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 and any clergy and other religious or spiritual advisor when serving in their religious or spiritual capacity.

Confidential Resources on Campus include the following:

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

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

University employees not 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 Coordinator

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 Title IX related incident to the Title IX Coordinator

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 to a Responsible employee or directly to the Title IX Office, via Walk-in, Email, or Phone.

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

The Title IX Office will contact the individual alleging a Title IX violation 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, protections. The Title IX Officer will conduct a safety assessment and provide options for contacting and seeking assistance from local law enforcement and hospital staff, if necessary . The student will be given the option of filing a complaint and contact information for support services and resources 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 the student from filing the complaint at some future date.

Where would a student go to receive a Sexual Assault Exam/Rape Kit?

A Sexual Assault Exam is available at the Washington Hospital Center. They can be contacted at 1-800-641-4028

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

There is no time limit for making a Title IX report. 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.

Will parents be informed of Title IX incidents when the student is under 18?

No. When a student turns 18 years old or enters a postsecondary institution at any age, the rights under FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) transfer from the parents to the student.