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Academic Affairs Student Affairs Student Government and Organizations Campus Services Policies and Regulations
Academic Schools and Colleges Student Activities Fee Allocation Student Government Bison One Card Office Student Code of Conduct
Academic Policies Student Affairs Directory Student Organizations Dining Services Howard University Policy
Office of the Registrar Student Life and Activities Fraternity and Sorority Affairs Environmental Health and Safety Program Interpersonal Violence Prevention
Office of Undergraduate Studies Intercultural Affairs Student Organizations Adjudication Process Trademark Licensing and Short-Term Vending Code of Ethics and Conduct
Office of Financial Aid Intramural Sports Definition and Statement on Hazing Howard University Radio Network Alcohol and Drug Use (Substance Abuse) Policy
Office of the Bursar Armour J. Blackburn University Center   Office of Career Services Student Association Constitution
  Office of Residence Life and University Housing   Visa and Immigration Services  
  Office of Off-Campus Housing and Community Engagement   Office of Parking and Transportation Services  
  Intercollegiate Athletics   Howard University Bookstores  
  Student Health Services   TRiO Programs  
  Office of Student Services   International Exchange and Study Abroad  
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Academic Affairs

Academic Schools and Colleges

The University’s 13 schools and colleges, which offer degree programs in more than 120 specialized subjects, are organized under the Offices of the Provost and Chief Academic Officer. A Dean and Associate/Assistant Deans administer each school or college. A Chairperson administers departments within each school and college.

Academic Policies

Office of the Registrar

The mission of the Office of the Registrar is to provide service to students, alumni, faculty, staff, and other constituents in support of the mission and goals of Howard University. As the steward of the University's academic records, the Office of the Registrar ensures the accuracy, integrity, and security of those records. This unit also helps facilitate the learning and academic progress of the institution by promoting, supporting and developing effective policies and procedures.

The Office of the Registrar is responsible for:

  • Conducting Registration Activities
  • Course Scheduling
  • Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area Program
  • Domestic Exchange Program
  • Maintaining Academic Records
  • Providing Official Howard University Transcripts
  • Enrollment Certification and Degree Verification
  • Diploma Orders, Certifications and Translations

Office of Undergraduate Studies

The purpose of the Office of Undergraduate Studies (OUS) is to facilitate students’ successful and timely completion of their undergraduate degrees. OUS offers an array of programs and services that complement our outstanding academic programs and support student persistence, retention and graduation. OUS is comprised of 4 units:

  • Center for Academic Excellence (CAE)
  • the Office of Honors & Scholar Development (OHSD)
  • the Office of Tutoring & Learning Support (TLSS)
  • the Office of Career Services (OCS).

OUS programs & services include:

  • Academic advising and retention counseling for all COAS students and 1st and 2nd year students in selected schools and colleges
  • New Student Orientation
  • Comprehensive support in mathematics (including free math tutoring 5 days a week, and weekly mini-review sessions for selected math courses)
  • Honor and scholarship resources and support
  • Tutoring in selected general education courses
  • Transfer student support services
  • Study skills webinars, workshops, and courses
  • Career advising and planning
  • Experiential learning programs
  • Student support and outreach services

Office of Financial Aid

Financial aid refers to funds awarded to help you offset your educational expenses. Both federal and state governments as well as post-secondary schools are often the best sources of aid, while civic groups and religious organizations often serve as private sources of scholarship aid. Financial aid is classified into three basic types: grants and scholarships are funds awarded that are not required to be repaid; employment is work, either on or off-campus that you find through campus student employment services or on your own; and a loan is money borrowed from the federal or state government, the University or an alternative lender that must be repaid, Including interest.

More information on scholarships, grants, student employment and loans is available at *All students are always encouraged to seek additional funds outside of the University to help offset their educational costs.

*All eligible students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) no later than February 1st to receive the best possible consideration.

Factoring in Financial Aid
Authorized financial aid is factored into the registration payment and per Federal regulations MUST be applied to tuition and fees first. The following aid CANNOT be used in computing your registration payment:

  • Federal Work-Study (FWS)
  • Howard University Student Employment Program (HUSEP)
  • Graduate Assistantships
  • Parent PLUS Loans
  • Graduate PLUS Loans
  • Private Loans
  • Scholarships (Institutional or Outside)

Office of the Bursar

The Office of the Bursar at the Howard University (HU) is committed to advancing the mission of the University by assisting students and families in understanding their financial obligations to the University in an effective, helpful, secure, and confidential manner. The Office of the Bursar provides a variety of services including semester billing of tuition and other charges, collection of personal and financial aid payments, and disbursements of financial aid refunds in accordance to Federal, State, and University policies. The Office of the Bursar strives to provide outstanding personal and electronic services as well as accurate, accessible information to the campus community.

Student Affairs

Student Activities Fee Allocation

The Student Activities Fee assessment is based upon rates that are recommended by student organizations, approved by the President of the University, and authorized by the Board of Trustees. Revisions of authorized student activities fee rates require the same approvals. All students in each school and college who are enrolled full-time pay the Student Activities Fee.

Student Affairs Directory

Student Life and Activities

The Office of Student Activities is a major resource for students who seek opportunities to get involved in the myriad of activities on campus. The Office of Student Activities facilitates the student organization recognition process and maintains updated contact information for all recognized student groups.

Intercultural Affairs

The Office of Intercultural Affairs (OIA) supports Howard’s mission by encouraging a safe and inclusive environment. OIA celebrates various cultural heritages, promotes intergroup dialogue, builds community, and contributes to students’ academic and social development. Its purpose is to promote a student-centered global learning experience via a culturally conscious campus climate.

The OIA consists of working groups committed to the following:

  1. Cultural Competency Training
  2. International Student Task Force
  3. LGBTQ+ Advisory Council


Intramural Sports

The Intramural Program is committed to providing outstanding educational and instructional programs, services and facilities to Howard University students, faculty, and staff. The Department will provide recreational activities and programming that strengthen the campus community by promoting personal health, safety and wellness.

Sports Offered

  • Basketball
  • Flag Football
  • Indoor Soccer
  • Outdoor Soccer
  • Indoor Volleyball
  • Outdoor Volleyball
  • Dodgeball
  • Softball
  • 3 on 3 Basketball
  • Kickball
  • Bowling
  • Ping Pong
  • Swimming


Armour J. Blackburn University Center

The Armour J. Blackburn University Center serves as the social hub of the University providing an environment for cultural, recreational, leisure and intellectual enrichment outside of the classroom environment. The Blackburn University Center bridges the gap between the University and community, serving as the conference site for many university activities, community events, national/regional conferences, business meetings, and lectures.

Residence Life

It has been stated that students who reside in University housing earn better grades and have a higher rate of graduation. This is due in part to their ability to take advantage of student organized study groups and faculty scheduled office hours.

Residence halls are managed by a full-time professional staff member who is responsible for the administrative and programming functions, and serves as a resource to all students residing in the residence hall.

Resident Assistants and Graduate Resident Assistants help to develop and maintain a sound living and learning environment, and help students maximize their experience in a culturally and diverse residence hall. They are specially trained and have experience in activities programming, advising, and conflict management.

Visitation guidelines must be adhered to very strictly. At all times, guests must be properly signed in and out of the building and must be escorted by the resident. Residents will be held responsible for their guests’ actions during their visit.

Each residence hall has 24-hour front desk coverage, live-in Residence Hall Managers, Resident and Graduate Resident Assistants. The Howard University Public Safety Department patrols the campus, and uniformed officers are stationed in some residence halls. Each student is cautioned against careless actions and tampering with the locking devices on all residence hall doors, any other points of entry, and any safety equipment. At all times, residents are also required to keep their keys and/or their access cards with them, and are prohibited from lending keys/access cards or duplicating them. The University is not responsible for the loss of personal property in any building or on any part of the campus, whether the loss occurs by theft, fire, or otherwise. All students are encouraged to purchase an insurance policy for personal belongings.

Students found to be in possession of, or using, weapons, illegal drugs, or alcohol, will be required to vacate University housing within 48 hours, lose housing privileges for at least one semester, face other sanctions including disciplinary action and expulsion from the University, and if appropriate, police action under D.C. law. No adjustment (no refund) will be made to room charges in such cases. The presence of drugs, alcohol, or weapons in a student’s room constitutes possession for these purposes. This is a notice to all students that these matters are handled administratively, and are not subject to the student judiciary or the residence halls judiciary systems, unless a hearing is requested in writing within 48 hours of the time of the discovery of the violation.

Off-Campus Housing and Community Engagement

The Office of Off-Campus Housing and Community Engagement (OCHCE) seeks to enhance off campus sophomore and above classified students whom reside off campus with rewarding, experiential learning and growth experiences reflective of the University’s core values of Truth, Excellence, Leadership and Service. As residential citizens in a diverse local and global community it is of paramount importance that the ideals of mutual respect, community awareness and engagement are represented by our off-campus Bison as they continue to serve as exemplars of the University.


  • Establish, promote and enforce Howard University’s expectations regarding appropriate conduct and behavior when living off-campus.
  • Provide access to off-campus living resources and information for Howard University students, parents and other stakeholders.
  • Establish, maintain and expand working community relationships with neighboring communities as well as the greater metropolitan area.
  • Provide mediation support for residential students on matters related to community living (i.e. roommate conflicts, community challenges, etc.)
  • Provide community service opportunities to enhance co-curricular experiences and community engagement.


Intercollegiate Athletics

The Howard University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics sponsors 19 NCAA Division I men and women varsity sports. The programs represent six conferences: the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA), Sun Belt Conference, Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) and Atlantic Sun (ASUN) Conference. Participation in Howard University Intercollegiate Athletics shall be governed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) academic eligibility requirements. Visit to learn more.

Women’s Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cross Country
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Men’s Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field


Student Health Services

All students entering Howard University for the first time or returning after an absence of a semester or more are required to submit a complete medical history and Tuberculosis (TB) screening certificate signed by a licensed health care provider. In addition, all new and returning students for fall 2019 must submit a physical exam. In accordance with DC Law 3-20, we require all students who are under the age of 26 as of August 1st for the fall semester and January 1st of the spring semester to meet the mandatory immunization requirements. Please note that if you are a health science student entering the Colleges of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health or a biomedical graduate student, there are additional requirements that must be met.

Health Insurance: UnitedHealthcare StudentResources
Insurance coverage at Howard University is mandatory for all students and will begin on August 1st for fall registration and January 1st for spring registration. The health insurance fee is included in the University matriculation fee and coverage is provided by United Healthcare Student Resources. This fee cannot be waived. For more information on the plan, plan deductibles and co-pays please contact UHCSR at 1-800-793-0251 or visit the HU United Healthcare Student Resources website The United Healthcare coverage provided by Howard University is the only insurance accepted at the Student Health Center. Students who have other insurance may use it as secondary coverage for services rendered outside of Student Health.

An added benefit to the health insurance plan is HealthiestYou. This service provides all students with telemedicine access to speak to a board-certified physician 24/7, if you are too ill to come in to the health center, are out of town or have general medical questions. or 1-888-870-8815.

Emergency services, specialty care and mental health
Emergency services and specialty care are provided by in-network providers, Howard University Hospital and Howard University Faculty Practice Plan. Student must be seen by the Student Health Center prior to receiving specialty referral services. Expenses will incur for medical treatment rendered outside of the SHC for which no prior approval or referral is obtained. Exceptions to this rule are services provided by OB/GYN and Mental Health for which no referral is needed. Referrals are also not needed when you are more than 35 miles from campus or when the Student Health Center is closed (breaks or holidays). All mental health services (including prescribing of medication for ADD/ADHD) are provided at the University Counseling Center location on campus.

University Counseling Service

The University Counseling Service (UCS) fosters the student's healthy development of autonomy and well-being. The following information provides details about some of our procedures and policies:

1. Eligibility for Services
The University Counseling Services are available to all currently enrolled Howard University students at no cost. Spouses may be included in sessions if they are also enrolled students. We only offer short term counseling, but if you want or need long term or ongoing treatment you will be referred to providers in the community who have experience working with college students. After an evaluation by one of our clinicians, we advise whether group or individual counseling will be the most beneficial way to address your concerns.

2. Counseling Services
The Howard University Counseling Service offers a range of professional services for students who need help with crisis and emergencies, personal concerns, and interpersonal issues. Services are offered in the form of group and individual sessions, depending on the student's need. Referral to on-campus and/or off-campus support sources may be decided if clinical needs are beyond what we can provide.

3. Confidentiality
No information, written or oral, will be released to other persons without the students written permission. All interviews and counseling sessions are CONFIDENTIAL. Information provided to our staff will not be included in academic records. The exceptions to this practice are:

  • When a counselor believes you present an imminent danger to yourself or others.
  • When the life or safety of a readily identifiable third person is endangered.
  • When a counselor believes that a child or vulnerable adult is being subjected to abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
  • When disclosure is made necessary by legal proceedings.
  • Howard University Counseling Service is subject to the legal requirements of confidentiality and ethical codes of the American Psychological and/or American Psychiatric Associations.

4. First Meeting
Once you come in, you will meet with an intake counselor and be asked to complete a brief intake. This information will help us better understand your situation and plan service. Then, we will schedule an appointment based on clinicians' availability.

Student Services

Howard University provides access to academic programs and provides physician recommended accommodations for students with disabilities, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The Office of Student Services is located at 1851 9th Street NW, 2nd floor, Washington DC, 20059, 202 238 2424/2421.

Student Conduct and Community Standards

It is expected that student conduct will be in concert with, and supportive of, the University’s mission, vision, central purpose and core values. Examples of prohibited student behavior are described in this Student Code of Conduct (“Code”). Behaviors that indicate a violation of any provision contained within the Code will immediately be reported and referred to the University’s Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards for prompt adjudication in accordance with the University’s disciplinary process.

Student Government and Organizations

Student Government

Student government was established to provide a voice for the students. Participation in student government enables students to witness firsthand, the intricacies of governmental operations. Emphasis is placed on the effective coordination of traditional and innovative administrative policies. Three categories make up the student government organizations on Howard’s campus: the Howard University Student Association, the Undergraduate and Graduate Student Assemblies and student councils.

HUSA was established in 1961. Its purpose is to provide input into the university’s decision-making process; to act as a spokesperson for the students; and to maintain communications concerning student interests in many segments within the university. HUSA is comprised of the entire student body, the legislative branch, known as the HUSA Senate, and all representatives elected to the Undergraduate Student Assembly (UGSA) and the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA). The president and vice president are elected to administer the executive branch. The policy board interprets the HUSA constitution and includes representatives appointed by the member student council leadership and approved by the HUSA Senate. The office is located in room 102, Blackburn Center. The phone number is (202) 806-4141.

UGSA represents the undergraduate student population. It was founded in 1973 for the purpose of providing a variety of entertaining and educational programs. The office is located in Suite 177, Blackburn Center. The phone number is (202) 806- 4144.

GSA officers preside over an assembly of representatives from each of the graduate schools and programs. GSA sponsors programs that advance scholarship and its goals are to work for the usefulness of the Howard University graduate student community. The office is located in room 114, Blackburn Center. The phone number is (202) 806-6651.

Each year in the spring semester, students vote to recommend, one graduate and one undergraduate student to represent their respective student population on the Howard University Board of Trustees. Further information on the requirements for the student trustee positions is available upon request in the Office of Student Activities, Suite 117, Blackburn Center.

Student councils are established in each school/college for the special interest of students in their respective school or college.

Student Organizations

Student organizations must have open membership policies. Organizations that have a competitive and/or selective recruitment process and/or have an intake or probationary membership process, must ensure that they have the required levels of liability insurance, university approval and have satisfied the required compliance training, in order to participate in the recruitment cycle and/or to conduct a competitive and selective membership intake or recruitment process at Howard University.

Organizations may have individual, national and/or council constitutional requirements to maintain recognition at the University. Please refer to the organizational or council constitution in order to determine if there are additional requirements (for example: a higher GPA or credit hour requirement).

Academic and professional organizations provide useful opportunities and leadership experiences for students in their respective fields. These special interest groups focus on programming and education within their respective disciplines. Departments, schools and colleges may have additional requirements for membership into these organizations.

Cultural clubs and social organizations provide a social outlet for international students and bring U.S. and international students together. These organizations also present programs and seminars about the cultures, traditions and areas of need in the global community. These groups have open membership.

Honor societies have been established in each school and college to recognize and perpetuate excellence in various disciplines. Honor societies aim to promote scholarship and research, encourage a high standard of character, conduct practical application of and recognize high attainment and achievement in their related fields. These groups are typically aligned with a particular department, major and/or field of study and typically have very high GPA and other academic requirements for membership. All honor societies are members of the honor society council (HSC).

Religious student organizations and choirs involve themselves with civic work, services and social functions and emphasize religious concepts, ideals and beliefs held by each group. Religious student organizations work closely with the office of the dean of the chapel in addition to the office of student life & activities and fall under the religious fellowship council (RFC).

State and regional organizations encourage social cohesiveness among students from the same geographical location, and motivate students to get involved in campus activities, social action and community service programs.

University-wide organizations encompass many areas of campus life, dedicated to serving the entire university and are aligned with specific units and/or university functions. They serve a number of different purposes and appeal to a variety of interests. Membership is open to all students. These groups are typically advised by or have a liaison in the office of student life & activities or a member of the Division of Student Affairs.

Fraternities and sororities are organizations with competitive selection procedures and intake/recruitment requirements for membership. They must have an on-campus advisor and a graduate advisor (or an advisor affiliated/appointed by the sectional/regional/national leadership or organization).

Petitions to start a NEW ORGANIZATION are accepted on a two-year cycle in the Spring semester only (beginning on January 15 and ending on March 31). The next cycle for submission will open Spring 2019. Recognized student organizations must have open membership policies unless they are constitutionally required to be a competitive selective organization AND have satisfied all university requirements to be recognized with such a designation. All petitions must be submitted to the Office Student Life & Activities to initiate the recognition process.

Re-activation of an inactive recognized student organization occurs annually each academic year: including submission of required documents, and attendance at mandatory OSLA programs.

Student organizations that are officially recognized by the University have the following privileges:

  • Ability to post approved flyers in designated locations on campus.
  • Ability to reserve rooms and other facilities on campus.
  • Ability to apply for funding from HUSA.
  • Ability to host and sponsor events on campus.

The University reserves the right to recognize any and all student organizations. A few of the basic requirements for recognition are to:

  • Provide a copy of an approved and/or updated organizational constitution.
  • Annually file an updated Organizational Profile form, Advisor Agreement form, typed Membership Roster, and Annual Goals.
  • Attend and participate in required trainings and workshops sponsored by Student Life and Activities and HUSA (including UASO, CFO, NPHC, etc.)
  • Maintain an on-campus advisor, who must be an active full-time member of the Howard University faculty or staff. On-campus advisors serve as the liaison between the organization and the University. The on-campus advisor must approve all activities, programs, and requirements for membership.
  • Provide a letter of good standing from the National or Regional Office (if applicable).
  • Provide a signed copy of the Greek Recognition Form (if applicable).

The recognized student organizations at Howard University fall into one of several categories:

  • Academic and Professional
  • Club Sports
  • Cultural and Social
  • Fraternities and Sororities
  • Honor Societies
  • Religious
  • State and Regional
  • Student Government
  • University-wide

The Office of Student Life & Activities uses ENGAGE, which is an online platform to manage all student organizations. All Howard students are to join ENGAGE using their Bison email. Joining ENGAGE allows students to view all ACTIVE organizations available and to view all approved events. The ENGAGE website is:

To join ENGAGE, please send an email to requesting membership on the student life page. In addition, the app “CORQ” allows students to have access to these events on their phones! Download CORQ, log-in using your Bison email, and students may see all approved events. CORQ may be used after a student has created a profile and has become a member on the student life page.

The University reserves the right to recognize any and all student organizations. The Office of Student Life and Activities receives new organization applications every two years. OSLA will accept new applications beginning in Fall 2020, for ACTIVE status in Fall 2021. New organization applications will be accepted from January 4, 2020 through March 31, 2020. New organizations will not be approved 1) if they have a mission that repeat another organization’s mission, 2) if they violate university policy, or 3) if they do not reflect Howard University values.

Fraternity and Sorority Affairs

Official recognition of fraternities and sororities may be conferred by the Vice President for Student Affairs upon the recommendation of the Office of Student Life & Activities, which will serve as the sponsoring university unit for all recognized fraternities or sororities. Each fraternity, sorority, honor society and/or similar organization is expected to maintain membership in one of the member organizations of the Council of Fraternal Organizations, as applicable: National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), Independent Fraternal Council (IFC), Professional Fraternal Council (PFC), Honor Society Council (HSC) and the Local-Based Council (LBC).

All officially recognized fraternities, sororities, honor societies and similar organizations are required to abide by all applicable university and governing council rules and regulations, including, but not limited to, The Howard University Student Code of Conduct; Howard University Policies Applying to Campus Activities, Organizations, and Students; Howard University Student Alcohol Policy; and The Howard University Policy on Sexual Harassment.

In addition, each fraternity, sorority, honor society (if applicable), similar organization or CFO organization classified as OPEN MEMBERSHIP with a membership intake/induction process must annually file a current certificate of liability insurance coverage (naming Howard University as an additional insured) with the OFFICE OF STUDENT LIFE & ACTIVITIES.

There is a sixty-five (65) new member limit for member organizations of the CFO and a fifty (50) new member limit for NPHC organizations participating in the membership intake/recruitment process. Organizations in compliance with their respective Inter/National requirements, governing councils and University polices reserve the right to select any number of new members within but not exceeding the indicated university limit.

Howard University follows a DEFERRED RECRUITMENT CYCLE during the Spring semester of each academic year for ALL COUNCILS.

Council of fraternal organizations:
The council of fraternal organizations (CFO) shall serve as the advisory body/governing body to the office of student life & activities in the development of policies, initiatives and programs related to the community of recognized fraternities, sororities, honor societies and similar organizations at Howard university.

The CFO shall provide recommendations to enhance and promote the self-governance of the fraternity and sorority community at Howard; it shall serve as the peer review board for new and petitioning fraternal organizations seeking expansion (refer to expansion policy); it shall have representatives serve on judicial and administrative review boards for member organizations and it shall be a forum for community building and outreach for the fraternities, sororities, honor societies and similar organizations at Howard university.

The CFO serves as the governing council for all fraternities, sororities, honor societies and similar organizations not recognized by the national pan-hellenic council.

Student Organization Adjudication Process

Discipline may be imposed upon a recognized student organization in accordance with these procedures and following the filing of a complaint with the Office of Student Activities alleging that the organization does not meet, or has violated, one or more of the applicable regulations set forth in the recognition policy and/or the following University policies: the HOWARD UNIVERSITY STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT; HOWARD UNIVERSITY POLICIES APPLYING TO CAMPUS ACTIVITIES, ORGANIZATIONS, AND STUDENTS; HOWARD UNIVERSITY STUDENT ALCOHOL POLICY; and the HOWARD UNIVERSITY POLICY ON SEXUAL HARASSMENT.

Definition and Statement on Hazing

Howard University has a zero-tolerance policy against hazing, as hazing violates campus regulations, the Student Code of Conduct, chapter rules and sometimes city and state laws. The information provided below is intended to be educational and should not be viewed as all-Inclusive in its content and definitions. Specific questions and reports of hazing should be directed to the Office of Student Life and Activities at 202-806-5990.

Howard University recognizes that student groups and associations, including, but not limited, to clubs and organizations, fraternities and sororities, are an integral part of the University. They contribute to the academic and social experience of the students and the University community. This relationship carries with it certain rights of the University to protect and preserve an appropriate environment in which all students and organizations may operate. As such, all students are expected to conduct themselves as responsible members of the University community and to respect their fellow citizens. Any departure from these standards as defined in the Student Code of Conduct, national fraternity/sorority documents, or the laws and regulations of local, state or federal jurisdictions may subject any individual(s) or group(s) to disciplinary action.

Hazing is defined as any forced action that could possibly endanger the mental, physical, or emotional health or safety of a student. Hazing may include, but is not limited to, line formations; the prevention of wearing or the requirement to wear certain colors; the destruction or removal of public or private property; any activity conducted on or off-campus that causes or intends to cause an unreasonable expenditure of funds, or embarrassing, intimidating or demeaning behavior; exposure to unreasonable situations that could result in physical, mental, or emotional harm; or as an abuse of power by a member of an organization and/or group used against an individual as a condition for seeking to join, hold membership, or affiliate in any sanctioned or unsanctioned group or organization at the University.

An abuse of power may be exercised through direct action against another or through indirect action by encouraging and/or influencing another individual to commit an act of hazing. A failure to address and/or report an act of hazing committed against another individual may also be considered an abuse of power and a violation of this policy. Neither the intent of the initiator(s), nor consent/ willingness of the participant(s) will serve as factors in determining responsibility, but will be considered in the application of sanctions. Under this policy, many of the activities which traditionally have been part of pledging to a fraternity or sorority are banned as hazing.

Any person or organization that takes part in hazing, on or off University property, may face sanctions. Sanctions may include, but are not limited to, fines; suspension or expulsion from the University; criminal charges ranging from misdemeanors to felonies, depending on the nature of the hazing activity (such as reckless endangerment, assault, sexual misconduct or false imprisonment); revocation of the chapter’s charter; and possible civil action (such as a lawsuit for damages). As hazing incidents are often reported in the media, a student may also face public scorn and a damaged reputation that may impact a student’s future employment or educational opportunities.

NOTE: It is important to note that laws vary by state and that in some states hazing is a felony offense and penalties may be greater.

Examples of Hazing: Depending upon circumstances, these activities have at one time or another been construed as hazing by the courts and/or institutions of higher education. Such actions are often required or implied as conditions of inclusion or exclusion from a group, formal or informal. Thus, hazing may be perpetrated by individual(s), individual against group, or group against individual.

  • Requiring calisthenics such as sit-ups, push-ups, running, or any form of physically abusive exercise;
  • Forcing, requiring, or endorsing consumption of alcoholic beverages or any other drug;
  • Requiring the carrying of items such as rocks, bricks, pumpkins, etc.;
  • Requiring the ingesting of an undesirable, unwanted substance (e.g. spoiled food, drink concoctions, etc.);
  • Scavenger hunts, treasure hunts, road trips, kidnappings, drop-offs, or any other such activities;
  • Morally degrading or humiliating games and activities such as requiring members to sign in public or act like animals;
  • Assigning or endorsing pranks such as borrowing or stealing items, painting property and objects, or harassing other individuals or groups;
  • Deprivation of sleep;
  • Verbal harassment including yelling and screaming;
  • Blindfolding or hand-tying;
  • Requiring any personal servitude such as running errands;
  • Line-ups, kangaroo courts, or any interrogations not consistent with legitimate testing for information about the history, purpose or direction;
  • Requiring new members to wear publically apparel that is conspicuous and/or not normally in good taste;
  • Requiring new members to be branded;
  • Requiring new members to answer phones or doors with chants, riddles, songs, or rhymes;
  • Deceptions and/or threats contrived to convince the new members they won’t be able to join the organizations;
  • Conducting activities that do not allow adequate time for study or sleep;
  • Requiring new members to yell when entering or leaving any residence hall or building;
  • Work projects without the participation of the full membership;
  • Any action which could be perceived as infliction physical abuse/harm to an individual, for example, paddling or throwing things at new members.

PLEASE NOTE: This list by no means covers all activities and actions that can be considered hazing.

Campus Services

Bison One Card

The Bison One Card is the official Howard University identification card that will identify you as a student, faculty, staff or contractor. It is your photo ID --it provides access to spaces, services and much more! Your One Card is the only card you need on campus.

Every student, faculty, staff and contractor must obtain a One Card and is required to carry it at all times while on university property. To obtain your One Card, please bring with you a valid form of U.S. government issued identification (for example: driver’s license, state identification card, US Passport, etc.) or a valid Passport to:

Bison One Card Office
2301 Georgia Ave, Washington, DC 20059
1st floor of the iLab (On Bryant Street between 6th Street and Georgia Avenue)

Monday – Friday from 9am – 5pm
(excluding observed holidays as per University Calendar)


  • There is no fee for the initial One Card.
  • Each person is provided only one (1) card representing his/her main role within the university. Additional cards that have been found must be turned in to the Bison One Card Office.
  • The One Card is property of Howard University and must be presented, upon request, to any authorized university personnel while on university property.
  • The One Card is non-transferable. All funds, access and other services provided as a function of the One Card are to be used solely by the cardholder to whom the One Card was issued.
  • Unauthorized use of the One Card is considered theft and will be investigated by the Department of Public Safety.
  • Students shall report all lost or stolen cards on the My Bison One Card website ( Registration may be required.
  • There is a $10.00 replacement fee for damaged, lost or stolen One Cards, payable using Bison Bucks or at the Cashiers Office.
  • A One Card is considered damaged outside of normal usage when it has been broken into 2 or more pieces, hole-punched, severely bent, discolored through bleaching, defaced and/or exposed to excessive heat. Bison One Card staff will visually inspect and test the functionality of the card to make a final determination. Replacement cards may be provided at no fee for normal wear and tear.
  • Expired One Cards will be replaced at no charge for active students, faculty, staff and contractors.

Dining Services

Students residing in Baldwin, Bethune Annex, College Hall North, College Hall South, Cook, Crandall, Drew, Frasier, Truth and Wheatley residence halls are required to purchase a meal plan. Whether you take advantage of the “all you may choose to eat” dining hall at the Bethune Annex and the Blackburn Center, or grab a meal at the Punch-Out, it is Dining Services’ commitment to all of our customers to provide the highest level of quality, service and value.

Dining Dollars is a declining balance account provided with the meal plan that allows cash-free and tax-free access to all of our dining facilities and at the same time giving customers added security and a savings of 10% with every purchase. Dining Dollars are only available with the purchase of a meal plan. Dining Dollars can only be used to purchase food products. Dining Dollars can be used at any dining location on the Main Campus or West Campus.

Dining Dollars expire at the end of each semester. Unused Dining Dollars not used by the end of each semester will be forfeited.

Environmental Health and Safety Program

The university operates a comprehensive environmental health and safety program that includes occupational safety, environmental compliance, fire safety, accident prevention & investigation, laboratory safety, hazard communication, hazardous material handling, biosafety, indoor air quality, safety training, building code compliance, safety committee advisory support and a number of other safety related services. The board of trustees has approved a written safety policy that covers all of the important aspects of the university’s safety operations and management.

The Environmental Health and Safety Office is located in Suite 208 of the Howard University Service Center, 2244 10th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20059, (202) 806-1033, (202) 806-1230, (202) 806-1231 or (202) 806-1006. Non-occupational accidents or injuries (occurring on any of the campuses or impacted by Howard University operations involving students or visitors) should be reported to the Office of Environmental Health and Safety, along with complete details, as soon as possible.

The office is open week days from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. accidents or safety related incidents that occur on weekends should be reported to the Campus Police Department.

Each dormitory, classroom and administrative building has an approved fire Emergency evacuation plan specifically designed for that facility. You must become familiar with this plan. All building evacuations will occur when an alarm sounds and/or upon notification by a fire and emergency attendant/warden/campus police or dc fire department.

1. What to do if you discover or suspect a fire

  • sound the alarm.
  • be aware that the dc fire department needs to be called immediately.
  • call the 9-911 system.
  • call the campus police emergency number 6-1100.
  • do not use the elevators.
  • do not take time to recover clothing, books or other belongings.
  • do not run or create any condition that may cause panic.
  • move quickly away from the building (at least 50 feet) and proceed to a pre-designated assembly area.

2. Reporting fires - Whenever any fire and emergency attendant/warden or alternate discovers a fire should take the following actions immediately:

  • sound the building fire alarm by pulling the nearest pull station. If the fire alarm fails to operate, warn the occupants by shouting “fire” loudly as you leave the building. As soon as possible call 911 and report building’s address, location of the fire and your name. After evacuation, the attendant/warden who pulled the fire alarm or discovered the fire should call campus police emergency number (202) 806-1100.
  • if possible close doors behind you, especially the door to the burning room.
  • evacuate the building immediately using the nearest accessible stairwell or exit, or if you are an attendant go to your designated assembly area.
  • never attempt to fight a fire that may endanger your life.
  • do not use the elevators. Elevator shafts may fill with smoke or the power may fail leaving you trapped.
  • contact the first responding official campus police or fire department to provide additional information upon their arrival.

3. Do not fight a fire:

  • if the fire is spreading beyond the spot where it started
  • if you can’t fight the fire with your back to an escape exit
  • if the fire can block your only escape route
  • if you don’t have adequate fire-fighting equipment
  • if you have not been trained to use a fire extinguisher

Students should always remember that participation in annual fire drills is mandatory and mandated by the DC Office of the Fire Marshal. In addition, any emergency response exercises conducted by the University administration is also mandatory.

Trademark Licensing and Short-Term Vending

The Office of Auxiliary Enterprises authorizes and manages the sale or distribution of merchandise and consumables on the University campus. Policies are in place to protect the University and its students from unsafe or harmful products and liability. This office also administers and approves the use and reproduction of the University’s trademarks, name, and logos, ensuring that all products bearing the University name and logos are of a high quality and reflect positively upon the University.

Howard University Radio Network

Celebrating nearly 50 years of excellence in broadcasting and community service, WHUR 96.3 FM is the flagship station of the Howard University Radio Network, located in Washington, D.C. WHUR is a 24-hour HD Radio station with the equivalent power of 50,000 watts. Owned by Howard University since its inception, WHUR is the first radio station in the Washington area to broadcast in HD and is a force to be reckoned with in the competitive broadcast market. The station’s signal reaches from north of Baltimore, MD. to the outskirts of Richmond, VA.

WHUR is the parent station for HUR Voices SiriusXM 141, HBCU SiriusXM 142, WHUR-WORLD 96.3HD2, WHBC 96.3HD3, and HUR Voices and HBCU can be heard on SiriusXM Channel 141 and SiriusXM 142 respectively with a satellite subscription and on-line at and WHUR-WORLD and WHBC can be heard with an HD radio or on the web at and respectively.

Office of Career Services

The Office of Career Services is Howard University’s official career center charged with delivering career programs and services that augment classroom instruction to produce career-ready graduates who are equipped to transition, with ease, from school to work.

Key programs and services include:


  1. Go to
  2. Complete your profile and upload your resume
  3. Download the app and begin your job or internship search today!

CAREER FAIRS (Fall & Spring) and EVENTS:
Sign in to Handshake to RSVP and see who’s coming to all fairs and other employer events across campus.

One-on-one appointments with OCS staff are available to discuss major and career options. These appointments help students make well-informed decisions about their education and careers. Additionally, the SuperStrong Assessment helps to determine your career path based on your interests.

Go to to take the assessment and discover your career path and major today!

Students are afforded the opportunity to have their resumes reviewed and to receive valuable feedback prior to beginning their job search.

Resume Clinic: Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11:00am to 3:00pm at the Office of Career Services, C.B. Powell Building, Suite 212, 2nd Floor.

Visa and Immigration Services

These offices provide services principally to international students, faculty and staff to facilitate matriculation and employment at the University and Hospital. The main areas of support are:

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issues regulations governing all students, faculty and staff members who are required to maintain legal status at all times.

  • Students in F-1 and J-1 Visa status must remain enrolled as full-time each semester to be registered with the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS);
  • Students must make sure that their authorized stay in the country has not expired (see forms I-20 and I-94);
  • Students’ passport must be valid for at least six months at all times;
  • Students must ensure that there are no changes to their majors as indicated on their respective I-20; and
  • Students must physically contact the Visa & Immigration Services office at the start of each semester.

Changes to International student records must be done in collaboration with the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services and the University’s Visa and Immigration Student/Faculty/Staff services offices.

Students often need official letters showing the estimated cost of attendance to have money sent from abroad. Staff in these offices assists in the completion of a variety of scholarship and loan documents from other countries, international agencies and organizations to fulfill the outstanding obligations of matriculation at the University. In collaboration with the offices of Student Financial Services, international students are provided an informational resource to address any fiscal question or concern.

Staff in these offices are available to discuss matters of concern to international students and to refer them to additional campus resources in the course of adjusting to the University and the metropolitan Washington, DC area. Other support services and counseling available to all students are detailed in other sections of this handbook.

For additional information, appropriate application forms and services please visit the Visa and Immigration Services offices.

Office of Parking and Transporation Services

The Office of Parking and Transportation Services maintains and operates Howard University’s parking lots and shuttle services.

To effectively manage this limited resource, freshmen (first time in college) students are not eligible for parking privileges on university lots. Freshmen are discouraged from bringing a car to campus, as street parking is limited and aggressively enforced by District of Columbia authorities.

The cost of student parking is $680 per year. The cost of the permit includes both the fall and spring semesters. Students are not required to pay for the permit at the time of registration. Permit fees will be charged to the students’ account. During the summer months, students can purchase a parking permit from the parking office. The cost for a summer permit is $75 per summer session. Payment for a summer permit must be paid at the time of receipt.

Commuter students are encouraged to use the Metro transit system (Metro bus and Metro rail services). The Metro bus runs along Georgia Avenue and has five stops along the main campus. The university provides shuttle services from the Howard-Shaw Metro station and the U Street Metro station to the main campus.

Howard University Bookstores


  • 2225 Georgia Ave, NW
  • Washington, DC 20059
  • (202) 238-2640 phone
  • Hours of Operation
  • Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Saturday, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday, 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM


  • 2900 Van Ness Street, NW
  • Washington, DC 20008
  • (202) 806-8108 phone
  • (202) 806-8461 fax

Hours of Operation

  • Regular Hours:
    • Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Saturday - Sunday, CLOSED
  • Summers Hours
    • CLOSED

TRiO Programs

TRiO Programs at Howard University are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and are administered by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Federal TRiO Programs. The Programs are educational opportunity outreach and support programs designed to motivate students from low-income and first-generation backgrounds seeking educational excellence and facilitation the transition from secondary school to postsecondary education.

Over the years, the original three programs (Talent Search, Upward Bound, and Student Support services) have been expanded to eight. Howard University has had a TRiO Program on campus since 1965 when the University was funded to administer on of the pilot Upward Bound Programs. In 1991, there was subsequent funding for an Upward Bound Mathematics and Science Program. For more information, please call (202) 806-5132.

International Exchange and Study Abroad

The Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center administers most of the international exchange and study abroad programs for the academic year or semester to qualified undergraduate students, including the English-Speaking Union of the United States-Luard Junior Year Abroad. International exchanges and study abroad are possible through several affiliates and reciprocal agreements with the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP), American Institute for Foreign Studies (AIFS), Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), Denmark’s International Study Program (DIS), the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES), CET Academic Programs, School for International Training (SIT) and Oxford Study Abroad Program (OSAP). A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 is required for consideration on these mid-long term programs and all prospective applicants are carefully evaluated at Howard before permission is granted. You must have completed one year on campus before participating in a mid/long term study abroad program.

For additional information, please visit the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center at 2218 Sixth Street, visit or call (202) 806-4363.

Policies and Regulations

Student Code of Conduct

Howard University affirms that the central purpose of a university is the pursuit of truth, the discovery of new knowledge through scholarly research, the teaching and overall development of students, and the transmission of knowledge and learning to the world at large. However, the establishment and maintenance of a community where there is freedom to teach and to learn is dependent on maintaining an appropriate sense of order that allows for the pursuit of these objectives in an environment that is both safe and free of invidious disruption.

Rules and regulations are necessary to mark the boundaries of this needed order. However, the rights of the individual demand that honesty, integrity, responsibility, and respect for persons and property must form the core values upon which those rules and regulations are based. All members of the University community share a mutual responsibility to practice the values that inform the rules and regulations.

It is expected that student conduct will be in concert with, and supportive of, the University’s mission, vision, central purpose and core values. Examples of prohibited student behavior are described in this Student Code of Conduct (“Code”). Behaviors that indicate a violation of any provision contained within the Code will immediately be reported and referred to the University’s Office of Judicial Affairs for prompt adjudication in accordance with the University’s disciplinary process.

The rules and regulations contained in the Code apply to the following categories of individuals: ALL students, including all persons taking courses at the University, either full-time or part-time, undergraduate, graduate, professional and unclassified studies. Additionally, persons who withdraw from the University after allegedly violating the Code, those who are not officially enrolled for a particular semester or term, but have a continuing relationship with the University, and those who have been notified of their acceptance for admission are also considered to be students under this Code. Finally, persons who are living in University residence halls, although not enrolled in this institution, are also considered students for purposes of the Code. These persons include, but are not limited to, new, continuing and transfer students; participants involved in pre-college or dual-enrollment programs; and those attending workshops, seminars, special classes, summer programs, athletic programs/events/activities, and/or camps affiliated with the University. Students living in off-campus housing and students involved in clinical rotations, practicum, internships, externships or other activities directly involved with an academic program of study are also subject to the Code.

It is presumed that every student, from the date of their initial acceptance or affiliation with the University, has knowledge of University policies including, but not limited to, the Code, the Academic Code of Conduct and the Title IX Policy. Students are also expected to know and abide by the policies and procedures contained in the H-Book, the Bulletin, the Student Reference Manual and the Directory of Classes. Therefore, it is the responsibility and duty of each and every student to become acquainted with all provisions contained in the Code. All students are deemed to have agreed to the Code and are required to adhere to the Code as a condition of their continued enrollment at the University.

Howard University Policy

Howard University (the “University) reaffirms its commitment to ensuring that information contained within the education records of all students is protected to the fullest extent of the law. In accordance with Federal law, the University has a legal obligation to implement a policy addressing the privacy rights of students and to ensure compliance by all members of the University community. To fulfill these obligations, the University has created this Privacy Rights of Students policy to adhere to the regulations established by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (hereinafter referred to as “FERPA”). FERPA affords all students attending an institution of postsecondary education the right to: (1) inspect and review their education records; (2) request an amendment to education records that are inaccurate or misleading and; (3) exercise some level of control over the disclosure of their education records and the personally identifiable information these education records contain. Further, unless otherwise required by law or permitted by a FERPA exception or exemption, information contained within a student’s education record shall not be disclosed to persons outside of the University without the student’s express written consent.

The Provost and Chief Academic Officer is primarily responsible for implementing this policy and for ensuring that all students, faculty members, administrators and other pertinent University officials are fully aware of their rights, responsibilities and obligations under this policy. The provisions of this policy extend to all undergraduate, graduate, transfer, and foreign and/or domestic exchange students as well as all residents and individuals receiving education and/or training at the University. Moreover, it is imperative that this policy is strictly adhered to by all University administrators, staff and faculty members creating, possessing and/or maintaining any written records/documents pertaining to students and their behavior, academic performance or any other matter during their matriculation at the University. Student education records must be maintained for a minimum of three (3) years.

The Provost and Chief Academic Officer shall also ensure that appropriate notice of this policy and its contents are distributed to all University vendors and third parties to whom this policy may apply. If applicable, these individuals are also required to comply with all of the University’s rules and regulations regarding student privacy rights, as set forth within this policy.

Interpersonal Violence Prevention

In Washington, D.C., domestic violence is divided into three categories: intimate partner violence, intrafamily violence, and interpersonal violence, which are explained in detail below. "Domestic violence" is when one of the following people commits or threatens to commit any crime against you:*

  • Someone you are or were married to, in a domestic partnership with, or in a romantic, dating, or sexual relationship with (“intimate partner violence”)
  • Someone related to you by blood, adoption, legal custody, marriage, or domestic partnership (i.e., your brother or your father-in-law) (“intrafamily violence”)
  • Someone you have a child in common with -- this can be (“intrafamily violence”) and/or (“intimate partner violence”)
  • Someone who share(d) a home with (i.e., a roommate) (“interpersonal violence”)
  • Someone who is/ was in an intimate relationship with the same person that you are/ were in an intimate relationship with (e.g., you are dating Jane and Jane's ex-husband assaults you)(“interpersonal violence”).**

* DC Code § 16-1003(a)
** DC Code § 16-1001(6)-(9)
*** DC Code § 16-1001(12)

Law Enforcement Duties
An officer is required by law to make an arrest wherever the officer has probable cause to believe that a person committed an intrafamily violence offense that resulted in physical injury, physical pain, or illness, regardless of whether the offense was committed in the officer’s presence. ("Probable cause" means that sufficient facts are known to the officer to enable him to conclude that the law was broken--evidence that amounts to more than a suspicion, but not as much evidence as would be required for a conviction.) The law also requires an officer to make an arrest where the officer has probable cause to believe that an intrafamily violence offense was committed that caused or was intended to cause reasonable fear of imminent serious physical injury or death.

Officers also must make written reports of investigations of intrafamily violence offenses. The reports must be submitted to and maintained by the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police force. (D.C. Code § 16-1031)

Sexual Assault Victims’ Rights
In Washington, DC. Sexual assault occurs when “a person engages in or causes another person to engage in or submit to a sexual act in the following manner”:

  • By threatening or placing that other person in reasonable fear (e.g. John threatens to ‘out’ you if you don’t engage in a sexual act);
  • You know or have reason to know that the other person is:
    • Incapable of appraising the nature of the conduct;
    • Incapable of declining participation in that sexual act; or
    • Incapable of communicating unwillingness to engage in that sexual act.

Sexual assault victims in the District of Columbia have the following rights:

  • “Confidential communication” which means “information exchanged between a sexual assault victim and a sexual assault victim advocate during the course of the advocate providing counseling, support, and assistance to the victim, including all records kept by the advocate and the sexual assault program concerning the victim and services provided to the victim”.
    • On-Campus ‘confidential communication’ refers to the Interpersonal Violence Prevention Program
    • Off-Campus ‘confidential communication’ refers to the sexual assault victim advocate at Washington Hospital Center
  • Access to a DC Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE Nurse) at the “Medstar Washington Hospital Center, or its successor entity, where medical forensic exams are conducted”

Interview by the Metropolitan Police Department or “other law enforcement agency with a sexual assault victim that occurs in conjunction with a sexual assault victim receiving any medical treatment or forensic evidence collection related to sexual assault at the hospital [Washington Hospital Center] and any subsequent in-person interview with law enforcement relating to the sexual assault”. (* DC Code § 23-139)

Title IX Office
Administration Building
2400 6th Street, N.W., Suite 306
Washington, D.C. 20059
Phone: (202) 806-2550
Investigates and ensures Title IX Compliance and implementation of university policy and procedures.

The Office of Interpersonal Violence Prevention
2205 4th St. NW, Office 25
Washington, DC 20059
Phone: (202) 836-1401

The motto of Howard University is “truth and service.” It represents the University’s commitment to promote fairness, justice, and honesty within and outside of the Howard University family. The Howard University Interpersonal Violence Prevention Program (HUIVPP) builds upon the University’s commitment to these values. IVPP provides on- and off-campus advocacy for victims and survivors of interpersonal violence, education and training for the campus community, and coordination of the Interpersonal Prevention Committee. As such, the HUIVPP is committed to enhancing the safety and quality of life of students, staff, and faculty through education and training in dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking prevention and intervention. No form of violence is acceptable. Domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking are not permitted and are taken very seriously at Howard University. These behaviors are contrary to the vision, mission and spirit of Howard University.

The HUIVPP Policy and Procedures Manual outlines how issues of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking are addressed at Howard University. It also emphasizes the importance of understanding what constitutes a healthy relationship and each person’s right to be free of violence and abuse in their relationship or interaction with others. The following reporting protocol and procedures illustrates how issues of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking are addressed at Howard University. Any violation of the University’s Title IX policy on domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking is also considered a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. It is important for the campus community to understand that there can be serious legal consequences for engaging in such behavior as well as disciplinary action, under the Title IX Policy, at the University that can include probation, suspension or expulsion.

We encourage you to attend educational programs offered on this topic throughout the academic year. Mandatory sessions are conducted for Incoming students as part of the orientation process and in residence halls throughout the academic year. These programs are open to all members of the Howard University community. In addition, other awareness and educational events are offered on campus during the academic year for the broader University community. For additional information about the HUIVPP, reporting protocol and the complete policy and procedure manual, please go to our website at

For students, faculty, or staff seeking support, please see the Resource and Referral Options below:

Medical Assistance

  • Students can go to the Howard University Hospital for medical services.
  • The Student Health Center can provide health services and referrals.
  • A Sexual Assault Exam is available at Washington Hospital Center. (1-800-641-4028). The exam includes preventive treatment for sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy and evidence collection. The exam is conducted by a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) who is a Registered Nurse with advanced training and certification in conducting sexual assault exams. The Network for Victim Recovery of DC (NVRDC) provides advocates on site.
  • A rape kit can only be done at Washington Hospital Center SANE Program.
  • A police report is not required to receive medical assistance or the SANE Exam.

Advocacy, Support Services, Housing & Academic Accommodations

  • The Interpersonal Violence Prevention Office (IVPP) provides crisis support, information on safety planning, protection orders, referrals, and can connect students with an advocate to navigate processes for support. (*confidential source).
  • The Office of Student Services assists with academic and housing accommodations, and referrals.
  • University Counseling Services provides individual and group counseling and psychotherapy, crisis intervention and consultation (*confidential source).
  • The Office of Residence Life can assist with housing accommodations.
  • DC Rape Crisis Center provides a crisis line, 24-hour advocacy, and counseling services (202-333-7273).
  • DC Victim Hotline (844-443-5732) provides victims of crime with 24-hour crisis intervention and referrals.

Emergency Services

  • The Howard University Department of Public Safety provides 24-hour emergency services.
  • Students can also call 911 for 24-hour emergency services from the Metropolitan Police Department.


Code of Ethics and Conduct

Statement of Purpose
It is the policy of the University to conduct itself with the highest degree of integrity and honesty in all of its dealings. This is a responsibility that we share as a University Community. Each trustee, student, faculty member, and administrative employee must be bound by this common duty in the pursuit of their individual responsibility to the educational objectives of the University. We owe this duty not only to each other, but also to our residential neighbors and the government that represents the interests of all citizens. Honesty and fair dealing are the hallmark of this institution, inherited from those who have come before us and a sacred trust that we must leave to those who will follow.

This Code of Ethics and Conduct will identify some of the common obligations and responsibilities of the University Community. Particular emphasis, however, will be devoted to those individuals who comprise the Board of Trustees, the deans of the various colleges and schools, and other senior administrative personnel. This document is not intended to be a procedural manual or an exacting account of proscribed conduct. If any member of the University Community should require a greater degree of specificity as particular circumstances arise, guidance can be obtained from the University’s compliance officer.

Alcohol and Drug Use (Substance Abuse) Policy

Howard University is committed to promoting the health and safety of its entire campus community, including students, faculty and staff. Howard is also committed to maintaining an academic and work environment that is not hampered by the abuse of alcohol, and consequently will enforce University and District of Columbia regulations in this regard. The sale, service, use and consumption of all alcoholic beverages on the Howard University campus must be in compliance with University policies, guidelines and District of Columbia laws.

In accordance with federal law, Howard University (HU) has adopted policies consistent with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989. Our policy prohibits the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of any controlled substance or illicit drug by students, faculty, and staff on or off its property or as a part of campus activities.

Student Association Constitution

We, the students of Howard University, seeing the necessity to provide for: Broad involvement and adequate representation of all major student segments; A mechanism to speak to the needs of students in the various schools and colleges; Improvement of the channels of communication between the administration, students, and faculty; Effective maintenance of relationships with student government organizations at other institution; A mechanism capable of addressing itself to community concerns; Coordination of an overall thrust for student interests and concerns; And finally and most important, assistance in determining the future direction of the University; do establish this Constitution and its governmental structures to achieve all of these desired goals.

This article was amended by student referendum in Spring 2007 in accordance with the provisions of the HUSA Constitution.

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Our Mission

The Division Student Affairs supports the mission of the University by providing student-centered, high quality programs that promote an appreciation of diversity and foster a strong university community.


Address & Phone

Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
2400 Sixth Street, Suite 201
Washington, DC 20059

Telephone: 202-806-2100 
Fax: 202-806-9302