy or other religious or spiritual advisor, when serving in their religious or spiritual capacity; and any employee providing administrative support to employees in the aforementioned roles are considered Confidential Employees and are not obligated to report disclosures of sex or gender-based discrimination, harassment or violence to the Title IX Office. Rather, they are able to provide confidential support services to members of the University community.

Confidential Resources on campus include the following:

  • Howard University Student Health Center
  • University Counseling Center
  • Howard University Interpersonal Violence Prevention Program (IVPP)
  • Chapel
  • Employee Assistance Program

What are the reporting obligations of University staff, faculty, and other employees and appointees?

All University employees, except for those designated as Confidential Resources, are considered Responsible Employees and must report all knowledge of incidents related to gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual abuse, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking to the Title IX Director. For more information, see the Guide to Title IX Reporting Obligations.

What are the obligations of Residence Life staff when notified of Title IX-related incidents?

All Residence Life staff, including student employees, are considered Responsible Employees and must report any incident involving prohibited conduct under the Title IX Policy to the Title IX Director. For more information about the Title IX-related responsibilities of Residence Life staff, see the Residence Life Title IX Q&A.

How may a student, faculty, or staff member report a Title IX violation?

A student, faculty or staff member may report a Title IX violation directly to the Title IX Office (phone: 202-806-2550 | email: TitleIX@howard.edu | Walk-in: Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 10:30 am - 2:00 pm, Administration Building, Suite G06). You may also report to a Responsible Employee, who will in turn report your disclosure to the Title IX Office, as required under the Title IX Policy. You also have the right to make a report to the Howard University Department of Public Safety (phone: 202-806-1100) or local law enforcement (phone: 911), if a crime has been committed (e.g., sexual violence) or if you believe that you are in danger. However, you are not required to file a complaint with law enforcement in order to pursue a complaint with the University through the Title IX Office, or vice versa. In addition, you are encouraged to seek any health, counseling, or other support services you may need from a confidential resource, on or off campus. If you experience a potential Title IX violation, you may choose any or all of these options. And if you are a Responsible Employee, you must report any potential Title IX violations you become aware of to the Title IX Office. Learn more about your Rights, Resources and Options.

What can a student expect if an incident is reported to the Title IX Office?

The Title IX Office will contact the individual alleging a Title IX violation (referred to as the "complainant") via email to request an in-person meeting. During that meeting, the student, staff, or faculty member will be informed of their Title IX rights and protections. The Title IX Officer will conduct a safety assessment and provide options for contacting and seeking assistance from local law enforcement and/or a healthcare provider, if necessary. The complainant will be given the option of filing a formal complaint and will be provided with contact information for support services and resources, both on and off campus. Support services include advocacy, counseling services, academic and residential accomodations, and healthcare services. Please note: Declining to file a complaint at the initial meeting does not prevent someone from filing a complaint at a future date.

A range of responses is available through the Title IX Office, including Interim Remedial or Protective Measures (e.g., no contact orders, residential or academic accomodations, work schedule or job assignment adjustments), Alternative Resolution, Referrals (to other offices), and Formal Investigation. Note that requests for Title IX-related accommodations must be made directly to the Title IX Office by the person seeking the accommodation.

Where would someone go to receive a Sexual Assault Nurse's Exam (SANE/Rape Kit)?

Is there a time limit for making a report to the Title IX Office?

There is no time limit for making a Title IX report. However, we do encourage our students, faculty, and staff members to make a report as soon as possible to maximize our ability to respond promptly and effectively.

Who may accompany the parties to meetings with the University regarding Title IX matters?

A student, faculty, or staff member can choose any person, including an attorney, who is not a witness or a party to the investigation to advise them or accompany them to any meeting with a University official regarding a Title IX matter. This applies to complainants, respondents and witnesses.

Will parents automatically be informed of a Title IX-related incident when a student is under 18?

No. When a student turns 18 years old or enters a postsecondary institution at any age, the rights under FERPA (the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records) transfer from the parents to the student. This means that a student can now exercise greater control over the information the University shares about them with parties outside of the University. In order for the University to share certain information with a parent (including information related to a Title IX complaint), a student would need to sign a FERPA waiver authorizing the University to do so.