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Office of Institutional Equity

Title IX

"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


Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) prohibits discrimination based on gender in educational programs which receive federal financial assistance. Programs and activities which may be included are: admissions, recruitment, financial aid, academic programs, athletics, housing and employment. Title IX also protects community members from unlawful sexual harassment - including sexual violence - in school programs and activities. Here are a few additional facts about Title IX:

  1. Title IX is a civil right that prohibits sex discrimination in education.
  2. Title IX applies to all community members regardless of gender identity.
  3. All schools receiving federal funding, including K-12 and the majority of colleges, are subject to Title IX.
  4. Schools cannot discourage complainants from continuing their education or employment.
  5. Where appropriate, schools can issue no contact directives.
  6. Schools must have an established procedure for handling complaints of sex discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual assault.
  7. Schools may not retaliate against someone filing a complaint and must address retaliatory harassment or behavior.
  8. Schools must be proactive to prevent sex discrimination.


Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Title IX Coordinators

Any student, faculty, staff member, or applicant for admission or education who has concerns about sex discrimination or sexual misconduct is encouraged to seek the assistance of a Title IX coordinator.

Assistant Vice Provost and Title IX Coordinator

Linda Boyd, JHU’s Assistant Vice Provost and Title IX Coordinator, oversees and provides leadership for the University’s Title IX activities. Ms. Boyd oversees investigations of Title IX complaints filed by faculty, staff and graduate students. She also oversees the University’s education and training activities related to sex discrimination (including sexual misconduct). Individuals with questions, concerns or a complaint related to Title IX are encouraged to contact the University’s Title IX Coordinator:

Linda Boyd, JD
Johns Hopkins University
Wyman Park Building, Suite 515
3400 North Charles Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21218

Phone: 410.516.8075
TTY: 711, MD Relay
Fax: 410.516.5300

The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is the division of the federal government charged with enforcing compliance with Title IX. Information regarding OCR can be found at: