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Help & Support

Johns Hopkins University is committed to promoting a safe and supportive environment for each and every member of our community. If you have experienced sexual misconduct, we encourage you to reach out for support and medical care. We are able to assist you if you would like to file a report with JHU and/or local law enforcement. Our goal is to provide you with all the information you need to make the best decisions for you. 



Support & Counseling

Confidential Resources

JHU provides emotional support and counseling services through its Counseling Center, the Student Assistance Program, and mySupport. In addition to scheduled appointments with a counselor, students may talk with an on-call counselor 24/7 by calling the Sexual Assault Helpline at 410-516-7333.

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Sexual Assault Helpline

The Sexual Assault Helpline (410-516-7333) is a confidential service of the Johns Hopkins University Counseling Center. Trained professional counselors are available to students, and offer support, provide resources or answer questions 24/7.


Medical Assistance

Medical Resources

Victims are encouraged to seek medical care from a hospital equipped with a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) program.  The following hospitals in the Baltimore and Washington, DC metro areas are staffed with specially trained registered nurses and are available to provide discreet and confidential medical forensic services:

Baltimore City

Mercy Hospital (24/7) (Hospital offering Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) in Baltimore City)
301 St. Paul Place
Baltimore, MD 21011

Anne Arundel County

Anne Arundel Medical Center (Hospital offering Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) in Anne Arundel County)
2001 Medical Parkway
Annapolis, MD 21401

Baltimore Washington Medical Center (Hospital offering Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) in Anne Arundel County)
301 Hospital Drive
Glen Burnie, MD 21061

Baltimore County

GBMC (24/7) (Hospital offering Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) in Baltimore County)
6701 North Charles Street
Towson, MD 21204

Carroll County

Carroll Hospital Center (Hospital offering Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) in Carroll County)
200 Memorial Avenue
Westminster, MD 21157

Howard County

Howard County General (Hospital offering Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) in Howard County)
5755 Cedar Lane
Columbia, MD 21044

Montgomery County

Shady Grove Adventist Hospital (Hospital offering Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) in Montgomery County)
9901 Medical Center Drive
Rockville, MD 20850

Washington, DC

MedStar Washington Hospital Center (24/7) (MedStar Washington Hospital Center (24/7) (Hospital offering Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) in Washington, DC)
110 Irving Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20010

Bologna, Italy

Pronto Soccorso Ostetrico e Ginecologico (Gynecology ER) Ospedale Sant’Orsola-Malpighi
Via Massarenti Padiglione 4
Pronto Soccorso Generale Ospedale Sant'Orsola-Malpighi Via Albertoni 15
Pronto Soccorso Generale Ospedale Maggiore
Largo Nigrisoli 2 (Via Saffi)

Nanjing, China

Nanjing University Hospital 22 Hankou Road
Gulou, Nanjing, Jiangsu China
Telephone: +86-25-8359-2526

Victims in other locales should contact the closest local hospital and inquire about the nearest medical facility equipped with medical forensic services.


Peer Support

JHU’s Sexual Assault Resource Unit (SARU) is a volunteer student group that refers survivors to resources and raises awareness about the issue of sexual assault on college campuses. SARU runs a peer support line for those affected by sexual assault and individuals who are concerned about a friend or loved one. The support line is staffed by student responders. For a confidential resource, please call the Sexual Assault Helpline or your school’s designated counseling service, noted above.

SARU also provides peer education focused primarily on what constitutes consent, what factors contribute to rape culture, and how to respond appropriately to survivors. By hosting speakers, putting on poster campaigns, and creating peer-to-peer activities, SARU raises awareness of sexual assault and promotes consent and mutual respect in all sexual encounters. Please note that because SARU is a student group, its members are not required to report received calls to JHU campus officials. Students should be aware that information shared with SARU does not constitute a report or complaint of sexual violence filed with JHU. Accordingly, if you wish to file a complaint, please click here to learn more about JHU’s complaint processes

The SARU support line number is 410-516-7887 and the SARU email is



Campus Safety & Local Law Enforcement

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to promptly report sexual misconduct to the security department of their primary campus or to contact local law enforcement. If you are not sure which office to contact, please call Homewood Security at (410) 516-7777 and you will be provided with the requested contact information. For more information about campus security and local law enforcement, please see Appendix A of the Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures

Homewood Campus

Campus Safety & Security410-516-4600 (Non-Emergency) / 410-516-7777 (Emergency)

Local Baltimore City Police Department: 410-396-2455 (Non-Emergency) / 911 (Emergency)

Peabody Institute

Campus Safety & Security410-234-4605 (Non-Emergency) / 410-234-4600 (Emergency)

Local Baltimore City Police Department: 410-396-2411 (Non-Emergency) / 911 (Emergency)

East Baltimore Campus

East Baltimore Corporate Security410-614-3473 (Non-Emergency) / 410-955-5585 (Emergency)

Local Baltimore City Police Department: 410-396-2433 (Non-Emergency) / 911 (Emergency)

Harbor East Campus

Harbor East Campus Security: 410-234-9301 (Non-Emergency) / 410-234-9300 (Emergency) 

Local Baltimore City Police Department: 410-396-2411 (Non-Emergency) / 911 (Emergency)

Columbia Campus

Columbia Campus Security: 410-516-9700 (Both Non-Emergency and Emergency)

Howard County Police Department: 410-313-2929 (Non-Emergency) / 911 (Emergency)

Montgomery County Campus 

Montgomery County Campus Security: 301-294-7191 (Both Non-Emergency and Emergency)

Montgomery County Police Department: 301-279-8000 (Non-Emergency) / 911 (Emergency)

Applied Physics Lab (APL)

Applied Physics Lab Security: 443-778-7575 (Both Non-Emergency and Emergency)

Howard County Police Department: 410-313-2929 (Non-Emergency) / 911 (Emergency)

Washington, D.C. Campus Centers

Washington, D.C. Campus Centers Security: 202-663-7796 (Both Non-Emergency and Emergency)

Metropolitan Police Department: 202-737-4404 (Non-Emergency) / 911 (Emergency)

SAIS Europe, Bologna Campus

SAIS Europe, Bologna Campus Security: +39 051-2917811 (Both Non-Emergency and Emergency)

State Police: 112 (Both Non-Emergency and Emergency)

Hopkins-Nanjing Center

Hopkins-Nanjing Center Security: 86.25.8359.2436 (Both Non-Emergency and Emergency)

Nanjing Public Security Bureau: 86.25.8442.0009 (Both Non-Emergency and Emergency)



University Announcements


August 14, 2020

Dear Johns Hopkins Community:

On May 6, the United States Department of Education released revised regulations governing how colleges and universities must handle sexual misconduct matters that fall under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX is the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in federally funded education programs and activities. The new regulations take effect today, and we have updated our Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures accordingly.

Changes to the Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures

The changes primarily pertain to our disciplinary processes and the specific steps that must be followed in the formal process for addressing complaints of sexual misconduct that fall under Title IX.

The new regulations call for additional processes for a subset of sexual misconduct called Title IX Sexual Harassment that occurs in the United States within a university program or activity, and where a formal complaint has been filed. In such cases, the new regulations require changes to our adjudication process, such as the addition of a live hearing conducted by a trained panel, with cross-examination by hearing advisers. As is the case currently for all types of sexual misconduct, matters that include faculty respondents will involve any additional applicable rights granted under divisional faculty misconduct procedures. Where both parties agree, informal resolution options may be available without a hearing.

If alleged sexual misconduct does not meet the definition of Title IX Sexual Harassment or does not satisfy other requirements—for example, if the sexual misconduct occurred abroad—the university will apply the same procedures it has been using for several years to fully address the conduct.

The revised Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures can be found on the Sexual Assault Response and Prevention website. We received input on the updates from students, faculty, and staff on the Provost’s Sexual Violence Advisory Committee and Title IX Regulations Advisory Committee. There will be additional opportunities for input and feedback in the fall during our planned town halls.

Be assured that the foundation of our approach to addressing sexual misconduct remains unchanged. We maintain our full commitment to preventing sexual misconduct in all its forms, addressing reports in a timely and fair manner, and providing support for those involved in sexual misconduct matters. Under our revised policy and procedures, the following principles remain:

  • All sexual misconduct that was prohibited and addressed under our former policy will continue to be prohibited and addressed.
  • Our definition of consent is the same.
  • We will continue to use the “preponderance of the evidence” standard.
  • We will continue to provide supportive services and measures to all involved parties.
  • The Sexual Violence Advisory Committee will continue its efforts to identify and recommend sexual misconduct prevention, support, and accountability measures that will best serve our community.
  • We will continue our efforts to prevent sexual misconduct, including the requirement that faculty, staff, and students complete training on this and related topics.

Questions, Support, and Confidential Resources

You may have questions about these changes and the university’s revised Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures. We will schedule a virtual town hall for students, faculty, and staff to take place after the semester begins, and will hold briefings through August and September for various academic councils and bodies across the schools.

Please know that the university’s Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) stands ready to help any community member understand the impact of these changes. OIE can also help connect community members to various resource options, including confidential resources such as counseling services, the gender violence prevention and education specialist, and other support. Please visit for more information.

Sexual misconduct has no place on our campuses or in our programs and activities, and we will continue to apply best practices to ensure the safety and support of all members of our community. To contact OIE, call 410-516-8075 or email or


Sunil Kumar
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Shanon Shumpert
Vice Provost for Institutional Equity

Joy K. Gaslevic
Assistant Vice Provost and Title IX Coordinator



Dear Community Members:

During this time and while the University and the world implement social distancing measures to slow the pace of COVID-19, the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) remains open and available to the entire community via phone, email, Zoom, and the web. To get in touch with OIE and/or to schedule a meeting, please call 410-516-8075 or email us at, or Please note that our two locations on the Homewood and East Baltimore campuses will remain closed until further notice, but our entire staff will be working remotely to support the Hopkins community.

To learn more about the work of OIE, to file an online discrimination, harassment or sexual misconduct report, or to request disability or religious accommodations through our online forms, please visit or Anonymous reports may still be filed by phone, email or via web forms, and anonymous conversations with OIE staff can still occur by phone or email. If you wish to file an OIE report and/or converse with OIE anonymously, please do not provide your name or other identifying information in your communication.

Thank you for your assistance as we help protect our staff and community while continuing to serve.


Joy K. Gaslevic, JD
Assistant Vice Provost & Title IX Coordinator