As of Monday, March 23, 2020, Howard University is moving to a virtual learning environment for our students and operating within an emergency telework environment for faculty and staff in order to minimize the possible transmission of COVID-19 and promote the best practice of social distancing. Therefore, the Title IX Office will be working remotely until further notice. The Title IX Office will continue to provide support, resources, and services to the University community through email, telephone, and Zoom video-chats. The Title IX Office will be available to conduct in-person interviews only under specific circumstances.
A Message About Title IX and Online/Remote Instruction
Dear Howard University Community -
Now that classes and other academic programs are being provided online by the University, the Title IX Office wanted to take this opportunity to remind members of our community that maintaining an academic program free from sex/gender discrimination remains a high priority for the university. Members of the community should be aware of the following three important points:
- The Title IX Office remains open and is functioning remotely at this time. Anyone impacted by sex/gender discrimination, including sexual harassment or violence, is encouraged to contact the Title IX office to make a report. You may contact us by emailing TitleIX@howard.edu or emailing one of the Title IX Officers directly. Our contact information can be found here on the Title IX website (on the "Officers" page). Investigations are ongoing and will be conducted remotely, and remedies provided, to ensure that any conduct prohibited by the University’s Title IX Policy is addressed promptly. The Title IX Office will continue to provide interim measures, as appropriate, and connect individuals with resources.
- The University's Title IX Policy applies to conduct that occurs online, virtually and/or in the context of remote learning and work. Any conduct that is prohibited by the Title IX Policy is also likely prohibited in cyber-forms, such as cyber-harassment and cyber-stalking that is sex-based. Members of the community are expected to maintain a tone of civility and respect in online classes just as they would if they were in class physically.
- Faculty and staff members are reminded that they are Responsible Employees under the Title IX Policy. Reports of alleged violations of the Title IX Policy are expected when faculty and staff become aware of incidents involving members of the campus community, whether they learn of the potential misconduct in person, in writing, or online. Only those employees designated as Confidential are not required to make a report to the Title IX Office.
We hope that everyone is taking good care of themselves during this time. The Title IX Officers remain ready to assist you, as needed.
Leslie T. Annexstein, Esq.
Title IX Director
Mental Health and Emotional Support Resources
We realize that the past several weeks have been stressful to our students, faculty and staff. If you would like to access mental health services, the following resources are available to you:
University Counseling Service (no walk-ins at this time) - Daytime/Weekdays: 202-806-6870; Crisis Line (After Hours & Weekends): 202-345-6709, Monday-Friday, 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. and 24/7 on weekends.
"Healthiest You" - the student telehealth mental health provider. Contact them at telehealth4students.com, or via phone at 855-870-5858
Optum - Optum has opened its Emotional-Support Help Line, providing access to specially trained mental health specialists to support people who may be experiencing anxiety or stress following the recent developments around COVID-19. Optum’s toll-free help line number, 866-342-6892, will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for as long as necessary. The service is free of charge and open to anyone.
- BetterHelp - 24/7 counseling
- National Alliance on Mental Illness – NAMI Updates on the Coronavirus
- Anxiety and Depression Association of America - Coronavirus Anxiety - Helpful Expert Tips and Resources
About the Title IX Office
Howard University is committed to providing students with educational opportunities free from sexual harassment and discrimination based upon gender, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, or marital status. The University strives to maintain an environment in which all members of the University Community are: (a) judged and rewarded solely on the basis of ability, experience, effort, and performance; and (b) provided conditions for educational and employment pursuits that are free from sexual and gender-based harassment and violence, other forms of interpersonal violence, stalking, and retaliation.
The Title IX Office exists to ensure the University adheres to that commitment.
This includes educating the University Community on the rights and protections that are provided by the law, and ensuring that those rights and protections are provided to all members of the University community who participate in the Title IX process. This also includes directing individuals who are impacted to the support and resources available.
Contact the Title IX Office:
Walk-in Hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10:30 am - 2:00 pm (suspended until further notice)
Location: Johnson Administration Building, Suite G06
Street Address: 2400 6th Street NW, Washington, DC 20059